Is there anything more romantic than a romantic elopement in the Tuscan countryside? Tonight we have the privilege of showing you this stunning styled inspiration session created by Boston based destination wedding planner Luba Gankin from Primavera Dreams and captured by the talented Jules Bower, with cinematography by Tiziana Billi of Italian Wedding Videographers.
Speaking with Luba of Primavera Dreams, we discover that Italy and in particular Tuscany, is Luba's speciality and is the country to which her heart belongs. This styled shoot was her way of highlighting the beauty within the unique summer atmosphere that comes alive at Villa di Geggiano.
Villa di Geggiano is a picturesque renaissance wine estate and a national heritage site. Originally built in the 14th century, the Villa di Geggiano, its gardens and 18th-century decorations have been carefully renovated and restored. The Bandinelli family continue to manage the Villa and the precious surrounding vineyards. The estate is truly breathtaking adorned with frescoes and surrounded by lavish gardens, it is not surprise that the villa has attracted it's fair share of celebrities and even played host to film crews as the set of choice for Bernardo Bertolucci movie 'Stealing Beauty'.
Located just six kilometres north-east of Siena, the villa façade looks out onto the enchanting hills of Chianti Classico, a region of Italy world famous for its wines, natural beauty and rich history. The lawns of the villa can accommodate up to 250 people, whilst inside, the ballroom has a capacity to host up to 100 guest and if we haven't stirred your curiosity so far... this extraordinary estate boasts its own 18th century chapel, where this stunning elopement ceremony was captured with officiant Giuseppe Rossi of Blessings From Italy conducting a sincere and heart warming service.
The Madonna of the Rosary Chapel was built for the marriage of Anton Domenico Bianchi Bandinelli and Cecilia Chigi Zondadari in 1768 and was loving renovated in 2000 making it the ideal place for you to exchange your vows whilst sharing in a historical estate tradition. This idyllic estate truly does have everything you need for the perfect romantic and luxuriously intimate destination elopement.
The teams stunning bride, was a the picture perfect Princess in a stunning Ines Di Santo bridal gown with a show stopping sheer bodice embellished with crystals, sequins and delicate embroidery. The bridal look was completed with stunning hair and makeup by Cherie Spisso and effortless modern chic accessories by innovative designer Monica Coscioni of Spazio Manassei. Not to be outdone, the teams handsome groom, cut a dashing figure in a classic deep navy suit with wide black lapels, crisp white shirt and black bowtie.
The reception setting from this session will have us dreaming of times gone by for quite some time! The villas breathtaking frescos were complimented perfectly with stunning florals by Stiatti Fiori while addition of soft flickering candle light from tall black tapered candles and golden flatware from Preludio Noleggio set the foundation for stunning round black and gold menus by Monica Tallone and hand painted chairs and settings by Sofia Rocchetti. The combined beauty of this luxurious styling not only accented the beauty but added to richly romantic atmosphere aided by live guitar music by Guty from Guty and Simone making this one of our favourite shoots to date.
We invite you to sit back and relax as you enjoy the images from this incredible shoot and let us know what your favourite moment is, and don't forget to check out the list of vendors below and follow the links to discover some serious talent and inspiration for your big day!
meet the team:
Photography: Jules Bower
Videography: Italian Wedding Videographers
Venue: Villa di Geggiano
Officiant: Blessings From Italy
Planner & Event Designer: Primavera Dreams
Floral Design: Stiatti Fiori
Decor & Hire Rentals: Preludio Noleggio
Hand Painted Chairs & Settings: Sofia Rocchetti
Band: Guty & Simone
Bridal Couture: Ines di Santo
Hair & Makeup Artist: Cherie Spisso
Jewellery: Spazio Manassei