Are you looking for somewhere amazing to tie the knot? You’d be hard-pressed to find a more dramatic and scenic ceremony location than this. WWW readers Louise and Brian decided a destination wedding in Tuscany was perfect for them and their setting was both historic and romantic. They got married on the 1st of June 2016 at the San Galeano Abbey underneath a breathtaking dark cloudy sky, which only added extra perfection to their photos.
Not only was their venue fabulous, but the pair decided to enhance their day with music. A string trio played tunes including Pachelbel’s ‘Canon In D’ and ‘All You Need Is Love’ by The Beatles for them and their guests. I’m besotted with the use of baby’s breath (or gypsophila) florals in tin buckets lining the aisle and also in the bouquets.
All of the bridal party looked incredible with the boys rocking navy blue suits with white pocket squares and the bridesmaids wearing stunning rose coloured one-shoulder dresses. Of course, Louise and Brian positively shone on their big day. The bride wore a floaty lace sleeveless gown with a beaded belt and the groom wore a polka dot tie with his navy suit.
Thank you so much, Angelica Braccini Photography, for these spectacular images.
THE PROPOSAL | Completely unexpected – we were at home and I was in my PJs eating dinner.
THE VISION | We wanted quite a romantic, relaxed and rustic feel to our wedding. We have always loved Italy and talked about getting married there, so there was no doubt from the start that we would have a destination wedding. Unfortunately, we didn’t quite get the weather we wanted, but at least the sun held out until we were married….. then the heavens opened.
THE PLANNING PROCESS | We decided on hiring a wedding planner to help us navigate through the legal aspects of the wedding. Our planner was also invaluable in sourcing some absolutely excellent suppliers, such as hair and makeup, venue and the string trio!
THE VENUE | We married at San Galgano Abbey with the reception at Villa Podernovo. Two beautiful venues, which suited our theme perfectly.
THE DRESS & ACCESSORIES | My dress was quite understated, it was quite floaty which I think suited the venue.
FINDING THE DRESS | This was relatively easy, I found a great shop in Belfast called Pronuptia – this was only the second dress shop I went to.
GROOM’S ATTIRE | The groom’s suit was purchased from another Belfast store called Bogarts. It was a classic navy three-piece suit with a navy and white polka dot tie.
THE READINGS & MUSIC | We had the most amazing string trio to play at the wedding. Coming into the church they played Pachelbel’s ‘Canon in D’ and leaving, The Beatles’ ‘All You Need Is Love’. Everyone has commented on how amazing the music was and how much it made the ceremony.
BEAUTIFUL BRIDESMAIDS | I had two lovely bridesmaids in a dusty pink one shoulder dress – one bridesmaid nearly didn’t make it as we had a dress malfunction just as we were leaving for the Abbey – thanks to the hair and makeup team this was quickly resolved!
THE FLOWERS | We wanted the flowers to be simple to fit in with our theme – we went with gypsophila for the bridesmaids and gypsophila and blush pink roses for my bouquet. The florist had also arranged lovely tin buckets filled with gypsophila for the aisle in the Abbey, which we also used for the table settings.
THE CAKE | We decided not to go for a cake, we knew our guests would be full from the amazing aperitifs and dinner the venue had put on.
YOUR PHOTOGRAPHER | Our photographer was amazing – we decided on only having a photographer for the ceremony, as we knew the rest of the day would be well documented by friends and family! We received the photos within a matter of weeks upon returning home which was a lot quicker than expected and we can honestly say we love the photos, she captured the ceremony and feel of the day perfectly.
THE DETAILS & DÉCOR | As both venues were stunning, we did not need to worry too much about décor. The flowers in the Abbey where all that we needed. We also had little fans made which were the order of the day and dried rose petals in little cones made of sheet music which were quite rustic and added to the theme. At the reception we brought some garden games (which unfortunately couldn’t be used as by then the heavens had opened), we also had a polaroid camera and props for the guests to enjoy themselves with.
THE HONEYMOON | We are heading to the Maldives in October for our honeymoon. As we had a destination wedding, we wanted to come home and relax first before jetting off again on honeymoon.
MEMORABLE MOMENTS | Besides my bridesmaid’s dress malfunction, I think it would be the service, everyone commented on how beautiful it was, from the setting, to the ceremony itself which was very relaxed and so different to anything we have in the UK, alongside this the music in the background just made the whole ceremony.
ADVICE FOR OTHER COUPLES | I would advise that you really consider a wedding planner for a destination wedding to help navigate any legal aspects!
CREDIT WHERE CREDIT IS DUE |
Photographer | Angelica Braccini Photography
Floral Designer | Chiara Sperti
Hair Stylist | Divi Divine
Event Planner | Italian Style Weddings
Reception | Villa Podernovo
Musicians | Note a nozze
Louise and Brian, your wedding looked absolutely incredible. What an amazing choice of location, flowers, outfits and music. Thank you so much for inspiring us today! Abby xx