You’ll love this elegant Jewish wedding in Tuscany at an exceptional villa not far from Cortona and Montepulciano. It’s early July and we have around 130 guests flying in from around the world. However the majority of the guests are from Florida.
We have three days of celebration taking place. The festivities kick off with an all white dress code for the welcome dinner that takes places in the woods with a “Til death do us party” theme!
The main villa is spacious and very accommodating. The bride, mum’s and bridesmaids are all getting ready on the first floor. Hair and makeup services are well under way and the prosecco is already flowing.
Upstairs in the master suite the groom gets ready with his friends. He receives a lovely gift from his future wife and this is a lovely emotional moment as he relives some of the special moments from their past.
The groom is also getting ready with their dog a lovely poodle that’s trying to be the the star of the photos!
A series of first looks and reveals
Once the mothers and bridesmaids have finished hair and makeup they all go to get dressed. I have a short portrait session with the bride and then the mothers return to help the bride get into her dress.
Once the bride is fully dressed the bridesmaids return to see their best friend for the first time in her incredible wedding gown. The excitement and joy is palpable as we are nearing the start of the ceremony.
Once all the guests are seated and ready for the ceremony the bride exits the villa and comes down the steps to meet her father and brother for the first time. This share this special moment together before we head to join the processional.
Jewish wedding ceremony in the amphitheater
The ceremony takes place on site in the lovely gardens of the villa. The processional is wonderful as it’s a lovely long walk in to the ceremony area and this allows for plenty of music and atmosphere. The bride looks stunning as she glides down the steps to meet her mother and father who in turn escort her to the chuppah.
The ceremony is very special and everyone enjoys listening to the wonderful words shared between the bride and groom as they say their heartfelt vows. After the customary smashing of the glass we have a lovely recessional and petal throw between two lines formed by all the guests.
After the ceremony we have a group photo with everyone. The newlyweds then fill a champagne tower to open the celebrations and entertainment.
As the guests go to discover the cocktails and canapes we quickly take the family photos so then everyone can go and relax and join the party. At the drinks reception they have a fun prosecco wall. You ring a bell and a hand pops out to give you a nice cold glass of bubbly!
Towards the end of the drinks reception I take the bride and groom for some photos at sunset and then we return for their lavish dinner.
Dramatic dinner in front of the villa
For the dinner we have two imperial tables positioned in front of the villa. It is a beautifully symmetrical setup with a tasteful floral accents, chandeliers and plenty of candles. As guests are ushered from the back of the villa to the front there it a definite reveal and wow factor as they see the dinner area for the first time.
Before dinner starts, the bride and groom descend from the first floor of the villa to have their first dance in front of their loved ones friends and family.
The evening proceeds with memorable speeches, music and some performances too. As dinner draws to an end the guests are ushered by ballerinas to witness the cake cutting and fireworks display before we then all head to the main party area. On the way to the dance floor we have a tunnel with sparklers as guests always love this moment.
A fantastic party follows on until after 3am with delicious cocktails and desserts available.
I hope you have enjoyed this elegant Jewish wedding in Tuscany and it inspires you to start to plan your wedding in Italy.