Church wedding in a medieval hamlet in Tuscany

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!)

wedding in tuscany

wedding in tuscany

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!

wedding in tuscany

Here is a close-up of the buttonhole that Lorella created for Stephen, the groom!

wedding in tuscany

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!

wedding in tuscany

wedding in tuscany

wedding in tuscany

And off we go!!

wedding in tuscany

wedding in tuscany

wedding in tuscany

Meanwhile, the groom and the guests were waiting in the church. They look more relaxed than they actually were!!

wedding in tuscany

wedding in tuscany

And here comes the beautiful bride!

wedding in tuscany

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!

wedding in tuscany

wedding in tuscany

The ceremony was very moving. The church is small and beautiful. Can we brag about the flower arrangements too? :)

wedding in tuscany

wedding in tuscany

wedding in tuscany

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.

wedding in tuscany

wedding in tuscany

wedding in tuscany

wedding in tuscany

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!

wedding in tuscany

wedding in tuscany

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!

wedding in tuscany

wedding in tuscany

wedding in tuscany

Time for a few photos outside the church…

wedding in tuscany

wedding in tuscany

wedding in tuscany

A close-up of the bridal bouquet.

wedding in tuscany

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!

wedding in tuscany

wedding in tuscany

wedding in tuscany

wedding in tuscany

wedding in tuscany

wedding in tuscany

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.

wedding in tuscany

wedding in tuscany

wedding in tuscany

wedding in tuscany

wedding in tuscany

wedding in tuscany

wedding in tuscany

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!

wedding in tuscany

wedding in tuscany

wedding in tuscany

wedding in tuscany

wedding in tuscany

wedding in tuscany

wedding in tuscany

And here are the bride and groom with us!

wedding in tuscany

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!

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Reader Comments

  1. Frank Johnny Tuesday September 20th, 2011 at 04:15 AM

    Wow this looks like a great wedding I really like the flowers everywhere. The flower arrangements make it look like are very high class wedding. Thanks for the great photos.

    1. Gloria and Lorella Tuesday September 20th, 2011 at 08:51 AM

      Thank you Frank!

  2. Television Makeup Artist Sydney Tuesday September 20th, 2011 at 11:12 AM

    really cute, and the whole photo-shoot is awesome! Great blog dear, congrats! Would you like to visit mine, and why not follow each-other? Let me know:

    1. Gloria and Lorella Tuesday September 20th, 2011 at 12:32 PM

      Thank you Kylie, you are a very talented make up artist!

  3. Kevin Mongey Monday September 26th, 2011 at 11:28 PM

    What a fairy tale wedding. You guys look great and not nervous at all!

    Huge congratulations from us, we cant wait to see more photos and hear the stories.

    Love, Kev, Susan and Ryan.

  4. Amy/Bride Chic Tuesday October 4th, 2011 at 10:42 PM

    I have a thing for Tuscany and this wedding is a beautiful representation of this landscape . . .

    1. Gloria and Lorella Tuesday October 4th, 2011 at 10:53 PM

      Thank you Amy!

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