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Elope wedding with a difference

When I met up with a good friend over lunch in Arezzo last October we caught up on all our news and we joked about her eloping to Italy to get married. When I told her I’d organise it for her I was sincere but I didn’t really expect that our chat would actually culminate in a wedding!

By the end of December there had been a proposal and the decision had been made – they really were going to elope to Italy to get married!! Families were informed, the town hall was available so the florist, hairdresser and photographer were contacted, appointments were booked to get the paperwork sorted. Accommodation was arranged in a medieval tower in Figline Valdarno – the groom had wondered about a castle so we came up with the next best thing! In the space of three months everything was in place and we were ready to go.

We’ve organised and assisted on elope weddings before but this elope wedding was slightly different. Giacomo, my husband, is usually on hand behind the scenes at our weddings but this time he was one of the witnesses and I was going to be a guest.

The morning of 4th April was cool, grey and rainy but we had plenty of umbrellas on hand, and nothing was going to put a dampener on Jane and David’s special day. Once we were all ready, the witnesses arrived at the tower and we wandered down to the Palazzo Pretorio in Figline for the civil ceremony which was followed by photos and a cappuccino – the bride’s only ‘must have’ photo request! An aperitivo was waiting for us at Villa Casagrande and then we went down to the restaurant for a wonderfully relaxed lunch.

It was a really lovely day. I could do with a wedding every Friday to start the weekend like this – friends, sisters, anyone else thinking about eloping – drop me a line!

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Paul's engraved ring

Paul and Jan, Elope wedding 19th September 2013

Paul contacted us at the end of June because he and Jan had booked a holiday in Italy in September and he wanted to surprise Jan with their wedding when they were here! Unfortunately, the legal procedure meant that he couldn’t do things without her finding about it so he broke the news to her – but she was thrilled with the idea and Paul set the ball rolling!
Paul and Jan had both been married before and they wanted the day to be as laid-back and as stress-free as possible, doing something they love – horse-riding!
We organised the ceremony and a bouquet – Jan’s request was for something blue – before going to the local riding stables where we produced a bag with some spare clothes for them to get changed and sent them off on a trek through the vineyards with Maura and Silvia from Vecchio Texas. Paul and Jan had been to Florence and chosen their rings and had them engraved the day before the wedding – Paul chose to have his engraved on the outside rather than the inside, a really lovely idea.
When they returned they had worked up an appetite and had a wonderful aperitivo waiting for them, and they called their families and close friends to tell them their news (which took a while!). They went on to enjoy dinner under the stars, and then had a week of honeymooning in the Tuscan hills.

champagne and fruit

Congratulations to Sarah and Thomas!

We have collaborated with Gio from Accent Events on several weddings and when she contacted us because she was organising a wedding package for Sarah and Thomas, a young couple who were eloping to get married in Tuscany, we were more than happy to help with the arrangements.  We assisted her with the creation of the wedding package, which included flowers, photography, champagne reception and transfer as well as accommodation, spa and evening meal before the wedding.  We were on hand to interpret at the verbal hearing and the civil ceremony, and we provided the two witnesses necessary for the legalities!

At 6.30am on the morning of the wedding it was pouring with rain, by 7am there was a rainbow and by 9.30am the sun was shining. The wedding was very relaxed and informal, and the focus was – as to be expected – on the bride and groom. They met the photographer at 10am, had some informal photos in the hotel and then made their way on foot to the Palazzo Pretorio in Figline for the ceremony, much to the pleasure – and interest – of the locals. After the ceremony they walked back to the hotel for an intimate champagne reception before gathering their belongings and heading to Florence at 1pm to begin their honeymoon.

Congratulations Sarah and Thomas, and good luck for your new arrival in October!