Villa La Selva wedding venue is a winery in Tuscany. You can find it about half way between Siena and Arezzo. The area is tranquil and secluded but after a short drive, you can easily access some important locations. The surrounding countryside is quite rustic with a mix of fields and woodland, but this doesn’t matter as I have all I need photographically without leaving Villa la Selva.
Villa La Selva’s lovely tree lined driveway leads to a small chapel that could be ideal for a small wedding party or even an elopement. The chapel is attached to the main villa which has plenty of living space, nice rooms, and a great swimming pool area. The venue also has a large cantina/hall that is ideal for the wedding dinner, especially as an indoor option if it rains.
The groom is getting ready on his own and so I only need to take a few photos towards the end of his preparations. The bride has given me her lovely details and accessories and I obtain the beautiful flowers from the florist. I make a nice arrangement with their custom invitations and once I finish the pictures I go upstairs to find the bride and her mother.
The bride puts her wedding dress on with her mother’s help and I snap away as they accessorize and also enjoy some prosecco.
They are celebrating their wedding with an emotional symbolic blessing ceremony. It will be held in the gardens in front of the villa. They have two large flower letters which add some fun to the setting and a touch of originality. The bride’s father escorts her down the steps and into the ceremony area. The blessing is fun and intimate without being overly formal, I’d say just the right balance – it is a serious moment but there is still an air of playfulness between them.
After the ceremony, the newlyweds’ exit and I take them straight away to do their photos. The suns is setting very quickly and will soon disappear behind the hills. After about 15 mins of photos, we go back to the villa and next we have some family photos. These don’t take long and then it is into the party with live music, cocktails and canapes.
Underneath the terrace where they enjoy their aperitivi is a large hall. This is set up for dinner. I take some detail photos of the long imperial table, and then dinner commences shortly after dusk. Everyone enjoys the good food and wine and there are two entertaining speeches. After dinner, there is a live cake making show where the chefs prepare the wedding cake in front of the guests. The couple cut the cake and perform their entertaining first dance. A party then follows with open bar and DJ. A great way to end a wonderful Villa La Selva wedding.
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