Set on beautiful Tuscan countryside grounds, Amandine and Iain's wedding was held in a beautiful restored villa, with a reception that moved through magically hidden spaces of the property.
Evocative of a Midnight Summer's Dream, aesthetics were kept soft and romantic to compliment the bucolic beauty of the venue and its surroundings. Channelling a mood of Edwardian romance, the bride wore a classic Monique Lhuillier gown in a dusky pink tint with delicately embroidered detailing.
Poetically captured by LANE handpicked photographer, Lelia Scarfiotti
NAMES: Amandine Powell and Iain Rorison
WEDDING DATE: 2 July 2016
GUEST NUMBERS: 94
HOW WE MET: We met 9 years ago in Cornwall, England during the summer break from University.
OUR ENGAGEMENT STORY: Iain proposed in the middle of a whirlwind tour of Rome, Florence and Venice. Knowing that I love Wisteria, he took me to the Bardini Gardens in Florence where he planned to propose under their blossoming Wisteria archways. However, to his despair Spring had come late that year, and we were confronted with a rather barren, flowerless pathways so he had to re-think. That evening he took me up to Belmond Villa San Michele in Fiesole. He proposed at dusk in their (abundantly floral) private gardens overlooking Florence – it was perfection.
MARRIAGE TO US MEANS: Becoming family and continuing to love and laugh every day.
WEDDING LOCATION: From the moment we got engaged in Florence, we knew that we wanted to return to be married in Tuscany. We found Casamora during a venue scouting trip to Italy roughly a year before our wedding and it was exactly what we had dreamed. Located in close proximity to Florence in the Tuscan countryside, Casamora is both a working olive oil farm and a ‘village’ style residence. The venue consists of 6 villas and 4 Suites, sleeping 46 people, which allowed us to have most of our guests around us for the whole wedding weekend. The property has been beautifully restored by owner/ Architect Maurizio Montani della Fargna and his wife Matilde to a high standard throughout. With villas set around a number of courtyards, gardens, olive groves and swimming pools, Casamora is an oasis of calm. We loved the scope of the venue, which allowed our wedding to flow through different, hidden spaces within the grounds.
THEME/STYLE:We wanted our wedding to be elegant and enchanting, like a Tuscan ‘Midsummer night’s dream’. We chose dusky blues, nudes and ivory to keep the aesthetic soft and romantic and complement the bucolic beauty of the venue and its surroundings.
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PHOTOGRAPHY: Our wedding was captured by the wonderful Lelia Scarfiotti. Not only is she a beautiful person and a joy to be around, but her work truly is magical. We wanted to have natural, organic photographs which reflected the raw emotion of the day. Lelia picked up on all of the little moments that made our wedding unique to us, and demonstrated true artistry in her use of light. Lelia’s photos have forever preserved the dream-like happiness of our wedding day – we are eternally grateful to her.
BRIDE’S DRESS: I wore a Monique Lhuillier gown that I happened across during a short trip to New York for a friend’s wedding. It was everything that I was looking for – a fitted lace bodice, delicate straps and a romantic tulle skirt and matching veil which fit perfectly with my vision of our Tuscan garden wedding.
BRIDE'S SHOES: I found my shoes in Manolo Blahnik and they were perfect; delicate strappy sandals with a mid-heel that I could re-wear easily after the wedding. They were a very subtle metallic nude and were the perfect height, incredibly comfortable and kept me dancing all night!
WEDDING RINGS: We chose matching gold bands from Cartier.
GROOMSMEN ATTIRE: The boys all wore matching 3-piece midnight blue suits from Jack Bunneys in London. Iain wore a double breasted waistcoat in midnight blue while the groomsmen wore a lighter blue puppytooth waistcoat. We opted for a classic bow ties, all from Mrs Bow Tie.
HAIR & MAKEUP: Both my hair and makeup were done by my friend and talented Make-Up Artist, Rose Gosling. She styled my hair half-up with loose waves and chose a very natural look for my makeup. I wore a light peach blush from Chanel and dark brown eyeliner.
worked with a calligrapher for my wedding stationery. Megan Riera
patiently interpreted my design ideas to create a beautiful ivory
and french blue stationery suite which incorporated my own
sketches. Megan kindly taught me the art of modern calligraphy so I
was able to address my invitations and write guest placecards
chose traditional English gifts for our bridal party leather
Mulberry money clips for the boys and Astley Clarke bracelets for
BOUQUETS: I worked with the lovely Nadia from
Stiatti Fiori to create the floral design for our wedding.We wanted
romantic floral arrangements, of garden roses, peonies, stocks and
olive branches, that had an organic/natural feel. The bouquets were
elegantly tied with flowing lengths of hand-dyed silk ribbon from
PREPARATION: On the morning of our
wedding I had a Champagne breakfast with my mother and sister and
spent the remainder of the day spending time with my bridesmaids.
All the girls came together in the bridal suite shortly before the
wedding to exchange cards and gifts.
CEREMONY DÉCOR/ RECEPTION DÉCOR: We had a garden ceremony on a large lawn overlooking the surrounding countryside. Given the natural beauty of the venue itself we didn’t need too many additional decorations, but we did have olive branch and ribbon pew ends and two large floral arrangements on each side of the aisle.
PLANNER/ WEDDING STYLIST: I planned entire the
wedding myself, so I relied on wedding blogs as well as guidance
from my family and bridesmaids to bring our dreams to reality. We
really wanted our guests to enjoy the day as much as us, so I
strived to create a magical garden party during the day and a merry
feast in the evening. I took inspiration from the likes of Joy
Procter, Ginny Au, and imagery from Jose Villa, whose style I felt
best aligned with my own.
making and cutting of our wedding cake was one of the highlights of
our wedding. We had a 3-tiered traditional Italian millefoglie cake
filled with cream and summer fruit made live in front of our guests
by the wonderful pastry chef from Guidi Lenci. Our friends and
family crowded around the cake table, singing and swaying to
Italian operatic music while the cake was masterfully constructed.
Watching all our friends arm in arm, singing ‘O Sole
Mio’ was one of our happiest moments.
WEDDING SONGS: We had a string trio
for our wedding ceremony. They played ‘Kissing You’ by
Des’ree as my father walked me down the aisle and ‘Here
Comes The Sun’ by the Beatles for the Recessional. Our first
dance was to ‘Let’s Get It On’ by Marvin
had the string trio play during our cocktails and canapes, playing
covers of modern and classic pop songs, and we switched to a DJ for
after-dinner dancing. We worked with the Alma Project to create a
list of songs (predominantly hip-hop!) that wanted to be played and
they mixed it to perfection – I have never seen a dancefloor
BEVERAGES: We had an Italian banquet style buffet
for canapes and fully stocked bar with large buckets of ice filled
with Birra Morreti (although most of the party was awash with
Aperol Spritz!). We then had a sit down dinner in one of the
Casamora’s large inner courtyards. We had 3 long cinematic
tables for guests and a top table for our family. We opted for a
3-course meal of Pear and Peccorino Tortelli and Tagliata Tuscan
Beef with Roasted Potatoes and vegetables followed by our Wedding
Cake for dessert. The meal was accompanied with prosecco and red
and white wine supplied by the owners of our venue. After dinner we
had an open bar and we also had an ice-cream cart brought in during
dancing. Pizza was served at midnight.
honeymooned in the Seychelles directly after the wedding. We really
wanted a ‘desert island’ honeymoon and the laid back
luxury of the Seychelles was everything we hoped for. We toured
Praslin, La Digue and Mahe but Denis Private Island was our
favourite. We loved it’s tranquillity and had a fantastic
time snorkelling, diving and fishing during our stay.
GIFT REGISTRY: We set up a gift registry
with The Wedding Shop.
CELEBRANT & READINGS: Francesca Resticini from My Wedding In Italy performed our ceremony and our sisters gave readings of William Shakespeare’s Sonnet 116 and Pablo Neruda’s Sonnet XVII.
ANY OTHER SPECIAL DETAILS: We had old
photographs of our parents and grandparents on their wedding days
displayed during the reception. It was recognition of our heritage
and a way of including relatives that were not able to be with us
on the day.
A MEMORABLE MOMENT: Midway through the dancing,
Iain and I lit a chinese lantern from the centre of our dancefloor.
For a what felt like an eternity it didn’t look like the
lantern would take off, but eventually it took flight and floated
into the night sky while our friends and family sang King’s
of Leon ‘Sex on Fire’ at the top of their lungs. It was
IF I COULD GIVE OTHER BRIDES TO BE ONE PIECE OF ADVICE…Enjoy it, the planning process and the day itself… It goes by so fast!
AMANDINE& IAIN'S CONTACTS:
PHOTOGRAPHY: Lelia Scarfiotti
BRIDE'S DRESS: Monique Lhuillier
BRIDE’S SHOES: Manolo Blahnik
BRIDESMAIDS DRESSES: Jenny Yoo
GROOMS FORMAL WEAR: Jack Bunneys
WEDDING RINGS: Cartier
HAIR & MAKEUP: Rose Gosling
STATIONERY/INVITATIONS: Megan Riera
FLORIST: Stiatti Fiori
CATERING & CAKE: Guidi Lenci
CELEBRANT: Francesca Resticini
WEDDING VENUE: Fattoria Casamora
HONEYMOON DESTINATION: The Seychelles
ENTERTAINMENT: The Alma Project
GIFT REGISTRY: The Wedding Shop
OTHER: Ribbons from FrouFrou Chic