Love at first sight brought two creative people together, resulting in a wonderful and authentic Italian wedding in one of the most picturesque regions. Tuscany with its vibrant flavours, enchanting smells and unique views was the perfect setting for Silvia and Francesco's celebration of love. Read the interview with the bride below and find out details about organising a destination wedding in Italy, coordinating guests and creating the necessary wedding atmosphere.
Tell us a little about yourselves. How did you meet? What do you do for a living? What are your hobbies?
My name is Silvia Noviello and I’m an Italian content creator and a travel blogger, based in Florence. My husband Francesco Esposito is an architect and project manager specializing in the construction of luxury shop and hotels. Francesco and I first met in Paris, seven years ago. We spent a magical afternoon togheter walking around and knowing each other. Every corner of Paris, every exchanged glance, carried with it the scent of our first day together. There was no need for words, only the heart beating strongly, as if it already knew that we had found our home in each other. It was love at first sight.
Can you share your engagement story?
Francesco and I were in Umbria, having cocktails on a terrace, surrounded by the sunset and the sounds of nature. At one point, he asked me to close my eyes to truly enjoy the sounds of nature. I initially didn't want to close my eyes and said I preferred to watch the sunset. Eventually, he convinced me. In a moment of silence, everything stopped. With a trembling voice, he asked, 'I know it's a rhetorical question, but do you want to spend the rest of your life with me?' I opened my eyes, and there, in front of me, was the ring.
Did you have any pre-wedding events, like a rehearsal dinner or bridal shower?
We decided to book the villa for two days, and alongside us, the bride and groom, we had close relatives and witnesses as guests. The day before, we organized a small and intimate wedding dinner in the midst of a forest. I personally took care of decorating the table and choosing the flowers. I wanted to do something special for my loved ones.
Where was your wedding? Why did you choose this venue?
We got married in our beloved Tuscany, in a little village not far from where my mother was born in San Giuliano Terme, Pisa. We visited this historic villa many years ago; I remember we looked into each other's eyes and said if we ever got married, this would be the perfect place, and so it was.
What was the concept behind your wedding and how did you find your inspiration?
We wanted to share our love with all our family and friends. To carry within us the memory of a magnificent day spent with all our loved ones. The aesthetics of the wedding were clear from the start; I dreamed of the courtyard illuminated by countless lights that framed the dinner. Tables with white tablecloths, simple but elegant, brass candelabras, and many flowers in shades of pink, magenta and amaranth. A playlist that played old Italian songs, nostalgic but touching. The atmosphere had to be romantic, magical, yet informal. I wanted all the participants to feel comfortable and to be able to live this moment with us, imprinting it in their memory.
How long did it take to plan your wedding? Did you encounter any challenges during the planning process?
I began planning the wedding in detail around February. The venue was chosen and booked in October of the previous year. Getting married in Tuscany is very popular, so it's important to booked the venue early, otherwise it can be hard to find availability. A tip for those who want to get married in Italy: search and book the venue well in advance of the wedding. All the details were gradually finalized with the help of my fabulous wedding planner, Valentina from La Lindi. LaLindi is a planning and styling studio based in Oslo and Tuscany, specialized in wedding design. I love the fact that together we created something timeless and modern at the same time. She assisted me and provided total support throughout this journey, which can be challenging at times.
How many guests did you have? And what was the seating arrangement at the wedding like?
We were a bit less than 100 guests, which I think can be defined as an intimate wedding in Italy. The setup was made up of two long tables, the main one with the bride and groom, parents and witnesses, and the other with all our cousins. Then there were the remaining round tables where all our groups of friends sat.
Tell us about your outfits. How many different styles have you tried?
I tried on only one outfit. Well two because I changed the dress before dinner. I completely fell in love with a dress by Jacquemus that I saw in a fashion show; I knew it would be the dress I wanted to wear for my wedding. Also the other dress was from the designer Simon Porte Jacquemus.
What was your first dance song? Did you choreograph or improvise?
Actually we didn’t have the first dance, I didn’t like that moment. But yes there was a special song, main theme of that magical night. We played that song when we got married and at the cut of the cake. Is Gino Paoli “Senza Fine”.
Did you have any special performances or entertainment?
We decided to go for a simple wedding; we wanted it to be a big celebration, and for entertainment, we chose music. The DJ started playing during the aperitif, and the guests were already dancing
What was the most memorable moment from your wedding day?
I can't pinpoint a specific moment; the entire wedding was filled with love. Certainly, one of the most emotional moments was the speeches dedicated to us by the witnesses and parents. Holding back tears and laughter was impossible.
Are there any vendors that you would like to tell us a little more about?
I dedicate a special thanks to my entire team, starting with Valentina, my fabulous wedding planner. With her, I shared so many moments that a true bond of friendship was formed. Another special thanks goes to Barbara, my floral designer, who was able to turn my vision and dream into reality. Her flowers were a true work of art and to her magnificent staff. Thanks to Valeria Pitarresi and Michelangelo Paone, who were respectively the photographer and videographer.
What advice would you give to couples who are currently planning their wedding?
Book the location as soon as you can and choose a team of vendors you trust. What gift from guests do you remember the most? Yes, a heart-shaped pendant was given to me on the wedding day by my dear aunt. Ever since I was a child, when she used to carry me in her arms, I would look at the heart-shaped necklace she wore and kept asking her if she would give it to me when she died (I have always been very direct since I was a child, LOL). On the wedding day, she came to me and gave it to me as a gift. It was a very touching moment.
What helped you cope with the anxiety before the wedding?
My wedding planner, we spent hours and hours on the phone, not only taking care of the wedding organization. Valentina listened to me every time I was tense and nervous. She helped me reach the wedding day calm and serene. I am truly grateful to her for all the magnificent work she has done.
Planning and styling: @lalindi_bryllup
Flower design: @nerofiore_dallemiemani
Bridal gown: @jacquemus
Bridal shoes: @elata1923
Groom's suit: @sartoriarossi.official