Archive for July, 2011

- Real-Life Weddings by Tuscan Dreams -

Name: Adele and Matthew
Ages: Adele -24, Matt - 25
Where are you from: Chester, UK

1. How did you meet?

We attended the same high school and became good friends. A couple of years after we left school we got in contact again. We had both recently just broken up with our partners and it was nice to speak again after so long . We had a couple of dates and felt so comfortable with each other the rest is history.

2. Wedding date :

22/06/2010 – After we booked the date we actually found out that it fell on the same date as family history, such as Matt’s grandma getting married etc.

3. Ceremony and reception venues:

We got married in the Siena Town Hall, a beautiful location inside the famous square. Followed by a reception back at our villa “San Galgano”. This was set next to the famous roofless abbey.

4. Why did the venue appeal to you?

We visited the abbey with Tuscan Dreams the year before and we fell in love with it. Villa San Galgano is an authenic Italian house surrounded by the most breath taking views of San Galgano abbey and vineyards. The house is non other than spectacular. We knew this was the perfect setting for our big day.

5. Colour scheme or wedding theme:

We kept our colour scheme “neutral” Adele wanted creams, golds and browns throughout.

6. Photographer and photographer’s website:

Our photographer was arranged through Tuscan Dreams and he did a fantastic job and made us feel very comfortable.

7. Bouquet and flowers :

All flowers were cream roses, we had small posies as we wanted the main focus to be the dresses and also the lace parasols. Groom, farther of bride, father of groom and best man had a single orchid. Mother of bride and mother of groom also had pearl dressed orchids.

8. The entertainment :

We had a harpist for the ceremony she was amazing, that alone made me tearful! in the evening.. again we had most of this side at our party back home. In Italy we kept it all very relaxed, after the wedding breakfast and speeches we had music flowing through the house and drinks galore!

9. Table decorations :

We had three round tables all dressed in cream linen and chair covers. We had a butterfly theme on the tables, our name settings had little butterflies and we had butterflies sat on everyone’s wine glasses. Erica had dressed the table with golden feathers and gorgeous gold crystals. The centre pieces were three church candles on a Italian crockery, the candles were tied with gold, cream and brown ribbons. The room was covered in candles and tea lights! Just as we had dreams.

The Wedding fashion!

1. Wedding dress designer: My dress was by Maggie Sottero it is called Sabelle. My dress was a gift from my wonderful mum.

2. Where did you get the dress from? My friends mother works for Maggie Sottero so I knew I wanted one of her dresses, they are so beautiful! I went to Arisacrats in Chester.

3. How did you know it was ‘the dress’? I wanted a fish tail all lace dress…that’s what I was hoping to find! The moment I stepped foot in the shop me and my mum saw it and said..yep that’s the one! Although it seemed crazy to have such a heavy dress to take abroad I just had to have it! so we just booked an extra seat on the plane for it! it was well worth all the hassle…but never had I seen a dress have its own boarding pass. Very funny.

4. Bridesmaids outfits and groomswear by? The Bridesmaids wore a simple, elegant ivory chiffon wrap dress with orchids in their hair and lace parasols. Groomswear was Moss Bross, they wore a deep grey suit with tails and waistcoats and cravats ( groom wore silver waist and cravat, others wore cream)

Top tips!

1.What was your best idea?

To do it in Italy!! was the best decision we ever made, although we had a few hic ups along the way! and we did miss certain people we could not have with us, we can honestly say we have never been to a wedding like that before and hope our guests feel the same. It was so romantic and relaxed

2. What did you really love on the day? For me it was walking down the aisle towards Matt, it was so emotional seeing him stood there.

3. Would you do anything differently? The only thing that we would change was the time we got married, we got married at 4pm and it just seemed to go so fast. I wish we had got married slightly earlier…then maybe we would have avoided that 10minute drizzle when we left the town hall too, but we are told that is good luck!

4. Did you make anything yourself (favours, stationery, etc.) – please can you explain how you made it/them? We went to a company called inspirations for our place settings etc we put them together but it was only simple things.

5. What are your money-saving tips?

You can save so much money by making your own invites. I would just say to agree a budget and add a few extra hundred…because there is always that something extra that you just HAVE to have!

6. Where did you go on your honeymoon?

Cuba!!! Matt has always wanted to visit Havana…and I am always happy as long as I have sun, a good book and a cocktail!

Finally, is there anything else you want to tell us about the day?

We just want to mention how fantastic our friends and family were along with Erica and Nicoletta from Tuscan Dreams. We couldn’t have done it without them!


- Weddings in Style by Tuscan Dreams -

Caroline McMahon, from Barrhead, near Glasgow came home from working at the local primary school to find her dog had a new collar.

Boyfriend Gary, a marketing co-ordinator, also from Glasgow, told her to take a good look at it as not only had he bought a new collar he has also bought a new tag.

The couple had met whilst students working in the food hall at the local Marks & Spencer.

Caroline read the tag which had an engraving with the words: Will you Marry me? She asked him: ‘why on earth would you put that on there?’ and as she turned around he was down on one knee.

After asking him if he was serious she said yes and this week they married in Tuscany in a ceremony and celebration organised by Tuscan Wedding organiser Erica Bellini from Tuscan Dreams –