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A wedding at Montestigliano in Tuscany

Updated: Mar 8

From the very first meeting, I knew I was going to love working with Sophie and Callum planning their dreamy Tuscan wedding.

From the outset they wanted a casual, laid back, relaxed party style with visions of a warm sultry evening, gorgeous home produced food and local wines and an incredible local band.

With that in mind, we found the perfect farmhouse estate set in the heart of Tuscany with plenty of self contained apartments to accommodate every guest.

Sophie and Callum had been living and working in Australia until they moved back to London and so their family and friends were coming together from all over the globe to celebrate this perfect union with them.

The entire farmhouse estate was rented for five days, which enabled them and all their guests to enjoy a magical holiday all together.

Welcome Pizza Party at Montestigliano

Once all the guests had checked in, discovered their perfect welcome gift packs and got comfortable, we had planned a welcome dinner which the couple had chosen to be an informal pizza party with lots of delicious homemade pizza and local wines.

This was a huge hit and immediately set the vibe of the next few days to come.

Wedding day at Montestigliano

The morning of the wedding dawned bright and beautifully under the stillness and majesty of the Tuscan sunshine, creating a warm glow over the stunning countryside and showing off the gorgeous orange colour of the traditional buildings

Wedding prep at Montestigliano

In the apartment of the bride there was a flurry of excitement as the bride and her maids started their morning preparations of hair and make up.

This schedule was interrupted many times with many moments of laughter and loving messages from family and friends.

Meanwhile, over at the grooms rooms there was vow rehearsing, speeches being looked at and a more calm and chilled atmosphere as they all got suited and booted.

Wedding ceremony at Montestigliano

The wedding ceremony itself was extremely emotional and personal with readings from close friends and family bringing tears of joy to everyone.

Apertivo at Montestigliano

And then, while the guests went off for a feast of incredible home grown and home produced food for their appertivo and Prosecco and entertainment by the incredible live band, the happy couple took a few minutes for themselves and of course for some more photos.

Wedding reception in the courtyard at Montestigliano

As the sun was starting to set, the happy couple headed to the main courtyard, from which we had a spectacular view of the stunning Tuscan landscape.

Here, their guests were waiting for them to begin a fabulous reception at which every mouthful of food that was served was grown, harvested and produced by the estate, even down to the wheat for the bread and pasta!!

The wine was bought in from a local vineyard which the couple had personally chosen on a wine tasting tour on our pre wedding visit.

The tables were simply decorated with muted shades of blue and white flowers and lots of candles and overhead lights.

Once the speeches and the meal had ended, the couple surprised their guests with a cake made from cheeses which they had chosen from a local cheese maker we had found in the nearest village.

And then it was onto the dance floor for the first dance.

Which led to a night of fun, love and laughter that went on until the early hours.

The following morning was the last day for a few guests and we had arranged a gorgeous buffet brunch followed by a lazy afternoon of chilling by the pool and making the most of the last few hours together.

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