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A Tuscan Courtyard Wedding

— Amandine & Iain

Date

2 July 2016

Guests

94 people

Photographer

Lelia Scarfiotti

Amandine & Iain by Lelia Scarfiotti
Amandine & Iain by Lelia Scarfiotti

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!

BRIDESMAIDS DRESSES: My bridesmaids all wore beautiful ‘mayan blue’ tulle dresses by Jenny Yoo. The dress is convertible so they each wore them slightly differently.

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.

STATIONERY/INVITATIONS: I 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 myself.
 

FAVORS/BONBONNIERE: We chose traditional English gifts for our bridal party leather Mulberry money clips for the boys and Astley Clarke bracelets for the girls. 
 

FLOWERS & 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 FrouFrou Chic.
 

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.

WEDDING 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.
 

CAKE: The 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 Gaye.
 

ENTERTAINMENT: We 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 more full!
 

FOOD & 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.
 

HONEYMOON: We 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 brilliant.
 

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 SHOESManolo 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

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