Enchanting Fall Wedding in a Medici Villa in Tuscany

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Jillian & Jonathan

Back to where it all began… Florence 2012.

Well, technically Jillian & Jon first met at a bar in Berlin. Jon used his best fake Boston accent to order his friend a “beeeah” (translation: beer). Jillian overheard, asked if he was from Boston, and then asked HIM out on a date a few weeks later when they were back in Florence where they were both studying for the semester. They quickly bonded over their love for travel, being with family and a few mutual friends that were eagerly watching their relationship evolve over social media.

Six years later, Jon proposed on a restaurant balcony in Boston’s North End – with family watching from below on Hanover Street. In true Jon & Jillian fashion, they had their suitcases packed a few weeks later and returned to Florence to search for wedding venues. They couldn’t be more excited about this fairytale adventure in a city that means so much to them as a couple. Their families’ Italian heritage makes it even more special.

It all culminated on their wedding day.

After spending the first half of the day enjoying their getting ready time in two separate locations, the couple had an emotional First Look in an enchanting Italian garden.

The ceremony took place on the villa’s spacious terrace, against a backdrop of the incredible Chianti hills.

The bridal bouquet was a beautiful combination of warm tones and fresh greenery. Gorgeous Tuscan vases filled with roses, proteas, carnations, greenery, and pampas grass accentuated the ceremony. The aisle was covered with rose petals.

The wooden reception tables were decorated with lavish garlands and a multitude of candles. Golden cutlery and gold-rimmed chargers glimmered throughout the space. Miniature bottles of the extra virgin olive oil made from olives grown at the villa itself were the perfect finishing touch.

Upon arrival, the guests were greeted with fresh lemonade and escorted onto the terrace.

After the ceremony, everyone was invited to the cocktail area beneath the olive trees, where a live trio was playing popular Italian songs. While the couple took photos in the olive grove with their photographer, the guests sipped Prosecco and tasted Tuscan delicacies. They soon joined their guests for Aperitivo and family formals.

Dinner was set up in the garden, in a typical Tuscan setting under Bistrot-style lights.

It was enlivened by thoughtful and humorous speeches. The caterer, Ciabatti Ricevimenti, created a four-course dinner, the climax of which was a cake making demonstration. The couple opted for a traditional, Italian Millefoglie cake, which the chef finished in front of the guests. Everyone ignited sparklers to celebrate his delicious creation!

The dances took place inside the beautiful Limonaia, where the DJ and saxophone virtuoso were waiting for the wedding party. The lighting, lounge furniture, and open bar got everyone in the mood to dance! Everyone enjoyed an impressive variety of exquisite desserts, and the specialty cocktail: a perfect Espresso Martini.

The couple’s first dance brought tears of joy to every eye in the room, as did the couple’s dances with their parents.

Then, the entire crowd took to the dance floor, and no one was ready to leave until after 1:00 a.m.!

Event Venue: Villa Medicea Di Lilliano//Ceremony Location: Villa Medicea di Lilliano//Invitation Designer: Minted//Bridesmaid Dresses: Jenny Yoo Collection//Shoes: Valentino//Dress Designer: Pronovias//Caterer: Ciabatti ricevimenti//Lighting: Alma Project//Musicians: Alma Project//Floral Designer: Stiatti Fiori//Cinema and Video: Waterfall Visuals//Beauty: Cherie Spisso//Event Planner: Primavera Dreams//Event Designer: Primavera Dreams//Photographer: Lace and Luce

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