Jillian and Jonathan

Italy

 

 

Photography | Lace and Luce | @laceandluce

Venue | Villa Medicea Di Lilliano | @villamediceadililliano

Event Designer | Primavera Dreams | @primaveradreams

Floral Designer | Stiatti Fiori | @stiatti_fiori_

Gown Designer | Pronovias @pronovias

Bridesmaids Dresses | Jenny Yoo Collection | @jennyyoonyc

Shoes | Valentino | @maisonvalentino

Hair + Makeup | Cherie Spisso | @cheriespisso

Caterer | Ciabatti Ricevimenti | @ciabattiricevi

Music + Lighting | Alma Project | @almaproject247

Invitations | Minted | @minted

Cinematography | Waterfall Visuals | @waterfallvisuals_videography

From the Photographer

After spending the first half of the day enjoying their getting ready time in two separate locations, the couple had an emotional ‘First Look’ in an enchanting Italian garden. The ceremony took place on the villa’s spacious terrace, against a backdrop of the incredible Chianti hills.

 

The bridal bouquet was a beautiful combination of warm tones and fresh greenery. Gorgeous Tuscan vases filled with roses, proteas, carnations, greenery and pampas grass accentuated the ceremony. The aisle was covered with rose petals. The wooden reception tables were decorated with lavish garlands and a multitude of candles. Golden cutlery and gold-rimmed chargers glimmered throughout the space. Miniature bottles of the extra virgin olive oil made from olives grown at the villa itself were the perfect finishing touch. Upon arrival, the guests were greeted with fresh lemonade and escorted onto the terrace.

 

After the ceremony, everyone was invited to the cocktail area beneath the olive trees, where a live trio was playing popular Italian songs. While the couple took photos in the olive grove with their photographer, the guests sipped Prosecco and tasted Tuscan delicacies. They soon joined their guests for Aperitivo and family formals. Dinner was set up in the garden, in a typical Tuscan setting under Bistro-style lights. It was enlivened by thoughtful and humorous speeches. The caterer, Ciabatti Ricevimenti, created a four-course dinner, the climax of which was a cake making demonstration. The couple opted for a traditional, Italian Millefoglie cake, which the chef finished in front of the guests. Everyone ignited sparklers to celebrate his delicious creation!

 

 The dances took place inside the beautiful Limonaia, where the DJ and saxophone virtuoso were waiting for the wedding party. The lighting, lounge furniture and open bar got everyone in the mood to dance! Everyone enjoyed an impressive variety of exquisite desserts and the specialty cocktail: a perfect Espresso Martini. The first dance brought tears of joy to every eye in the room, as did the couple’s dances with their parents. Then, the entire crowd took to the dance floor and no one was ready to leave until after 1:00 a.m.!

Back to where it all began… Florence 2012…

Well, technically Jillian & Jon first met at a bar in Berlin. Jon used his best fake Boston accent to order his friend a “beeeah” (translation: beer). Jillian overheard, asked if he was from Boston, and then asked HIM out on a date a few weeks later when they were back in Florence where they were both studying for the semester. They quickly bonded over their love for travel, being with family and a few mutual friends that were eagerly watching their relationship evolve over social media.

 

Six years later, Jon proposed on a restaurant balcony in Boston’s North End – with family watching from below on Hanover Street. In true Jon & Jillian fashion, they had their suitcases packed a few weeks later and returned to Florence to search for wedding venues. They couldn’t be more excited about this fairytale adventure in a city that means so much to them as a couple. Their families’ Italian heritage makes it even more special.

 

What was the inspiration behind your day?

Glamorous and typically Tuscan with wooden tables and dinner reception under olive trees.

 

Let’s talk wedding decor. How did you decorate your space for the ceremony and the reception?

The cocktail tables and the welcome table were decorated with small vases and florals.We had a hand-painted seating chart and a box full of pashmina shawls for our guests to keep them warm during the night.The wooden reception tables were decorated with lavish garlands and a multitude of candles. Golden cutlery and gold-rimmed chargers glimmered throughout the space.

What were the florals like in your wedding? Did you use flowers in any of your design elements like the bridal bouquets, centerpieces or ceremony backdrop? Did they play an important part in the overall style of your wedding?

The bridal bouquet was a beautiful combination of warm tones and fresh greenery. Gorgeous Tuscan vases filled with roses, proteas, carnations, greenery, and pampas grass accentuated the ceremony. The aisle was covered with rose petals.

 

Did you personalize the day in any way? What were some of your favorite parts of your wedding?

Expresso Martini was our signature drink.Miniature bottles of the extra virgin olive oil made from olives grown at the villa itself were the perfect finishing touch. Typical Italian wedding cake and sparkles.Traditional Italian live music during the cocktail hour.

 

What was the most anticipated or special moment of your wedding day?

The First Look

 

Do you have any wedding planning or marriage advice that you’d like to share with other couples planning their day?

Hire a wedding planner! During our 18-month planning process, Luba from Primavera Dreams became more than a wedding planner to us. We now consider her to be a dear friend. Luba ended up helping us plan a multi-day wedding weekend that included a pizza party for just family on Thursday, a welcome dinner, and a wine tour for all wedding guests on Friday, followed by the wedding celebration on Saturday. We are so grateful for the amount of quality time that we got to spend with all of our guests over the course of these three days.