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Nicole and Jacob
Since high school, Nicole knew precisely where she wanted to get married: her dad's 1700s Tuscan farmhouse, the place she's vacationed every summer for the last 11 years. So shortly after Jacob popped the question, they settled on a date nine months away, in early summer, in Italy.
Nicole, Jacob, and her family took a prewedding trip to meet with vendors and begin charting out the details. Back in L.A., the pair continued to plan a low-key, fuss-free event full of fun festivities: wine tastings, pool parties, and a barbecue featuring 200 meatballs handmade by the bride's grandma.
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A Special Touch
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Guests stayed in seven nearby farmhouses, and Nicole and Jacob supplied each with a wine crate of swag, including a guide to the area created by the couple, Chianti, sunblock, bug spray, biscotti, and -- in anticipation of the partying to come -- Advil.
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A Pre-Ceremony Ritual
The couple's officiant (left) and another good friend (the flower girl's mom, right) both looked lovely in girl. by Band of Outsiders. On the morning of the wedding, the bride's girlfriends sat with her in a circle, burned sage, and talked over the importance of the day. "We were holding hands and crying," says Nicole. "It was very girly, but it grounded me."
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The Flower Girl
Too little to uphold her duties alone, the bride's goddaughter needed a hand from Mom to tote her basket of rose petals.
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Burlap-draped hay bales served as benches and lined the aisle Nicole walked down with her father by her side.
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A Sweet Candid
After the ceremony, the photographer focused on capturing spontaneous, candid photos since the bride had arranged to have the formal wedding-party portraits taken beforehand.
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A Prosecco tower helped put everyone in an effervescent mood. Also on offer: locally sourced meats, cheeses, and passed hors d'oeuvres.
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Before dinner, guests kicked back and took in the view from a perch overlooking wine country, using barrels for side tables.
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Grandmother of the Bride
Nicole shared a sweet moment with her grandma, who, later that night, was the first one to hit the dance floor -- and the last to leave it.
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Happy Wedding Guests
Like one big reunion, the wedding brought together friends and family based in far-flung locales, from Minnesota to South Africa.
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Event Planning and Design: Annie J. Adair and Francesco Gronchi of Tuscan Tour
Catering and Cake: Galateo
Flowers: Tuscany Flowers
Photography: Lauren Ross
Bride's Gown: Valentino Resort
Stationery: Rifle Paper Co.
Calligraphy: Betsy Dunlap
String Quartet: Alma Project
DJ: Garrett Colton
Groom's Suit: Band of Outsiders
Hair: Tommaso Marroncini at Mario di Via Della Vigna Nuova
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