Luxury villa wedding in Tuscany at Villa di Lilliano
110 guests from all over the world flew to Italy to celebrate Maria and Marco's luxury wedding in Tuscany. The celebrations kicked off with a welcome dinner in a traditional Tuscan "trattoria" in the heart of historic Florence.
The wedding day was held in one of the finest villa estates surrounding Florence - Villa di Lilliano. The villa is the epitome of elegance and sophistication and one of the grand, family owned historic country estates of the region. Overlooking terraced gardens, vineyards and olive groves guests could not but be amazed at the expansive, romantic views at sunset.
The villa is authorized to celebrate civil ceremonies on site…..a rarity. Maria and Marco exchanged vows under a romantic arch in front of their family and friends and the magnificent panorama of rolling hills. Maria wore a stunning Oscar de la Renta wedding gown.
After the Tuscany wedding ceremony guests enjoyed a traditional Italian aperitivo hour as they strolled through the gardens and terraces while waiters served an assortment of delightful fingerfoods accompanied by Prosecco:
Spicy white meats skewers
Shrimp tails wrapped with Lardo di Colonnata
Cracker with mustard mousse and finocchiona
Cinnamon Parmigiano cheese cubes
Rice balls with ewe’s cheese and truffle
Mint and eggplant pearls
Small fried breaded chicken cutlet
Zucchini flowers & Sage leaves
The formal seated reception was held rooftop overlooking the countryside and Florence. A magnificent imperial table greeted guests with impressive standing arrangements magically lit by candlelight.
As for the menu, Tuscany's top caterer pulled off an unforgettable banquet complete with risotto served to "al dente" perfection.
Eggplants ravioli dressed with aromatic herbs pesto sauce,
sweet tomatoes, bufala mozzarella DOP and basil leaves
Risotto with asparagus, zucchini flowers and Taleggio cheese
Beef fillet with Chianti Classico sauce
Sage flavoured roasted potatoes
Green beans chives tied
The WEDDING CAKE was made by the chef in front of the guests!
Millefoglie with Chantilly cream strawberry and wild berries -
made directly in front of guests
Hot gourmandises, Homemade pralines and Tartufini
Samovar coffee and selection of spirits
A truly unforgettable meal!
Later on, a traditional gelato cart greeted guests during the evening as music and dancing continued until 5am!!
To cap it all off, the following day our team organized a lovely brunch in Florence in a scenic restaurant dominating the city before everyone departed to return home or extend their holiday in Tuscany.
The perfect ending to a memorable wedding in Tuscany!
PHOTOS BY: Stefano Santucci