Classic and Elegant Wedding in the Val d’Orcia

23 april 2017

Daniele and Micaela are a beautiful couple from Milan. Very busy with their careers, they love traveling and getting away to relax in the countryside on weekends.
They often come to Tuscany, a region they have been in love with for some time, hence the destination wedding in the Val d’Orcia. They asked me for a simple but elegant location, and Borgo di Castelvecchio immediately came to mind.
This old hamlet is set between hills and surrounded by olive groves and cypress trees: a perfection location not only for the reception, but also to host family members and friends who were expected from faraway places including China and the United States for a few days.

Micaela is a very sophisticated woman who, above all, loves simplicity. The true concept of classical elegance and timelessness is the theme of this wedding, starting from the bridal gown in silk and lace, handcrafted by a historical dressmaker in Milan, with matching décolleté shoes with 1960s design which were also made to measure. Hair down, no jewellery, the only accessory that Micaela wanted was the stunning bouquet created by Fiori di Puscina with white peonies and hints of green.
The flower stylists at Fiori di Puscina, three sisters who grow local plants and recuperate ancient varieties of seeds, decorated the church with olive branches and white flowers in traditional Tuscan terracotta vases. In according with the white & green color palette, for the dinner tables centerpieces with peonies and roses, olive branches and wild flowers with many white candles were chosen.
Micaela arrived on her father’s arm and she was ushered in by two pretty flower girls. After an intimate ceremony in the hamlet’s little church, accompanied by a string duet and celebrated by a priest who is a family friend, who called Daniele and Micaela behind the altar for a touching homily on the meaning of love, the guests enjoyed a drink by the pool at sunset with jazz music playing in the background, surrounded by the stunning Val d’Orcia.
For them, a vast selection of Pecorino sheep cheese from Pienza and other cheeses was served with mostarde and jam, Tuscan cold cuts, bread, and artisan flat bread.
The classy dinner with Tuscan menu, prepared by Galateo Ricevimenti, was held in the charming little square around a century-old tree that was decorated with white lanterns.
At the cake cutting - a millefeuille with Chantilly cream and wild berries made by expert pastry chefs - the groom showed off his Sabrage technique. This great Champagne lover used one of his own sabers to open the numerous bottles of Jeroboam for all the toasts. The guests then moved to the after party in the Italian garden across from the main villa to sip on Negroni and Mojitos and dance until the early hours of the morning.