Tenuta di Sticciano wedding venue is an hour by car from Florence heading south-west. It sits in the middle of vineyards and olive groves and an area of rolling hills and outstanding beauty.
Katlyn is from Canada and Andrea is from Florence but they both work and live on the island of Saint Martin. They are survivors of hurricane Irma, after losing their apartment, their car and their jobs, they decide to dedicate themselves to the only things left… their wedding. Celebrating their special day with friends and family is now the most important thing to them.
The day starts positively and there is much activity as providers start to arrive and set up. Many guests are relaxing by the pool and having a slow start to the day after a lovely welcome dinner the previous evening. Katlyn together with her mum, her mother in law and Andrea did many DIY projects for their wedding. The signs, menus, favours and other gifts are their own creations. As things are coming together anxiety grows as the weather is becoming very unstable. There are now storms all around Tenuta di Sticciano. We can’t believe that the couple who lost their worldly possessions due to the weather are now potentially going to lose their dream wedding too…
Everyone continues their jobs and we try our best to put on brave faces. After taking photos of the dress hanging outside the villa and some bridal accessories it is now time to take some photos of the men getting ready. They are all in great spirits besides the rapidly deteriorating weather. It doesn’t take me long to finish their photos and then I go upstairs to find the girls.
The girls get ready and have a good time doing so. Thankfully, over the course of about 45 minutes, the weather improves as we watch the storms pass by Sticciano. We are all happy as it appears ware going to dodge the rain!
The ceremony takes place under a beautiful ancient oak tree in front of the main villa. Strings of flowers are hanging from its branches and a swing romantically decorated with flowers is waiting for Katlyn and her bridesmaid as a prop for their pictures together.
The ceremony is lovely and deeply emotional for the couple after the difficult year they have been through this is a very important moment for them both.
Family photos and celebrations follow the ceremony. After a 2 hour long aperitif with drinks and many Italian specialities the bride and groom perform their first dance, then she dances with her father too. Everyone dances until dusk under the string lights and then we all move to dinner indoors. Tenuta di Sticciano wedding venue is a good option for medium size weddings because there is the space for indoor dining if outside isn’t possible. The decor is a country chic style with a mix of round and rectangular naked tables with silver-rimmed glasses, silver candelabras, charger plates and cutlery with white, cream and amnesia roses were used for the floral compositions.
After dinner, the couple moved back outside for the cutting of the cake and a toast with champagne before the party blasts on late into the night!
“Beauty exists everywhere. It’s my job to find it.”