We tied the knot in late August 2016 with 65 of our closest friends and family. The weather was perfect, we were surrounded by people we loved, but the best part was, our wedding was all a short stop in everyone’s Italian vacation!

Our wedding ceremony was held in the amazing roofless abbey of San Galgano in Chiusdino, which reportedly houses the original sword in the stone. The ceremony began at 4pm, so we weren’t afraid of the hot Tuscan sun beating down on everyone (but we brought in some gelato carts just in case).

We booked the beautiful Tenuta di Papena, a former monastery and now vacation home and wedding venue, for 5 nights and held our wedding in the middle of our stay. There was one major problem with planning a wedding in Italy: neither my husband nor I speak a word of Italian (beyond carbonara and prosciutto, of course)!

But we didn’t worry for long because our host, Gini, was amazing and handled everything (in English too!). Not only did Gini make our stay the most relaxed and enjoyable vacation possible, but she relieved any and all wedding stress by planning the entire event from day one!!! We decided on Tenuta di Papena about 11 months in advance of our wedding date. I shared my Pinterest board with Gini, reviewed photos she sent of previous weddings, and we were off! We visited the venue in the Fall of 2015 and were completely blown away. Gini also planned a menu tasting and a hair/makeup test run for us while we were in town.

We were completely in awe of the end result. Gini organized everything within our original budget and we were able to throw the wedding of our dreams (and at less than what it would cost to do the same in Toronto)!

All vendors came recommended to us from Gini, who has tried and tested all of Tuscany’s best florists, caterers and rentals. The night ended with everyone in the infinity pool, including us! We changed into our bathing suits before diving in — a huge perk of inviting family and friends to stay on the premises.

Wedding planner and venue: Ginevra de Amicis, Tenuta di Papena

Photographer: Federico Pannacci