Italian Medieval Castle Wedding by Marianne Taylor Photography
The stunning Castello Di Vincigliata is a 13th Century medieval castle perched high up in the hills above Florence. Not only does it have breathtaking views of the Tuscan countryside, but its own ghost . . . albeit a friendly one!
Legend has it that a beautiful young woman named Bianca who lived in the castle fell in love with the son of her family’s arch enemy. Against their parents’ wishes, the two planned to marry, but as he rode towards the castle on the day of their wedding, Bianca’s lover was ambushed and killed by his brothers while Bianca watched on. Devastated, she died of a broken heart while still in her wedding gown, and to this day her spirit roams the castle watching over couples to protect their love.
From the Photographer: It was so very lovely to be back in my favourite country. Well, apart from the heat. When we set off to the Continentale Hotel where Emily was getting ready, the thermometer was showing +40C, and I’m pretty sure it just kept on climbing higher as the day went on. But that was all besides the point once we got to Emily, and the magic of the day started unfolding. Toni & Guy Florence were in charge of Emily’s hair, and she wore an adorable headdress by Jo Barnes. Azzura created her beautiful (heat-proof!) make up. Emily’s stunning wedding gown was Detalle by La Sposa and she wore the cutest Kate Spade flats for the day, love them! The ceremony of Emily & James’ wedding took place at Chiesa San Martino a Maiano in Fiesole, just outside of Florence. From there we headed to the UH-MA-ZING reception venue, Castello di Vincigliata, on the hills of Fiesole overlooking the city. It was just… perfection. Gianni from Tuscany Flowers had created the most beautiful arrangements from (my favourite flower!) peonies, which matched Emily’s gorgeous bouquet. I also loved how all the bridesmaids flowers were different, but looked beautiful together in their whiteness. One of my favourite things were the escort cards hanging from a tree, how original and beautiful! I want to say a huge thank you to wedding planner Rossana Sapori from Weddings in Umbria, who was an absolute star and kept everything running smoothly on the day. Preludio Catering was in charge of the delicious food and the incredible cake, and Alma Project took care of music for the evening. Other details to mention are the beautiful stationery designed by Emily herself (including a hand drawn invite), the adorable ring bearer bowl from Palomas Nest and fun drink stirrers from Miss Pickles Press.
Photography: Marianne Taylor Photography
Ceremony Venue: Chiesa San Martino a Maiano – Fiesole, Florence, Italy
Reception Venue: Castello di Vincigliata, Fiesole, Florence, Italy
Wedding Planner: Rossana Sapori from Weddings in Umbria
Accommodation: Continentale Hotel
Hair: Toni & Guy Florence
Bride’s Gown: La Sposa
Bride’s Shoes: Kate Spade
Headdress: Jo Barnes
Floral Arrangements: Tuscany Flowers
Caterer: Preludio Catering
Entertainment: Alma Project