Ritika And Neil's Indian Wedding at Antica Fattoria di Paterno
When looking for a venue for their Hindu wedding in Italy, Ritika and Neil immediately fell in love with Tuscany and all the beauties of this region.
A sparkling and energetic couple, Ritika has a full background as traveler and visited Italy many times before, while Neil was a first-time visitor to our country.
They were looking for a venue where they could enjoy the Tuscan countryside, combined with a wedding celebration following their Indian heritage, which was also very important to them and to their families.
As most of their families had never visited Italy, they were sure they wanted to offer them and their guests a full immersion Tuscan experience, experiencing the culture, along with the gastronomy and wine traditions.
With a two-day celebration in mind, the DIW team helped Ritika and Neil findi the perfect venue, where they could celebrate their special day and accommodate all their guests, for total privacy. The chosen location consisted of tw properties located close to each other, about 10 minutes from each other. Antica Fattoria di Paterno was the main venue, where the wedding was hosted, and Tenuta I Massini was the second property where all the guests and the couple were accommodated in comfortable apartments and where the celebrations began.
Ritika and Neil started the festivities on day 1 at I Massini, with an intimate and emotional Haldi ceremony, with close family members and friends. The Haldi was hosted in the garden in late morning/early afternoon, the perfect timing to enjoy the warm sun of late September in Italy.
Their Haldi was followed by a fun lunch with authentic Italian Pizza, prepared in front of the guests and cooked express in the wooden oven. Yummy!! After some hours of rest for their guests and a private session of portraits for the bride and groom, everything was ready for the Sangeet night.
The DIW vendors completely turned over the same space used for the Pizza night and transformed it in the perfect ballroom to host the Sangeet. For this night, Ritika and Neil wanted to keep the Indian tradition in full, so we arranged a buffet with all the classic Indian meals, provided via the top Indian caterer in the region, we chose a bright and vibrant colour scheme in purple and gold for the décor and also arranged a show with Indian dancers to entertain the guests, before they hit the dancefloor and danced all the night away.
Day 2 was the wedding day!
The day started early for Ritika and her bridal party, while Neil has some time to enjoy the sunshine and the pool with his friends at I Massini.
The rest of the day took place at Antica Fattoria di Paterno.
The beautiful Ritika wore a traditional Indian outfit enriched by a lavish bouquet made of light pink and blush roses, along with olive branches, to mix some Indian and Tuscan details together.
Neil made his entrance to the ceremony with his family on an Italian vintage car, what’s best to have some fun during the Bharaat!
The Tuscany Hindu ceremony took place under the gazebo present at the venue garden, embellished with blush fabric and flower compositions in pink and red hues. The circular shape of the gazebo was perfect to act as a mandap and allows their guests to stay shaded during the midday ceremony. After it, we arranged for an informal and light picnic lunch with small sandwiches, salads and mini desserts, served with ice cold drinks
In the evening, Ritika and Neil opted for a black-tie celebration with a sumptuous Italian dinner, provided by one of the best caterer companies in Italy. Starting with some cocktails and finger food at sunset time in the garden, the dinner was then hosted in the Piazzetta. Blush and pearl grey tones combined with golden frames and pink and green florals create an elegant and vintage vibe, yet with modern elements.
For this part of their last day, Ritika and Neil decided to change their outfit once again and chose an elegant and embroidered gown and a classic tuxedo respectively.
The dinner came to an end with the traditional Italian wedding cake, the Millefoglie, after which the guests animated the party, dancing to the sound of a mix of pop and Indian music.
At the end of their celebrations, Ritika and Neil definitely had the Tuscan wedding experience they were looking to gift their families and guests and the dream wedding they always hoped would come true.
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