Tuscan Bliss: An Intimate Italian Wedding
“Trifles make perfection, and perfection is no trifle.”
These wise words come from the mind of Michelangelo himself.
They assert a fundamental truth essential to all design: focusing on the details is what counts. He shows us that details aren’t just little extra frills, or finishing touches one can either take or leave; on the contrary, they often set the fine line between a good project and one that is entirely unique.
It was this thoughtful perspective on the design process that formed the backbone to this Tuscan wedding shoot.
Inspired by this principle from Italy’s maestro, the talented wedding designer, Eleonora Voci and her team of selected wedding professionals put these words into practice. With its incredibly beautiful landscapes, Tuscany was an obvious choice for location.
They created an enchanting occasion—an intimate wedding set in the midst of the rolling Tuscan hills, with never-ending stretches of vineyards and countless olive tree groves.
Villa di Ulignano, which can be found halfway between the jaw-dropping Etruscan towns of Volterra and San Gimignano, matched the concept entirely. As such, it was the ideal venue to create a stylish setting with bucolic accents. The day, and all of the impeccable artistic touches, were captured by the knowing eye of Velluto Photography.
The bride wore a rich A-line wedding dress from Barone Rosso atelier, which had an elaborate French lace bodice and a transparent back with lace inserts (which were repeated over the lower half of the gown, too).
For the bridal look, a natural and ethereal style of make-upwhile the hairstyle featured side-swept curls pinned back by a precious head comb from Elibre Handmade.
The headpiece—with delicate interwoven branches adorned with pearls and shiny rhinestones—paired with the bridal bodice was a match made in a Tuscan heaven. Continuing this aesthetic, the earrings brought a softer shape to the bride’s outfit as they were designed to look like two small fluffy pearl-and-gem clouds. A pair of statement shoes from Manolo Blahnik provided the finishing touch to the bridal look. These were just the thing to link this look back to the colour palette of the occasion.
The occasion’s design blended together various shades of blue, pale yellow and green. For the planning team, these sophisticated yet bold colours came as a natural choice to fit this setting.
A clear example where the occasion’s colours really came to life was in the day’s décor. For example, the wedding set-up utilised a balanced mix of rustic elements—like the wooden structure framing the table, a wrought iron chandelier, the iron chairs and the ceremonial arch—with sophisticated, more delicate elements like the elegant and smooth tableware by Valerio Ricevimenti.
Similarly, a long table was set for dinner, which was adorned with a greenery installation by Elena Mainoldi, suspended above the table. She then embellished the tabletop with blue and white pottery, which was filled with white Delphinium, creating a bold contrast with the red garden roses used.
The cohesion of the materials, colours and shapes used on this day created a seamless, yet complex design.
The ceremony set-up was installed in the villa’s gardens (after choosing the best spot for panoramic views of the surrounding hills). The bride and groom pronounced their vows under a romantic arch. This was decorated with an intentionally messy floral arrangement to create a harmonious blend with the Tuscan landscape.
The bouquet formed into a slightly unstructured shape of a mixture of white and blue Delphinium, Achillea, Scabiosa Bianca, alongside white roses and the addition of a few eye-catching red garden roses.
This flower combination could be seen in the table decoration, on the ceremony arch and adorning the cake.
- The stationery suite by Calligrafica Luna was something rather special. In combination with the chosen colour palette, the invitation set also included a hand-drawn illustration of the Villa itself. The dramatic addition of a few bright red roses not only made a striking feature, but acted to bring out the beauty of the more subtle colours. We love the way flowers were used to establish a seamlessness between this tuscan wedding setting and the surrounding valleys and hills.
Photography: Velluto Photography // Venue: Villa Di Ulignano // Event Planning and Design: Eleonora Voci // Florals: Elena Mainoldi Floral // Stationery: Calligrafica Luna // Rentals: Puntouno // Hair and Makeup: Camilla Coppolaro // Catering: Valerio Ricevimenti // Engagement and Weddings Rings: Taya Gioielli // Earrings and Headpiece: Elibre Handmade // Ring Box: The Lovekeepers // Wedding Dress and Groom’s Attire: Barone Rosso Sposa // Bride’s Shoes: Manolo Blahnik