Nicola and Owen’s Romantic, Fairy Tale Castle Wedding in Tuscany  

Well hello Friday and how are you all doing? Well that’s another week in lockdown nearly done! Thank goodness, it will be wine O’clock soon and we can start the weekend! I am having a mini celebration  as I was lucky enough to get my Covid vaccine. It was a very exciting day! It all went very smoothly and was incredibly well organised. Kudos to the NHS! One step closer to getting things slowly back to some sort of normal! So this weekend is Valentines day, will you be celebrating? We have ordered some food from one of our favourite restaurants so will be enjoying that on Saturday night. Dexter is making a card today for his girlfriend Violet, so we will take that up on Sunday for her, they are soooooo cute together! Apart form that much of the same I guess, hopefully it might warm up a bit so we can get out and get some fresh air, I cannot wait to see the back of this snow, our garden is still covered! To warm you up on this cold February day, I am flying you off to Tuscany for this gorgeous Fairy Tale Castle wedding. Nicola and Owen chose a super romantic theme for their relaxed outdoor celebration, the whole day is just dreamy. It was sent into me by Weddings on demand and captured by Headshot Weddings.

A relaxed, romantic, intimate and fairy-tale Tuscan destination wedding with delicious Italian food and drink that took place in a beautiful medieval castle on top of a hill in Tuscany. It was also a joyful and emotional ceremony – lots of tears and dancing with friends and family late into the night.

Nicola and Owen were married on 14th Sept 2019 at Castello Di Bibbione in Tuscany, Italy. ‘Owen and I love Italy and go there most years during the summer. As we both had friends and family coming from all over the world (Owen is from Hong Kong and I’m from New Zealand) we thought it the perfect place for our guests to enjoy a few days on holiday in Italy since they were travelling so far! We had 80 guests and ti took about 12 months to plan.’

How they met
We met at work and we kept it a secret from our colleagues for over a year – we didn’t want to make some of them uncomfortable as we were a close-knit team – almost like family! We have been together for 8 years.

The proposal
Very romantic – Owen proposed very unexpectantly in Capri – he asked the restaurant to play our favourite song and he came in an asked me. Everyone in the restaurant had some great entertainment that night I’m sure! We then got drunk on too much champagne before breaking the news to all our friends and family.

How did you allocate your budget?
Our lovely wedding planner Monica helped us with that but we discussed the different items together and used an online app.

Where did you splurge and where did you save?
We splurged on the flowers, food and drink, a live band, wedding video/photos and my dress! We wanted the wedding to be a real experience for people so we made it in to a 3 day weekend all centred around amazing Italian food. In addition to the wedding day we hosted casual dinner the night before in a restaurant in a nearby town where we had the most amazing lasagne ever made I think and we also hosted a pizza party the day after the wedding around the pool at the Castello.

How did you choose your photographer?
Our lovely wedding planner’s sister and her fiancé were recommended and we loved their relaxed but also dramatic style. The video is incredible!

The dress
Monique L’Hullier Dress – my evening/party dress I got custom made and my shoes were Jimmy Choo. I wore a veil borrowed from my Maid of Honour and earrings that my Mum gifted me.

The suit and bridesmaids
Owen’s suit was Paul Smith and the Bridesmaids dresses were all different!

Theme or Colour Scheme
We had a loose romantic, whimsical but natural style to the wedding and the colour scheme was muted pastels – which were echoed by the flowers and the bridesmaids dresses and stationary (menus etc). We felt this really complemented the rustic style of the old castle surroundings.

We had a mix of foliage, dahlia, roses and lots of other smaller flowers that were relaxed and natural in style.

String lights against a beautiful castle courtyard and lots of flowers is all we needed! The castle backdrop really spoke for itself.

Two first courses of pasta (of course) and a traditional Tuscan steak for mains

Wedding cake
A traditional Italian wedding cake – it was according to the guests the cake of dreams!

We had a live band.

Who supplied the stationery?
We used e-invites and then our lovely wedding planner Monica helped to design and organise the paper menus – I also got an artist from Etsy to design a wedding crest complete with our dog Lady!

Where did you go on your honeymoon?
We spent the week after with close friends in Italy and are planning to go to Japan eventually for our proper honeymoon!

Personal touches
Yes I got a personalised wedding crest for our Menus and seating plan and we also wrote our own vows which were kept secret from each other before the day.

Special moments
Owen had secretly arranged to have our dog Lady arrive after the ceremony. I think the photos speak for themselves – I’d managed to get away without a tear until Owen sprung that on me!

Advice for other couples
Make sure you design the day around what you and your partner really want and try not to get too caught up in what others are saying.

Biggest surprise
Lady turning up – our dog walkers had driven her all the way from London overnight!!


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