What a treat we have in store today! We are headed to beautiful Tuscany, Italy for the utterly romantic nuptials of WWW readers Kristen and James. They were married on the 5th July 2018 at the stunning Borgo Petrognano and had wedding planners Wed in Florence on board to ensure all went super smoothly.
There are some really wonderful elements to their wedding that I just adore. Firstly, their first look was just idyllic and looked like such a special and emotional moment. If you are considering a first look, these images may just sway you towards one, it really does make for the most amazing photographs. Then there were the gorgeous outdoor settings, both for the ceremony and reception. The flower arch was the perfect backdrop to their vows and the views from their reception location looked spectacular!
Kristen looked so radiant in her choice of gown, a lace fit and flare, off the shoulder dress called Pippin by Watters. It was altered to perfectly fit her baby bump too, beautiful! James meanwhile opted for a pale blue suit, with bow tie and loafers, he looked really on trend and very smart.
I shall leave you with the incredible images by ZONZO, which we are just so thankful to be sharing today. Enjoy.
James and I had been together for over five years and we had talked about marriage many times but his proposal was a complete surprise.
Christmas eve 2016, I had gone to bed early with a headache. At midnight, I was woken with James coming to bed (a tad merry!) telling me that Christmas had come. A little grumpy at being woken, I went to the bathroom and when I came out, he was on one knee with a beautiful ring and he asked me to be his wife.
After the shock subsided and of course I said yes, we drank a bottle of bubbly!
The best Christmas present ever!
Straight away we both agreed that we wanted to get married abroad as we have a love for travelling and very quickly we decided on Tuscany in Italy. The vision was romantic and rustic, but elegant. Lots of green herbs and subtle pastels. We wanted the day/weekend to be fun and relaxed for our guests and reflect our personalities. We couldn’t have done this without the help of our brilliant planner Neve at Wed in Florence.
The Planning Process
Very quickly we chose Wed in Florence to help plan the wedding and took a trip to Florence to look at potential venues. The final venue Borgo Petrognano, took our breath away and we fell in love with it.
Most of the planning was done from Scotland through emails, Skype and Pinterest, but we managed another visit to Florence to have a menu tasting, pick the flowers and a hair and make up trial. Neve has a huge list of suppliers she works with and she does her best to find the right fit for your vision.
A few months later, I fell pregnant which was a lovely surprise, so we were then planning a wedding and a baby. We don’t do things by halves!
Relais Borgo Petrognano, built in the 12th century in rural Tuscany, with stunning views of olive groves and vineyards was perfect for a three day wedding trip with 20 of our closest friends and family.
Your Outfits & Accessories
I knew I wanted a lace dress but something a bit different. I picked the stunning Pippin by Watters from Anne Priscilla in Glasgow.
A few months after the dress was fully paid for, I found out I was pregnant, so thought I’d have to buy another. Luckily the fab staff at Anne Priscilla were able to tailor the dress to accommodate my 7 month baby bump.
My favourite accessory was my ‘borrowed’, ‘old’ and ‘blue’ aunt Annetta’s sapphire and diamond ring. With strong connections to Italy, she was thankfully able to attend the wedding but sadly passed away a few months later.
James’s suit was spotted in a charity shop in Glasgow and was bought for a bargain. His shoes and bow tie were from ASOS, but the best part of his outfit were the braces found in Mr Ben Retro Clothing in Glasgow. Perfect for the occasion, with the Fleur de Lis pattern, which is the crest of Florence.
Neve found us a great makeup artist and a fab hairdresser who were able to create a lovely natural look for me and my four bridesmaids. They were so lovely, relaxed and professional.
James had two best men. His good friend Dougal and our nephew Peter who is only 12. As we weren’t matching the number of groomsmen to bridesmaids, they were free to wear whatever they chose. Both looked very handsome in their suits although when the dancing got into full swing, most of the guys changed into shorts and flip flops!
My cousin Karen-Anne was my maid of honour and bridesmaids were James’s sister Janine along with my good friends Julie and Kelly.
They wore a burgundy guipure lace panelled dress from ASOS and all looked stunning. I got them all bracelets from Stella & Dot as a thank you.
The Readings & Music
James’s sister Jacqueline read a verse from ‘Love Defined’ by singer Daniel Johnston and my cousin’s husband Edd read a verse from ‘Song of the open road’ by poet Walt Whitman. Both favourites of ours.
We had a sting duo playing through the ceremony and aperitivo. I walked down the aisle to ‘Pachelbel Canon in D’ and we walked out to ‘Don’t Stop Believing’. During the ceremony we did a lovely warming of the rings ritual to ‘Intermezzo from Cavalleria Rusticana’ and signed the parchment to ‘Hallelujah’. Our first dance was ‘Baby I Love You’ by The Ramones.
We wanted a rustic feel for the table and so chose beautiful potted and fragrant herbs and white roses. This also helped to keep the cost down and with us being into cooking, it suited our personalities.
My bouquet was huge and stunning, with lots of greens and soft pastel colours but also had romantic strong colours with a gorgeous protea as the centrepiece.
The bridesmaids had roses and baby’s breath and the florists even managed to get thistles for James and the groomsmen’s buttonholes, to add a flavour of Scotland into the mix.
When in Italy, why have a tiered cake when you can have a traditional Italian mille foglie wedding cake. We chose a delicious cream and berry one and the best part is, the talented chef makes it right in front of everyone which is so special and different to what us Scottish are used to!
Zonzo is a husband and wife team. Angelo and Simona are so dynamic and professional with a quirky fun twist. We couldn’t have chosen better photographers. They captured the day perfectly and their talent is ridiculous! I am in awe every time I look at our photos, crying and laughing out loud at the same time. Just perfect!
Being seven months pregnant, we didn’t want to go too far for our honeymoon and why would you need to in such a beautiful part of the world!
As we had family over from the US, we went to Forte dei Marmi to spend more time with them on the coast. This seaside resort is often referred to as the ‘Hamptons of Italy’ and we could see why, with the designer stores and huge villas, this is clearly where rich Italians holiday in the summer.
The most special part of our day, was when our celebrant Jo included a ritual poem for ‘The bump’. It was lovely that our daughter Clara was included in the ceremony and brought a happy tear to most of the guests.
It was a lovely and surreal moment when all the stress lifted and my mum walked me down the aisle in such a scenic setting to stand in front of my best friend, soon to be husband. Sadly my dad couldn’t make it due to his health, but he was with us in thoughts.
The overall experience was amazing and we felt so lucky to be surrounded by the people most special to us. The food was some of the best we’ve ever tasted and what more do you need than glorious sunshine in a gorgeous setting. Even though I couldn’t take advantage of the flowing prosecco and cocktails, our Scottish guests certainly did. We even managed to have the Italian DJ play ‘Loch Lomond’ at the end of the night in true Scots fashion.
Advice For Other Couples
We would advise any couple getting married abroad, to hire a good wedding planner. The endless list of suppliers to choose from is so important and if you don’t speak the language well, it would be extremely hard.
Other than that, don’t get hung up on the little details as it will all come together perfectly on the day and you’ll wonder why you even stressed at all.
Credit Where Credit Is Due
Thanks ever so much to Kristen and James for sharing with us their very romantic wedding xo Lou