The bride, in a Rita Vinieris gown, said “I do” to her groom in front of 50 guests in Tuscany.
Favourite part: After the ceremony, the couple hopped into their Alfa Romeo convertible and drove through the picturesque Tuscan countryside, sharing some quiet one-on-one time together.
Unique ideas: “It was really important to celebrate both of our cultures,” says Briar. “Paolo’s family is Italian, and mine is Chinese and British. Having everyone together at the villa prior to the wedding allowed us the time to have the Chinese tea ceremony. This was such a special way to start the wedding festivities, and the start of our two families and cultures coming together.”
Toughest part to plan: There are so many moving parts with 50 guests flying to Italy not only for your wedding, but also for a one-week stay at a villa. Briar says, “It was like planning several weddings! There were no difficult decisions, but the volume of decisions can be difficult.”
Wrong turn? The bride’s father drove her to the church and they got lost for an hour! Though they arrived a little late, it didn’t ruin the day.
Destination wedding advice: “Have the wedding exactly where you would like it and don’t worry about who will make it or not,” says Briar. “In the end, it will be exactly as it should be.”
Photography: Kimon Kaketsis
Originally published in Destination Wedding magazine, Fall/Winter 2018.