Highschool sweethearts Martina and Valerio tied the knot at this charming villa near Lucca, in Tuscany. They had gotten engaged in Paris the year before, so the Eiffel tower played an important role in their wedding decorations. The bride says she had a clear vision of how their wedding was going to be from the beginning, and there were lots of personal + handmade details reflecting the couple’s style. The couple designed the entire affair themselves, supported by the coordination of Con le ballerine verdi. Read on to hear how Martina explains it all, accompanied by the images from Gaia Borzicchi and Elena Bottinelli.
From the bride: “When we started our wedding planning, the first thing we decided on was the color scheme of pink and gold. My engagement ring is rose gold with a soft pink gemstone, called French Rose, and we absolutely love this color combination! Then we picked the flowers we most love – peonies and English roses. With these two things as a starting point, we elaborated the entire design concept. “
About the venue: “We wanted a villa near our home (we live in a little town called Montaione, near Florence and 30km from Lucca), but not the classic Tuscany farm house, because we live in a place like that. So when we saw Villa Grabau in Lucca we fell in love, especially with the Italian and English garden and with the Limonaia, an old greenhouse with plants that hang from the ceiling. We had the ceremony in the garden, in front of the old fountain full of koi carps and amazing water lilies, then we proceeded to dinner and party in the Limonaia, where I put a lot of little lights, to recreate a “vie lumiere” in perfect Paris style.”
“The thing I love most about our wedding, is that my husband and I planned everything by ourselves, and we DIY’ed the major part of it: We painted all the gold bottles to be used as candle holders. I made our invitations (all hand painted with watercolors), and all stationary goods and signage (menus, table names, seating chart made of an old door from my brother’s home, etc). I made the big chalkboard used for the photo booth, prepared candy table and I painted a globe where I drew our honeymoon destination and a thank you message for our guests. For months, we browsed local flea markets looking for old post cards of the Eiffel tower, to be used as our wedding favors. The day before our wedding, my mom, my little cousin and myself made all the decorated candle holders that we used in the little grove near the villa. This is my most fond memory of the wedding: three generations assembled around a table making something together!”
Photographers: Gaia Borzicchi and Elena Bottinelli // Planning and invitations: Martina De Robertis (the bride) // Venue: Villa Grabau // Florist: Chiara Sperti // Coordination: Con le ballerine verdi // Catering: Glam Ricevimenti // Hair: Mattia Paracchino // Bride’s dress: Rosa Clarà // Groom’s Bow Tie: Emmevi Loves