Gorgeous Indian Wedding at Vincigliata Castle
Luscious golds, bright ruby reds and shimmering colors made one of Florence's most raved about Italian castle wedding venues really come to life for Shilpa and Nitesh's wedding in Tuscany.
The Vincigliata castle overlooking the Tuscan countryside and Florence has unbeatable views, that Nitesh and Shipa took full advantage of by exchanging vows underneath a beautifully decorated Mandap. The canopy was decorated with strings of flowers (festoons), overlooking a breathtaking panoramic view. The castle's stunning backdrop made for the most beautiful and unique Hindu ceremony.
Inside the venue, the castle's courtyard is a mix of elegant regal beauty and rustic Italian-chic, which makes it a very 'Pinterest worthy' location for a wedding in Florence.
Nitesh and Shipa made the castle their own by decorating the entire place with blooms, bright fabrics, red ribbons, hundreds of candles and twinkling string lighting.
The gorgeous photography is by the talented ANDREA PITTI: www.andreapitti.com
Shipa was glowing, adorned with jewelry and intricate henna designs.
The night before the wedding, the couple held a welcome dinner and henna “Mehndi” party at a chic restaurant in the heart of Florence.
Hosting a henna party the night before is a strong tradition in Hindu weddings. During a henna party, artists use a paste made from dried henna leaves to paint intricate patterns on the hands (and sometimes also the feet) of the bridal party.
The flower of choice was a bright (but always classically elegant) red rose, which was perfectly accented with gold and jewel tones. These choices complimented the cascading vines and greenery of the castle's grounds.
One of the most eye-catching elements was the aisle lined with a wave of rose petals.
During the celebration, Shilpa had an outfit change, where she donned a traditional Indian dress for the Hindu ceremony and then a cream colored formal gown for the reception. During the whole wedding, she was rocking some amazing jewelry, from shimmering bangles to gorgeous intricate collars.
With red ribbons attached to a gilded gold frame, the simple but innovative seating chart was just one of the eye-catching elements of decor.
During the evening, guests could explore the castle, which was lit to perfection (especially including the stringed lighting and monogrammed projection).
The dinner was served in the magically lit castle courtyard.
There were no standard table settings for this wedding, everything down to the napkins and tablecloth were pure opulence.
A turquoise sheen tablecloth contrasted nicely with the deep red and gold tones of the flowers and decor.
The lavish Indian inspired wedding menu included:
Low alcohol content Cocktails
Signature Cocktail of the Bride and Groom!!
Chicken Lollipop (Chicken Chuppa)
Chicken Sheesh Kebab.
Assortment of cheeses
Chicken Tikka Masala
Sabzi Salan with Paneer
Channa Masala- mores spices
Indian Salata- onion, tomato cucumber
Red and white wine from Vincigliata cellar
Sweet and brut spumante for the cake
Still Mineral Water
Italian traditional Millefoglie with Chantilly cream and pearls of chocolate
Coffee and Spirits
Selection of The
Whiskey, Gin, Liquors
Indian and Italian Dessert buffet
Panne cotta with raspberries
Bignè stuffed in different flavors (chocolate, vanilla, pistachios)
Original Rhum baba
After the cutting of the cake, Shilpa, Nitesh and their guests danced the night away on the terrace overlooking one of the most sought after views around Florence.
This wedding is the perfect example of how mixing bright colourful elements into a rustic Tuscan castle makes for an amazing juxtaposition of cultures, styles and lively decor.