This was such an opulent, warm and cozy wedding in a Renaissance frescoed palazzo in the center of Florence, right on the Arno river.
This was such a fun four days of events. They had rented out a spectacularly opulent villa hotel in Florence for the four days of events and all the guests stayed there. The fact that everyone was staying together under one roof made it very intimate and by the end of the celebration everyone was able to get to know one another. In the evening after everyone had arrived we had a welcome dinner in the Pasha room of the hotel. There was an antipasto and pasta buffet with many typical, casual Tuscan specialties. There was an Italian folk duo who performed as they wandered among the tables engaging the guests to sing along with them to well worn tunes.
On the second day we had organised a series of group tours and lunches around Florence. The guests had a choice between going to see Michelangelo’s David at the Accademia museum together with a brief tour of Florence or to take a walking food tour of Florence. Both were great fun but the food tour did win out slightly with more takers. While this was going on the bride had a private lunch with her bridesmaids at a swanky restaurant in Florence while the groomsmen joined the groom in sampling some of Italy’s best craft beers at a pub with the pretext of calling it lunch.
The Rehearsal Dinner was a formal event held that evening back at the hotel in their Grand Ballroom. A jazz quartet serenaded the guests while they dined. The Grand Ballroom is a jewel box of a salon with ornate detailing in pale shades of blush, celadon green, ivory and gold.
Finally the big day had arrived. The women all got ready together in the bridal suite where there was a team of make-up artists and hair stylists on hand to attend to them all. The ceremony took place in the English Church of Florence and was celebrated by a very charming English vicar in an Anglican church with a long and storied history in the center of Florence. The reception location, by chance, just happened to be only 100 yards away from the church. The bride and groom let the group down the street on foot and into the Renaissance palazzo, lit by hundreds of candles, where the reception would be held. The room had been fully frescoed during the Renaissance in the 1500’s. It turned out to be the perfect location for the wedding celebration. A supper club band regaled the group and the groom and his musician friends joined in to jam with them from time to time.
The day after the wedding the bride and groom stole away with the photographers to shoot in central Florence among the famous sites and monuments. While they were away the group left Florence for a wine tour, tasting and lunch at a vineyard in the Tuscan countryside. After lunch they went to climb the leaning tower of Pisa.
On their return back to Florence there was one last farewell dinner in the center of Florence at a pizzeria that we had discovered together with the bride during her scouting trip to Florence months earlier. It was a fun and casual finish to a storybook adventure for a small group of family and friends who had traveled a long way to be with Alexa and Dan on their wedding day.