Can I say it was the loveliest Scottish couple I have ever had the pleasure to work with? I definitely can. I have received the first contact from Mairi Clare during a long cold winter and she was a very kind but quite doubtful bride-to-be who was looking more than for a wedding planner, for a help in understanding if her idea for her destination wedding in Tuscany was doable and if it was the best solution for her expectations.
She was starting her project looking for a hotel venue for her reception, but as soon as I understood her to wish to party all night long and to have wonderful open views of my adorable Tuscan countryside, I led her to a completely different solution and asked her to opt for a plushy Tuscan Villa, the one you are used to seeing in poshy travel magazines.
The selection of the venue has been an incredible journey among the most superb Villas in Chianti near Florence, where we could transfer all guests from the city centre after the catholic religious ceremony and we have found the perfect place in a grandiose Villa in the heart of the well known San Casciano Val di Pesa area Mairi Clare followed with her lovely mum Nan, to whom I got so affectioned, all details from menu and wine tasting, to all the needed stationery, from the lavish flower arrangement for the dinner to the wonderful selection of musical interludes for the ceremony.
A ceremony that has been held in a Church inside the historical centre of Florence, really near to Ponte Vecchio, called Chiesa dei Santi Apostoli, which is renowned as the second Cathedral of Florence not for its dimension being a quite small Church compare to a Dome but for the richness of its sacred furnishings, frescos and decorations.
After the ceremony the newly wed couple has been greeted in their new life by a traditional bagpipes player who was waiting for them outside the Church and who welcomed the bride and groom at the Villa on their arrival once all guests have started their welcome cocktail The beautiful Italian garden on a side of the Villa gifted the guests with fresh wind and relaxing areas where to enjoy the excellence of Italian food while mingling.
Dinner has been set up in the amazing Court of the Villa with a spectacular U-shape table facing the unique panorama of the Tuscan vineyards property of the Villa itself. When the bagpipers player has escorted the newly wed couple to their seats, we have been kissed by a magnificent sunset highlighting the dinner table as a blessing from the above. The party went on with a delicious Italian Millefoglie created in front of guests, with a rich American bar and dancings till late night.
I’ll keep forever the memory of a really elegant, classy and gentle bride who helped me to create a chic event.