Posts Tagged ‘ Villa Gambassi ’

- Real-Life Weddings by Tuscan Dreams -

Name: Mawgan and Tom
Age: Mawgan - 28, Tom - 27
Profession: Mawgan -Mother to Caleb 15 months , Tom - Banker
Where do you come from : Mawgan - Nottingham, Tom - Surrey

1. How did you meet?
We met at Bath University in 2001 when I was in my final year of my Economics degree, and Tom was in the third year of his five year Structural and Civil Engineering Masters degree
2. How did you get engaged?
Tom proposed early one morning at home. I was so shocked I made him ask me again!
3. How did you choose where to conduct the ceremony and have the reception?
We looked at various places in and around London but none suited what we wanted.  A family friend had got married the previous year in Italy and that inspired to look into the possibility of getting married there.  We went backpacking in Italy in 2002 and had a wonderful time so it seemed like a great place to get married.

4. What research and planning did you do before the wedding?
We looked at lots of websites and then contacted Tuscan Dreams.
We got married in the magic Medieval hamlet of Certaldo and the venue was Villa Gambassi.
All the guests were also staying on site which made things very practical logistically.
5. How many guests attended your wedding?

6. What did you ‘make from scratch’?
We put together a booklet with information on the surrounding area, travel, car hire, restaurants and sent them to all our guests.
7. What was your biggest extravagance?
Photographer and wedding dress

8. Where did you save the most money?
Compared to the UK, the food was incredibly good value.  We also did our own music so that we had complete control and only paid for the soundsystem.
9. Would you change anything about your wedding?
Nothing at all!
10. What advice would you give to someone planning a wedding?
Enjoy it and don’t get too caught up in the little details.
11. Colour scheme of wedding : FLOWERS - white and light pink calla lillies in tall vases.
As favours we had lovely bottles of Limoncello for the ladies and Grappa for the men to give it that Italian touch.

12. Music/entertainment: String quartet during ceremony and canapés then own music for the evening.


- Weddings in Style by Tuscan Dreams -

It was an office romance that turned into a match made in heaven - but it wasn’t a lightning bolt of love as Becky explains!

“We never really spoke to each other but exchanged the odd glance across the room. We eventually started talking through email and never looked back!”

A year after they began dating Dan got down on one knee in front of family and friends at a Chinese restaurant in Durham and the fairy tale commenced.

When the couple talked about getting married they held very different views. “I wanted to stay in the UK so all my family could attend but Dan wanted it abroad somewhere like Cyprus,” says Becky. She soon came round to the idea of a wedding abroad, but wanted something more unique and that is when they came across Tuscany as a perfect location. “Money was a major factor so we started to look around to see what we could get for the amount of money we could afford.” It was then they found Tuscan Dreams, the baby of Erica Bellini who has been planning weddings in Tuscany for over 10 years. With her knowledge and experience, Erica showed Becky and Dan exactly what they could achieve with their budget and it was nothing short of perfect.

Soon a list of venues was drawn up for the couple to browse and one stood out in particular. “The second we saw Villa Gambassi we fell in love with it,” says Becky. “Erica sent us details and photos from previous weddings just to re-enforce our choice. It was just so beautiful.” Right from the beginning Erica and her assistant Nicoletta, made sure they got to know the couple inside out. “They just seemed to know what we would love. All I did was arrange the bridal parties outfits, everything else Tuscan Dreams took care of.” Wild flowers and an Italian rustic feel gave the event a sense of everything the couple loved about Tuscany, beautiful and romantic yet simple and original. Traditional floral colours such as purple, yellow sunflowers and cream were used to set the mood.

Although their biggest extravagance would be the villa as soon as the couple and their guests arrived they knew they had made the right decision. “As soon as we arrived at the villa gates we knew we were getting our money’s worth and more. There were even live deer in the grounds that you could hand feed,” says Becky. “Out of this world is how I would describe Villa Gambassi!” After spending most of their budget on a venue, Becky and Dan saved some money by making a few vital parts of the wedding from scratch. “My aunt made my veil, which hopefully will be passed down through the family. We also brought the place settings that doubled up as favours for everyone.”

After their dream wedding in Tuscany what can Becky say about the wonderful women who made it possible? “The work they must have to do to make people’s perfect day perfect is amazing and believe me they do make it perfect in every way and more,” said an extremely blissful Mrs Gill.

Becky and Dan got married at Certaldo Town Hall on 4th August 2009 and had reception for their guests at Villa Gambassi.


- Real-file weddings by Tuscan Dreams-

Names: Libby and Oliver Shepherd
Age: Libby - 33, Oliver - 34
Profession: Libby - Nurse endoscopist, Oliver - Surveyor
Where do you come from: Libby - Queensland, Oliver - Australia & Sussex, England

1. How did you meet? On a sailing holiday in Greece in 2006
2. How did you get engaged? Woken up to 30 roses and a wet boyfriend on bended knee (it had been raining outside)

3. How did you choose where to conduct the ceremony and have the reception? We both love Italy and thought getting married there would be very romantic.  We did a search on the internet to investigate where to have the wedding and came across Tuscan DreamsVilla Gambassi suited our needs precisely and accommodated all our guests in one place. The church was close by and, fortunately, beautiful.

4. What research and planning did you do before the wedding? We visited Villa Gambassi twice. The first to assess the location and the accommodation and the second time was to taste the food and wine, which was straightforward as the chef that was recommended was excellent. We settled on a theme fairly quickly, but it was putting the thought and research into the small details that would make it individual that took more time. Having wedding planners with such experience of the location was extremely helpful.
5. How many guests attended your wedding? 77
6. What did you ‘make from scratch’? The table plans and name places
7. What was your biggest extravagance? The Alfa Romeo Spider Giuletta 1962 convertible. Unfortunately it rained.
8. Where did you save the most money? Having the reception where we were staying meant that we did not need a separate venue.
9. Would you change anything about your wedding? Having the speeches and first dance on photograph and film.

10. What advice would you give to someone planning a wedding? Have it over a long weekend which means family and friends can get to know each other before wedding and the bride and groom can enjoy the party even more.
11: What was the theme of your wedding? Rustic elegance.  We chose this theme to reflect the setting.
12. Colour scheme of wedding? ivory and merlot
13. What music did you choose? Jazz (at drinks reception) and pop band


- 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.”


-Real Life Wedding by Tuscan Dreams-

Name : Kirsty and Neil

Age Kirsty – 27, Neil - 31

Profession: Kirsty – Human Resources Advisor, Neil – works in the Automotive Industry

Where do you come from : Staffordshire, UK

1. How did you meet?

We met at a house party in 1996 but I don’t actually remember Neil being there but remember his friends. We met again a few years later and eventually he asked me to be his girlfriend in February 1998.

2. How did you get engaged?

We’d been together for 9 years by the time Neil proposed in August 2007. Neil told me he was talking me away as a surprise. He took me to Paris for 4 days and it rained the whole time we were there. On the last night we went for a meal and then sat on the grass beneath the Eiffel tower. Neil got down on one knee and asked me to be his wife. I just couldn’t stop crying and of course, I said yes!

3. How did you choose where to conduct the ceremony and have the reception?

We’d been on holiday to Tuscany in June 2007 with my parents to a farmhouse in Montespertoli. This was before we were engaged but whilst there we did say how lovely it would be for a wedding. Tuscany was so fresh in our minds when we got engaged and then we found tuscan dreams on the internet and decided to contact them. We visited Villa Gambassi in March 2008 and then again in January 2009 to taste the food for the wedding and see the church, Santa Maria a Chianni. We loved everything about it and knew this was where we wanted to get married.

4. What research and planning did you do before the wedding?

Once we’d found Tuscan dreams and confirmed our wedding booking with them, they were excellent in helping us with all the research and planning in Italy.

5. How many guests attended your wedding?

We had a small wedding of 30 family and close friends in Italy, and then had a party back in the UK with 150 guests.

6. What did you ‘make from scratch’?

We made the table plan ourselves but ended up having to stick it together when we arrived in Italy so that it didn’t get too bent in the suitcase! We also created the order of service ourselves but unfortunately, left it until the last minute and ended up having to get them photocopied on the day we were flying to Italy and then we didn’t have enough copies for everyone!!

7. What was your biggest extravagance?

Probably actually getting married in Italy but we knew that it was what we wanted and just hoped that everyone would be able to be there to share it with us.

8. Where did you save the most money?

Probably in only having 30 guests in Italy. We could have asked more people but would have meant the food would have cost more

9. Would you change anything about your wedding?

No, we’ve both said we have no regrets and everything was just as we wanted it

10.What advice would you give to someone planning a wedding?

Be organised. You always think you’ve got ages to do things. We had 2 years between getting engaged and getting married and it just flew by! We thought we had ages to do things but all of sudden it’s there and you still have things to do.

The theme of your wedding and why did you chose that theme
No particular theme – blue and silver
Colour scheme of wedding: Navy blue and silver
Music/entertainment: On the wedding day – organ at the Church and then violin and cello back at the reception venue.  We had a further reception party back in the UK to celebrate with family and friends who couldn’t join us in Italy.  We hired a band called Hipster – they were excellent and everyone boogied the night away!!