Stephanie and Dan were already in love with Italy when they came to me to ask me to plan their Lucca wedding, but at that time they were not tied to a particular region. Instead the conversation centred around finding their dream venue in a location which would work for their guests. As I always say to my couples – expecting your guests to attend your destination wedding is a big ask and it’s really important that we try to make it as easy and effortless as possible.

Villa Oliva in Lucca ticked all of the boxes: not only does it provide a dream setting for any wedding celebration, but it is only a 2 hour flight from the UK and a 30 minutes’ drive from Pisa airport. It is a privately owned villa and whilst the grounds are rented out for weddings, it isn’t particularly well known for destination or Jewish weddings. For this reason, we kept it a surprise from all the guests and just asked them to congregate at the main hotel where coaches were waiting to bring them to Stephanie and Dan’s secret venue.

Getting Ready

Both Stephanie and Dan chose to get ready with their bridal and grooms parties at their hotel and then were transported to Villa Oliva to complete their preparations.

Dan’s Tisch took place in the beautiful Limonaia, whilst Stephanie and her party were dressing in the property’s private apartments.

Chuppah

Their ceremony took place on the front lawn of the villa, with a stunning sculptured backdrop for their Chuppah, which was created to Stephanie’s brief by Florence based floral designers, Il Giardino delle Fate.

Drinks Reception

The band for this wedding, Totem, had flown out especially from the UK and performed throughout the day. As a special touch, at the completion of the ceremony, their sax player led guests around to the rear of the property for the drinks reception. From here, they were able to watch the spectacular sunset, before being invited to the fountain garden for dinner and dancing.

Wedding Dinner

A stunning setting, with a canopy of lights, a fountain and a sculptured backdrop to the stage made for the most visually stunning of surroundings for their wedding dinner with Alma Project 24/7 providing all the production.

Guests danced before, during and after dinner and were treated to several engaging and entertaining speeches.

Catering was provided by Florence based caterer, Delizia Ricivementi and table centrepieces by Il Giardino delle Fate Flower Design.

Invitations and event day stationery were designed and printed by Bigday Designs.

And we concluded with the spectacle for the Italian Millefoglie wedding cake, created by the chefs of Delizia Ricevimenti and watched by the couple and all of their guests.

Stephanie and Dan, your wedding was a true pleasure to create, thank you!

If you are considering a Jewish wedding in Italy and would like to work with a local/ English speaking Jewish wedding planner , I would love to hear from you. Do get in touch to discuss. You can reach me either here or via email at michelle@elegantebymichellej.com or by phone at + 44 20 3930 9459.

Photographer David Bastianoni

Videographer: Waterfall Visuals