If Lake Como is where couples go for a gorgeous, romantic garden-inspired wedding day with waterfront views and to walk where nobility once stood, then Tuscany? Well, Tuscany is where you go if you’re looking for a romantic, rustic wedding (in the best sense of the word).
By rustic, I don’t necessarily mean barn weddings and cowboy boots.
I mean gentle, rolling hills lined with row after row of vineyards that will one day turn into delectable bottles of Chianti.
I mean earth-toned stone castles with dreamy courtyards that are transformed into stunning outdoor reception venues.
I’m talking about rustic-chic in the traditional Italian sense. If that sounds like your kind of vibe, then keep reading about this destination wedding in Tuscany to get inspired for yours:
Planning a destination wedding in Italy often means having friends and family travel to a country they’ve never been to before. That can be a nerve-wracking part of planning.
That’s exactly why this couple chose this particular wedding venue – Borgo di Castelvecchio. They wanted to make sure their guests didn’t have to try to navigate or find transportation to get from one venue to the next.
Borgo di Castelvecchio hosted their rehearsal dinner, ceremony, and reception – all in different areas within the grounds.
But aside from the convenience, the best part of this Tuscany wedding venue was just how picturesque it was. When you think of authentic, rustic-chic Italy, Borgo di Castelvecchio is pretty close to what you’re picturing.
Nestled on a hilltop, with a wall of cypress trees, sits the stone castle of Borgo di Castelvecchio. And everywhere you turned on the property, you had glimpses of the rolling hills of Tuscany.
Can you imagine looking out of a gorgeous open-aired window to this view while getting ready?
That’s exactly what this bride got to do on her wedding day! As we know, natural light is perfect for hair and makeup. And it’s perfect for photographers! And we got plenty of it while she got ready for the rest of the wedding festivities.
After the bride finished getting ready, she made her way out to the first look location that I had scouted earlier in the day.
Scouting locations is something I always do during the wedding day. As I’m looking, I’m searching for the spot where I know I can create stunning artwork that will look incredible on the walls of the couple’s home.
And that’s exactly what I found for this Tuscany wedding first look. The wall of cypress trees along a neutral-colored pea gravel path created gorgeous works of art during their first look!
After the first look, everyone began arriving at the church on the Borgo di Castelvecchio property.
For the authentic, rustic Italian aesthetic the couple was going for, the traditional church setting was a great choice!
There is nothing else in the world that can replace the glow that emanates from you after you just get married! That’s why I love scheduling your wedding timeline to include “just married” portraits after your ceremony.
For this Tuscany, Italy wedding, we took to the vineyards for some stunning couple’s portraits. And for such an Italian-chic wedding, the weather couldn’t have been more perfect, either! I know, I know. Everyone always imagines a beautiful, sunny day. But sometimes? Overcast, slightly cloudy weather creates the most even lighting.
We captured portrait after portrait of the two of them basking in their “Just Married” glow with the rolling hills of Tuscany in the background. And the clouds came in and worked their own magic for me to make these photos look spectacular!
Photographing the details of any wedding is one of my favorite parts of the entire day’s flow. Just like every book has details to paint the picture of the entire scene, the details of a wedding day do the same!
And thanks to Weddings in Tuscany, every detail was thought of and expertly put together.
A traditional wedding called for a classic, sophisticated color palette. And this bride and groom delivered! They paired their own outfits (more on that in just a minute!) with gorgeous navy blue bridesmaids dresses. The groomsmen stuck to the timeless black tuxedos.
The bridal bouquet from Fluida Design is where the pops of colors really came through. In a bouquet made of large roses and organically structured greenery, the blooms were a beautiful combination of soft pinks, deep merlots, and pops of yellow.
Channeling an Italian chic vibe, the couple opted to make the event a formal black tie affair. The groom was outfitted in a striking white tuxedo by Enzo Custom. His white tuxedo was all glamor offset by monogrammed loafers.
The bride wore an airy and delicate mermaid lace gown by Melbourne-based Chosen by One Day. Her veil was an heirloom piece from her mother-in-law, which was embellished with extra lace by a close friend. Since she was committed to the large bouquet of those gorgeous spring florals, she wanted the dress to maintain simple lines and an understated elegance.
In the courtyard at Borgo di Castelvecchio, long banquet tables were set and designed in keeping with the Italian chic aesthetic. String lights were hung over the tables to create a beautiful ambiance.
Al fresco dining under the stars was provided by Roland’s. They also created the most epic Italian wedding cake experience! Rather than bring a cake that was pre-made, Roland’s created a made-on-the-spot wedding cake, ensuring it was the freshest it could possibly be!
The guests and the bride and groom danced the night away with music from B Katch. This destination wedding in Tuscany was an unforgettable la bella vita experience for both the bride and groom and their guests! And I’m so honored to have been there to capture every moment of it.
Are you looking to have a similar experience for yours? Get in touch with me so we can start talking about your dream la bella vita wedding day!
Photography: Lilly Red
Wedding Planner: Weddings in Tuscany
Venue: Borgo di Castelvecchio
Aperitivo Welcome Venue: Floret Artisan Kitchen & Bar
Floral Designer: Fluida Design
Bridal Gown: Chosen by One Day
Groom’s Outfit: Enzo Custom
Music and Entertainment: B Katch