Real Wedding – Dreamy Castle Wedding In Italy

21/05/2014 | 6

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Marissa & Phil   ♥   Tuscany, Italy

Photographer:   Jessica Burke

 

Try and picture the most-dreamy Italian wedding in Tuscany that you can imagine…

You will probably envisage an intimate, atmospheric ceremony held within a tiny old chapel in a traditional Italian village, followed by a fairytale castle wedding reception overlooking the rolling Tuscan countryside, the warm summer sun setting behind the vineyards and the hills sitting in the distance whilst you and your guests sip champagne and cocktails on the impressive outdoor terrace. Sounds like destination wedding heaven doesn’t it?!

 

Well that’s exactly the delightful kind of day that today’s bride and groom enjoyed. Marissa and Phil had a dreamy castle wedding in Italy. They held their wedding reception within a restored 9th century castle in Tuscany, set high upon the Chianti hills, watching over the medieval village and the river beyond. Their tremendously talented wedding planner – Weddings In Italy – perfectly complimented the location with a theme that focussed on natural beauty, delicate details and pretty pale pinks, whilst the ambience of the day was captured faultlessly by the gifted, fine art photographer Jessica Burke.

 

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Marissa says:

“Though we currently live in New York, when my husband and I got engaged, we initially envisioned a traditional wedding in our hometown of San Francisco. We both have large extended families so we imagined a big party with all of our friends and loved ones. A few months into planning our SF wedding, we started to feel that it didn’t capture who we were as a couple.”

 

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“During the years we dated, our favorite thing to do together was travel around Europe. Keeping this in mind, we realized that a destination wedding was more fitting and would have more meaning to us as a couple. We toyed with the idea of an elopement in Paris (my favorite city, of course!) but decided upon a small wedding in a castle in Tuscany with our closest friends and family. The combination of a castle, Tuscany and lots of wine sounded like such a perfect, romantic idea!”

 

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“Planning a destination wedding in Tuscany, Italy all the way from New York was difficult for a control freak like me, but I knew the language barrier would be a challenge, so the first thing I did was hire a wedding planner. It was not easy for me to let go and allow her to make decisions on my behalf. I really had to trust her recommendations and vendor selections since I had to choose everything based on pictures or descriptions.”

 

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“For those of you planning a destination wedding, my advice would be to accept that you ultimately can’t control everything or be part of the entire process since you won’t be able to see everything in person or make selections in person. It’s important that you shop around with different wedding planners before you commit to one because you really have to put your faith in that one individual. It helps to be very specific about what you want and share plenty of pictures and inspiration boards. I also recommend that you pick someone with a similar aesthetic as you… if it can’t be you… it might as well be the closest thing!”

 

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“Our wedding turned out to be more than I could have dreamed of. We stayed at a gorgeous private villa with our guests for a week and ended the trip with our wedding in a castle overlooking the Tuscan countryside. The ceremony took place in a quaint chapel located on the grounds of the castle and was followed by a cocktail reception and dinner inside the beautiful castle walls. It felt like a scene out of a movie. My own personal romantic comedy… where, in the end, I got the guy of my dreams.”

 

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Venue and suppliers:

Photographer – Jessica Burke / Getting ready location – Villa Nozzole / Ceremony and reception – Castello di Bibbione / Wedding planner – Weddings Italy / Bridal bouquets – Cultivar via Etsy / Bride’s dress – Tara Keeley / Bride’s shoes – Jimmy Choo / Hair accessories, bridal sash and bridesmaid dresses – Untamed Petals /  Groom’s suit – Topman / Groom’s shoes – Cole Haan / Invitations – Delphine Press

 

 

Comments (6)

  1. Thank you so much for such a beautiful feature! Loved photographing M+P’s wedding in Italy 🙂 xoxo

  2. Really awesome really wedding dreamy castle wedding,italy is an romantic city I always want to go.

  3. Breathtaking locations; Lovely wedding dress and photography !

  4. Gorgeous!! Loved what the bride said about letting go and trusting your wedding planner… but I see it worked out really well!

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