A Whimsical Wedding in Tuscany

What can I say? I'm totally in love with this super colorful destination wedding in Tuscany, Italy. I love the slightly over-the-top vibe and I love every single detail of this stylish garden party inspired by the bride's collection of vintage teacups. It's fresh and fun and filled with a whole lotta personality and heritage! With breathtaking views of the Tuscan countryside, Jody and Sarah held a short tea ceremony during the wedding in ode to Jody’s Chinese culture while every girl wore a lovely fascinator in nod to Sarah's British and Scottish heritage. It's a part vintage, part whimsical celebration captured majestically by Aubrey Joy Photography with a whole bunch of prettiness.

FROM THE BRIDE… Our wedding was a blend of so many images and ideas I had over the course of our year-and-a-half-long engagement. I am not the most decisive person and it took 5 months for us just to decide to have our wedding in Italy! Once that was set, we were able to really concentrate on what was important to us. We knew we wanted a destination wedding and when we pulled up to Podere Ciona in the heart of Chianti, Tuscany in 2010 we knew it was the place. The view over the rolling Tuscan fields, the scent of lavender & rosemary in the air, and the golden light cast by the setting sun on the ancient stones of the family home enchanted us. How could we get our best friends and family to see it? Plan a wedding there! We wanted to create a magical world for our guests. A complete escape in a world of whimsy and imagination. My inspiration? In a teacup! I have a collection of teacups and love their swirls of color and mixture of florals. The teacup became our inspiration for a vintagey garden party set in this gorgeous backdrop. One of the most important aspects to us was marrying our cultures. From my side, my family is British and Scottish. I absolutely love that my family always shows up to weddings wearing a hat or fascinator so I encouraged guests to follow suit. My bridesmaids and flower girls had the most amazing and whimsical fascinators – it added such a fun touch and made them all look like flowers on a teacup. I was also able to find a bagpiper in Siena to complete my Scottish side. As my husband is Chinese, we payed homage to his culture with a short tea ceremony. It was so important for my family to participate in this tradition because it really felt as if our two families were uniting.                                

Photography: Aubrey Joy Photography | Event decor: Delovely Creative | Invitations: Felice Design | Venue: Podere Ciona | Bride’s veil: Tessa Kim | Bride’s fascinator: Starz Selection | Bridesmaid dresses: Frocks Vancouver + Jenny Yoo + Thread | Bride’s jewelry: Elsa Corsi | Flowergirl dresses: Dream Spun Kids | Bridesmaid + flowergirl fascinators: Miss Ruby Sue | Submitted via Two Bright Lights

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