Talk about starting off with a bang! Newly arrived in Florence, the guests gathered for a welcome dinner that featured a stunning view of central Florence and the surrounding hills. What a way to say hello while watching the sun set over the Duomo of Florence. sigh!
The guests flew into Florence from all over Europe and New York. Aurelia, the bride, is from Edinburg while the groom is from Poland. They met in London and then transferred to New York City when Aurelia was offered a job there. They chose Florence for the wedding location as the bride loves Florence and they had fallen in love with a castle in the hills outside of Florence where the wedding day would be held. They had considered having their wedding in a villa in the Tuscan countryside but in the end Florence won out. The benefit of a wedding in Florence is that the guests have more of an independent experience. During the days they can be on their own with free time to go to museums, shop, walk around or sit and relax in a caffé as they prefer. Small group outings such as a private luncheon for the bride or groom with their respective bridal party is also very nice. Then in the evenings everyone comes together for the dinners, events and celebrations. So it has a little of both.
The welcome dinner featured an Italian folk duo that serenaded the couple and their guests throughout the dinner with Italian standards like O’ Sole Mio, That’s Amore, etc. A buffet is a good idea for a welcome dinner as it gets the guests up and moving around which gives them the opportunity to meet and greet and be more social with a wider group than if they were seated for a served dinner the whole time. The ample buffet of antipasti, pastas and porchetta was topped off with a gelato cart featuring handmade organic gelato. The whole evening was just stunning and the perfect way to begin the wedding festivities. see the wedding day HERE. Or click HERE to hear what the bride and groom had to say about the wedding planning and their wedding day.