A Breathtakingly Romantic Wedding in the Hills of Tuscany

Updated 09/30/15

Jose Villa

Andrea and Adam's love story has taken them all over the world. The couple met in Las Vegas (she was there for a trade show, he was competing in the World Series of Poker), then, after a few months of long-distance dating, Andrea left Seattle and joined Adam in Miami. For Andrea's 30th birthday in 2012, Adam surprised her with a trip to Italy — and then proposed in Milan! "I felt like I was in a movie," says Andrea. They started planning a wedding in Miami, but the bride and groom changed their minds and decided to invite just 20 guests to an intimate celebration in Italy, instead. Andrea fell in love with Podere Due Scale, a 1,000-year-old villa in Val d'Orcia, Tuscany, surrounded by rolling hills, sunflowers, and sleepy Italian villages — perfect for the romantic, rustic wedding they were dreaming of.

With such a remote destination, the couple used the villa as their home base for a long weekend with their guests, touring nearby vineyards, taking a cooking class, and enjoying the romantic getaway. They worked with as many local vendors as they could, but brought a few spectacular professionals with them from the States, including the insanely talented JCG Events and Jose Villa, who perfectly captured a wedding that feels straight out of a storybook.

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It all began with the invitations, which featured a delicate design with rose gold details. The envelope was lined with a map of the region, pointing to where Adam proposed in Milan and the villa's location.

When guests arrived, they received a welcome bag full of local products, including cookies made by the same baker who made the wedding cake, local olive oil, and an Italian phrasebook.

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Andrea's wedding-day look was incredibly classic. Her gown was a trumpet Monique Lhuillier design, with Chantilly lace and an embroidered tulle overlay. She paired the wedding dress with white Christian Louboutin pumps and moonstone earrings. Her romantic bouquet combined garden roses, ranunculus, and seeded eucalyptus, wrapped in a gold ribbon.

Adam was equally chic in a bespoke Tom Ford tuxedo and Prada shoes. His boutonniere was comprised of scabiosa pods and eucalyptus.

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In addition to their 20 guests, Andrea and Adam brought their dog, Ace, to Tuscany to serve as the ring bearer. He wore a miniature tuxedo that the bride found on Etsy.

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The ceremony took place on the villa's cobblestone patio, overlooking the hills of Tuscany. A rustic wooden chuppah was covered with a scalloped lace canopy, and a gold and crystal chandelier hung from the beams. Small pouches were filled with olive leaves, which guests tossed to celebrate the newlyweds. The ceremony programs detailed the traditions included in the couple's Jewish wedding, which was officiated by a rabbi that the bride and groom brought with them from Miami.

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Cocktail hour took place on the lawn, where an ancient tree was strung with white lanterns. Guests snacked on burrata caprese, focaccia with leeks and raisins, and local artisanal cheeses as they sipped the Double A, a pear nectar mimosa garnished with fresh thyme.

The single long dinner table was set beneath a clear-topped tent, with the sides kept open to give everyone a view of the vineyards that surrounded the property. Acrylic ghost chairs were a modern complement to the rustic farm tables.

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A lace runner was topped with ornate candle sticks, votives, and low, lush arrangements of roses and ranunculus. At each guest's seat was a menu detailing the five-course tasting menu of asparagus risotto, salmon skewers with beetroot puree, and grilled sea bass with rosemary potatoes and a fennel and orange salad. "The wine and Champagne poured freely all night," says Andrea of the indulgent meal.

The bride and groom's chairs were draped with garlands of olive leaves, seeded eucalyptus, garden roses, and ranunculus.

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For the final course, the couple cut into a white-and-gold wedding cake topped with a single sugar peony. Beneath the fondant, lemon cake was paired with wild berry mascarpone cream. Cake was served alongside almond biscuits and vin santo, a local dessert wine.

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An acoustic guitar duo played throughout dinner. "We decided to skip dancing and focus on the intimate dinner," says Andrea. The one exception was Andrea and Adam's first dance to "Moon River," which was played by the string quartet that accompanied the cocktail hour.

Andrea and Adam's wedding planner helped design a double "A" monogram, which was displayed on the lawn with over 500 votive candles.

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After dinner, guests gathered to release wish lanterns before heading into the villa for more Brunello and conversation.

After such an incredible trip to Italy, you'd think the newlyweds would head home to relax, but the globe-trotting couple wasn't done yet. Two weeks after they returned to the U.S. from Italy, they hopped on a plane again for an African safari!

"Don't be afraid to cut down on the guest list!" says Andrea. "For us, having a smaller wedding was a way to keep the focus on what was truly important: Celebrating this huge life event surrounded by the people we are closest with in life. Every person who was with us that day has unconditionally loved and supported us and our relationship."

Ceremony & Reception Venue: Podere Due Scale || Wedding Planner: JCG Events || Bride's Wedding Dress: Monique Lhuillier || Shoes: Christian Louboutin || Jewelry: Charm & Chain || Hair & Makeup: Lara Navarrini || Groom's Attire: Tom Ford || Florist: La Rosa Canina || Invitations & Paper Goods: JCG Events || Calligraphy: Marge Allmand Calligraphy || Music: Alma Project || Catering: Cooking in Toscana || Cake: L'Arte Della Torta Di Melanie Secciani || Rentals: Preludio Noleggio, Unearthed Vintage, Nuage Designs || Videography: Origami Videography || Photography: Jose Villa

Want to see more from this beautiful destination wedding? Then check out more details in this couple's video, seen below!

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