Sweet Winter Elopement in Tuscany: Sati + Paul

tuscany elopement

Do you guys remember Sati + Paul? Last fall we shared their stunning engagement photos (by Nordica Photography) which were captured in the breathtaking fjords of Norway. Dare we say their gorgeous winter Tuscan elopement, photographed this time by Lelia Scarfiotti Photography, was truly just as incredible! Simple in tone, with no real design elements to speak of, when you see their stunning surroundings + smiling faces, it kind of makes you realize that sometimes those are really all the components you need for a great wedding! Especially one that takes place in the beautiful Tuscan countryside! Let’s hear a bit more about why these two decided to elope in Italy:

Because we were separated for months at a time living in two different countries (Paul in Norway and me in Nepal) and restrictive visa laws, we were both eager to marry as soon as possible. To prevent being separated any longer we chose to elope and researched which countries in Europe would not require long waiting periods. Italy made the cut. As fate would have it, the earliest month we could marry in was January. So we made a rather off-the-beaten choice and decided to marry in a civil ceremony in the depth of January in the little renaissance village of Pienza.

romantic portrait

first look tuscany

first look tuscany

first look tuscany

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tuscany bride and groom

tuscany bride and groom


Our photographer found a beautiful olive grove near our villa where we could share our vows to each other in the morning mist. It was pouring rain and overcast for several days leading up to our wedding, but we awoke the morning of January 15th to the sound of bird songs and rays of sun streaming through the villa windows. We were so grateful to be blessed with incredible weather on our wedding day.

tuscany bride and groom

tuscany bride and groom

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tuscany bride and groom

tuscany bride and groom

tuscany elopement

tuscany elopement

tuscany elopement

tuscany elopement

tuscany elopement

We both privately wrote down our favorite moments and then read them only to find out we each had chosen the same ones in the same order!!

Shannon (Sati):
-When I first walked out of the villa towards Paul for our first look. I almost lost it and started crying.
-When the judge in Pienza said we were married! I was so surprised and felt a sense of awe that we had finally reached that point after so much work, bouts of separation, and international travel.
-Listening to Paul's vows to me in the olive grove. It was pure magic.

Paul:
-Seeing my bride in a beautiful flowing dress for the first time in the gardens of the villa. I was stunned and awestruck. It was touch and go for a while whether my legs would hold me up.
-Listening to judge of Pienza pronounce us Man and Wife through the translation. There was so much excitement in the moment of finally becoming a married couple.
-Standing in the olive grove at the villa on a magical misty morning and exchanging our vows to each other through tears, laughter, and love.

tuscany elopement

tuscany elopement

tuscany elopement

tuscany elopement

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tuscany

tuscany bride

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tuscany bride and groom

tuscany bride and groom

tuscany bride and groom

tuscany bride and groom


Love these shots of Sati + Paul in that vintage Fiat 500! :)

tuscany bride and groom

bride

tuscany bride and groom

tuscany bride and groom


Stunning, right?! And if you’re considering an Italian elopement or wedding, be sure to read the helpful tips Sati shares about their experience below:

The best part of marrying in Tuscany off-season in the winter was the lack of crowds and tourists. We were told the village of Pienza has so many tourists visiting in the summer, that tourists outnumber locals 50 to 1! But in January it was practically empty. We were the only ones walking down its lovely narrow lanes at various points. It felt intimate and charming which created a beautiful energy. The quiet allowed us to absorb the beauty of Pienza and our special day.

The hardest part of choosing to marry in January was that so many hotels and restaurants were closed! Our choices were slim when it came to finding an upscale hotel or villa to stay in. We were happy to find the Villa Armena, a 25-minute drive away from Pienza.

Even though we were eloping, the extensive legal paperwork really required having a wedding planner and we were glad we chose to work with Wedding Italy.

The single biggest challenge was getting all the correct paperwork with all the needed stamps and signatures within specific time restrictions. Our wedding planner checked and double checked all our documents via email before we arrived as well as organized and escorted us to a few signing appointments in Florence and Pienza. Even though they helped organize other creative details for our elopement and private ceremony, we felt our wedding planner was the most help to us regarding legal documentation.

Congratulations Sati + Paul! It was so fun to follow your journey from engagement to wedding!

photography: Lelia Scarfiotti Photography // venue: Pienza Town Hall // villa: Villa Armena Tuscany, Italy // wedding planning: Wedding Italy // florals: Dillo con un fiore of Stefania Bracalente // ring nest: Kue King // wedding dress: Vera Wang // belt: Anthropologie // shoes: Audrey Brooke // veil: Bride’s mother // coat: Faux fur thrift shop find // cardigan: Calvin Klein // groom’s jacket: Ralph Lauren // groom’s boots: Natha

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Doloris Petunia Flower Girl Dresses

 Doloris Petunia flower girl dresses

We know finding adorable flower girl dresses is harder than it looks! But our feelings definitely all changed once we heard about Doloris Petunia and her truly precious pint-sized frocks! Handcrafted from gorgeous materials like silk, lace, and tulle – and featuring fun details like feathers, beading, and sweet, ombré hues – each dress is customizable and features the child’s name + the wedding date stitched inside. So cute, right?! And, of course, these incredible images of the lovely dresses, captured by Elizabeth Messina, with pretty styling by Peony & Plum, were just so pretty we couldn’t resist sharing them with you guys!

 Doloris Petunia flower girl dresses

lace flower girl dress

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Loving the sparkles on this little number!

glitter dress

 Doloris Petunia flower girl dresses


And how sweet is that hand-stitched feather bodice?!

 Doloris Petunia flower girl dresses

 Doloris Petunia flower girl dresses

 Doloris Petunia flower girl dresses

 Doloris Petunia flower girl dresses

 Doloris Petunia flower girl dresses


We love that fun design and spot-on style has finally trickled down to the littlest members of the wedding party! Thanks so much to the lovely ladies below for opening our eyes to some of the cutest floral girl dresses around!

flower girl dresses: Doloris Petunia // photography: Elizabeth Messina // floral styling: Peony & Plum

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Beautiful, Timeless Tableware from Denby

Denby

One of the most fun aspects of building your new home together as newlyweds is selecting beautiful products that you’ll love using for special occasions, as well as everyday, in the years ahead. And when it comes to stocking your new collective kitchen, let’s face it: the piecemeal set of dishes you’ve been hanging onto since college are probably not going to cut it anymore!  That’s why were excited to introduce you all to Denby, a great resource for versatile, expertly crafted cook + dinnerware. Denby has been making pottery in Derbyshire, the heart of England, for over 200 years using skills that have been passed down from generation to generation. Using their own locally sourced clay, their durable + distinctive products are available in over 5,000 vibrant glazes + tons of beautiful, on-trend patterns. Here are a few of our favorites of theirs…

Denby Halo Collection


The Halo Collection’s distinct style is created by applying two tones of glaze which merge, achieving unique results that will look great in your home.

Heather_Collection


Heather features a rich shade of purple and a unique speckle glaze that gives this pattern the signature Denby look, blending high design with the handmade.

Denby Malmo


The new Malmo Collection was inspired by the bold, simple lines of Scandinavian design. The shape is uncomplicated and modern, with a purity of line which reflects its northern European roots.

Moonsoon_Veronica


The Moonsoon Veronica tableware collection offers a contemporary take on traditional floral designs. Items in this range fuse the bold and subtle, incorporating blue, charcoal and teal in a design on soft cream china.

Denby Heritage Pavillion


The Heritage Pavilion Collection is reminiscent of the 1950’s with its graphic motif, classic duck egg blue and lemon color palette.

Moonsoon_Daisy


And, lastly, the Monsoon Collection Daisy features feminine and floral vintage design made from fine cream china in soft green and lilac tones from Monsoon’s textile archives.

Denby offers everything from fun, patterned tableware that’s perfect for mixing + matching to an array of elegant china, all manufactured with the highest quality control standards providing a safe product for you and your family. From the smallest cup to the biggest casserole, their products can be used with confidence in the oven, microwave, freezer and dishwasher – a Denby feature we personally LOVE.

We’re sure you’re wondering, so we’re happy to let you know that Denby also has a wedding + gift registry so you can start building your kitchen + tableware collection together with ease. For more information about what sets Denby apart from other similar companies + to start browsing their beautiful selection, be sure to head over to their website today!

* This post is sponsored by Denby. All content, ideas, and words are by Green Wedding Shoes. Thanks for supporting our sponsors!

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