Caylynn and Miles’ Fairytale Vincigliata Castle Wedding
Caylynn and Miles’ Fairytale in the Hills of Tuscany - photos by https://www.davidbastianoni.com/
Just outside the renaissance city (Florence) in the hills of the ancient town Fiesole, sits a towering Italian castle that can best be described as ‘fairytale like’. It is no secret that this stunning landmark has been one of the most sought after wedding venues in Tuscany – Vincigliata Castle.
This charming castle was Miles and Caylynn’s dream wedding location from the start and fit perfectly into their vision of a formal and elegant wedding in Tuscany. As a former Miss Orange County, California, Caylynn is no stranger to the spotlight and throwing fabulous events, which is exactly why it was so important that her dream wedding go seamlessly.
With a three day celebration in mind Caylynn and Miles worked closely with the Distinctive Italy Weddings team to design a schedule that was fun, easy, but most importantly; unforgettable for their wedding guests.
To kick off the festivities, Caylynn and Miles hosted a welcome dinner at a local restaurant that serves authentic and casual Tuscan cuisine. During the dinner, guests were treated to a live band of guitarists, as well as a microphone where everyone was encouraged to make speeches and toasts to the couple. The night was laidback and relaxed, which was a great way for international guests to be welcomed into Italy.
On day two everyone headed off to the hillside of Fiesole for a vineyard tour and wine tasting at the famous Fattoria San Michele. Tasting some of the finest wines of the area really got everyone into the sunny Tuscan atmosphere. With the afternoon of toasting to Miles and Caylynn, the excitement and anticipation for the next day really showed.
The Wedding Day
With most of the wedding party staying in the heart of the historic center of Florence, Caylynn and her bridesmaids prepared for the big day in an ancient Florentine apartment. Caylynn was a vision in her ivory colored mermaid gown, which went perfectly with her bouquet of carefully arranged flowers made up of ivory English roses, white astilbe, white lisianthus, jasmine and eucalyptus. Caylynn’s bridesmaids wore varying shades of champagne and plum accented with petit versions of Caylynn’s bouquet.
By mid-afternoon guests arrived at Vincigliata Castle and were welcomed with a string quartet, as well as refreshments. Everyone was taken aback by the breathtaking view of the countryside and the luscious floral decorations of the ceremony. The aisle was made of thousands of white rose petals leading up to a curated floral archway and alter.
To the soothing sounds of a harp and violin, Caylynn walked down the aisle to meet Miles, while guests held back tears for the lovely couple.
As the ceremony came to a close, guests moved into the garden for a cocktail hour, while Caylynn and Miles had their first photo shoot as husband and wife with one of Italy’s top photographers.
With the entire venue outfitted in the chosen color palette – ivory, white and green, and seasonal flowers – garden roses, jasmine, spray roses, hydrangea and English roses, both the inside and outside of the castle became Miles and Caylynn’s own personal paradise.
Moving later into the evening, guests found their dinner seats via the gilded golden antique mirror which had everyone’s name and table placement written in white calligraphy. While the bridal party sat at the imperial style table, the rest of the guests sat at circular tables filled with mercury glass votives, lush florals and glowing candles. Every detail was in place to exude the elegant and formal wedding theme. From the Louis XVI chairs, to the Ginori dishes and golden napkins, the atmosphere was luxurious.
After the mouthwatering multi-course meal, and the cutting of the traditional caramelized Millefoglie cake topped with Chantilly cream and berries, the party started in the Loggia where the open bar, DJ and custom lighting effects had everyone in the mood to celebrate.
To top off the truly spectacular wedding, fireworks were set off in the distance as all the guests watched from the castle’s terrace.
Caylynn and Miles’ magical day was an unforgettable fairytale come to life in the Tuscan hills.