Sam and Rupesh esclusive Indian wedding in Florence
“Once in a while, in an ordinary life, a fairy tale unfolds”. These words are tattooed in my heart. It’s the beginning not only of a moving and beautiful speech from the mother of the Bride, it’s far more that only this. It’s the real description of what Universe reserves for us all: love. When life seems to be hard and full of struggles and poor of joys, a fairy tale unfolds like wings of a butterfly and this is the true story of my loving Sam & Rupesh, my adorable Indian couple.
They fell in Magnolia’s lap just 3 months before their wedding date and since then have been my joy and my everyday smile. When planning an Indian wedding many factors play an important role as Indian celebrations are spreaded on many days, Indian rituals and traditions are severals and guests arriving to honor and love Bride & Groom are usually many and from different parts of the world. All this alone is a challenge, facing it in 3 months it’s like the cherry on top of a cake isn’t it?
But this fairy tale had a magic like no others have, the immense love, respect, passion, wiseness and trust Sam & Rupesh gifted me during their wedding organization go beyond imagination. And I think Magnolia has changed a lot with their fresh wind of love.
The summer had not been one of the sunniest ever, rainy days were pretty common all through summer months, but I still remember that after the umpteenth thunderstorm, just at the beginning of the Welcome night, sun begun to shine on this Big Indian Wedding and it had not left till the wedding celebrations ended. Call it good Karma.
It was with a gorgeous sun that me and my team welcomed all the international guests arriving from India, Kingdom of Baharain, Canada, Us and many other places at the trendy Obicà in the heart of the luxury shopping street of Florence. An Italian welcome at the most exclusive Mozzarella Bar in Italy and a well-known brand internationally. Artisanal pizzas, mozzarellas, pastas were the Benvenuto for all, what a wonderful way to start our 4 days of celebrations?
The Haldi, a traditional blessing pre-wedding ritual, had been the first ritual we dived in very early in the morning of the second day, at the glorious Four Seasons in Florence. With its bright yellow, red and orange colors that were the theme of the Indian style set up of the day. A small break for a quick rest and changing of outfits for the couple and we enjoyed the wonderful traditions of the Oonjal at sunset and Garba dance inside the incredible Convent Ballroom in Four Seasons Florence, where the international famous Dj and music producer Rajeev B delighted us with some of the greatest Indian Bollywood songs.
The Wedding Function happened at 9.30 am on the third day, after the nosiest and most joyful Baarat procession of the Groom with his red cherry Ferrari and the traditional Dhol player to escort him and his family and friends to the Mandap.
The Indian Function was held by an Hindu minister arrived from London and helped by the local Italian Hindu community for all the sacred garldands of flowers, blessed sweets and to support with blessing prayers. Sam wore a rich white and gold saree with red details for her wedding and was escorted by all her male family memebers to the Mandap. After a moving Kanyadaan and Hasta Melap , the moment when Bride’s parents “give their daughter to the Groom” , the couple enjoyed a rich lunch with their guests at the Temple garden inside Four Seasons Florence. They then changed quickly to a western outfit for a romantic gateway to relax and have some “couple only” photos at the most iconic spots in romantic Florence.
The Wedding Gala dinner was held at the gorgeous Villa Il Garofalo on Florence hills that overlook the city like a postcard. A perfect cocktail to welcome guests, a starry night recreated on the wonderful E shape table to give the Bride her highly requested dreamy mood, an elegant and refined dinner with a delicious Italian Millefoglie created as a live show lead us to the party where Rajeev B again delighted us with a professional and talented Dj show with western music while those wishing for some relaxing moment could enjoy a good Gelato pleasing their eyes with the highlighted Duomo the magnificent Florence Cathedral.
Last day the rich Farewell Brunch held at La Loggia, the panoramic luxury restaurant at Piazzale Michelangelo was the perfect way to say goodbye to all this incredible new family, an Indian family I wish I will be in touch with forever.
As we all said goodbye, the sky started to cry all over again with rains from that day on. “And we now have had the most wonderful fairy tale of a wedding. Most fairy tales begin with – a long time ago – or – once upon a time – have different stories, different paths, but they all end the same way: and they lived happily ever after”.
Bride attire and accessories:
The New Delhi Company
Groom preparation venue:
Palazzo Castri 1874
Four Seasons Firenze
Le Petit Jardin
La Compagnia delle Tende
Make up artist:
Alessio Scolari For Diego Della Palma
Sound & Lights service:
Lights dinner set up + Mandap set up:
Wedding planning, Direction & Coordination :
Magnolia Wedding Planner