Australia meets Brazil in Tuscany – Jodie & Reinaldo brought about their own united nations in a charming country villa in Capannori in the province of Lucca Tuscany.
Jodie is from Australia and Reinaldo is from Brazil, and they had both lived in London for over 10 years. Reinaldo came to learn English and Jodie to travel – what was initially an individual life goal turned into an extended stay- one that would ultimately change their lives.
Their path crossed two and a half years ago in London, like many of today’s busy professionals they met on a dating app. The feeling that they had met “the one” was almost immediate they knew they were made for each other.
They have very similar interest and passions – travel is at the top of that list – they have certainly made the most of their time here visiting Europe as well as making some return trips home to Australia and Brazil. A destination wedding was always going to happen it was just a case of where. Rather than choosing Brazil or Australia due to the distances family and friends would have to travel – Italy was the perfect choice.
Reinaldo’s connection to Italy goes back to his great grandfather who was born there and it has long been a dream of Reinaldo’s father to visit the country from which his family name orginates and at 70 years of age he was able to fulfil that dream when he took his first ever flight to attend his son’s wedding.
Jodie and Reinaldo fell in love with the beautiful Casale di Pasquinelli – it was an inspired choice – it’s natural attributes, positioned in the hills, the relaxed ambience and rustic style was everything the couple were looking for. The morning after they arrived at Casale di Pasquinelli – they both remember the view that greeted them when they opened the shutters to a real life painting – a panoramic tuscan landscape. They knew they had found the perfect “I do” location. It had the magical trio of requirements – able to host the legal civil ceremony, both indoor and outdoor options for the wedding reception and party as well as 15 rooms to accommodate their immediate family and friends.
Jodie stayed in Villa Margherita a small villa on the property – this is where, with the help of her sister – Jodie got ready on the wedding day. Reinaldo moved in with some of his friends in one of the other apartments.
It was very easy for the photographer and videographer to go between the two locations to capture the pre wedding moments – one of those that stands out for me is when Jodie was invited by the florist to watch her bouquet made up on site – Jodie was able to make any small adjustments to the look and size as it was being made – something so special.
As this was an Autumn wedding the weather was always going to be unpredictable – the early part of the day was spent checking weather various apps, with a downpour forecast but no sign of it during preparations there was hope that the whole of the wedding event would take place outside.
The raindrops began to fall during aperitivi – nothing could dampen Jodie & Reinaldo’s spirit – they were intent on visiting one of the nearby vineyards for their couple photography – featuring umbrella.
The incredible catering and design team worked wonders to transform the large gazebo from romantic ceremony hall to elegant dining room to fabulous evening party space.
Given this international gathering – it was hugely important to ensure the ceremony was inclusive of everyone present – this involved designing a personalised multilingual ceremony. We found the super talented Francesca whose linguistic skills include English, Italian and Portuguese. All announcements were made in English and Portuguese when it came to the important moments – no-one was left wondering what was happening.
The rain really did not matter – We are so thrilled to hear from Jodie and Reinaldo that one month on and everyone continues to compliment them on the best wedding they have ever been to.
- Event Coordination: Accent Events Limited
- Venue: Casale di Pasquinelli
- Celebrant – Italian Wedding Celebrants
- Catering & Styling – WeddingeCo
- Photography & Videography – David Bastianoni Studio
- Musicians & DJ – Platinum Events
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