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A Real Wedding in Italy: Wedding in Sangimignano - Wedding in Tuscany, Kellee & Lee Osborne (UK)
Getting married in Italy was the best decision we have ever made! San Gimignano is such a romantic place and was a perfect setting for the best day of our lives. Over a year ago, we decided to find out about how to get married in Italy. It was a country we had both fallen in love with-the people, food, wine, culture, landscape, traditions, it goes on and on...One of the many companies I emailed was 'Just Get Married in Italy' Deborah was very prompt in her reply(other companies were not) and straight away I felt confident that she was the perfect person, to be coordinator of our wedding. Deborah continuously gave us ideas for our special day and always replied to emails very quickly.
Finally, our wedding week had arrived! We had 46 guests staying for the whole week and most of these were staying at the villa we had chosen. All I can say is 'wow,' what a fantastic venue. Everybody was amazed by the views, pools, the luxuriously decorated rooms, the helpful staff. We even met the owner on the 'welcome' night, which they had arranged for all the guests. This was nibblies and wine by the lake!
Deborah had sent us many photographs and details of venues, but she had particularly recommended this villa, it was perfect!
A couple of days before the wedding, we met our onsite coordinator Chiara, she was lovely, very calm, patient and eased our nerves about the 'big' day. The 10th of August had arrived! The caterers and Chiara prepared all the tables and eating areas, with our decorations and place settings so meticulously. The catering company is owned by an Italian family, the mum and her 2 sons. They were absolutely fantastic, they couldn't do enough for us. The wedding reception area looked so elegant, everything coordinated beautifully. All the guests had left for the Sangimignano Town Hall and the only people who were left, were my bridesmaids; my sister who looked gorgeous in a vintage outfit, my beautiful little niece Gabriella who wore an ivory and baby pink tutu, she looked so cute, and my mum who looked so glamorous and my Dad, who had bought us champagne to toast the day. This was an emotional but special time for me, the last time as a 'Spencer'. We had booked a vintage Rolls Royce to take my Dad and I to the town hall. This is a part of the day I will never forget! Driving through the Tuscan countryside in such a prestigious car, with your dad who is about to give you away.
When we arrived in San Gimignano outside the Town Hall, there were hundreds of people stood watching and waiting, they obviously knew a wedding was about to take place because of all the guests. When I stepped out of the car everyone clapped, the atmosphere was electric! We had chosen to have a classical guitarist and a violinist playing music we had chosen, at the Town Hall. This set off all the guests crying, because the music was so moving. The service was lovely, it made it even more special because it was in Italian.
The interpreter was excellent and was such a warm, friendly man. After the ceremony, we went back into the square for photographs, all the people were still waiting to see us to come out. The photographers were great. They took a range of photographs including natural shots and ones of family and friends.
Back at the villa, we had arranged for a 'Frank Sinatra' type singer to welcome the guests on their arrival. He was fantastic, he really set the mood for the reception meal. The caterers had worked tremendously hard all day, to produce an excellent Italian banquet, which many of our guests still talk about now.
Overall, the main thing I can say about the day, is something which kept getting being repeated throughout the day of August the 10th, by many guests:'It feels like we are on a film set! It is surreal! Something we will never experience again. One of the best days of our lives!'
A big thank you to Deborah, Chiara and all the people at 'Just Get Married in Italy who made our day so special.
Mr & Mrs Osborne (UK)