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- Weddings in Style by Tuscan Dreams -

Photo by Nadia Attura

Gemma McGlue knows everything there is to know about organising an event – she is an account manager for Land Rover Global Events – and the one thing she knew she needed for the perfect wedding was an event manager!

Photo by Nadia Attura

After meeting at a party in 2003 and a romantic proposal at the Landmark Hotel in London, “we chose my engagement ring at Boodles on New Bond Street,” Gemma, an Account Manager for Land Rover Global Events and Phil McGlue, a Police Officer, set to work finding a wedding planner who could create their dream day.

Photo by Nadia Attura

The couple from Milton Keynes knew what they wanted early on, “We both love Italy and liked the idea of having our closest family and friends at a beautiful ceremony in Tuscany for the weekend,” said Gemma. They soon found Erica Bellini of Tuscan Dreams and she provided all the information they needed to arrange the event and provide the perfect venue for a September wedding. “When we found Villa Gambassi, we just fell in love with it and knew it would be perfect for our numbers and guests.” The blessing would be held in a church nearby, Santa Maria a Chianni - a popular location for Erica’s clients, and it also meant guests did not have to travel far for the reception after.

Foto by Nadia Attura

With its rustic and romantic atmosphere, Villa Gambassi could not have been more perfect for Gemma and Phil’s vintage, lace and fine art theme - birdcages adorned the tables as centre pieces. “We researched endless venues but we always came back to Villa Gambassi. It ticked every box,” said the blushing bride.

The biggest extravagance of the weekend was a seven course meal but money was saved on the venue hire. The couple also hired a harpist during drinks for a serene mood and afterwards a disco, for the evening event, to get the wedding party up and dancing.

If Gemma could offer any advice to someone planning a wedding it would be “always keep to your budget and research the market.” Luckily, they found Tuscan Dreams, and a perfect planner in the form of Erica. “She was so helpful and lovely and we just knew everything was right.”


- Weddings in Style by Tuscan Dreams -

The big trends for 2011 weddings in Italy have set off already and are in full demand.

Trends on transport:More and more couples decide to drive in style to their wedding ceremony and back to the villa and choose a vintage Italian sports car to remember their day by.

The choice of cars is wide and usually reflects the style of the wedding. You name it: from Alfa Romeo Spiders and Giulietta to all models of Fiats from the sports cars to the classic Cinquecento.

And of course for the grooms seriously passionate about Ferraris you cannot miss out on a ’80s flaming Ferrari.

Many couples choose classic white for the wedding day but when it comes to convertible two seater sports cars a red car is undoubtedly a love at first sight.

This trend has become even more remarkable because many couples actually hire the car for a week and drive down to the Amalfi coast, one of romantic spots of Italy, in a red vintage convertible.

Truly an unforgettable experience!!!

But the treat is not only for the Bride and Groom… The wedding party can also have their share of fun hiring vespas for the wedding day. Your Italian wedding will be really more like out of a movie!

Reception Details: The new trend is to add an authentic Italian flavour to the wedding so a good way to have guests take back a personalised token of your wedding in Italy is to pick something local for them to take back. Think personalised bottles of local olive oil with the names of the bride and groom or Chianti Classico red wine in a miniature flask or for the ones who like strong flavours, sun-drenched Limoncello Lemon liqueur or 40 degrees elegant mini bottles of Grappa spirit.

This will add a personal classic touch to a truly Italian wedding.