When Marco and Chiara contacted me at the end of January 2014, they had already chosen their wedding venue, a vineyard estate of understated beauty, located not far from Marco’s hometown in Southern Tuscany. The estate was not only gorgeous but it also was centrally located for their guests who were arriving from all over Italy.
They fell in love with the estate from looking at pictures on the website, and decided it was perfect without even visiting it. They had spoken to other wedding planners who told them the estate was too small for the 140 guests they planned on inviting. Despite this their hearts were set on the venue, so they called me and asked my opinion. I told them that I was familiar with the venue and I thought their guests could be accommodated and invited them to come have a look and we could figure a way of making their dream wedding happen.
Marco’s enthusiasm on the phone was contagious and we chose Valentine’s weekend to meet at the estate. We didn’t have much time – their wedding date was already set for July 26th, a scant five months away – and my agency’s wedding calendar was already pretty full for the season.
.…the estate was located 15 minutes from my house which considering the time restraint would work to our advantage. I love a challenge and tend to deliver best under pressure… and this was going to be quite a challenge – so I was excited to figure a way of making this work!
We visited the estate, they loved it as expected, and we started kicking the ball on the planning process. From talking to them I realized that I had all the perfect vendors lined up. Chiara is an artist. She graduated from the University of Bologna in Art and Literature and she loves to draw with charcoal (carbon) as well as paint. She has a great talent of visualizing arrangements and capturing their beauty. She already had a color palette and a style in mind – informal but sophisticated using soft colors, different types of material and was willing to mix flowers and fruit to achieve the result. With that in mind I knew I had to introduce her to Tommaso, from La Rosa Canina. The hardest part would be then to convince him to agree to do the wedding… I knew he was overbooked, but he was just the perfect match for her. He initially declined in a phone conversation, but I convinced him to meet Chiara before formally declining. We got together and once he met Chiara and listened to our enthusiastic plans his interest was piqued and he decided to jump onboard!
Pretty much everything else in the wedding planning ran smoothly and on time until we got to 2 weeks prior to the wedding. The weather had not been great with lots of thunderstorms appearing out of nowhere. The estate did not have a room big enough for a seated dinner for over 100 guests…which is why the other planners had advised that the estate was too small! But a small voice in my head reminded me that I had read somewhere that African Bedouin Tents were now available for export to Italy, and these would be perfect for any inclement weather! After a frantic search we were rewarded and were able to secure a beautiful white 300 square meter African Tent.
The wedding day started early and smoothly. The weather was beautiful and everybody really enjoyed the panoramic drive to the church in Massa Marittima and the cocktail by the pool with a stunning view over the vineyards. At about dinner time a huge thunderstorm move fast towards Conti di San Bonifacio…
Enjoy the pictures!
Planning: Tuscandream – Planner Carolina Casini
Florist & Event Designer: Tommaso Torrini, La Rosa Canina Firenze
Make up artist: Giulia Cresci
Marquee: Tentickle Italia, Michele Camerota