Under the ethereal glow of a European sun, this elegant wedding in Tuscany beautifully fuses the effortless mood of the Italian countryside with touches of luxury and classic elegance.
A 16th Century Tuscan villa and a historic church, left bare other than opulent arrangements of white roses, provided an enchanting setting for a celebration of cultural heritage and the mixing of Western and Chinese traditions. The couple also held the most beautiful Chinese Tea Ceremony.
Luxury was bought to an outdoor reception on the lawn of the rustic villa and location of one of our favourite films Stealing Beauty, with a bride changing from classic Lanvin to a chic Alessandra Rich gown. Crystal chandeliers and the most stunning arrangements of dusty pink roses and hydrangeas, adorned the softly draped marquee and white linens blew in the afternoon breeze. As the night fell, fireworks magically lit up the dark sky.
Each moment beautifully document by Lelia Scarfiotti, one of The LANE’s handpicked photographers, will transport you to the enchanting landscapes and fleeting moments of this Italian Countryside wedding.
WEDDING LOCATION: Our reception was held at Villa di Geggiano near Siena in Italy. It was where they filmed Bertoluccis’ Stealing Beauty. We chose this location for it’s understated 16th century Tuscan charm.
THEME/STYLE: We wanted our wedding to feel intimate and laid-back, yet also elegant and celebratory.
BRIDE’S DRESS: It was important for us to respect both Western and Chinese traditions, so we had two ceremonies. For the church ceremony and cocktails, I wore a simple white gown by Lanvin. For the traditional Chinese ceremony, where we paid our respects to their elders by kneeling and serving tea, I wore a cheong-sam-inpsired red dress by Monique Lhuillier. And finally for the reception (and dancing), I wanted something comfortable yet chic so I chose an Alessandra Rich dress that was a bohemian, almost folk inspired piece. The best part was that I could where flat shoes!
FLOWERS & BOUQUETS: All the flowers were by Tuscany Flowers. We had a mix of red flowers for the Chinese ceremony, classic white roses for the church ceremony and a palette of soft, dusty pinks and whites for the reception.
CEREMONY DÉCOR: The Chinese and classic church ceremonies had very distinctively different decor. The theme for the Chinese ceremony paid tribute to the traditional Chinese wedding colour, red. Bouquets of mixed red florals, red rose petals filling the aisle, teapots and cups for the offering and soft intimate lighting from candles. The church space was so historic and already had a lot of detail like the alfresco paintings, so we only added white roses to keep the decor classic and elegant.
RECEPTION DÉCOR: The reception was held outdoors in the grounds of the Villa under a lavish marquee. Crisp white linen tablecloths, adorned with pink roses and hydrangeas and crystal chandeliers hanging from above. The historic Villa made for a perfect backdrop to watch the sun go down.
ENTERTAINMENT: We had a soprano and organ player for the church ceremony, a string quartet for the cocktails and a swing band for the reception and dancing. One of the bridesmaid's was the lead performer in the US national tour of Mama Mia, so she delighted our guests with several songs too.
A MEMORABLE MOMENT: The fireworks at the end of the night exceeded our expectations. It was definitely the most Instagramed moment of the evening.
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PHOTOGRAPHY: Lelia Scarfiotti
WEDDING VENUE: Villa di Geggiano
BRIDESMAIDS DRESSES: J. Crew
HAIR/MAKEUP: Giulia Cresci
FLORIST: Tuscany Flowers
WEDDING PLANNER: Valentina Moneglia
HONEYMOON DESTINATION: Amanjena, Morocco