This incredibly pretty, destination wedding comes with a tissue warning. The emotional first look and outdoor wedding ceremony captures by Jason Mark Harris are absolute tear jerkers. Which is exactly what you want from your wedding photographs.
Then come all the candle light reception pics, which scream luxe. Just like the wedding party attire. Hello there groomsmen in Tuxedos and wowsers bridesmaids and bride in Monique Lhuillier gowns.
The blush pink, pure white and greenery flower arrangements will also have you picking your jaw up from the floor, so get yourself comfortable and enjoy this one lovelies, it’s a goodie.
Joanne and Ronan married in the garden at Villa Pitiana in Tuscany, Italy.
I am so pleased to be able to bring you all a well deserved ray of sunshine this morning. Prepare for pinks and ivory, romance and relaxation and a plethora of rustic chic. And prepare too for 34 degree heat (not outside in the real world unfortunately).
Photography today is by Anushe Low. Pop your sun glasses on and we can begin.
I originally wanted a very plain Priscilla of Boston dress which I found online, however it could only be purchased in Boston in the US. My sister and I decided to have the full wedding experience and booked a day at Browns Bride in London.
Walking out with the dress on and looking in the mirror, I could for the first time imagine how my wedding day would be like, from the surrounding of the venue to the flowers. The Dress was the piece that connected everything for me.
High Street Accessories
I wore a pair of stone encrusted earrings from Monsoon and a pair of red peep toe shoes from Topshop.
We used a local florist. They provided me with a list of roses available in September. I picked the flowers and had them put into vase with water. We also had Mini Eden, Large Roses and Cala lilies. It was very simple. In my bouquet I had Sweet Avalanche.
Our photographer was Anushe Low, I was recommended her by David Jenkins, another photographer who had been recommended by a friend.
Food For Thought
The chef at the Villa made our cake, it consisted of a large Strawberry Mille-Feuille surrounded by smaller versions of the same cake. we had pre-ceremony and pre-reception drinks that consisted of Prosecco, Beer and Cocktails served with a vast selection of Meat, Cheese and canapés.
We hired a traditional Irish band, which played for 3 hours, then disco music played until 2am. Our first dance was to Snow Patrol, Chasing cars. This was the song playing on the radio when we had our first date.
I tailored made my menus, confetti bags and table settings to go with the rustic theme. My menus were wrapped in lace and string, my Confetti bags were made of burlap and wrapped in ribbon. The guest names were clipped on wine glasses with flowery heart pegs.
The flowers were chosen to blend in with the surroundings of the garden where the reception was held. Everything from the table name holders to the Sheppard sticks to the flower jars were picked to achieve the rustic look.
Under The Skies
A lot of my decorations were brought from the US. The paper parasols, Fans, paper bags for the biscuits and sweets were purchased from the US.
Our heart pegs and heart table holders were purchased from Cox & Cox and the sweet jars and retro sweets are from John Lewis. Our table numbers were borrowed from my nephew’s number blocks!
I’ve always wanted to a reception outdoors under the skies, my best memories have always been outdoors under the stars, this is the main reason why I choose Italy – so we would be able to have dinner outdoors.
The overall look of our wedding was perfect. The ceremony was meant to be held in the garden, but due to the 34 degrees heat, it was moved to the court yard, which turned out to be perfect. We were lucky that the venue’s beautiful surrounding required very little decoration.
If you are having an outdoors wedding make sure that the venue has an indoor option, and do not look at the weather forecast more than 3 days before the wedding, as the info is never accurate!
Ha! I love that the table numbers are a childs number block set… that is so cool.
The dress is amazing, the bride and groom look like celebrities… The light that Anushe Low has captured. The beautiful scenery. The outdoor banquet, the parasols, the pastel florals. All mind blowing. Every single element of this wedding ties in together so perfectly.