Joanne and Ronan combined Tuscan sunshine with pink and ivory details at their stylish al fresco do
When it came to finding their dream wedding venue, there was one thing that steered the hunt for Joanne & Ronan. “We always wanted a reception outside, under the stars,” she explains. “That’s why we picked Italy for our celebration.”
Photography by Anushe Low Photography (anushe.com)
The garden at Villa Pitiana in Tuscany fitted the bill perfectly with its panoramic views of vineyards and parkland, complete with trickling waterfalls and pretty medieval bridges. “Originally we planned a garden ceremony but, in the 34 degree heat, we decided to move into the courtyard instead, which was just as gorgeous,” says Joanne.
Joanne styled her dress with a cathedral-length veil and a pair of stone-encrusted earrings from Monsoon for extra sparkle.
A black sash and red peep-toe shoes from Topshop added a dash of drama to Joanne’s look.
The maids looked pretty in blush floor-length frocks from French Connection, which suited the pink and ivory colour scheme to a tee.
The couple wanted the décor to tie in with the surroundings: pretty and rustic. “Menus were tied with lace and string,” says Joanne. “I called in help from my friends to tailor them just the way we wanted.”
“Confetti bags were made from burlap, wrapped with cream ribbon,” says Joanne. “They matched the setting of the Italian countryside perfectly.”
The flowers were also picked with the al fresco theme in mind – Sweet Avalanche roses made up the bride’s bouquet for a simple but stunning arrangement.
Mini Eden roses and calla lilies were chosen for the décor. “I wanted the flowers to complement the colours of the rose bushes in the venue’s garden,” says Joanne.
A simple table plan propped up outside helped to create their relaxed-in-the-garden vibe. Place names were clipped onto wine glasses with flowery heart-shaped pegs from Cox & Cox while simple number blocks borrowed from the bride’s nephew served as table numbers.
Guests were given paper parasols tied with blue ribbon to shade them from the midday sun…
…and fans to keep cool throughout the day.
Guests tucked into a menu filled with Tuscan culinary delights – homemade pasta to start, followed by suckling pig fillet for the main and sweet treats to finish.
Joanne created a sweets table with red and white confectionery from John Lewis.
The chef at the villa rustled up Joanne and Ronan’s Italian-style wedding cake – a large Strawberry Mille-Feuille with mini versions dotted around the outside for a sweet, summery feel. For pre-reception treats, the couple served prosecco, beer and cocktails with fresh fruits, biscuits and sweets.
As the summer evening drew on, guests partied on the patio until the early hours of the morning. “We cut our cake under the star-filled Tuscan sky, just as we’d imagined,” laughs Joanne.
When it came to finding their dream wedding venue, there was one thing that steered the hunt for Joanne & Ronan. “We always wanted a reception outside, under the stars,” she explains. “That’s why we picked Italy for our celebration”.