When I first met Léa & Arthus, I immediately understood what they wanted to get out of their wedding. More than just a beautiful ceremony and officialising their love, they wanted to show just how magical their Tuscan dream would be to their nearest and dearest.
Originally from Paris, this lovely couple was dead set from the start on getting married in Tuscany. This was music to my ears: I had lived a year in Florence while studying for my masters and not only had fallen in love with the area but had also interned with a wedding planner there back in the day! It’s that experience that first planted the seed for La Fête in my mind.
Contending with opposition from their respective families, Léa & Arthus’ desire to say ‘I do’ in Italy never faltered and we created a magical Italian countryside dream for them. It was essential for them to have a religious ceremony and we found a beautifully understated 16th century church in Settignano that agreed to welcome them.
They also wanted to fly over their French priest to marry them, which the church in Settignano graciously agreed to. The ceremony was beautiful, classic and elegant, filled with love and hymns. When they exited the church under the beating June sunshine, the whole centre of the village was filled with whoops of celebration and applause for our couple. They made their exit as new husband and wife in a vintage cream Fiat 500, zigzagging in the steep narrow roads of the Florentine hills.
Later, along with their 150-so guests, they arrived at their venue for the afternoon and evening reception: Villa Montefiano, which overlooks the city and has its own tiered garden, where we set up the tables for dinner. In keeping with their natural and chic summer theme, the tables were decorated with simple runners, fresh cut flower heads and olive leaves. Fairy lights finished off the set-up, guaranteeing a magical atmosphere once the sun had set over Fiesole.
Léa & Arthus’ dinner was filled with speeches, songs, impromptu dancing and plenty of love: their parents were completely won over by their Tuscan wedding. Following the dinner, the couple and their guests feasted on a traditional ‘millefoglie’ instead of a conventional wedding cake, after which they opened the dancefloor and invited their loved ones to party the night away.
Léa & Arthus’ wedding was an effortless blend of French chic and Tuscan tradition, set against the stunning backdrop of Florence and even more so, the surrounding countryside.
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