25th Wedding Anniversary in Tuscany!

Often I photograph young couples getting married here in Italy and so I was excited to photograph a slightly different event. A fantastic couple came from California to celebrate their 25 years of marriage! On this special day they got married again with their closest friends and family in attendance. The ceremony took place in a lovely church that dates back to the VIII century. After we went to a villa near Lucca and they had their reception/party.

The reception took place inside an old limonaia that was beautifully decorated and gave a lovely feeling of rustic elegance to the evening. Here’s a small selection of images from this wedding anniversary in Tuscany!

Jules Bower

Italian and destination wedding photographer Jules Bower photographs weddings in Italy, Europe and worldwide. His unique approach and expertise arrive from not only an obsession with photography but also because he owned one of the first and most successful wedding planning agencies in Italy.

15 Responses to “25th Wedding Anniversary in Tuscany!”

  1. Bandel Carano
    June 21, 2012 at 12:37 am

    Patti and Russell,

    Thanks for posting the spectacular photos of your wedding! It looks like you had a totally magical day and evening. Paula and I wish we could have been there! Enjoy your honeymoon in Ravello, with best wishes, Bandel

  2. Linda and Mitchell
    June 21, 2012 at 6:46 pm

    For those that could not attend…
    The church was perfect. With a quartet instrumental playing. Pat’s dress was exquisite!!! And she matched the table, cream w/gold accents.
    Upon arriving, after you were handed your choice of cocktail, you proceeded through the grand villa to the spacious grounds where wine and hors d’oeuvres were served, with a fantastic band playing Sinatra in the background. Then as the sunset, we walked through a huge arbor of trees to the Limonea structure, where the 5 course dinner was held, circa 1600ish. Checked out our names on the seating chart pictured. And everyone was blown away when we saw that fantastic table setting. Breathtaking!!! Fun, fun, fun dancing after in the same building. The best ever Napoleon Cake and other numerous desserts including gelatos and every coffee and after dinner drink known to man, were served outside on yet another different courtyard.
    The photos capture the splendor of the setting. And will forever serve as our reminder of The Fairytale!
    It truly was like a movie. And we all were in it!!!
    Thank you Patti and Russell for letting us share in your love.

  3. Russell and Patti
    June 22, 2012 at 12:47 pm

    Jules,

    We can’t wait to see the full set of pictures. You did a fabulous job! Thank you so much for capturing the day so elegantly. You are a true artist.

    Sincerely,

    Russell and Patti Stern

    • Hung Quach
      August 26, 2012 at 12:57 pm

      Dear Russell & Patti,

      Your special day looked amazing. Congrats

      I’m currently planning a wedding and in search of a suitable venue. May I ask what was the venue you chose? Or do you have a planner you could recommend?

      Many thanks

      • Patti Stern
        August 29, 2012 at 8:04 pm

        Hello,
        We were very pleased with the photos that were sht by Jules.
        As for the event and organizing it, we used Sonja and Viviana at Tusciania Events. Both live in Florence and were able to source our venue, vendors etc. It was a magical event!
        Sonja Kjekstad: sonja.tuscaniaevents@gmail.com
        Tonelli Viviana: viviana.tuscaniaevents@gmail.com
        Good luck,
        Patti Stern

  4. Deborah
    June 22, 2012 at 4:09 pm

    Dear Patti and Russell,
    What a fairy tale event! You both look absolutely stunning and the surroundings could not be more enchanting. Thank you, thank you for giving me a snap shot of a most glorious event. Congratulations!!! And can’t wait to see more.
    All our Love, Greg and Deb

  5. Meryl Manthey
    June 23, 2012 at 11:25 pm

    What fantastic pictures – great photographer. An event that will not soon be forgotten. You all photograph beautifully! Meryl

  6. Rod and Teri Glinisty
    June 24, 2012 at 12:13 am

    Russ and Patti,

    Well…we’d say Jules certainly did an exceptional job in capturing the moments! Beautiful photos, and you’re right to be anxious to see the rest!

    Blessings! Rod and Teri

  7. Barbara and Doren
    June 24, 2012 at 4:42 pm

    Pat and Russ,

    Felice, Felice, Felice… The wedding was beautiful. The setting, the Church, the celebration after was so over the top gorgeous, yet kept intimate. Beautiful photos…God truly blessed this union 25 years ago. Thank you for the never ending visions of Italy in all its splendor, the perfumed air of Tuscany, and the most wonderful celebration.

    Love you both more than all the fishies in the sea.

    Barbara and Doren

  8. Michele Mann
    June 24, 2012 at 7:27 pm

    The pictures are perfect and really captured the beauty and spirit of the day. The photo of you and Russ in the trees is gorgeous. Thank you again for sharing your love with all of us.

    Love,

    Michele

  9. Janet and Fred Robinson
    June 25, 2012 at 1:50 pm

    We think Linda and Mitchell said it so well. It was like being in a fairy-tail movie. Our 25th anniversary will never ever be forgotten. Thank you for letting us share yours…

    Love,

    Fred and Janet

  10. Roos van der Wielen
    July 23, 2012 at 10:19 pm

    I am a total fan of your work…. but these pictures and the setting of this magnificent villa is absolutely crazy ! Never seen such a beauty…and the photo’s just hit the ‘right spot’! Complimenti !

    • Jules
      July 24, 2012 at 4:54 pm

      You’re right the villa and reception setting was lovely. It makes my job easy when I get decorations like this to work with!

  11. Emma crahan
    March 11, 2013 at 11:12 pm

    Hi Jules,

    This venue is stunning. We are both Irish and trying to find the perfect dream venue in Italy for our wedding in September 2014. We LOVE this place. Do you know where it is, name etc? Any identifying details?
    Also your photos are stunning. Your photos use the light beautifully, while capturing the emotions of the day, truly captivating.
    Could you please send me a private mail including the details of your service, costs etc.

    Thank You,
    Emma

    • Russell and Patti
      March 17, 2013 at 1:21 am

      It’s Villa Grabau in Lucca, Italy.

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