This was one crazy couple. I sometimes meet one of the two who is a Labrador puppy, but both bride and groom, young, beautiful and full of crazy energy – they were a handful! But they also had an image for their event, that was based around light-hearted fun, and the perfect combo of English and Australian roots mingled to create a mix where glamour, and irony were hard to distinguish. For me, the day was mostly about keeping the dream on track!
Kate – the bride – writes:
We started by Googling and found that the possibilities for stunning wedding venues were endless all over Italy, so we changed tack and decided to find our ideal wedding planner and let them lead us to our venue. After another Google session we found Italyweddings, operating in Tuscany, and were immediately drawn to their style, beautiful venues and floral design and their simple and down to earth approach to the wedding planning process (which isn’t always easy to find in Italy!). A couple of emails and a Skype chat with Ben, and we’d found our planner.
The venue search continued and with so many stunning and unique places to choose from, Anthony and I were really waiting for that light bulb moment. Scrolling through the options we stopped on an image so picturesque it looked like a painting! An ancient castle nestled in the Tuscan hills, covered in creeping greenery complete with a flower garden, an open-topped courtyard for a reception under the stars and sweeping views across Florence. We had booked it before we had seen it in person.
The big weekend flew around and given that all of our guests had traveled from near and very, very far to get there and many people had turned the trip into a holiday in Europe, everyone was in holiday mode and ready to party! We kicked off the festivities with welcome drinks on the Grand Hotel Cavour rooftop so everyone could get to know each other and “lock horns” before the big day, while taking in the beautiful city of Florence and way too much prosecco. It was the perfect start to what was to be an unforgettable weekend!
The wedding day and night was even more incredible than we could have imagined. From dawn until dusk there were so many fun surprises that unfolded I can hardly list them all!
In the morning my groom and I both unknowingly sent each other a surprise bottle of champagne with a card. Anthony had also gone one further and made me a video to watch on the day while we were getting ready, where he’d interviewed our best friends and family asking them questions about me, us and wedding day advice! Tears of laughter and joy were shed by the bucketful!
The day itself was beautifully hot and sunny and just so happy and fun, with everything from the food to the setting, the flowers, and all of the little touches here and there making our day so special. The post-ceremony aperitivo on the lawn to the sounds of the Tuscan trio overlooking the city was one of our favourite moments! The speeches were also a huge highlight and no one held back when it came to a thorough roasting of Anthony and I (mainly carried out by the father of the bride), prompting roars of laughter from the crowd.
Once the cake was cut and we were treated to the spectacle of our head waiter opening a champagne bottle with a huge machete (another surprise!), we stampeded out to the terrace for cocktails and to tear up the dance-floor. After our first dance, my mum and I launched into a secret, short choreographed routine to Queen Bey, which clearly set the pace for the evening! Shortly after it an epic d-floor circle formed, which saw guests in dinner suits and full length gowns break-dancing, doing somersaults and walking handstands. But the most prized moment for many was Anthony and two of his mates performing a completely impromptu Backstreet Boys dance from high school that they hadn’t done together in 15 years!! When the clock struck 1:30 no one was ready to go and we tearfully waved goodbye to the castle with a head full of crazy and wonderful memories.
It truly was the best day of our lives and we have so many amazing memories to relive for decades to come.
VENUE: Castello di Vincigliata
FLOWERS: Le Petit Jardin
PHOTOGRAPHY: Ed Peers Photography
WEDDING DRESS: One Day Bridal