Today I am excited to share this inspirational shoot celebrating the romance of an intimate wedding in Tuscany at sunset.
Think a splash of bright colours, the fresh scent of citrus, the sun shining brightly and an Aperol Spritz in your hand to cool you down in the wonderful setting of Hotel Villa Tizianna on the Tuscan coast.
Elizabeth says of the shoot…
We knew we wanted to go for bright colours; think the warm hues of Tuscan houses, the lemons and citrus fruits which are abundant at this time of year here in Italy, and of course those most delicious summer Italian drinks, limoncello and the refreshing Aperol Spritz.
The fresh and bold colours work perfectly for anytime of the year but especially a summer wedding.
Small weddings and elopements are about creating a personal event to celebrate your love and can really be tailored to your personality.
With a smaller, more intimate wedding, you have a greater opportunity to choose the location and type of wedding you’d like. You can focus on what’s really important to you.
This shoot was to provide inspiration for a smaller destination wedding on the coast of Tuscany, close friends and family coming together in a fun and relaxed setting.
The space we used for the inspiration shoot was a converted outdoor cinema set in the beautiful grounds of Hotel Villa Tiziana in Marina di Pietrasanta.
The converted cinema space, now a restaurant, Le Cinéma Versilia, can accommodate 50-250 guests, and it can be hired exclusively for your event.
For these times when you were having a smaller wedding, you can have a portion of the restaurant blocked off for your exclusive use.
With the hotel being only a 5 minute walk to the beach, heading down to the sea to watch the sun set and capture that most beautiful golden light that Tuscany has to offer is right on hand.
Imagine then coming back from having those romantic wedding photographs to wining and dining the evening away with your nearest and dearest.
Real Life Couple
Real life couple Nikola and Leila met at a barbecue in the summer of 2016 shortly after Leila moved to Florence, Italy from New York City.
After some cheeky back and forth banter, numbers were exchanged and a first date took place the very next day with a picnic in Piazza Santa Croce complete with pizza and a little liquid courage.
Four years, three apartments, two cities and one very happy rescue dog, Sonny, later, Nikola proposed to Leila in Fiesole overlooking the city they first called home together.
Hair and Make-up
Adrienne from Tuscany Bridal Beauty Stylists created soft waves for a very natural hair style on Leila who preferred wearing her hair down.
The make-up was also kept low-key with neutral tones in a relaxed look perfect for a beautiful intimate wedding in Tuscany.
Greenday Fiori in Viareggio created a vibrant bouquet for our bride and an elegant centrepiece for our tablescape.
Combining bright pink Gerbera flowers with soft peach and whites, the flowers balanced a softer romantic feel while still being vibrant.
The centrepiece was arranged in a tall martini glass vase, perfect on a round table as the height means you can easily still see guests on the other side of the table.
There were lots of tiny beautifully crafted cakes with these mignons being not only so pretty to look at, but also so SO tasty.
With an elopement or small intimate wedding in Tuscany or anywhere, there is no reason you can’t break tradition, and these little skilfully crafted cakes by Pasticceria Patalani in Viareggio are just the thing!
Planning / styling – Hitched in Italy
Venue – Hotel Villa Tizianna
Photography – Elizabeth Armitage Photography
Florals – Greenday Fiori
Cake – Pasticceria Patalani
Hair and Make Up – Tuscany Bridal Beauty Stylists
Models – Nikola and Leila