Originally planning on tying the knot in Ireland, Amanda and Brendan decided to host a Tuscan villa wedding after one of their friends attended one and couldn’t stop gushing about how beautiful it was. And we’re so happy they did. With the help of Junebug member and planner The Tuscan Wedding, the destination “I do’s” looked like it came straight out of a storybook.
Villa Le Piazzole served as the perfect venue for the newlyweds, who fell in love with its sweeping views of the surrounding vineyard and olive grove and close proximity to the city center. The ceremony space was decked out in bright, colorful flowers arranged by Flowers Living which sat beautifully against the rolling green hills. Meanwhile, the reception was complete with long family-style tables draped in table runners made of greenery and the same bold florals from the ceremony and fairy lights that set the ambiance once the sun set.
With a classic menu consisting of pasta and limoncello margaritas, olive oil wedding favors, incredible scenery, and a vivid color palette, their special day was the epitome of an Italian dream come true–and we’re so thankful that Angelo Latorre was there to capture every magical detail.
Shelby & Brendan
Villa Le Piazzole, Florence, Italy
Why The Newlyweds Chose Italy For Their Special Day
We knew we wanted an international wedding and had initially looked at Ireland as both of our families are Irish. One of our good friends returned from a wedding in Tuscany and said it was the most incredible experience and one of the most beautiful weddings she had ever been to. She encouraged us to look into Italy, and our families loved the idea as well! Once we settled on Tuscany, I found our planner. She sent over several venues, and it took us quite a while to choose which one was best because they were all so beautiful. Once we saw Villa Le Piazzole, we were sold. The location was perfect–it was only 15 minutes from the city center but still had the beauty of the Tuscan countryside.
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Incorporating Family Into Their Special Day
We had our brother-in-law marry us, and he was truly the best pick for that role. He speaks so eloquently and really customized the ceremony to be about us and what’s important to us as a couple. He included some Jewish aspects, as my family is Jewish, which was also extremely special. One of my closest childhood friends and my sister-in-law did readings which were also beautiful and very us.
How Junebug Member The Tuscan Wedding Helped Them Achieve Their Dream Wedding
We wanted a romantic garden wedding in the hills of Tuscany, and that is exactly what our planner, The Tuscan Wedding, created for us! We wanted lots of bold colors mixed with black and white details. We wanted to make a big impact with flowers, lighting, and great Italian food and drinks. Our Italian villa was something out of a fairytale and made for the most magical setting.
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Soaking Up Their Fairytale Tuscan Villa Wedding
Walking into our reception, with fairy lights illuminating the garden, seeing the beautiful florals, our family and closest friends smiling, and realizing we were together in the most beautiful country in the world, was truly surreal. We thought our dream wedding wasn’t going to happen in Italy. COVID changed many things at the last minute, but we were truly in heaven at that moment.
The Wedding Team:
Photography + Videography – Angelo Latorre
Event Planning – The Tuscan Wedding
Venue – Villa Le Piazzole
Floral Design – Flowers Living
Catering – Galateo
DJ – Audiodress
Invitation Design – Lairsey Paper Co.
Hair Styling – Giulia Cresci
Wedding Dress – Chosen by Kyha
Bridal Accessories – Untamed Petals + Christian Louboutin
Groom’s Apparel – TRIO Clothiers
Congratulations to Shelby and Brendan on their fairytale Tuscan villa wedding at Villa Le Piazzole. And a big thank you to Angelo Latorre for capturing the day. We’re so thankful that Junebug member The Tuscan Wedding was there to help them plan the day of their dreams. To see more of the incredible weddings planned by this talented team, check out their profile in our directory of wedding planners from around the world! And don’t forget to check out our guide to destination weddings to help you start planning your very own.