Posts Tagged ‘wedding’

confetti and rice in the gardens at Villa Casagrande

Brian and Alison, 21 August 2014

Having worked at Camping Girasole in Figline Valdarno many summers ago, Brian wanted to bring Alison to Tuscany to get married here, and they chose the stunning backdrop of Villa Casagrande in Figline to share their special day with family and friends from both the UK and Italy.

Brian and Alison had an informal engagement photo shoot in the grounds of the Villa and in the town centre with Christian, the photographer, who also arranged for them to have a short video made, a couple of days before the wedding.

Brian has many Italian friends in Figline who had worked together to come up with a series of surprises: a wedding car to take Alison and the bridesmaids to the Palazzo Pretorio, prosecco and strawberries in the town square after the wedding, and as the evening went on they played several practical jokes on the groom.  I was horrified to see them take Brian’s tie and hack it into pieces to collect money for the bride and groom – as per the Italian tradition – but later found out he’d been half expecting it and had changed ties before dinner, just in case (phew!).

The whole run up to the wedding was very informal and laid back, and this was exactly how things were on the day.  The morning was spent relaxing with friends and family and at 3pm the hairdresser arrived to start getting Alison ready.  After the civil ceremony, Brian and Alison went for some photos at San Martino, just above Figline, before coming back to Villa Casagrande to join their friends and families for the aperitivo with piano bar.  After the meal and cutting the cake, everybody went to Aqva, Casagrande’s pool bar for drinks, music and dancing and the celebrations went on into the early hours.

Congratulations to Brian and Alison, Katie and Livia, and thank you to the fantastic team who worked with us to make the wedding such a success!!

 


Happy!

Siena wedding, 26 July 2014

This summer has been a wash out with thunderstorms and temperatures well below the average and it seems that every wedding we have had so far this year has had the threat of rain (or rain!) and there have been lots of emails from worried brides about the forecast!  Today was no exception but the sun managed to come out and stay out this morning for Amy and Kris and their wedding.

Amy and Kris contacted us just over 18 months ago to make the arrangements for their wedding – their dream wedding backdrop was the Piazza del Campo in Siena. The ceremony was held in the Palazzo Pubblico, the stunning building which has been Siena’s city hall since the Middle Ages. The guests came up the three flights of stone steps and into the huge room with frescoed ceiling and spectacular Murano glass chandeliers - absolutely beautiful.

Amy and Kris’s 8 year old son gave his mum away and there were a few tears but these turned into smiles as the vows and rings were exchanged  and the exit song – ‘Happy’ – summed up the vibe perfectly.

A prosecco reception in the Piazza del Campo followed, before the coach took everyone back to the reception venue for an afternoon of relaxation before dinner and dancing with a beautiful sunset…

http://www.liviolacurre.it/en/kris-amy-weddings-stories/

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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.


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Lisa and Richard, 21st July 2013

The venue for Richard and Lisa’s wedding in July was Hotel Villa Casagrande in Figline Valdarno, where Richard had proposed to Lisa on a recent trip to Italy.

The wedding ceremony and reception were held in the Cloister and the focal point was the well which was adorned with flowers, candles and fairylights.

A string trio was playing to welcome guests as they arrived for the ceremony and the bride and groom made their entrance down the stone steps into the courtyard. Photos in the gardens were followed by an aperitivo while Lisa and Richard went into the main square of Figline Valdarno for some informal pictures, accompanied by lots of ‘Auguri!’ from the locals!

Dinner was followed by the first dance and a surprise solo performance from one of Richard’s closest friends on the saxophone, before the cutting of the cake and fireworks!

On the evening after the wedding guests were invited to a relaxed ‘apericena’ with drinks and buffet dinner at the pool bar.

Click here to see Livio’s slideshow (and some award winning pictures!)


Wedding at La Selva

Venue of the month – February

When you describe your dream wedding, are the words ‘rustic’,  ‘relaxed’ and ‘ romantic’ at the top of your list? If so, this is the place for you.

La Selva is a private, family villa located in 32 acres of grounds, which offers absolute privacy and intimacy. As you enter the villa you immediately feel the welcoming atmosphere, and it is not hard to imagine how relaxed you would be after spending a week of your life enjoying the Tuscan sunshine and scenery on offer here!

The venue is ideal for small wedding parties as it can sleep up to 16 guests, with 7 bedrooms and 5 bathrooms, perfect if you are looking to spend a week with your closest family or friends.  The fact that you will be the only guests means you have no restrictions and you can do exactly what you want – there are no neighbours to complain if the music is still playing at 3am!  For added magic, there is a small cottage with a domed roof which can be used by the bride and groom.  There are plenty of accommodation options in the local area if you are inviting other friends and family members to celebrate with you in Italy.

Tuscany is famous for its hospitality, and the intention of Francesco, the owner, is that you move in and make the villa your home for the week. A welcome dinner is included on your first evening,so it really does begin to feel like home from the moment you arrive. There are plenty of extra options available to make your stay as relaxing and enjoyable as possible, including grocery shopping, breakfasts and evening meals, wine tasting and cookery classes.

The gardens offer endless possibilities for creating your wedding, with plenty of different areas where tables can be set up, whether in front of the house, under the pergola or overlooking the pool. If you are looking to do something informal, there are two pizza ovens and a barbeque.  The amphitheatre is perfect for your symbolic  or civil ceremony, and the fact that the local mayor is happy to come to La Selva to officiate is an added bonus!

Visit La Selva’s website

 


Thank you cards

Grazie!!

You may still be in the early stages of planning your wedding but as we are super-organised we like to plan ahead!! When you plan your guest list it is a really good idea to save names and addresses on an excel file so you can add a column with details about the gifts you receive and another column to show you have written your thank you cards.

When ordering your save- the-date cards and invitations you can order your thank you cards at the same time. It may work out cheaper because you are placing a bulk order, and your theme will be complete from beginning to end. But there are lots of ways to personalise your thank you cards using official or informal photos from your wedding celebrations, and with lots of great websites such as moo.com and snapfish it has never been easier to upload your photos and create your own designs.

A lot of our couples who choose to get married in Italy ask their guests not to buy them anything because the very fact that they will be coming over to share their celebrations is the biggest gift they could give them. But a lot of guests bring presents and cards with them anyway!  In the excitement of welcoming guests and on the wedding day itself it can be easy to lose track of who gave you which gift, especially if the cards get dislodged from the parcels. Try to keep all the cards together with the gifts, tearing open a corner of the wrapping paper to put the card inside the parcel if necessary, and as you open gifts keep a running list of who has given you what so you can refer back to it once you are at home again.

If you receive gifts before your big day then it is a good idea to write thank you notes as you receive them, and once you come back from honeymoon and sit down to write your thank you cards you will almost certainly find it easier to write them in short bursts, rather than attempt a marathon session! Cards should be hand-written, as should the envelopes, and both the bride and the groom should be involved in writing them. In today’s world of computers and technology the personal touch really does make a difference.

As for the wording, refer to your list so you can mention the gift specifically and say why you appreciate it. If you have received cash, you can say how you are planning to spend it (or how you have spent it!). If your guests put money towards your honeymoon you could mention something you saw or did and that you thought of them while you were there. And thank your guests for coming to your wedding and for sharing your special day with you. Gifts may get lost or broken over the years to come, but your memories will remain.