Emily and Daniel are a lovely couple from the UK who chose to get married in beautiful Tuscany, Italy in July 2015 at the Tenuta La Borriana, Carmignano. Sandra Santoro was the wedding planner on the scene and created the most beautiful and whimsical Italian wedding experience that was all captured by photographer, David Bastianoni. “We were so blessed that day. Family, friends, sunshine, music, food and all the love in the world: the time of our lives,” says Emily and Daniel.
About the Wedding Concept
Emily and Daniel have always loved Tuscany so Sandra decided it was the ideal place to get married. They kept things simple as the Italian backdrop was so amazing, and created a soft, natural looking ceremony area and beautiful reception with long tables for relaxed dining. Putting their art degrees to good use they both created some really pretty DIY projects that really added a lovely helping of personality into the day.
Theme or Colour Scheme
Emily and Daniel knew that getting married in a Tuscan olive grove would mean that they would be surrounded by beautiful colours, shades and hues. “We didn’t want to have any strong colours in our ‘wedding palette’ that would clash with the natural environment,” says Emily. “We kept everything as ‘Italian’ themed as possible. Friends even knitted us large woollen olives with little faces, to give to our younger guests!”
Flowers included a combination of Gypsophilia, Queen Annes Lace, Lisianthus, White Heather, White Roses, White Sweet Pea, trailing Jasmine, Olive vine and sprigs of Rosemary, Thyme & Lavender.
Due to the surroundings, they needed very little in the way of decoration. Daniel’s sister made some wonderful bunting and they decorated the wine cellar with paper decorations and fairy lights for the disco.
Personal or Handmade Touches
Emily and Daniel really wanted live music for the wedding ceremony, so they had a guitarist and violinist to play down the aisle and back down the olive grove path. It was magical to hear ‘Take Care’ by Beach House with an Italian twist and when they played a rendition of ‘Postcards from Italy’ by Beirut, the couple was beaming! Daniel wanted the guys to have a certain look, so his Grandfather, Father, Best-Men and brother in laws all wore plaited belts and had olive green pocket squares. He also made them all a bracelet of beads to wear, just a cool little touch. It’s nice that months after the wedding, the guys are all still wearing them. They also painted tiny portraits of each other to mark their places at the dinner table, neither of them were too impressed with their own efforts but they loved each others attempts.
After the photos with family and friends, the couple went with the photographer Daniele out into the vineyard. They’d been watching a small ‘Piaggio Ape’ 3 wheel truck collecting olives during the week and thought it would be great to have some photos in or around it. Two minutes later, Daniele & Daniel had broken in and Emily was in the back. Their guests were watching over the balcony, laughing as it all unfolded. Shortly after, the couple walked around to the terrace where they’d be having dinner. The folk duo was playing ‘That’s Amore’ as a surprise for the couple and they were greeted by cheers as they appeared before everyone.
Advice to other couples
“Although it truly should be a celebration for family and friends, your big day is just that, your day! By all means listen to advice and suggestions but don’t be afraid to follow your dream plans. We had a really hard decision to make when choosing to get married in Italy. Despite planning a party back at home, we knew there would be people who couldn’t make it and they may be upset by our choice. We never would have changed our minds though and so glad we didn’t, in fact we were really surprised by the number of people who chose to travel, you may find yourself surprised by things to?!”
“We were told on the day of the wedding that the local mayor had taken a ‘personal interest’ in the British couple who were getting married close by. Sure enough, he turned up to the wedding wearing a bright Italian sash! He spoke at the start of the ceremony on our home country of Wales and presented us with our marriage certificate. It was amazing if not slightly surreal. It honestly felt like our two countries had come together for the day, we left Italy with an even bigger family… Now that is amore!”
About Sandra Santoro
Sandra Santoro and her team are proud to celebrate 20 years in planning, designing and coordinating destination weddings all over Italy. From intimate elopements to large scale events, they organize masterfully sophisticated and romantic celebrations with passion and extensive experience. Her talent lies in merging your vision with the extraordinary beauty of Italy creating magical weddings and unique experiences.
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