I always knew my half-Italian friend would have a beautiful wedding in Italy, even before she met her future husband!
I wasn’t disappointed. When they got engaged last May, the planning commenced and we booked our flights to Florence in September.
The wedding started off in the centre of Florence in St Mark’s English church, after which we threw rice at the newlyweds while tourist buses hurtled past!
Being in such an amazing location meant fabulous photos were possible, like this kissing shot in front of the Arno river and Ponte Vecchio.
The guests then made their way to hotel I Parigi Corbinelli. The reception was just how I imagined it would be, set in a beautiful Italian garden overlooking the Tuscan hills.
Delicious canapés and fizz were served before we all gathered at the gates to welcome the new Mr and Mrs who arrived in classic style!
Enjoying ourselves so much, we (somewhat reluctantly) took our seats in the sauna-hot marquee – it had torrentially rained the day before so this was the contingency plan, though luckily the skies were clear on the day of the wedding. However, it wasn’t long before we got used to the heat, and started to excitedly await our Italian feast.
The details were delightful – the table centrepieces and place settings fit beautifully with the setting, making use of fresh lemons and rosemary for a splash of colour.
After eating what felt like an endless supply of food, it was time for the speeches as the sun set over the garden, after which it was time to party. The garden was lit up with twinkling fairylights, and the couple had created cocktails named after themselves, which was a lovely touch.
A gorgeous and memorable day with great friends in the most perfect setting. That’s amore!
Oh, and I caught the bouquet…!