This week we would like to feature one of the weddings which we enjoyed planning the most this year. The bride and groom are wonderful people and working with them was a delight. Here is the reference letter that they wrote for us!
Sinéad and Stephen decided to have a legally binding catholic ceremony. They wanted a church and a ceremony location with authentic Tuscan character and a reception at a venue which had a traditionally Tuscan feel but which could also guarantee a bit of luxury and comfort for their guests.
The decor that they chose was simple and elegant like they are, and they opted for leafy white and green flower arrangements both for the church and for the reception.
We have seen few brides who were as nervous as Sinéad was on the day of the wedding! It was so cute!
She had a long morning of hair do and make up, followed by wearing her gorgeous dress and receiving a lot of compliments from her family and friends!
(All the photos below are by the talented Domenico Costabile! Thank you Domenico for letting us use them, and thank you Sinéad and Stephen for letting us publish this!)
In the meanwhile, the groom and his best man were getting ready to leave the hotel. Here they are proudly showing off the wedding rings in the hall of the hotel!
Here is a close-up of the buttonhole that Lorella created for Stephen, the groom!
Back at the hotel, the final touches for this stunning bride! Her mother helped her to put on the last piece of her beautiful, elegant dress, and her father brought the bouquets created by Lorella for her and her sister, the matron of honor!
And off we go!!
Meanwhile, the groom and the guests were waiting in the church. They look more relaxed than they actually were!!
And here comes the beautiful bride!
I love the photos where you can see how the bride and groom look at each other when they first see each other on their wedding day! They are so moving!
The ceremony was very moving. The church is small and beautiful. Can we brag about the flower arrangements too? :)
The bride and groom included the rite of the candles in the ceremony. They lit one candle each at the beginning of the ceremony and then, after they were declared husband and wife, they put out the two candles and lit the third one together, to symbolize that they are now one family.
We love this photo: it was taken after they were declared husband and wife. They finally look relaxed and enjoying a moment just between the two of them! In the meanwhile a guest was singing a traditional Irish song: what a voice!
And after the signing of the registers, the bride and groom got ready to exit the church. There was some hesitation among the guests. I guess in Ireland the bride and groom exit first, and the guests follow, but here in Tuscany, everybody leaves the church before the newlyweds, gets a rice cone (you can see the terracotta vase Lorella prepared with rice cones in the photo below) and waits for the bride and groom outside the church to throw the rice at them to wish them prosperity in their marriage!
Time for a few photos outside the church…
A close-up of the bridal bouquet.
And then, before joining their guests at the hotel for the reception, the bride and groom decided to go off for a little drive in the countryside in the company of a nice bottle of champagne!
While Sinéad and Stephen were cruising through the Tuscan countryside, their guests were enjoying an aperitif at the hotel. Here are a few photos of the reception including the flower arrangements we designed.
When the bride and groom finally arrived at the hotel, the reception could start. And here are a few image of the toast, the cutting of the cake and of course the first dance!
And here are the bride and groom with us!
We would like to thank Sinéad and Stephen for being so nice and patient! We are looking forward to seeing them again in Tuscany for some big anniversary!