Jacinda and Nick were married in the gorgeous Tuscan countryside on the 1st October 2016. The civil ceremony took place at Palazzo dei Priori (the Town Hall) in Volterra and was followed by a reception held at a 100 year old villa, Le Capanne. The pair made the most of their surroundings with a clear sided marquee, which offered al fresco dining with breathtaking views of the area.
There are plenty of beautiful details with a map table plan giving a nod to their international relationship, an oh so pretty suitcase for cards and of course what Italian wedding would be complete without a Fiat 500? Just look at the cute vintage vehicle which took them from ceremony to reception.
Jacinda chose a classic Justin Alexander dress, which she teamed with a cathedral length lace-edged veil and I just love that she chose to wear gloves. Nick looked ever so stylish in Ted Baker.
Couples planning their wedding from afar will want to take note of Jacinda’s advice. As some family and friends had travelled from across the globe, they made the most of their time in Italy by sharing a week with them ahead of the big day, which just sounds perfect.
Thank you very much to Frances Sales Photography for the gorgeous photographs.
THE PROPOSAL | We went to San Sebastian for my birthday and Nick proposed on a boat ride on Monte Igueldo.
THE VISION | We have some Italian friends who live in Volterra, Tuscany and we wanted to get married at the stunning frescoed Palazzo Dei Priori (Town Hall). Since I am from New Zealand and Nick is from the UK, we wanted our families and friends to have a holiday and spend time getting to know each other before the wedding, so we spent the week leading up to the wedding at a villa in the Tuscan countryside.
THE PLANNING PROCESS | I found our wedding planner Lisa Redgrave (Hitched in Italy) on Instagram. Lisa is based in both the UK and Italy and assisted us with organising the legal side of things for the civil ceremony (which was conducted by the mayor of Volterra in Italian and translated into English by a local interpreter, Annie Adair), transport for our guests between venues, an Italian folk band, a hairdresser, a make-up artist, a wedding car (a vintage Fiat 500), and flowers.
Dario Giovannini (owner of the villa Le Capanne) arranged the marquee, furniture, dinner/tableware, bar, catering, and wedding cake for us.
THE VENUE | We had a civil ceremony at Palazzo dei Priori (the Town Hall) in Volterra, Italy. The reception was held at Le Capanne Country Relais & Spa, the 100 year old villa that we were staying at.
THE DRESS & ACCESSORIES | My dress was Justin Alexander from Daisy’s Bridal Couture. I had a cathedral length Chantilly lace edged veil which was made by the dressmaker Shamali at Daisy’s.
I wore vintage wrist length gloves from Vintage Bridal Accessories for the ceremony.
My shoes were Kate Spade.
FINDING THE DRESS | I saw an image of the dress on Daisy’s Bridal Couture’s website when I was searching for bridal boutiques in Wimbledon and instantly fell in love with it. I went to try it on with one of my bridesmaids and a friend but did not try many other dresses on, as it quickly became obvious that it was “The One.”
GROOM’S ATTIRE | Nick wore a blue Ted Baker suit, paisley tie and pocket square.
He had globe cufflinks which were a present from me on the morning of the wedding and fitted in with our ‘travel’ theme.
THE READINGS & MUSIC | Nick’s sister Beth did the reading ‘Today I marry my friend’ and my friend Rebecca read the extract from Winnie the Pooh ‘If ever there is tomorrow when we’re not together there is something you must always remember. You are braver than you believe, stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think. But the most important thing is, even if we’re apart, I’ll always be with you.’
We had Andrea Bocelli’s version of the song ‘Can’t help falling in love’ as I walked up the aisle of the town hall with my Dad and ‘Amore’ by Dean Martin as Nick and I walked out together.
We also had an Italian folk band that played for a couple of hours during the reception.
We had a playlist of Andrea Bocelli songs for the reception dinner and Nick made a playlist of crowd pleasing songs and nods to friends for the dancefloor.
BEAUTIFUL BRIDESMAIDS | I had 3 of my best friends as bridesmaids. They wore blush pink dresses from House of Fraser. One of the bridesmaids wore a one shoulder version of the dress and the other two had illusion necklines with a cowl backline. They wore their own shoes and blush pink pearl earrings that I found on Etsy.
My cousin’s daughter Nova was our flower girl. She wore a blush pink lace dress from House of Fraser, with a floral crown.
THE FLOWERS | The flowers were from our wedding planner Lisa’s local florist in Bagni di Lucca, Tuscany. I had requested white roses and hydrangeas with lots of greenery and was really happy with them on the day.
THE CAKE | The cake was a traditional Italian ‘millfoglie’ which was assembled in front of us and our guests and was a real highlight of the day.
YOUR PHOTOGRAPHER | Our photographer was Frances Sales who is based in Kent, but travelled to Italy for our wedding. We had a complimentary engagement shoot with Frances in Battersea Park before the wedding and felt really comfortable with her. Frances blended in with all of our guests and captured some beautiful moments of the day.
THE DETAILS & DÉCOR | We had a table with a small suitcase with a world map pattern on it that I found for cards, a beautiful cross stitch that Nick’s sister Beth made for us of a couple holding hands with our wedding date on, and a guest book with a wooden cover with the outlines of New Zealand, England and Italy on it.
We had a world map table plan and vintage travel postcards for table numbers, which even included one of my home town of Timaru.
We had long wooden tables with white table runners, lanterns with candles in, vases of white flowers with greenery, and white napkins with a sprig of rosemary on. Our sister-in-law Aleisha made some ‘J’ ‘&’ ‘N’ wedding letters with lights in which we had on the top table.
We had mini bottles of limoncello for wedding favours that our wedding planner Lisa prepared.
THE HONEYMOON | Since my family had travelled over from New Zealand we went on a ‘familymoon’ with them to the Cinque Terre, Verona, Lake Garda and Lake Como.
MEMORABLE MOMENTS | Both the setting of the town hall and the villa were very memorable.
Driving up to the town hall in the vintage Fiat 500 with our driver Daniele and my Dad and squeezing into it with Nick and our photographer Frances for a mini-tour and photos after the ceremony were a highlight.
We’d had dinner at a lovely restaurant ‘Fornelli – Osteria con vista’ for my Dad’s birthday earlier that week and when we stopped outside for some couples photos after the ceremony they brought a tray with 2 glasses of bubbles out to us.
Our guests all commented that they really enjoyed the Italian folk band and the decorating of the traditional Italian ‘millfoglie’ wedding cake.
ADVICE FOR OTHER COUPLES | If planning a wedding abroad then I would definitely recommend utilising a wedding planner. Our wedding planner Lisa arrived at the villa on the morning of the wedding and was able to oversee all the preparations so that we didn’t need to worry on the day. Don’t worry about the weather – it started raining just as we were having group photos but we carried on regardless and the caterers and band just moved everything inside. The Italians also said that it brings good luck if it rains on your wedding day!
Everyone says that the day will fly by and it does, make sure you take a few moments to yourselves to appreciate it and your newlywed status!
CREDIT WHERE CREDIT IS DUE |
Photographer | Frances Sales Photography
Wedding planner | Hitched in Italy
Venue | Villa Le Capanne
Gloves | Vintage Bridal Accessories
Thank you so much Jacinda and Nick for sharing your idyllic Italian wedding. Rachel x