A wedding in Chianti, the fairytale weddings that everyone wants

2-small-luxury-wedding-resortOrganizing a wedding in Chianti is the dream of many bride and groom to be. Olive trees, vinyards, castles and villas spread all over like a painting. This is the dream of the couple who want to have an unforgettable family wedding: cozy, romantic and with a special feeling.

Where to start

There are few things to keep in mind. Most of the farmhouse (agriturismi) require a full occupancy of beds in high season, therefore if you pay also for the stay of your guests can be very expensive. The best choice could be renting a villa in the countryside and then hiring a chef. In order to do that a year in advance booking is required. If you choose a hotel in Chianti for your big day you need to know that probably you will be not the only one to stay there therefore guests can stroll around the hotel and be part of the wedding, a solution that i don’t particularly love :)

When to marry in Chianti

Well, the spring, summer, fall, theese seasons are extraordinary for their colours. Spring is the blossom of nature. Flowers are at thier most in terms of colours and smell. Summer have neverlasting days with sunset at around 9pm, warm days and coolest nights.The Fall probably, give the best colours: red, yellow, brown. The days are a little bit shorter but the light is perfect for pictures, with fiery sunset and mild temperature and last but least, prices are lower than high season!

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Destination wedding, Italy, of course!

I still remember the big fuss around David Bowie and Iman wedding in Florence in 1992. At that time it was really weird that someone so famous could choose Florence to get married. The wedding tourism wasn’t so strong as it is now and seeing all the rich and famous strolling around the Renaissance capital was really amazing.

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Photo taken from Hello Magazine, latest issue

After that wedding many others followed, and the last in order of time the Hollywood star (soon a politician?), George Clooney and his brunette bride, Amal Alamuddin, a lawyer based in London.

They tied the knot in a lavish three or four days party in Venice. More than a wedding was like going to see the red carpet at the Oscars, but even if Venezia stopped for a long week end and the venetian people were not so happy, the couple had their fairy tale wedding in one of the most romantic, dramatic and unique city in the world. And the list is long and let me tell you that not only the rich and famous choose Italy but also millions of couple around the world: american, british, northern european, japanese, brazilians, indians come in the Bel paese to wed, to renew vows, for a wedding honey moon, to elope etc….

Why everyone come in Italy to marry? 

The question could be easy to answer: becasue Italy is the most beautiful country in the world but this answer could seem insignificant.  Yes, the landscapes, the art cities, the cypresses, the vinyards, the olive trees, the blu sky and blue sea, the food, the wine, the atmosphere, and the people, of course. There is something more.

The cost

Weddings in Italy can cost much less than a wedding in your origin country, I dont want to say, that is cheap but unless you come with 100 guests and you pay for everybody, the cost is in proportion with what you have. Good value for good money.

I usually do weddings for a minimum of two people ( bride and groom) to a maximum of 60 people becasue I like that weddings remain a private thing.

To me weddings are a private issue, and I will never stop to act like this. If you decide to marry in Italy, you do it for several reason, but most of all, you just want to have an unforgettable experience, a memory that lasts forever and because you want to have a moment to share with your loved ones.

Rich and famous that tied the knot in Italy:

Tyron Power and Linda Cristian, Rome

David Bowie and Iman, Florence

Sophia Coppola and Thomas Mars, Bernalda (south Italy)

Kim Kardashian and Kanye West, Florence

Aradhana Lohia and Kevin Sharma, Florence

George Clooney and Amal Alamuddin, Venice

Justin Timberlake and Jessica Biel, Puglia

Ritika Agarwal e Rohan Mehta, Puglia

Charlie Gilkes and Anneka Von Trotha Taylor, Puglia

Princess Maria Carolina of Bourbon-Parma, Marchioness of Sala, Duchess of Guernica and Albert Brenninkmeijer, Florence

And many others, not so rich and famous maybe, but to me, the most important .

A blessing with a view

20140913_163112 A blessing   is just a symbolic ceremony, no legal value, but very, very emotional. Generally speaking it is only an exchange of vows or renew of the vows or simply to have a ceremony that celebrates the love between tow people (no matter the gender).

Renata and Felipe decided to have a blessing in front of Florence, in the terrace of Grand Hotel Minerva.

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After the ceremony we had a drink in the bar and then the bride and the groom went for a stroll along the streets of Florence, naturally a stop in front of Ponte Vecchio couldn’t be missed!

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and last but not least our amazing Ponte!

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Ceremony site: Grand Hotel Minerva

Celebrant: Francesca Celebrant, Italian Wedding Celebrant

Bouquet:  Stefania Masiani

Wedding and event coordinator :Simona Cappitelli

Photographer, Alessandro Giannini in Firenze

Make up and hair: Contrasto Aveda

I like small weddings!

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Another amazing, small, intimate, elegant wedding in the city centre of Florence. The church is the same: the complesso di San Firenze, afterwards an amazing dinner at Dei Frescobaldi restaurant in via dei Magazzini with a pre cocktail at Gucci caffè.

 

 

The couple, a doctor and a financial manager, decided to tie the knot in the cradle of Renaissance with just their close family and some close friends ina very warm and sunny day. Would you wish to have the same kind of weddings? Ask me how, still available date for end of June and beginning of July.

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Wedding and event planner: Simona Cappitelli

Photographer: Rosa Paola Lucibelli

Video : Rony Cadavid (Lanzalibre)

Flower: Il Fioraio di Stefania Masiani

Wedding dinner: Dei Frescobaldi Restaurant

Hair: Contrasto Aveda, Via de’ Neri

Make up: Alessia Carmignani

Plan your wedding like a music star

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There is a famous british couple who in 1999 came for the first time in Tuscany (precisely few km outside Florence, in Figline Valdarno) and fell in love with a, almost ruined, hamlet. Nothing strange, many british people from the late 1800 come to Chianti and fell in love with this place over and over again: how can you blame them?

Hilltop town, hectares of vinyards, countryhouses spread all over as well medieval castles, olive groves, blu sky, mild temperature in summer, a perfect place to raise children (in fact the last one was born in Tuscany), to have dinners and lunch with friends or organize private concerts. Yes, because the famous one is Gordon Matthew Thomas Sumner, aka Sting, the front man of Police, now an amazing solo singer and his wife, Trudie Styler, married in this paradise years ago.

The estate is named Il Palagio.
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The Estate produce extra virgin olive oil, wine of course, and honey but since few months ago you can rent a part of the estate for weddings or private events such as indoor, pollside, cellars, loggia, terrace or countryside.

The estate can be rented from as little as 20 guests to 400 and prices of rent varies. Please for quotation and info info@latestimonedinozze.com or simocappi@gmail.com

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 Há um casal britânico famoso que, em 1999, veio pela primeira vez na Toscana (precisamente poucos km fora de Florença, em Incisa Valdarno) e se apaixonou por um, quase em ruínas, Hamlet. Nada de estranho, muitos britânicos a partir do final de 1800 veio para Chianti e me apaixonei por este lugar uma e outra vez: como você pode culpá-los?
Cidade morro, hectares de vinhedos, casas de campo espalhados por todo castelos medievais bem, olivais, céu azul, temperatura amena no verão, um lugar perfeito para criar os filhos (na verdade, o último nasceu na Toscana), ter jantares e almoço com amigos ou organizar concertos privados. Sim, porque o famoso é Gordon Matthew Thomas Sumner, aka Sting, o homem de frente da polícia, agora um cantor solo incrível e sua esposa, Trudie Styler, casada neste paraíso anos.

A propriedade é chamado Il Palagio.

A propriedade produz azeite extra virgem, vinho, é claro, e mel, mas desde há alguns meses você pode alugar uma parte da propriedade para casamentos ou eventos privados, como interior, pollside, adegas, loggia, terraço ou no campo.

O imóvel pode ser alugado a partir de tão pouco quanto 20 a 400 convidados e os preços do aluguel varia. Por favor para cotação e informações info@latestimonedinozze.com ou simocappi@gmail.com

A small, intimate wedding in Florence

A young, beautiful, brazialian couple decided to put all their money not in having a big party in their homeland, but put money on the trip to Italy, and have their dream wedding in Florence.

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They wanted a small chapel, only their parents and two witnesses, me and a friend of mine. So, I called the only priest in town who speaks portuguese, Padre Sergio (he has lived in Brasil for more than 20 years), and Padre Rosario, priest of the Chiesa dei Padri Filippini in Piazza San Firenze, centre of Florence.

The church is huge, but theyve a lovely small chapel where it is possible to get married.

 

They loved the idea, so it was easy and smooth to organize everything.

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Hair and make up: Contrasto

Photographer: Alessandro Giannini

Flowers: Il Fioraio di Stefania Masiani

Dinner: Brunelleschi Terrace, Hotel Baglioni, Firenze

Wedding designer and coordinator: Simona Cappitelli, LTDN weddings and events in Italy

City: Florence

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Italian beach wedding

20140802_192750When I started to write about beach wedding I didn’t know that there could have so much success, among foreigners, but also among Italians.
Italian law permits only few city councils to have your civil wedding on the beach, very few, but they allow blessings and I did my first as a celebrant last Saturday.

I thought about it many times: I like weddings, I like readings, I like public speech. The couple was Italian – from Florence – but their dream was to have a beach wedding, so last fall our search began.

They wanted to stay as close as possible to Florence and the only solution was Versilia, just 1 hour or so from Florence. The problem about Versilia is that the coast has not public beaches.

They are all private with beach resorts and it is not easy to find someone who wants to open the resort for weddings even if they have all restaurants.

We found one, very elegant, beautiful called Beach club in Cinquale, near Forte dei Marmi, one of the most exclusive spot in Tuscany.
Beach club has a large jetty where we had the blessing, beside that a chiringuito where to have cocktail, and beside the swimming pool, we had dinner and cut of the cake.

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When to marry without difficulties: April, May and September
High Season, July and August, possible but with a lot of restrictions (please ask info@latestimonedinozze.com)

A wedding in Siena, a party in a Chianti hamlet

foto 2Luciana and Antonio is a lovely couple from northern Italy deeply in love with Tuscany where they have funds memories.

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They decided to tie the knot surrounded by the whole family at the end of July, first with a civil ceremony in Siena in the beautiful Sala del Concistoro in the Palazzo Pubblico museum then having a party in a hamlet they reserved for the day, Borgo Vescine, a lovely borgo between Radda and Castellina in Chianti, surrounded by typical Tuscan woods, olive trees, vineyards and quietness.
Luciana and Antonio have already four children so it really was a family affair, moreover half of the family live in Sicily and the two days wedding party was also a way to stay with them and enjoy each other company. Luciana and Antonio wanted to have a party, elegant, but still a countryside wedding.

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Borgo Vescine ‘s choice came after looking for many locations (almost six months around Tuscany looking for the best spot) and they won. They had the all family gathered there for the night then with two mini vans my assistants brought them to Siena for the ceremony.

The party:
Aperitif before, in splendid terrace surrounded by candles, music, laughs, dinner, cheers and dance: for decoration we opted for a series of bouquets on the table with chandeliers all along the table. Flowers were white roses, white hydrangea, and ivy.

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My staff:
Music: Alessandro Lollobriogida
Flower: Il fioraio di Stefania Masiani
Photographer: Alessandro Giannini
Make up and hair: Giulia Cresci
Location: Borgo Vescine
Bride dress: Jesus Peiro
Groom dress: Sartoria Rossi Milano
Wedding coordinator and designer: Simona Cappitelli, weddings and private events

Another beach wedding location: San Vincenzo

San Vincenzo (St Vincent) is in the etruscan costa, below Livorno, in High Maremma. This is a  historical village thanks to its closeness to Populonia and the gulf of Baratti.

This was the site where the misteriuos people of the Etruscan lived. The territory of San Vincenzo is a perfect  beach spot for families, due to its long and white beaches but also because there are several natural park: it means that beside a beach vacation, there many archeological sites to see, such as Populonia, the ancient mines and few organic farmouses where they produce excellent extra virgin olive oil, honey and wine.

Where to marry

Rimigliano park with its long and dramatic beach which goes until the gulf of Baratti could be one of the location if you think about a blessing on the beach. For civil ceremony the town of San Vincenzo will be more than happy to celebrate the wedding (for civil weddings on the beach a special permission is to be asked).

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Where is the party?

The Mistral is for infomal wedding and it will be completed renovated for next year, instead the first one, the Mariva a more formal and elegant but equally romantic and on the beach.

The Mistral is literally on the beach, you can sink your feet on the sand while you sip a glass of prosecco and eat some deliciuos local delicatessen while the photographer is busy to take as many pictures possible at the sunset. The sunset in Tuscany is amazing because you actually sea the sun going into the sea and it’s where the party start.

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The Mariva is still close to the beach but it is the pinewood: cool air in the evening, few romantic and private spot to say “I do” while the cocktail can be served along the swimming pool and the dinner or lunch in their elegant restaurant.

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There must be a reason

cd9787e7-9208-42dd-99fa-2d49b1290ff3If even the Kardashian’s clan decided to come to marry in Florence, there will be a reason. A thousand of reason, I should say. If you look at the picture posted on internet of Kim looking at the stunning view of Florence, you understand that people come here because Florence is the most beautiful town in Europe as Kanye West said in a recent interview.

Nothing or almost nothing came out for the ceremony: we only know that the guests were not that 600 something, but less, that Andrea Bocelli (he sang) and Ermanno Scervino were the only italians and that the wine was from tuscany and that lucky them, the days was gorgeous!

You can rent almost all the amazing sites of Florence according to a new policy of the town hall. The money will go for restauration of the historical buildings.

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