The gorgeous Casa Cornacchi in Tuscany, Italy has to be one of our favourite destination wedding venues – the surroundings are just so picturesque, the ceremony space is divine, the whole venue can be hired exclusively, with plenty of accomodation for guests, and there’s a swimming pool – what’s not to love?!
Keeley and Jon clearly loved the venue too, as they planned their big day in just 6 months and kept the decor really simple as Casa Cornachhi is just so stunning in it’s own right.
Bride Keeley wears Hanoi by Enzoani, which just fits her like a glove and also happens to be the very first dress she tried on! It was meant to be…
Keeley The Bride: Jon and I had been together 9 years, engaged for 7 before getting married. I’m not the girl who has grown up dreaming of my wedding day and the thought of planning it, to be honest, filled me with dread! So, start to finish, we (I use the term we very lightly!) planned it in 6 months. I’d heard people before say that their wedding day was the best day of their life…ours really, really was! The whole day was absolutely perfect.
THE DRESS…The first dress, in the first shop! (Hanoi by Enzoani) Yep – my wedding dress was the first wedding dress I’d ever tried on! (That’s not to say we didn’t then spend the day twirling and spinning in many others!)
I wanted elegant and simple accessories. I wore my nan’s vintage earrings which was a great pleasure as she couldn’t fly out to Italy. I wore the most beautiful headband and shoe clips which were borrowed from one of my bridesmaids – one who couldn’t actually make it to the wedding as she was due to give birth a few days before!
Jon wanted a Hugo Boss suit. So he got one! Tie and belt too! Jon wore cufflinks and a watch that his mum bought him for his wedding day before sadly passing away last year.
Casa Cornacchi in Tuscany, Italy. A simple, beautiful and classic Tuscan house overlooking the rolling hills. We went on holiday in August 2014 to Sorrento, Rome and Tuscany and decided on the first view it was where we wanted to get married. We wanted somewhere private, beautiful and somewhere we could have an outdoor ceremony.
Colour scheme…I didn’t really have one! Other brides to be out there, don’t panic if you don’t have a colour scheme. We just kept things nude and natural against the green of Tuscany.
The wonderful and talented florist Nadia! My bouquet was made from seasonal flowers, roses, peonies, Tuscan leaves and berries. Bridesmaids had Baby’s Breath.
For the ceremony, we had rose petals down the aisle and in little music note confetti cones. We had little jars on the chairs and then tall, glass vases at the top with baby’s breath, roses and peonies in.
We had one long table arrangement (the fact we decided this and did the table plan on the morning of the wedding gives you an idea of how chilled and relaxed we were about it!) We had different height mercury glass vases filled with roses, peonies, Tuscan leaves and baby’s breath. And, obviously, lots of candles.
The ceremony was absolute perfection. Outdoor, overlooking hills, sunny, the most fitting and beautiful words and readings. Jo Bertolino at Tuscan Pledges was our celebrant. We’d both answered questions and written a little about each other and sent it to Jo, then she shared these during the ceremony. Kerry (Jon’s sister) wrote a reading about their Mum which was perfect and the bridesmaid at home (Emma H) had chosen a reading for Liz to read. There really isn’t a feeling in the world like walking down an aisle, with your dad by your side, seeing the man you love waiting for you. I walked down to Songbird by Eva Cassidy.
After the ceremony, we had canapés and drinks by the pool. We simply relaxed and enjoyed the afternoon.
Ravioli di ricotta e spinaci fatti a mano al burro e salvia
Home made ravioli stuffed with spinach and ricotta cheese sauté in butter and sage sauce
Home made Lasagne
Misto di carni marinate arrostite alle brace
Mix of local meats including pork ribs, ham, chicken, Tuscan sausage and sliced T-bone steaks
Patate alla ghiotta
Roasted potatoes with our olive oil and herbs
Charcoal grilled season vegetable dressed in olive oil and fresh herbs
For our wedding cake, we had a traditional Italian multilayer wedding cake which was made up in front of the guests – this was a real treat to watch!
Our photographer was the wonderful Frances Sales. Frances landed in Italy the day before to photograph our pizza night the night before and then the full day – from waking up to dancing on the tables! Frances made the whole experience so relaxed and natural and we’re thrilled with the results.