A Romantic Tuscany ElopementWords by Courtney Kellar
Photos courtesy of Rossini Photography
Teresa and James are dreamers. When the groom suggested a destination elopement, his bride was initially skeptical, but after a little research, agreed whole-heartedly. “When James first suggested getting married in Italy my first response was ‘no way,’ then I started looking at pictures and it suddenly felt right,” says Teresa. “I saw San Galgano Abbey and said ‘I don’t care what it takes, we are getting married here.’ So, I got to researching, contacted Hewelin from Marry Me in Tuscany and she made it happen!”
Opting for a destination wedding can be controversial at times, but this couple took things a step future with a destination elopement. So, how did their families react? “Everyone was completely supportive, [James’ mother] even said ‘Your wedding is one day – your marriage is for a lifetime.’” Once Teresa and James found their venue, it was full-steam ahead!
“I was researching locations in Italy and saw pictures of this beautiful abbey in Chiusdino and knew it was perfect,” recalls the bride. “We had issues contacting the town to set everything up, so that’s when we knew we needed help with the language barrier. I am so glad we [got help] and Marry Me in Tuscany made everything effortless.”
While the couple admits a hometown wedding may have been a more simple way to go, they have no regrets and feel an exotic elopement was worth the extra effort. “It was difficult, but the end results were definitely worth it,” says Teresa. “We had a magical day that we will always remember and look back at with awe.” Luckily, these two got the best of both worlds by having a destination elopement and a hometown reception.
“We did not invite any guests [to our wedding],” says the bride. “The day was all about us and it was amazing to have that. We did have a wedding reception when we returned home and that is when we celebrated with friends and family.” Hosting a hometown reception helped affirm the fact that the couple had made the right decision in saying “I do” in Italy – just the two of them.
“Having a wedding at home would have meant that friends and family would have shared our special day, which while that would have been nice, our wedding day was just for us,” explains the bride. “No pleasing family members, making sure we talked to everyone, etc. When we did have our at-home wedding reception, time flew by and we could only imagine that it would have been the same if we included a ceremony back home. It was very romantic the way we did it – there was no stress involved the day-of…just the two of us enjoying each other on a very special day.”
These lovebirds achieved just what they envisioned for their unique W-Day and have advice for other couples looking to do the same! “Hire a wedding planner to deal with the paperwork/legal requirements. We 100% recommend running off and having a destination elopement.”
Vendors: Photographer: Rossini Photography, Wedding Planner: Hewelin Vanni with Marry Me in Tuscany, Ceremony Site: San Galgano Abbey in Chiusdino, Tuscany, Italy, Florist: Agriflor in Siena, Italy, Hair & Makeup: 124-Om Di Mucci Mimmo in Siena, Italy, Gown Designer: “Sweetheart” from Bella Rosa Bridal in Richmond, Virginia, Groom’s Clothing Designer: Jos. A. Bank
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