Charles & Emily Wedding at Villa di Maiano, Fiesole
(Photo by Facibeni) When Charles and Emily traveled from New York to Tuscany to find a location for their wedding, we accompanied them visiting some beautiful villas around Florence. It was a pleasant September tour around the hills surrounding the city; a tour that led them to chose Villa di Maiano, one of the most impressive wedding venues of the Florentine area. The prestigious Renaissance villa, known for being the location of the film A Room with a View, was the perfect backdrop for their elegant and yet fun wedding. The estate covers an area of nearly 300 hectares and the property includes a farmhouse with accommodation and a villa that is ideal place for weddings. The Italian Oak Garden, the private chapel, the inside halls, the large garden with a panoramic terrace over Florence and the Italian garden, offers plenty of possibilities for designing elegant and glamorous weddings. The Farmhouse, just a few steps away from the villa, offers accommodation and a relaxing stay to the guests attending the wedding. On the wedding day, Emily got ready at Villa Il Salviatino, another 15th Century villa, located in the same area as Villa di Maiano that became a luxury hotel, furnished with contemporary design and art pieces. The bride shared her getting ready time with her bridesmaids, with whom she shared both, emotional and amusing moments. She wore a sweetheart trumpet wedding dress, with an utterly elegant tail, that enhanced her body figure. She looked extremely beautiful, especially when her father walked her down the stairs that lead to the Italian garden, where the symbolic ceremony took place. Aperitif was arranged on the panoramic terrace, whereas dinner was set up in front of the imposing facade of the villa. For the long tables floral decorations, we chose eye-catching tall glass vase centerpieces, with overflowing arrangements of white larkspur flowers and roses. As a contrast to the height, we added small glass vases with roses, hydrangeas and peonies, and to draw much attention to the centerpieces we kept the place setting simple with white gold rim glasses and plates. Charles and Emily specifically asked for a dance floor to be placed in the middle of the dinner area and hired a live band that played while dinner was served. Guests loved that, and had a lot of fun dancing in between courses. Before the dance party started, and right after the cake cutting, a fireworks display was featured as a surprise for the bride. We can literally tell that the groom had a brilliant idea!