While I call Lake Como home, I won’t skip the chance to run off to the rustic, rolling hills of Tuscany, Italy.
There’s something so charming about the villas that are nestled among the hills, the rows of vines before the grapes are plucked to age into chianti, and those magnificent sunsets that create the perfect golden glow.
So, when this beautiful couple asked me to join them for a weekend for their exquisite Tuscany vineyard wedding, I jumped at the chance.
It was a classic, elegant affair filled with inspiration from the heart of Italy that even Vogue Italia fell in love with. So much so, that the photos I took of their wedding day are featured in their publication! Keep scrolling to see how I captured everything:
As many love to do (and as I recommend!), the couple opted for a welcome dinner at their Tuscany wedding venue: Borgo Vignamaggio.
Since people often travel from all over the world to be with you for your wedding, having a welcome dinner is a great way to show your appreciation and kick the celebration off on the right foot.
Plus, I always love the fashion statements everyone chooses to wear at these exquisite dinner parties. And this one was no exception! Just look at the bride-to-be’s stunning outfit!
I get such a thrill when I see my couples draw inspiration from their surroundings, especially when they choose a destination wedding.
Getting inspired by the local culture and cuisine is such a great way to pay tribute to the host country or location for your destination wedding.
For this welcome dinner party, the couple took their cues from the color palette of Tuscany’s iconic rolling hills. Muted greens and neutrals with pops of citrusy yellow helped create the perfect tablescapes.
But it wasn’t just the design they were inspired by. They also wanted to create an entire experience for their guests. So they opted for a local Tuscan band to provide entertainment throughout the dinner, as well as authentic, local cuisine and hand-scooped gelato for that perfect “la bella vita” experience!
In between forests and streams of the iconic Chianti hills sits Borgo Vignamaggio, the historic Tuscany vineyard wedding venue. And by historic? They truly mean historic. This winery has been running since 1404!
And it served as the most epic backdrop for the gorgeous destination wedding in Tuscany.
Fortunately, Borgo Vignamaggio had everything the couple needed when it came to space for getting ready for the ceremony.
For such a refined, elegant couple, I just knew the bride would find a wedding gown that would match her aesthetic.
She opted for a beautiful sheath, satin bridal gown with a lace overlay with an elegant train that trailed the floor. It was the perfect compliment to the day they had planned.
To further match the aesthetic, the couple opted for a timeless color palette that’s sure to look incredible no matter how many years have passed.
They also worked with their floral designer to create designs that coincided with the same vision.
Everything came together with shades of white and cream and complimentary greenery. And, of course, the subtle color palette and floral designs did the perfect job of highlighting the couple without overwhelming the epic Tuscan landscape.
As a destination wedding photographer, I always love seeing the exact spot where they’ll recite their vows to each other.
And the hills of Tuscany serve as one of the most incredible backdrops in the entire world! So naturally, I was thrilled to see that the couple selected a location at Borgo Vignamaggio that overlooked those rolling hills and the rows of vineyards.
A gorgeous arch filled with greenery and white roses served as their altar location for the ceremony. And just as they finished saying, “I do,” and shared their first kiss as husband and wife, the sun peeked over the arch, casting a gorgeous golden glow.
After they said, “I do,” and while the guests were making their way to the reception, I sneaked away with the bride and groom for their “just married” portraits.
The golden sunset cast more of that beautiful golden glow which perfectly accentuated the historic architecture of Borgo Vignamaggio.
With the wedding complete and the bride and groom officially married, it was time to celebrate the day with the Tuscany vineyard wedding reception!
Still at one of the best wedding venues in Tuscany, Italy, the courtyard of Borgo Vignamaggio was transformed into an al fresco dining situation. It was complete with gorgeous tablescape designs, including more of the green and white floral arrangements. And the guests enjoyed string lighting overhead that added a beautiful, whimsical, romantic feel to the dinner experience.
To add more of a touch of whimsy, the couple and their Tuscany wedding planner opted to add some fun and entertainment to the reception.
They chose incredible local artists who put on a spectacular show during the wedding reception. And they opted for a whimsical, romantic carousel, which also served as a perfect place for more couple’s portraits!
To top it all off, the couple and their guests marveled at the most jaw-dropping fireworks display to celebrate the monumental occasion.
Before the end of the night, the bride slipped away for a quick outfit change. Of course, my fashion-loving heart couldn’t wait to capture more photos in a new dress.
She stepped back onto the dance floor with her new husband in a dazzling cocktail dress that shimmered and captured the light in every photo.
Weddings like these showcase that classic elegance never goes out of style! Embracing the sophisticated, timeless vision while pairing it with the influence of your destination wedding location can create an unforgettable experience for you and your guests.
Need more wedding day inspiration?
Photography: Lilly Red
Venue: Borgo Vignamaggio
Design, Planning, and Production: SposiamoVi
Videography: Pompei Studio
Floral Design: Tuscany Flowers
Catering for Welcome Dinner & Reception: Galateo Ricevimenti
Catering for Brunch: Bartolo Favaloro
Light and Sound Design: JD Events
Photo Booths: Over the Box
Makeup Artist: Barbara Corso
Stationery: Pink Ink Studio
Fireworks: Pirotecnica Soldi
Welcome Dinner Music: Mikley Family Band
Pre-Ceremony & Ceremony Music: Blunotte Eventi
Dinner Music: Circus Band