Chic Weddings/Destination Weddings

Rustic, Dreamy & Intimate Italian Destination Wedding

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Alfresco Italian weddings often pull on our heartstrings. The familial feel, the olive trees, the rustic stone venues – we get caught in daydreams of sipping on Chianti with a pile of prosciutto and dish of olives.

Today’s Tuscan wedding is even dreamier than you could imagine – the wheat fields, the endless rustic touches, the sumptuous dinner, it’s as though we’ve died and gone to Siena. Holly & Ryan held their intimate nuptials at The Lazy Olive, a Tuscan villa venue that looks just as charming as it sounds.  Below the olive grove, the two married in front of fifty friends and family in front of a stunning, classic view of Siena’s rolling vineyards – swoon!

The lucky crew then retreated to the rows of olives to find a charming imperial farm table (we’re so obsessed with this set-up!) flush with classic Italian dishes, a gelato cart and copious amounts of good Italian wine. All of this dreamy goodness was captured by the sultry, candid lens of Federica Cavicchi.

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Our Love Story

It’s a long story! We met in Thailand. I was travelling from the UK and Ryan was on holiday from Australia. We stayed in contact every day. We visited each other in both of our home countries and had a long distance relationship for six months until I finished university. Then finally I moved to Australia where we now live.

Ryan proposed six years after we met, while we were visiting my family and friends in England. He chose the first place I took him – on top of a hill with beautiful views of Surrey (my home county) and no one around but us.

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The Destination Planning

The most important thing was keeping it simple! Our end goal was a low key, outdoor, intimate celebration with our closest family and friends, oh and good food and wine of course! I think we achieved that.

The internet, blogs, and Instagram have made planning a destination weddings so easy. Most blogs credit suppliers, so we quickly got an idea of the most popular ones, the styles we liked and the ones we didn’t. If you’re happy to do the research yourself, then I’d recommend using the money you would have spent on a wedding planner (they can be pricey!) elsewhere.

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“The most memorable part of the day were the smiles on both of our faces during the ceremony. My cheeks ached by the end – it was definitely the happiest day of our lives.”

– Bride Holly, favorite moments

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The Photography

Federica was fantastic, staying to the early hours of the morning to ensure not a moment was missed. I had been lucky enough to meet Federica in Melbourne before the wedding – she was so warm and bubbly that I immediately felt comfortable in her presence and ultimately in front of her lens! Neither Ryan or I like posing for photos, so her natural, journalistic style of photography suited us well.

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The Honeymoon

We enjoyed an extra week at The Lazy Olive, spending quality time with family and friends from all over the world before heading to Kuramathi Island in the Maldives. I didn’t believe the google images were real without serious photoshopping but they were! I’ve never experienced a paradise like it.

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