A castle, a rain shower, and a ceremony full of song–what more could you want in a wedding? Mel and Eugene’s Tuscan castle wedding at Castello il Palagio was the perfect combination of elegant and lively. While they could’ve let the rain during their music-filled outdoor ceremony get them down, the couple kept spirits high when they moved indoors to continue the nuptials.
After rain-soaked “I do’s” and taking stunning portraits in the vineyard, the newlyweds partied the night away with friends and family at a reception fit for royalty. With the help of CG Wedding & Event Designer, the couple transformed the space into an Italian dream using eucalyptus and olive leaves, candles galore, and gold decor. And of course, we can’t forget to mention Mel’s forest green one-shoulder Sarah Boadu reception gown and Eugene’s all-white outfit change–talk about taking wedding fashion to the next level.
One look at these photos beautifully captured by Benni Carol Photography, and you’ll be ready to galavant around the Tuscan countryside.
Mel and Eugene
Castello il Palagio, Tuscany, Italy
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Why A Tuscan Castle Wedding
We are really proud of the choice we made for our wedding venue. Just when we thought we had found our dream location, Claudia encouraged us to see one more–Castello Il Palagio–and we fell in love. It was classic, romantic, and surrounded by vineyards. It was crucial to have a venue that could host our wedding both inside and outside, with stunning options in both cases. Even though the weather proved to be quite unpredictable on our wedding day, we were able to relax and have a great experience without worries or regrets.
Wedding Advice From The Bride
During our wedding planning process, we struggled a lot with COVID restrictions. Nevertheless, amid a pandemic, we had the most beautiful wedding in Florence. Looking at world events today, we cannot believe that we were even able to have our wedding. Not to mention flying out 90 guests from London—no one caught COVID due to our planner’s diligence and safety precautions—and us having the best day of our lives. Claudia–of CG Events–was nothing short of amazing. Our wedding was originally scheduled for June 4th, 2020, but took place–by nothing short of a miracle–on September 20th, 2020. So my best advice to all the couples out there would be to try and stay positive even if things don’t go as initially planned. And trust your wedding vendors.
Traditional Italian Wedding Day Vibes
We were looking for a typical “Tuscan vibe.” This meant lots of green with eucalyptus and Chianti olive leaves along with some white and champagne elements with a touch of gold. The stunning castle grounds and the surrounding chianti hills helped us realize what we were looking for–a romantic, warm, and earthly atmosphere.
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Congratulations again to Mel and Eugene on their Tuscan castle wedding! We’re so thankful that Benni Carol Photography was there to capture the beauty of the day. Don’t forget to check out these six destination wedding tips before jetting off for your own destination “I do’s!”
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When getting married in a crystal palace built in the late 1800s, it only makes sense to throw an over-the-top, Great Gatsby-inspired affair. That’s exactly what Elettra and Silvano did for their Florence evening wedding. The two said “I do” in a candle-lit ceremony, surrounded by wild florals arranged by Floricanto before partying the night away in a circus-esque reception.
The couple used John Derian’s illustrations as inspiration, filling the glass garden with vintage-inspired artwork, silver candelabras, feathers, and mirrored tables and dancefloors. Elettra matched the old-world theme beautifully in her beaded Zuhair Murad gown, complete with a feathered bridal cape. And we love that Angelo Nenna Pintor kept her hair pinned back in a sleek 1920s bun.
Junebug member and wedding planner The Tuscan Wedding did an incredible job taking the couple’s vision and turning it into a wedding unlike anything we’ve ever seen before. So keep scrolling to see the magical night perfectly captured by Elisabetta Riccio, and be prepared to take a trip back to the jazz age.
Elettra and Silvano
Florence, Tuscany, Italy
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Congratulations again to Elettra and Silvano on their fashion-forward Florence evening wedding! We’re so thankful that Junebug member The Tuscan Wedding was there to plan out every incredible detail. And thank you to Elisabetta Riccio, who captured the beauty of it all. To see more of The Tuscan Wedding’s work, check out their profile in our directory of wedding planners from around the globe!
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While scouring the globe to find their perfect wedding location, Dipal and Dirgesh landed in Tuscany at the Villa Artimino—a venue perfect to accommodate both of their dreams. With Italian wine vineyard views and a villa that feels straight out of a fairytale, this couple shared their vows with their closest family and friends. This two-day Indian wedding is vibrant, culture-rich, and filled with gorgeous elements you have to see.
With the help from their wedding planner Distinctive Italy Weddings, this gorgeous and intimate Indian ceremony brought two families together through celebration and rituals. Keep scrolling to see the bride’s beautiful maroon and gold dress, gorgeous henna from the Mehndi ceremony, and a live cake show—yes, you read that correctly. Now, let’s virtually transport to Tuscany with photos from Nicola Tonolini.
Dipal and Dirgesh
Villa Artimino, Tuscany, Italy
Why The Villa Artimino?
Dirgesh and I settled on Italy at first because it was the best of both worlds for us. Dirgesh always dreamed of a beach wedding. I always dreamed of a wedding in a beautiful villa or castle to complete my fairytale. In the end, we chose Tuscany because it was better suited to accommodate our guest count of 150. Though this is a small wedding based on Indian standards, it is large based on Italian standards, so many venues did not have the space to accommodate us. We love the views and beauty of Villa Artimino. It was the perfect fit since we are also wine lovers! We could not have been happier with our choice.
Planning An Intimate Wedding.
The most important thing to us in planning our wedding day was making sure we had our closest friends and family with us to celebrate our big day with us. We wanted a smaller and more intimate wedding compared to a typical Indian wedding and doing a destination wedding allowed us to keep our numbers smaller and spend our time with the people who matter most to us.
Wedding Advice From The Bride
Organization and communication are key. Whether you’re planning yourself or you have a planner, there is a timeline for planning a wedding and many vendors to communicate with. Keep all this information organized, communicate with your planner and vendors to vocalize your needs and wants, and make sure everyone is on the same page. It can be tough for couples when trying to balance the desires of two families who may have differing opinions. Do your best to respectfully consider their thoughts without letting it deter your vision. Don’t forget that you and your significant other are in this together. Lastly, make sure to enjoy your big day and don’t stress if things don’t go according to plan over the course of the day. Just go with the flow and don’t miss out on the magic!
Timeless Indian Wedding Fashion
I always imagined myself in maroon and gold for my wedding dress. I found my wedding dress in Seasons and it caught my eye. I fell in love with it when I tried it on, but wanted to make sure there was nothing that I liked more. After trying on dresses at another store, I knew that it was the one. I picked my jewelry to match the colors of the dress and had a nose ring made to match it, as I always envisioned wearing a traditional hoop for my wedding jewelry. I picked my bridal party sarees based on one of the softer toned flowers in my dress so it would be subtle and compliment my dress well. Dirgesh’s mother brought fabric from my dress to Manyavar, where they picked out options for him that would match my dress colors. The groomsmen outfits matched the color theme from my dress and complemented the bridesmaid sarees.
Huge congratulations to Dipal and Dirgesh on their gorgeous Indian ceremony at the Villa Artimino. And thank you to Distinctive Italy Weddings for sharing it with us. If you want to see more vibrant Indian weddings, check out this rich-toned modern Indian wedding and colorful Italian Indian wedding for more inspiration!
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Bringing magic to life is no easy task, but wedding planner House of Luce did just that for Samara and Stephen. This Borgo Stomennano Italy wedding was every bit of luxury with baroque touches, a dark red color scheme, a flowing champagne tower, and sparkling chandeliers. There was even a bit of Dolce and Gabbana— and that is always a fabulous addition to any wedding.
While keeping the theme Italian-chic, this wedding is a Pinterest board in itself. Thankfully, David Bastianoni captured every inch of it. Don’t let us spoil all the fun— keep scrolling to be whisked away into by this gorgeous wedding at Borgo Stomennano.
Samara and Stephen
Monteriggioni, Tuscany, Italy
Why Did You Choose Borgo Stomennano?
We wanted our wedding venue to be at a real Tuscan-style venue where you could experience the history. We didn’t want it to be modern, but rather monumental and majestic. Being surrounded by vineyards, beautiful nature, and a feeling of peace and calm was important to us. Having a beautiful and impressive entrance, specifically a long driveway surrounded by typical cypress trees was a must have, too. We found all of our requirements in one place and were instantly sold. We really wanted the day to be a magical and beautiful experience for us and for our guests. Approaching venues with the idea that it would feel like a little holiday weekend all together—surrounded by our loved ones—where time stood still for a little while really helped in choosing.
An Ode to Italian Fashion
For the styling of the groom, bride, and wedding party, we liked to keep it Italian chic, elegant, and light. We wanted them to be in the same colors. My husband wore a handmade suit from Loro Piana made by Oger Amsterdam and shoes from Carmina. I had my crown custom made and designed by Mignonne in France and my earrings from Christie Nicolaides in Australia. I love baroque style and wanted it to match my wedding dress from Covers Bridal Boutique with wild pearls. My wedding dress was comfortable and light—which I loved—and was covered with appliqués of beautiful 3D flowers, paillette, and beads. It had three layers of lace, tulle, and sparkle. I hand-stitched real sweet water pearls and crystals onto the dress, as an extra special touch. I absolutely loved my matching cathedral length veil, which I wish I could have worn forever.
Welcome Wedding Gifts And Goodbye Recovery Kits
We had a welcome bag for each guest filled with lavender soap, mints, water, a welcome note, mini tic tac toe in a bag, jelly beans, and mosquito repellent spray. For the ceremony, we gave out fans for the guests to keep cool. As a goodbye gift, we handed out little “recovery kits” that were filled with cool bandaids, Advil, Alka Seltzer, a footbath tablet, candies, and a Vitamin C shot. For our parents, we gave them slippers, kimonos, and Cartier perfume. The bridesmaids got slippers and matching kimonos and the groomsmen got flasks, ties, and tie clips.
Wedding Advice for Brides-To-Be
Start planning earlier than you think you should and don’t use a wedding planner you don’t absolutely love. A good wedding planner is everything! We switched twice before we found our dream wedding planner. I recommend investing a lot of time into searching and contacting many vendors to compare and have options to choose from. Don’t wait too long—popular vendors get booked very quickly.
Congratulations to Samara and Stephen on their gorgeous wedding day! Big thank you to Lucette Sforza from House of Luce for sharing this incredible ceremony with us. If you’re looking to throw an opulent destination wedding, get inspired by this wedding in Puerto Rico, or consider a cool city in the US!
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Holy cannoli! We can’t get enough of Christine and Craig’s modern but classic Tuscany wedding at Villa Mangiacane. The property’s bright peach exterior and the surrounding 600-acres of lush vines and groves matched perfectly with the neutral color palette that the couple, along with their planner—Blooming Eventi—picked out.
Our favorite detail? The Vespa bar—complete with Aperol and Campari. Or maybe it’s the fireworks going off as the couple cut their cake. Okay, there might be too many to choose one favorite detail from this real wedding. Stefano Santucci Photography beautifully captured every romantic, thoughtful, and candid moment of the day.
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“Christine and Craig’s story begins almost 12 years ago as juniors in high school. What started as best friends ultimately blossomed into a passionate relationship. The couple knew they wanted to plan a destination wedding for their closest family and friends. In college, Christine studied abroad in Florence and fell in love with everything about the countryside. While researching wedding venues, they decided on Villa Mangiacane in Tuscany.
While planning her wedding, Christine leveraged her professional skill set and work experience to produce a magical weekend that blended Florence and the Italian countryside. She knew most of her guests had never visited Tuscany, and wanted to create a unique, once in a lifetime experience. When deciding on a theme for her wedding, she fell in love with the motif of “an elegant, romantic, and jovial evening set in the heart of Tuscany!” A few accouterments that her guests can’t stop talking about: the Vespa Bar, gelato cart, and fireworks.“
Christine and Craig
Villa Mangiacane, Tuscany, Italy
Why They Chose the Villa Mangiacane
Villa Mangiacane felt very special with its unique history and beautiful grounds. We loved the fact that the venue could house a majority of our family and friends, keeping everyone together for a fun weekend in Tuscany. Plus, the villa is a short car ride from the Florence airport, making it easy for guests.
The Couple’s Most Memorable Part of the Day
Walking into our dinner reception following the ceremony and aperitif was our favorite memory of the evening. As the sun set over the Italian countryside, my husband and I joined our closest family and friends in the villa gardens overlooking the vineyards and olive groves. The scene was exactly as I had envisioned throughout my planning, and I felt overcome with happiness seeing everyone enjoying themselves.
Their Italian Wedding Favors
We gave our guests custom handmade straw bags by Italian Summers. The bags were filled with local products: individual Cacio e Pepe spice packets (from Mercato Centrale in Firenze), a bottle of Mangiacane Chianti Classico wine, and mini bottles of Mangiacane-produced extra virgin olive oil. Our wedding hashtag was #CacioePulver, so we wanted to bring the hashtag to life by serving Cacio e Pepe during the wedding dinner and providing the spice in the welcome bags for guests to enjoy back home!
Congratulations to Christine and Craig on their special day at Villa Mangiacane! We’re in love with every single photo captured by Stefano Santucci Studio. Thank you to Junebug member Blooming Eventi for sharing it with us! To see more of her work, visit her profile in our directory of best wedding planners in the world!
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