If we feature any more stunning weddings from Italy, I honestly don’t think I’m going to be able to stop myself from booking a one-way flight there. Seriously – Paula & Matthew’s big day is yet another divine wedding we’ve received from the land of delicious food and wine. (If you want to see more Italian weddings, just chose Italy as your location when search through our real wedding archives).
The venue, Terre di Nano, nestled in the Tuscan countryside is a stunning place to get married and I love the simple but stylish decor Paula has used to make the place look even more beautiful. Hessian and lace runners, jam jars tied with brown string and filled with hydrangeas and tea lights are all it takes to make a dining table look truly inviting.
And at night time Terre di Nano becomes even more magical, with festoon lights glowing, there is no denying the romance of a destination wedding.
Paula The Bride: We went to Italy in October 2013 with a shortlist of venues to visit, searching for our ideal wedding venue. We wanted somewhere typically Tuscan, with breathtaking, panoramic views, which could cater for our wedding party of around 60 guests. Terre di Nano in Monticchiello had made the shortlist and as we drove up the country lane and parked the car it was clear we had already been encaptured by the stunning views across the rolling hills to the Tuscan villages of Pienza and Montepulciano. As we wandered around the grounds and were shown around the cool apartments with terracotta floors, wooden beams and freshly washed linens we were already beginning to imagine what our wedding would be like – rustic yet elegant, informal and understated but with a careful eye for detail.
The Wedding Weekend
The wedding weekend started on Friday evening with a prosecco reception, pizza party and quiz night, with the pizza chefs using the wood burning stove to bring out pizza after pizza. Saturday saw the early morning rainclouds give way to the warm, Autumn sunshine and the preparations began in earnest. Chairs were set up and wine barrels were rolled into the lavendar garden, where Matt’s grandfather would later lead the ceremony. The hairdresser and make up artist came to prepare Paula, the bridesmaids and the mums, while the florists from Stiatti Fiori and Giorgio and Ilaria’s team at Terre di Nano worked behind the scenes to get ready for the reception.
The guests were seated and the wedding party came down to the lavendar garden accompanied by a traditional folk trio, much to the delight of friends and family. As the ceremony finished the wedding party moved round onto the terrace in front of the main villa accompanied by ‘That’s Amore’. The music played on into the evening, with the aperitivo being served on the terrace as the sun set over the hills. Dusk faded into dark and dinner was served in the olive grove with hundreds of fairy lights and candles before guests moved into the wine cellar, transformed into a disco for one final wow factor.