It’s been almost a week since we got to experience and witness the wedding of my most dearest sister and her now husband, Francesco.
A small group of some of our most special people on the world came over to Italy to share some beautiful and memorable moments as we celebrate the two hearts who fell in love and decided to make a life long commitment of marriage.
Since I will just be delivering the film rolls to the lab, I have not posted the official portraits or some of the detail like the beautiful table setting. This is just a sneak peak to give you an idea of the mood and vibe of their beautiful day.
:::Thanks to the creative folks and the lovely vendors:::
Villa Podernovo – headed by the sweetest and most patient Diana. Diana happens to also be a very good photographer and some of her photographs can be found around the rooms of Villa Podernovo. Besides from keeping the wedding smooth as possible, she was a perfect host for us who stayed there.
Loved the charming rooms which really gave the vibe of the Tuscany living. Delicious breakfast and lunch, both healthy and fresh, kept our energies up throughout the day.
I also can not emphasize enough how flexible this Villa is. There are so many areas that are fully functional. The main house is where we slept and almost the whole wall is covered by its colorful leaves. The pool area was used for a biblical discourse on the day of the wedding prior to the civil ceremony in Abbey San Galgano. It also was a perfect setting for aperitivo and a cool photo booth.
In front of the main building there was an indoors dining area where we had our lunch and dinners as well. There was also a small area before the stairs leading to a large room on the second floor. This small room was used for vendor’s meals as well as an area for the kids to play board games. The second floor was used for both preparations and getting dressed area for the bride and the other ladies, while in the evening, we had dessert, coffee and cake-cutting there. In between the two main buildings there is an area where we originally was set to have dinner, but due to an unstable weather, we were moved to plan B, which was just as good as a plan :)
The chandelier that hung there supposedly for the wedding dinner served its purpose later when they had their first dance as a couple. Perfect setting! There was even another outdoor area in a round shape with lightbulbs hang all around it for a cozy ambience.
The food on the wedding was also delicious and authentic Italian. The appetizers kept flowing and going so the guest never went hungry the whole day. The main dishes was flavorful and the desserts was more than approved by the dessertlover in me. Even the espresso was tastier than anything I have ever had.
Diana also arranged for the olive oil souvenir for all the guests and the vintage bridal car. I truly recommend this venue for those of you considering a wedding in Tuscany.
Albergo Da Vestro – is the restuarant where we had our welcome dinner on the evening before the wedding.
Casale San Galgano – was the other place that was used for the guests stay. They had the newest wing so the apartments are fairly new. It is conveniently located a couple of meters from Abbey of San Galgano where the civil ceremony was held.
Abbey San Galgano – where the civil ceremony was held. A place sought after by tourists and brides and grooms alike. This beautiful ruins of an earlier monastery with its open roof is a dream place. The mayor of Chiusdino officiated the ceremony. I loved here even more when she took care of my nephew who was visibly struggling with mixed emotions aside from dealing with his autism.
VM Bespoke – made the beautiful “nametags” on our plates.
Flowers living – Marta, so professional, impressed everyone with their beautiful creations. The table setting was so pretty! As well as the bouttonieres, the gorgeous bridal bouquet, maid of honor’s bouquet and the two large vases with huge floral arrangements used mainly for the ceremony in the Abbey and was later brought back to Villa Podernovo. They also decorated the front of the beautiful vintage Alfa Romeo and the back of the bride and groom chairs. Also the basket and petals for the flowergirls and their floral crowns and even the photobooth. And with the folks of Villa Podernovo, they really stepped it up when it began raining and they have to move the whole table setting inside that they just recently and meticulously arranged. I just love the flowers and berries she used. Perfection!
Vertigo Video Produzione with Arezzo drone – I can’t wait to see how they captured the wedding! They also used a drone in the Abbey. Can imagine that being so dramatic.
Eleonora Pelligrini (harpist) and Lorenzo Bitetti (violinist) – played such a big role in creating the ambience in both the Abbey of San Galgano as well as during the aperitivo. I think they also had something to do with the free flowing tears from the ceremony, even though we are known to be a family of cryer!
Sugarcups Greve Marisa – Did an amazing job on the semi naked cake which both looked and tasted good. They also matched the theme perfectly. She and her sister was so nice too. They also made the cute cupcakes surrounding the main cake.
Adrienne Aereboe and her crew – stood for hair and makeup for the mother of bride and groom, myself and maid of honor. They delivered great results and great service. Really professional.
DIY – sis made the invitations and the sticker for the olive oil. The Eclavea girls made the bride and groom signage on their chairs, as well as the caketopper.
Diin Brud & Selskapskjole – for Marianne’s Enzoani wedding gown. She had the upper lace part sewn in and that bolero was designed by Sadoni.
Palmos Weddings – for the ringpillow
Matus Jewelry – their wedding band
Others – Jenny Yoo for the maid of honor’s summerly dress, bought in the bridal department of Glasmagasinet and . Zara for the ringbearer’s and the bride’s sons attire with Moods of Norway bowties. Mood of Norway suit for Francesco, our groom. Bridal clutch from Aldo. Veil and headband from Richard designs. Nina shoes for the bride.
:::From the photographer:::
Yours truly was the photographer which was much harder than anticipated. I should have brought along a second shooter if I had the time. The time leading to the wedding was so hectic.
So I felt like I didn’t get to perform at my best. No assistance. Rolling my film all alone, most of the time, and being a guest, bride’s sister, was demanding to say the least. I also used a lot of time to calm down my nephew, so I didn’t even hear the speeches. Then again, the fact that my nephew trusted me and that I knew the whole party and that I was taking pictures all the time from when we arrived, 6 am in the morning on the day of and the day after, helped a lot in capturing the mood and documenting a really important event for my most loved persons.
We are a pretty laidback family and accepting the circumstances. No bridezilla or over anticipating bride or groom. Even with the surge of challenges, like my nephews fits or my sister having a “contact lens situation” – which actually led to her going to the eye doctor in the morning, we really enjoyed it unconditionally.
An intimate, beautiful wedding composed of some of our most nearest families and friends. Our parents and Francesco’s parents, with cousins, auntie, nieces and friends from my sister’s and Francesco’s congregation. Some were from Austria and some from Kristiansand and other parts in Norway, so we barely see them. Some were close from us, but who we rarely get to see because of our busy lives.
Their presence made the whole experience so much more memorable. Thank you for being part of it!
Monticiano and Chiusdino was such a great decision by my sister and my brother in law. It’s such a beautiful place in the heart of Tuscany. Actually I am just in love with Italy as a a country and its varying nature and terrains. September was a good month to have a wedding too despite that many of the fields are not as lush and most are harvested.
Although I didn’t fully get my Tuscan light under the portraits, I love the variety of light, mood and weather during the whole trip. The sunsets, sunrise, the windy stormy day on the welcome dinner made for dramatic skies. On the day of the wedding, you can see mist embracing the ground from far away. I went really close to the forest and saw a brown hare jumping around and then heard some roaring sound which might have been a wild boar.
This was such an experience for the whole family. I will relive it again and again.
I wish the bride and groom a long and happy fruitful life together as they start their own family together with my beloved nephew, Samuel. Enjoy this preview and can’t wait to share the rest!