Elegant Destination Wedding In Tuscany: Elin + Alex
Last week we enjoyed a destination wedding at Mallorca (Relaxed Destination Wedding At Mallorca: Louise + Micke) and this week we once again get to enjoy a warm destination wedding when we get to be inspired by Alex and Elin's Tuscany wedding. The couple says that they thought about different themes for their wedding during a long time and that they had a little difficulty deciding. At first, they thought on a classic Swedish summer wedding with strawberry cake, but then felt that it did not mirror them as couples. They knew they wanted an outdoor ceremony, good food and drinks, and to be able to give their guests the best time ever. With these wishes they decided to organize their wedding in Italy. This suited the couple perfectly as they love to travel.
There is something special about Italy. With warmth, rolling landscape and passion for quality food and wine, Italy is a dream destination for many. Elin and Alex wanted a simple but elegant wedding and looked around among several farms and finally fell in love with Villa S Andrea in Tuscany. With amazing photographs by the Stockholm-based wedding photographer Matilda Söderström we will now visit that farm to see just how lovely Elin and Alex’s wedding day was that September day in 2018.
How the couple met
The bride Elin says: Both Alex and I come from the same medium-sized city. We met through common friends and fell for each other almost instantly. After 10 years together, Alex proposed to me. That same evening as the first snow fell, Alex invited me out on one of our "date nights" which we took turns to surprise each other with. The evening was magical with kissing under a street lamp when big snowflakes singled down above us, a long walk and dinner in a cozy restaurant where many of our common favorite songs just happen to be played in the background. When we got back home, I changed to a nightgown and washed off my makeup and crawled under a blanket on the sofa. It was there and then that Alex sat down beside me and brought out a green little box with a wonderfully fine diamond ring and asked if I wanted to marry him. He said that there had been so many perfect moments during the evening, but that it was precisely these occasions that he loved the most. At home, when you are yourself, relaxed and unmade and just us two. This is when we are the closest to each other. Of course I answered YES!
The wedding dress
Elin: I was looking for something simple but elegant that I was going to be able to move freely in. I first tried completely different models with tulle skirts but didn't really like it. Finally I agreed to try this tight dress in lace (which was not at all what I had seen in front of me) and loved it DIRECTLY. It felt elegant and classic but at the same time modern and it was really comfortable. On the pictures from the fitting occasion of the dress, I don’t think I stand straight on a single picture. I wanted to make sure that I could dance properly in the dress was going and that it truly was a good fit.
Alex thought about the same things with his suit, he wanted something classic and elegant which at the same time was comfortable. The choice fell on a suit from Tiger, where the service was phenomenal.
Styling and accessories
Elin: I wanted my hairstyle to feel wild and beautiful. Sofie who did the up do tried it out on my hair several times and it was absolutely perfect! I bought a second hand veil from a buy-and-sell page. The jewelry was a gift from my mother-in-law. She wanted to give me a present because, with the wedding, I became her daughter. It felt revered and special.
The rings were designed as desired by Josefin Cumings. Josefin is a wonderful woman with magical hands! We are SO happy and love our rings that are completely unique.
Alex’s Longinés watch was my wedding present to him. We were going to give each other presents as morning gift, but we could not wait so we gave them between our first look and the wedding ceremony, since we had some waiting time at the hotel before it was time for the ceremony.
The bridal bouquet
Elin: I wanted green and white in a wild and sprawling bond as my bridal bouquet. I said no to roses and other classic bridal flowers, because I felt I wanted "something else". I wanted the feeling to be wild and beautiful, and a little rough and natural. Alex's corsage was in the same colors and theme as the bridal bouquet. As decorations on the tables we wanted something natural that did not feel too formal. Since Italy is such a large food country, we chose to have green herb plants instead of traditional flowers.
Elin: Villa S Andrea is an incredible vineyard. It is run by a woman named Ilenia who has become part of our family. Ilenia has such a warm big heart that makes you love her from day 1. Together with all the other staff you feel like one in the "Villa S Andrea family" directly. The vineyard has three different villas, where we booked the largest -Villa Montelodoli, which suited perfectly for our wedding. The villa has a newly built pizza oven that we used the day before to a pizza party, a wine cellar which we booked a wine tasting in for all our guests, a big kitchen where the caterer could use, an unbeatable view, pool, separate apartments etc.. It's a PERFECT place to have a wedding!
Because Italy has such a great soul and traditions that permeate the whole way of life, we both felt that we wanted the typical Italian feel and to capture typical Italian attributes. We therefore chose to have a theme that felt natural and obvious for the place we were at - Italian with its simplicity, elegance and naturalness. Italy is well known for good food and wine, strong family ties and nice environments. We wanted to show what we like most about Italy and the fantastic farm we were in, and therefor we chose to use a lot of olive leaves from the farm's olive groves, local wines, herbs spices instead of flowers to the tables, lavender instead of rice to throw after the ceremony, Italian music and very good food.
Elin: The ceremony - what a dream! Our guests sat in the olive grove overlooking the vines and saw us arriving in a nice old Fiat 500 that we had rented. I got up in the car and waved through the sunroof to all the guests in the distance. It was magical to see everyone sitting there and waiting for us. That image will always remain in our memories. We arrived to Heartbeats by José Gonzales and my brother's daughter Lowisa came running towards us while she shouted "Elin and Alex!". We have never felt so much love at any time in our lives, it was absolutely wonderful! Lowisa is so proud and thinks that she is the one who married us. :)
We walked between the olive trees towards our guests and att he ceremony we stood with our faces facing the guests. It felt nice and more present to be able to see all the guests while we were standing there. We had written our own vows to each other. I had written down mine on a cheat sheet while Alex read his without. It was so beautiful. The wedding continued with ring exchanging and a speech from the wedding officiant. Afterwards, our toast masters Astrid and David started Domenico Modugnos Volare and our guests threw lavender and we hugged and received congratulations.
About wedding photographer Matilda Söderström
Elin: I had previously been photographed by Matilda when I was a bridesmaid at my best friend's wedding. Both Alex and I literally LOVE Matilda's pictures! Matilda captures everything from the smallest laughing line in an aunt's eyebrow to the bride's feelings when the groom squeezes her hand a little extra during the ceremony. That in combination with that Matilda is a very warm and down to earth person made it impossible for us to think of any other photographer than her. We are SO happy that Matilda was with us this weekend, as part of our family.
Best memory from the day
Elin: The entire dinner! Our toastmasters Astrid and David had spent a lot of time giving us a completely phenomenal experience on our wedding day. There was so much talk, so much music and love along the white linen cloths, between the candle lights and the amazingly good food and drink we were served with! The sunset over the vines, cake under the stars and the dancing under bare sky was a pure and true dream!
Advice to others who are planning their wedding
We chose to face our guests during the ceremony, and not to turn away from them that you usually do in a church wedding. In this way it felt like everyone was a unit where we looked at each other during the great moment when we became husband and wife.
Let the day and evening be permeated by what you as a couple like and ask your guests for help. As a guest, you do not think it is hard to be responsible for smaller details, but instead see it as an honorary assignment that contributes to the whole day. It's fun to feel involved, so please ask your siblings, friends or relatives if they can help with anything.
Try to customize the music to your guests, to get a good party where as many as possible are on the dance floor.
Have a gathering event the night before where everyone will have the chance to get to know each other. The fact that we stayed at same vineyard for a whole weekend meant that we had a lot of time to pamper everyone we love, in a way that one seldom has the opportunity to do back in Sweden when you usually only see each other on a birthday party over a cup of coffee maybe.
Make sure that there’s never an empty glass. Empty glasses rarely lead to spontaneous speech!