Stine and Truls

A trip to Tuscany for a wedding sounds incredibly beautiful and today Stine and Truls took two Australian vendors with them to celebrate their union. From the deep red grapes hanging against the walls, to the amazing views over the Italian landscape, it’s a wedding filled with history and beautiful moments.

The couple met on a night out. “We met in the summer 2006, Stine and some friends including Stig (Truls’ younger brother) were out for dinner. Truls was invited to join the party and it was a long and happy night.”

Sara Levi, a Rome based wedding planner organised the day, coordinating Australian vendors Katja Anton of AKA Weddings and Wildbunch Weddings to photograph and film the wedding day – capturing the magic of Tuscany.

The bride chose a beautiful place to get ready for her wedding day. She recalls “I got ready at Vignamaggio a historical villa where Da Vinci’s “Mona Lisa’ was born and was also the location for the famous movie “Much ado About Nothing”. Set above the Vineyards of Chianti there is no shortage of breathtaking scenery and we were thankfully exposed to the light Summer breezes… August can get a little toasty otherwise!” She wore the Eddy K. “La belle mariée talia” gown and changed into a shorter gown for the reception.

The bride’s good friend Jannicke Bakken styled the hair and makeup.

The bridesmaids wore their own gowns.

Stine and Truls were married in the courtyard of La Canonica’ a 11th century monastery in Tuscany, Italy 40mins from Florence. Bachini & Bellini, Florence created beautiful floral arrangements including heart shaped floral wreaths, the bride’s bouquet and the table arrangements.

The groom wore a suit from House Of Singles.

The music was carefully considered. “As the bride approached the altar: Canon in D major by Johann Pachelbel; after signing the book, “Oh my beloved father” by Puccini, and “Purpose” by Rikard Nordraak at the end (Nordraak also wrote the music for the Norwegian national anthem). “We also rang the church bells. The music was played by a local Florentine classical string quartet with a soprano singer.”

Stine & Truls’ 3 year old son, Sigur, was the ring bearer and carried the rings down the aisle on a chain round his neck.

The couple were married by Pastore Antonio Adamo and the ceremony was interpreted by Translator Camilla Egge Moeller) who translated all of the ceremony all in Norwegian. Camilla also arranged the minister, all the legal paperwork and set up meetings with local authorities to sign the legal papers.

The location made the wedding incredibly special for Stine and Truls. Stine says “Having the wedding in a different country and culture, Italy and Tuscany was the perfect spot. All guests travelled there only for the wedding and this makes a wonderful atmosphere for all. Perfect weather, quite cool in a very unusually hot season. Ceremony outside the old monastery church was like getting married in a museum. The venue was perfect as we could arrange everything there and there was no travelling or waiting for the guests.”

Of their photographer, Stine says “Professional and non invasive throughout the day. We had a good dialog prior to the wedding where we could have our own ideas and wishes. She mixed our wishes with her own ideas and we were very happy how the pictures and videos turned out. We can absolutely recommend Katja Anton to others.

Following the ceremony and photographs, guests enjoyed peach Bellinis and Italian antipasti in the courtyard.

Guests adjourned to a sit down meal in marquee, Truls says “The food was a mouth-watering Italian feast starting with canapés (truffle salami and prosciutto…and typical Tuscan finger foods followed by sit down dinner (with dishes like homemade ravioli with aubergine and a mushroom and herb sauce, roasted meats) followed by a large desert table.” The meal was catered by Bachini & Bellini, Florence and www.Food Fairies.

In lieu of wedding cake, guests enjoyed scrumptious tiramisu  from Bachini & Bellini, Florence The first dance was memorable, Stine says “We danced to Dean Martin, ‘That’s Amore’. The dance was well rehearsed and we had two dance lessons prior to the wedding. The stone paved floor of the monastery atrium was far from even and the dance was far from perfect, but probably fun to watch !”

To top off today’s beautiful weddings, Wildbunch Weddings shot this film of the day!

Congratulations Stine and Truls! Thank you for sharing your wedding day with us! Thank you also to Katja Anton of AKA Weddings and Wildbunch Weddings for sharing today’s captures!