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Made in Italy

Spring real wedding week: fine wine and great friends created the perfect Tuscan day for Lia and Roberto.

Lia and Roberto: The proposal

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It had to be Tuscany for Lia and Roberto who were already hunting for wedding venues in the famously romantic region when Rob officially proposed.

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“Even though we weren’t engaged yet, we knew we wanted to get married in Italy, and one day we found great last-minute flights,” Lia remembers. “So we rented a car and spent a week driving from villa to villa.”

Halfway through the scouting mission, they stopped in Siena and cracked open a bottle of wine on a hilltop and Rob popped the question. “He’d been carrying the ring in his front pocked the whole trip waiting for the perfect moment.”

Photography by Simply Bloom Wedding Photography, simplybloomphotography.com

Lia and Roberto: Dream venue

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Lia and Rob tied the knot in the gardens of Vignamaggio, a gorgeous villa they hired for four days exclusively for themselves and their 60 guests. “It hit all the marks – a stunning backdrop for the wedding, easy access to Florence and the airport, and wonderful amenities such as two pools, a gym, vineyards and a wine cellar, and hiking trails,” says Lia.

With help from amazing local wedding planner Il Cerimoniere Firenze and tireless work by Lia’s mum (who flew to Italy for an intensive week of planning with the couple and handmade many of the details), their day began to take shape.

Lia and Roberto: The dress

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Lia chose a stunning Monique Lhuillier gown with a beautifully rippled skirt and teamed it with a twinkling Lela Rose belt and Karl Lagerfeld veil.

She carried a compact bouquet of pink astilbes, peonies and tiny roses.

Lia and Roberto: Step back in time

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Her shoes were something old and borrowed – her mum’s ivory satin slippers from the Sixties.

Lia and Roberto: Best maid

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Lia chose a delicate blush toned Sue Wong dress for her bridesmaid Sara.

Lia and Roberto: Well groomed

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Rob wore a custom-made suit by Italian designer Firenze su Misura, which fitted perfectly with the semi-formal feel of the day.

Lia and Roberto: Drink me

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Fresh lemonade was an inviting treat for guests as they excitedly arrived at the villa before the wedding.

Lia and Roberto: Ceremony magic

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The ceremony, officiated by two of the couple’s closest friends, was personalised at every turn, from a ring blessing, where guests offered silent wishes, to their custom-written vows. Thick garlands dotted with deliciously scented lemons and roses framed the aisle.

Lia and Roberto: Order of the day

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Lia and her mum customised the orders of service made by Lion in the Sun with lace to reflect the colours of the villa.

Lia and Roberto: Be our guest

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Afterwards, friends and family sipped cocktails on a terrace overlooking the hills before enjoying dinner underneath the villa’s olive trees.

Lia and Roberto: Beautiful blooms

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The rustic-style floral displays perfectly set off the crisp white linen and were created by Stiatti Fiori.

Lia and Roberto: On the menu

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The couple chose dishes packed with Italian favourites, including a symphony of seasonal vegetables, a spinach and ricotta Beggar’s Purse, stewed wild boar, Caprese salad, and wine pairings from Vignamaggio’s own vineyards.

Lia and Roberto: Take a seat

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A chalkboard-style seating plan framed in gold was perfect for the indoor-outdoor vibe the couple wanted to create.

Lia and Roberto: Talking tables

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Details played to the beauty of the Tuscan setting, with wine bottles serving as table numbers.

Lia and Roberto: Perfect place

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And in recognition of the surrounding vineyards, corks were used as placecard holders.

Lia and Roberto: Caffeine fix

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In the evening, a coffee bar and chocolate treats ensured that guests were energised for the dancing that followed.

Lia and Roberto: A piece of cake

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“I wanted to do everything according to local tradition, so we also had the Italian wedding cake called millefoglie,” explains Lia who also set up a gelato bar and cheese buffet in the evening.

Party-goers then filled the dance floor until 5am. “We laughed, we cried, we kissed – it was magic!” said Lia.

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Photography by Simply Bloom Wedding Photography, simplybloomphotography.com