Kelly and Brad's Dreamy Castle Wedding in Tuscany
Wedding Date: 8th June
Venue: Castello di Vincigliata
When Boston-based Kelly Nicole Bernier and Brad Champion exchanged “I do’s” in the spellbinding surroundings of Castello di Vincigliata, it was a magic affair that remained as one of their most cherished memories, forever.
The couple met after drinks at a bar with friends, which ignited a spark between the two. Brad played on the softball team with two of Kelly’s friends and in a turn of fate, they invited both Kelly and Brad to the bar – Perfetto! The meeting was the start of a romance which led to an Italy wedding, taking place in the month of June.
For Brad and Kelly, getting married in Italy was the dream after they had their hearts stolen by the charming country during a trip there, pre-wedding. Kelly visited Italy prior to being engaged and absolutely loved it, “we wanted our friends and family to have a special experience.”
Throughout the day, at their beautiful Tuscany wedding, Kelly dazzled in a lace dress with floral detail emphasising the beauty of the gown. She held onto yellow roses, as did her bridesmaids, who wore an elegant mix of plum and apricot.
The stunning Italy wedding venue where vows were exchanged holds the name of Castello Di Vincigliata; a medieval castle which stands on a rocky hill to the east of Fiesole in the Italian region of Tuscany. In the mid-nineteenth century the building, which had fallen into a ruinous state, was acquired by the Englishman John Temple-Leader and, as a result, Kelly and Brad were able to throw a divine wedding ceremony and reception in a unique and stunning setting.
But before proceedings took place, the couple got prepared for the nuptials at the bold and beautiful Hotel Mulino di Firenze; a timeless and charming destination in Florence, which once existed as a 15th century mill, before new life was breathed into it. The history and features of Hotel Mulino di Firenze are unchanged and today make it unique in Tuscany, as well as a strikingly beautiful location.
Italian Wedding Photographer Emanuele Sironi, captured the magic of the day, from the rustic setting to the leafy walkaway leading towards the aisle, to the smiles and emotion sweeping across faces, as Kelly met Brad to exchange vows.
After the ceremony, and in a bid to extend the fun and frolics as best they could, Kelly and Brad laid on an eclectic mix of joyous events for guests to take part in. As the couple’s Italy wedding planners, EuropeWedding explained: “During this seven-day event Kelly and Brad just wanted to pamper their guests, from the wine tasting experience, the guided sightseeing tour in Siena, the rehearsal dinner in a Fattoria looking over Florence, the grand wedding itself in Castello di Vincigliata and their Arrivederci (goodbye) party. The guests’ enthusiasm towards Kelly and Brad’s wedding was touching and heart-warming, and we will be forever grateful for being their wedding planners.”
Journeying on in a romance-fuelled haze from one exquisite venue to the next, the post-ceremony celebrations were a feast for the eyes and all of the senses, as guests were invited to tuck into a sumptuous meal, courtesy of unrivalled caterers Cavalieri Ricevimenti. The wedding celebrations took place at the enchanting castle, and in terms of Italy wedding locations this was a truly special one
Long tables with cream tablecloths adorned by sparkling glasses, name cards and the most beautiful floral bouquets lined the space. The flowers dazzled in shades of white and peach; the handiwork of expert florist La Boutique Del Fiore Di Barbara Setti. Barbara, who provided the flowers throughout the day, says: “The interpretation of the wishes and dreams of the couples of future spouses are the basis of my work and professionalism.”
The space was decorated beautifully, with the courtyard lighting fading to deep reds and fiery oranges as the night sky begin to show face on the day’s events. Describing their favourite moment from their wedding day, Kelly and Brad, surrounded by family and friends, chose this one: “Looking around the table in the courtyard of the castle and seeing the most important people in our lives having a great time and sharing in our experience.”