Annette & Dominic’s Tuscan Wedding at Santa Maria Novella church in Florence

Dominic and Annette went back to their roots when they invited friends and family to celebrate their wedding in Florence. Surrounded by the love of their guests, this couple was able to incorporate customary Italian wedding traditions and personal sentiments to make for a truly remarkable occasion. The most exciting and unique aspect of this wedding was the location! This Italian American family enjoyed the wedding ceremony amidst the historic elegance of the Santa Maria Novella church, one of the most beautiful and famous churches in all of Florence.

The groom accompanied by his mates arrived first. Soon to follow was the bridal party. Each of the ten bridesmaids wore a custom gown in varying shades of taupe, olive, and mauve. The real showstopper was Annette’s white wedding dress. A stunning off the shoulder, lace gown, with a natural waistline, luxurious train to stretch the length of the aisle, and a veil to match. Continuing the Tuscan inspired color and floral theme, the bridal bouquet, arranged by Flowers Living, was composed of ivory, purple, and yellow roses, blossoming from Italian olive and eucalyptus branches.

In traditional Italian style, the guests exited the church first, while the Bride and Groom signed their marriage certificate. Upon their exit, they guests celebrated them with a parade of bubbles, showering the newlyweds with love. Upon arrival, guests were lead to the rooftop terrace, overlooking the beautiful Tuscan countryside and the city of Florence. Here they enjoyed an aperitif and signature cocktails while waiting for the happy couple.

Once the guests moved down to the reception hall, a close friend of the couple started the party with custom introductions for the bridesmaids and groomsmen, who had choreographed a special, fun entrance! Then the guests were truly moved by the couple’s first dance followed by the dances with their loving parents. The reception hall was another grand centerpiece of the day. The head table was designed specially to seat the guests family-style, in an Eden of greenery and romantic lighting. Flowers Living built a rustic wooden structure above the table and draped it in eucalyptus branches, flowers, candles, and twinkling lights to enhance this regal fairytale wedding. The four-course dinner catered by Galeteo, brought forth the best of Tuscany’s famous cuisine, and for dessert, this couple embraced another beloved Italian tradition by having a Millefoglie wedding cake assembled right before their eyes.

Wedding Planner: The Tuscan Wedding | Location: Villa Medicea di Lilliano | Photographer: Dennis Pike  | Videographer: Screenshot Production |  Florist: Flowers Living  | Catering: Galateo Ricevimenti  | Hair and Makeup: Cherie Spisso  | Wedding Lights:  Wedding Music and Lights  Car: Drive In Style  | DJ: DJ Leo