Bringing it all back to her roots, Chiara & Damian fly from Bermuda to tie the knot at their Destination Wedding – Castello di Meleto, Tuscany.
Chiara & Damian, Castello di Meleto
Characteristic and classic in style, Italian photographer, Carlo Carletti , captured this wedding beautifully, bringing out the genuine characters and love shared by the couple. Both Chiara and Damian felt super natural and the results showed!
Bringing it all back to her roots, Chiara (who is half Bermudian and half Italian from her father’s side) decided her dream wedding had to be back on Italian soil.
Their dream and vision was to have an elegant and rustic wedding, somewhere close to Siena – and Castello di Meleto provided just that. With the grandeur of the castello, outdoor terraces and the Italian garden perfect for a Tuscan feast, accommodation for all their guests to be in one place, characteristic views of the rolling hills in Chianti, there was no better place to begin their adventure as husband and wife.
One of the biggest USP’s of Castello di Meleto as a wedding venue, is the Italian garden that sits in front of the wonderfully characteristic Castello itself. Lined with trees and decorated with festoon lighting, it’s big enough for up to 200 guests, but you can create an intimate atmosphere with just a few clever tweaks. Chiara & Damian’s wedding hosted 155 guests in total, perfect seated on long Tuscan tables, bringing together the two sides of the family in one big feast!
We always love it when our clients go for a style that suits the surroundings of the venue, it’s always something we would recommend, so when the couple asked for their wedding to be styled as elegant and rustic we were already on the same page. Together with Nadia of Stiatti Fiori, we designed along with their chosen colour of royal blue, blush pinks, creams and peaches for the elegant floral arrangements.
Chiara chose a gown that was different to the usual ivory or white wedding dress, and chose a sparkling silver number and finished off the look in style with a pair of Manolo Blahniks…
Chiara & Damian chose to have a Civil Ceremony in Castello di Meleto’s front garden, facing the rolling hills of Giaole in Chianti. A picture perfect spot that gave the guests a wonderful view to look out onto as the couple said I do.
Designed by the wonderful Guidi Lenci Catering, the menu was typically Tuscan, starting with two ‘primi’ courses of Maltagliata pasta with courgette and courgette flowers and saffron scent, followed by Risotto with seasonal vegetables. The main course, or ‘secondo’ as they call it in Italy, as a fillet of beef with porcini mushrooms and carrot and broccoli souffle.
Beautifully prepared in front of the guests by Guidi Lenci’s head chef, everyone gathered round for the cutting of the cake. Chiara & Damian chose to have a traditional Italian wedding cake with of Millefoglie (a thousand leaves), a very light and delicious dessert with creme patissiere in the centre, decorated with fresh fruit on top.
The evening of entertainment was put on together with Alma Project. The couple were very lucky to have had a guest of theirs to be the DJ in the evening. A traditional Bermudian dance even made an appearance on the dance floor, bringing both the couple’s culture over to Italy adding that personal touch to what ended as a memorable day.