Vintage Inspired Weddings
A Fairytale Wedding at a Castle in ItalyPhotography by Stefano Santucci
We’re off to Italy again, but today for the magical real wedding of Tiffany & Carlos! Against the backdrop of a stunning historic castle nestled in the Tuscan countryside, these high-school sweethearts, with Greek and Venezuelan backgrounds, created a celebration that was a uniquely personal blend of their cultures and personalities. Combining the fairytale charm of the setting, with opulent florals and plenty of meaningful details their wedding really must be seen to be believed!
Bride Tiffany shared these words about their beautiful day…. “Both of us were extremely involved in the wedding process and wanted to make as many details as possible unique and representative of who we are as a couple. Planning a wedding involves a lot of decision making, and we made sure that, for every decision, we both worked together as a team to bring out our personalities in every choice made. From the beginning, we knew we wanted a lot of things done a certain way. We were both very passionate about different aspects of the wedding, and in the end, we wanted to guarantee that our personalities both emanated through every moment of that day. We chose to skip some of the traditional elements such a guest signing book and four tier cake and splurge on the wow factors of the day such as flowers, music, food and surprises.”
But as is often the case, it was finding the perfect venue that same first…..“Carlos and I were looking for a place with a lot of character and charm. We are not big fans of closed ball rooms or barns. We also wanted to create a different atmosphere for each part of the wedding, so we had to find a place that allowed us to have the ceremony in a romantic semi-open space, the aperitivo in a garden, closed space for the dinner and a separate environment for the party. When we found Castello di Vincigliata looking the depths of my wedding Pinterest board, we knew this was the place we were looking for. We wanted a romantic and semi-rustic feel for the whole day that played off well from the castle’s setting.”
“I wore a long sleeve, mermaid cut dress with an overlay princess gown skirt that I wore during the ceremony. I had the chance to design my dress which was a wonderful adventure on its own. It was very special because it was a collaboration with my mother, and the seamstress who made it was my mom’s seamstress in Venezuela. I only wore a pair of small pearl earrings as accessories to compliment. “
“The main flower that we chose for my bouquet and our decor was the protea. I love wild flowers, and specially strange looking ones. We also incorporated eucalyptus and olive branches which have a lot of symbolism in the greek culture.”
“The groom’s suit was also a custom made design made by Crown Tailors. Carlos’ suit had an engraving that said “May the Fourth Be With Us” Being a play on words that signified both our wedding date and the famous refrain by Yoda on Star Wars.”
“The most emotional moment for me was as I walked down the aisle I saw my groom standing there with a big smile on his face and then I looked around and I saw my grandmother sitting on the front row with my parents. She had told me she was not going to be able to make it to the wedding and she showed up as a surprise. I hand’t seen her in almost three years and that’s when the tears started rolling.”
Pearls of wedding wisdom from the bride…
“Start out with an idea of what sort of mood you want your special day to evoke; understand that there will be compromises throughout the entire process, but remember that only you and your significant other will know of them. Communicate as much as possible with your significant other,
and share every responsibility to make sure you are both on the same page. And lastly, think of small details you can incorporate – they are what make weddings, and any other special event, truly memorable.”
“We went with a traditional mille folglie Italian wedding cake which was prepared in front of our guests. The cake was not only absolutely delicious but it also added a touch of entertainment to the end of the dinner.”
“Picking a favorite part of the most memorable day of your life is hard, but definitely the most memorable part would be our first dance. Carlos is Greek, so we had a Greek band play a classic Greek song while we danced our way down the stairs of the castle to meet our guests. We then all
proceeded to dance and cheer together, while breaking lots and lots of plates on the floor as typically done in Greece. Seeing everybody laugh and get involved while enjoying this small tradition was something neither of us will ever forget.”
Tell us a little bit about your photographer…
“We found our photographers through our amazing wedding planner. As I was looking through their portfolio of weddings, I caught myself with teary eyes looking at the beautiful emotions they had capture from people I didn’t know attending wedding of strangers! I had a quick call with them before making a final decision and in that conversation we instantly clicked. I feel like they did a really good job at capturing every detail of our day.”
Magical, don’t you think? As always a heartfelt thankyou to the happy couple, Tiffany & Carlos, for sharing their beautiful day with us and to their photographer Stefano Santucci for capturing the romance and beauty of it all so perfectly! If you would like to see more of Stefano’s work be sure to pop over to his website www.photosantucci.com.
And if you are considering an Italian wedding of your own and are looking for more inspiration from this beautiful country then you will love this timelessly romantic inspiration shoot also captured at a castle, this editorial set gainst the backdrop of an 18th Century Italian villa, and Valerie & Jesse’s Tuscan elopement, or for something a little different yet no less romantic Beatrice & Gabriele’s on Viverone Lake, Italy. And this ethereal bridal shoot in an XVII villa on the edge of Lake Como is not to be missed!
Photography – Stefano Santucci || Venue – Castello di Vincigliata || Event Planning – The Tuscan Wedding || Floral Design – Flowers Living || Videography – Matteo Castelluccia || Wedding Cake – Galateo Ricevimenti || Wedding Dress – custom made design made by the bride || Groom’s Attire – custom made design made by Crown Tailors || Groom’s Shoes – Meermin Shoes || Bride’s Shoes – Miu Miu || Catering – Galateo Ricevimenti