Danielle-Daniel Castello di Vincigliata Wedding in Italy
Anna Fowler Photography beautifully captured Danielle-Daniel Castello di Vincigliata Wedding in Italy.
Event Date: June 30, 2018
From Primavera Dreams: Danielle-Daniel Castello di Vincigliata Wedding
This glamorous destination wedding in Tuscany was the epitome of beauty and style. The couple and their relatives hailed from Canada, while their guests arrived from all across the globe: Australia, Africa, Japan, the UK, the US, and Europe.
Although all guests were close friends of the couple, some were meeting each other for the first time.
The uniqueness of a destination wedding is that people usually come for a few days and spend this time together, getting closer to each other and to the couple.
Danielle & Dan’s guests started celebrating with them in Florence, then had a festive pizza party at the hotel Villa Fiesole (where most of the guests stayed – it was booked entirely for the wedding’s guests). The festivities culminated in the wedding ceremony and celebration at the famous Vincigliata Castle, the only castle near Florence which operates as an event venue. The castle is located on top of a Tuscan hill in Fiesole and offers breathtaking views of Florence and its surroundings.
The big day started with preparations: the ladies getting ready in their suite with some Champagne, whilst the gentlemen treated themselves to beer.
The late June weather was perfect that day: some light clouds helped to hide from the sun, and the light wind was refreshing.
The celebrity stylist Cherie Spisso was taking care of the bride and her crew. Danielle is an impressive woman: an activist for healthy and responsible living, a yoga master, a mother to 2-year old Lily and is incredibly beautiful! She and her friends model for various agencies, and seeing them all together was a real treat for the eyes.
When the time came, Federico, the floral designer for the wedding from Lilla Floral Design, delivered bouquets for the ladies, a floral crown for Lily, and boutonnières for the groomsmen.
Luba, the owner of Primavera Dreams Weddings, and the wedding planner for the couple made sure that everything followed the strict schedule. Her associate Dina took care of the guests’ departure in buses to the Castle, as well as that of Danielle with her bridesmaids, and of Dan with his groomsmen.
Luba was focused on the preparations inside the castle: she supervised the ceremony set-up, the music, the cocktail, the dinner, etc.
On arrival, guests were able to admire the grounds, the castle’s various courts and impressive walls, as well as a picturesque fountain and sculptures. The pianist was playing light jazz music. The flowers were dispersing light fragrances. But soon everyone was invited to take their seats, the officiant shook hands with the groom, the wedding party took their seats, and the musician started playing the melody by Einaudi, selected by the couple for the bride’s entrance. Soon she arrived, together with her parents.
For her wedding, Danielle wore a Pronovias couture dress and a cathedral veil. She looked sublime. Dan couldn’t take his eyes off his beautiful bride.
The celebrant Giuseppe Rossi conducted a touching ceremony, the couple exchanged vows and rings, and 30 minutes later the excited crowd applauded the newlyweds!
A festive cocktail reception followed immediately in the garden, with plenty of Prosecco and Aperol Spritz, typical Tuscan weddings drinks. The amuse-bouches were delicious, the cheese and cold cut displays were a huge success, the guests enjoyed a warm summer evening and each other’s company. The couple greeted everyone, kissed their adorable daughter Lily, who was very well-behaved, and went for a tour of picture-taking.
An hour and a half later, everyone was invited to the internal court where the dinner was waiting on long rectangular banquet tables.
Federico worked on the florals and overall design with Danielle and they came up with a white/off-white/green and gold palette.
The tables were decorated with crystal and bronze candelabras, greenery, and a multitude of small candles and vases.
In addition, multiple strings of bistro lights were installed across the court, and torches were lit along the castle’s walls for the dinner.
The resulting ambience, reflected in the photos, was surreal.
A typical Tuscan 4-course dinner was freshly made and beautifully served by Roland’s catering.
The dinner was joyful, with several humorous toasts and an entertaining shoe game.
It was topped off with the cake-making show, during which Roland’s pastry chef assembled a big migliefoglie cake – a traditional Italian wedding cake, with some help from the bride. Champagne and sparkles added an extra touch to this stunning scene.
After the dinner, the festive crowd moved to the loggia where DJ Ramta had everyone dancing surrounded by party lights, which was taken care of by Kaleydo Entertainment.
The night was warm, the castle was enchanting, and it felt invigorating to take the occasional break from the dance floor and enjoy the grounds around.
The celebration continued until 2 a.m. and long after, in everyone’s heart…
How did you meet? Tell us about the proposal.
Dan and Danielle are both from Toronto, and had known each other for 6 years before Danielle decided to pack up her life and start fresh in London (where Dan had been living for a few years already!). There was always a special attraction between them, but the timing was never right! Dan supported Danielle’s move over to London, but shortly after she arrived, Dan didn’t hear from her for over a year.
One day, Dan received a text from Danielle, anxiously looking for him to set her up with a tall, funny, athletic, successful man that loves to travel, he responded with himself! They went on one date, and it just kicked off from there! Dan whisked Danielle away on a 2-month holiday during his gardening leave. On the mountaintops of Peru, Dan asked Danielle to move in (after only two months!). They both knew this was it. After 1.5 years of dating, they discovered they were pregnant with their beautiful daughter Lily!
On a trip to the Amalfi coast, Dan decided to make it official, and proposed to the woman of his dreams on a cliffside in Sorento, Italy. Of course, Danielle said yes! They did their first civil wedding ceremony at the Chelsea Town Hall in London, and celebrated at the Bluebird in Chelsea.
Do you have any wedding planning or marriage advice that you’d like to share with other couples planning their day?
Get a wedding planner! We don’t know how we would have done it, without the help of Luba at Primavera Dreams. Especially with an overseas wedding, it would have been next to impossible. We didn’t have to worry about a single thing on the day (she even paid our makeup artist for us when we realized we didn’t grab enough cash!) It really made everything run smoothly for our guests and us.
Start preparing early, much earlier than you think! We didn’t get the band we wanted because we waited too long. Make sure to book the venue, catering, music, photographer and makeup artist early as they usually book a year in advance.
Expect to argue, or disagree and be stressed! Its all part of the plan, you will get through it and the day will be soo special (especially if you use a planner!). Just remember to make time to be together on your day, with so many people there, it’s easy to get pulled apart. This day is for you both, enjoy it together!
My marriage advice is always remember love, empathy, trust, respect and compromise will get you through most things—if not, a therapist always helps!
Danielle-Daniel Castello di Vincigliata Wedding:
Photographer: Anna Fowler photography
Beauty: Cherie Spisso
Tuxedo and Mens Attire: Empire Customs
Invitation Designer: The Cardlab Letterpress Company
Dress Designer: Pronovias
Dress Store: Ferre Sposa Bridal Boutique
Accomodations: Hotel Villa Fiesole
Lighting: Kaleydo Entertainment
Floral Designer: Lilla Bespoke Florals
Event Venue: Castello di Vincigliata
Photographer: Anna Fowler photography
Event Designer, Event Planner: Primavera Dreams
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