We decided to share with you a wedding that is dripping in romance. It should be no surprise that the marriages occurred in the Tuscan countryside.
Villa Medicea di Lilliano has been on our radar for a while now, thanks to a styled photo shoot by a photographer we love. Given how ornate and beautiful it is, it’s stunning to imagine a wedding in this mansion.
Andrea & Patrick’s Tuscan villa & the surrounding hills were a stunning backdrop for their wedding. You don’t require much decor to make a venue like this look so good! Their florist and planner decorated the venue with olive branches, white flowers, and beautiful blooms to complement the surroundings.
We have a lot of real Italian weddings and inspiration to show you. You can also see our guide to a Tuscan honeymoon, which we wrote during our month-long stay in Tuscany last year.
Our Love Story
In 2010, we were 18 and 19 years old, in the same vocational class during our commercial apprenticeship. Despite not falling in love at first sight, we fell in love after a few months of partying.
We both spent our childhood summers in Italy with our families. We love Italian culture, food, and wine because of this. In April 2018, we spent a weekend in Piedmont. We usually spend a few days in Italy. We booked a lovely boutique hotel near the vineyards.
We ate in their Michelin-starred Osteria on the first night. We fell in love immediately with the food and wine. We went back to the room after dinner. It had a panoramic window.
We were both staring out the window and watching the lights on the vineyards. I didn’t know Patrick had taken out the box with the ring. It was the moment when he asked to marry me.
We didn’t have a clear vision of what we wanted at first. We didn’t desire a grand wedding. We wanted to share our love of good food, wine, and laughter with those we care about.
We knew that the weekend would run from Friday through Sunday. It had to be easy to reach from Florence. We wanted to find a place to accommodate our family and close friends. We also enjoyed the rooms being modern but with an Italian flair. Colors should be neutral, in olive or green tones. Elegant elements offset the rustic parts of the design.
Dress & Attire
Patrick wanted a suit that was made to measure. He wanted to have a case he could use in the future. I didn’t know what style or color he would choose, so it was a pleasant surprise.
I didn’t want a dress with too much tulle, so no princess dress. I went to two shops before finding the dress. It was an A-line silhouette with lace and a tattoo effect.
I did not have any particular flowers in mind. The olive color and white needed to be consistent. When I saw the pictures of Luca’s work, it was obvious that he made the most beautiful arrangements.
It’s hard to choose. Some highlights were the ceremony my sister designed, the vows, and the love from everyone around us. After our wonderful dinner, we had a fantastic party.
Details & Favors
On the table of each guest was a small bottle containing olive oil. We also placed homemade BBQ Salt and lavender soap in each hotel room. My sister also designed the invitations, as well as place cards. I cut the wine corks to make the place cards. My sister and I made the flower bracelets for the bridesmaids. She surprised me by making the flower bracelets with a florist the Sunday before the wedding.
Oh… I’d love to have our cake again. I ate the whole cake at the test meal. I could control my appetite during the wedding and only ate a few bites. We had the best millefoglie ever.
I don’t think I am the right person to offer advice. We wanted to ensure everything was perfect, but we didn’t plan every detail. Enjoy this particular day, just like every other bride and groom!
YouTube is a great place to find videos that will help you practice your wedding dance.
Well, this is notable…we went on a three-month honeymoon. We always wanted to take a more extended vacation after the wedding. We traveled to Thailand, Malaysia, Hong Kong, Tokyo, Hawaii, LA, Vancouver, LA, and Vancouver.