Threatened with rain and stormy skies, Kelsey and Alex’s wedding, at the sweeping estate of Villa Pazzi, was a celebration of elemental intervention.
A plan B embraced the poetry of the ancient interiors of Villa Pazzi, and the dinner moved inside the vast Ballroom gallery, surrounded by Coppedè’s famous statues, scattered with candles and drenched in moonlight. No words can express the magic of day, but somehow the pictures do.
The one-year wait was well worth it when these two finally got to tie the knot in this epic Tuscan villa. From the outdoor ceremony to the garden portrait session, they really made the most of the entire location. The original pastel frescos added a special touch to the getting-ready photos as well! This beautifully styled wedding truly captured the essence of la dolce vita.
From the altana, guests were directed to the three frescoed lounge rooms for aperitifs while the couple and the wedding party finished photographs in the Italian garden. After pictures, the beauty team changed Kelsey's look into something less angelic and sleeker for the dinner. When Kelsey returned, all guests were gathered into the smallest lounge room for Kelsey's father's toast to la dolce vita. The toast led to the crescendo, which was entering the Galleria (modeled after the Uffizi Gallery), to Dua Lipa's "Levitating" played by strings. In the Galleria, there was a 55-person candlelit imperial table and 2015 Bovio Barolo waiting. The dinner was a perfect mix of contemporary music on strings, renaissance artwork, and traditional Tuscan cuisine.
ACCESSORIES & LINGERIE : AQUAZZURA, TOM FORD | CAKES & CATERING : MARTINA CATERING | PASTICCERIA COME UNA VOLTA | COUPLE : ALEX NWAKA & KELSEY NWAKA | EVENT PLANNING & DESIGN : MAGNOLIA WEDDING PLANNER | FLOWERS : LE PETIT JARDIN | GROOM & HIS MEN : DEL TORO, HUGO BOSS | HAIR, MAKEUP & BEAUTY : LBW AGENCY | WINE : BOVIO BAROLO 2015, BISSON U PASTINE BIANCHETTA GENOVESE | TRAVEL & TRANSPORTATION : HOTEL LUNGARNO | VENUE : VILLA PAZZI AL PARUGIANO | WEDDING DJ : DJ BETTO | WEDDING DRESSES : RETROFETE, THEIA BRIDAL
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