Allison & Dani, a Wedding in Chianti

Over the Top!

A Wedding at Castello Vicchiomaggio, Greve, Chianti

 

Over the top! Ali & Dani are that chocolate box, story book couple. Head over heels for one another and deliciously photogenic! They met and fell in love at school in Italy, so it made sense for these two Americans to gather the herd and make it official where it all began.

In a former life, Dani worked at a bridal boutique, so no surprises here that each moving part fits expertly into the next. The tones, the details, the venue and the style, all creating a visual feast!

The gaggle of friends and family were treated to a week long fiesta. Allison & Dani created a weeks worth of adventures all over Italy which, in crescendo worked towards this epic day set on the peak of a vineyard hill in Chianti at the Castello Vicchio Maggio.

Sexy solo sax was the other show stealer here, which then joined in concert with a diamond of a DJ who had all feet lifted into the night…

I’ve been shooting for nearly 10 years and this goes down as one of my all time favourite weddings. The love, the beauty, the setting and the sounds…magic.

WORDS FROM THE BRIDE…

How we met:  Dani and I had a group of mutual friends at FSU and we knew each other for three years before we began dating. We had both been seeing other people but finally found each other single at the same time. Unfortunately, Dani had just finished his masters and was moving to NYC, while I still had a year left of school. We managed to do long distance until I finished with school and then I moved to NYC to be with him!

THE PROPOSAL

Dani and I were traveling throughout Europe in May 2015 and decided to make Paris the last city we visited before heading back to The States. We had an amazing time touring the city and had planned to spend our last day in Paris visiting The Luxembourg Gardens, followed by a champagne brunch. On Saturday, May 23rd, 2015 we woke up bright and early and got ready for the day. (Dani had told me that brunch was a “dressy” affair in Paris, thus leaving no questions when Dani put on a sports coat!) After grabbing a cappuccino at The Luxembourg Cafe, we strolled through the gardens. We were taking pictures when Dani  stopped, got down on one knee and asked me to marry him. I completely blacked out and could not stop shaking but eventually found the words to say YES!  Dani had a photographer capture the whole thing.  I was beyond thrilled!

CHOOSING THE VENUE

How we chose the venue: Dani’s best friends’ mother-in-law recommended Castello Vicchiomaggio. She is a luxury travel agent and has taken groups to the castle before.

 THE VIBE

Neutral/Natural, warm, fall colors, greens everywhere. I wanted the entire night to feel like an intimate Italian dinner with close family and friends!

HOW DID THE DAY GO DOWN?

I slept in until 9 and had breakfast with my wedding guests inside the castle’s dining room. It was a very laid back, easy morning! My bridesmaids and I began makeup around 11 and sipped on champagne while chatting and laughing. Unfortunately, my mom was very sick that day and was unable to participate in any of the wedding festivities.  It was hard not sharing the day with her but I knew she would want me to enjoy myself and take in every moment! The best part of the entire day was the first look with Dani. It was so special having those few moments together before everything began!

WORDS OF THE WISE

Be sure you find a wedding planner that you have complete trust in. Interview his/her previous clients and make sure to convey EXACTLY what you want! A planner is so pivotal to the success of the evening. No bride should be stressing about the small, mundane details. Rather, they should be sipping champagne and enjoying every second of the day! My other words of advice would be to absolutely, hands down hire Divine Day Photography. They were easily one of the best parts of our wedding. They made everything so fun and special and acted not only as photographers/videographers but also as guides and friends. It felt like we had two additional close friends at the wedding and that was so special to me! Our guests are also madly in love with them!! Pictures and videos last forever and it’s so special to capture the entire day!

AWWW SHUCKS! THANKS ALI!

 

THE CAST

 

EVENT DESIGNER

Myself and Pinterest!

FLOWERS

Florum Floral Decorations http://www.florum.it/en/index.php

DRESS

Nicole Miller

SHOES

Gucci

ACCESSORIES

The Veil was handmade by Fariba Designs in Richmond, Virginia

http://www.faribadesigns.com

BRIDESMAIDS DRESS

Twobirds Bridesmaid

http://twobirdsbridesmaid.com

BRIDESMAIDS ROBES

Flora Nikrooz

http://www.flora-nikrooz.com

HAIR

Consuelo Cardella

http://www.consuelomakeupandhair.com

MAKE-UP

Consuelo Cardella

http://www.consuelomakeupandhair.com

RINGS

Golden Gate Jewelers of Marco Island, FL

http://ggjmarco.com

GROOMS SUIT

Bonobos

https://bonobos.com

GROOMS SHOES

Ferrini Leather

https://ferriniusa.com

PAPER GOODS

Rock Paper Scissors of Charlottesville, Virginia

http://www.thinkrockpaperscissors.com

CATERING

Castello Vicchiomaggio

http://www.castellovicchiomaggio.com

CAKE

Castello Vicchiomaggio

http://www.castellovicchiomaggio.com

MUSIC

DJ: Situation Party of Florence, Italy

http://www.situationparty.it/

Sax Player: Gianluca Baroncelli

TABLE TOP RENTALS

Florum Floral Decorations

http://www.florum.it/en/index.php

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