Lina and Daniele didnâ€™t consider their marriage in Tuscany to be a destination wedding because for the bride and groom it was only a train ride from home. Both Milan natives, Lina and Daniele met sixteen years prior on a Grecian cruise while she was vacationing with her family and he was working as the on board photographer. Lina recalls that it â€śwas love at first sight.â€ť A decade later, the couple tied the knot in a beautiful countryside celebration on the coast of Tuscany. Lina and Daniele opted for a small ceremony that suited their laid-back lifestyle. The result was an intimate and tasteful big day within the storybook landscape that emphasized the setting, local produce, and above all, the coupleâ€™s happiness.
The couple wed at L'Andana Tenuta, a boutique luxury resort in the heart of the Maremma, run by the Michelin-starred chef Alain Ducasse. The 16th century estate was historically the Medici summer villa and retains its refined elegance via centuries-old olive groves, vineyards, rolling hills, rows of cypresses, and views of the Tyrrhenian coast. On the morning of their wedding, the bride and groom took an intimate walk in the estate's golf course to watch the sunrise.
Lina applied her creativity to the design and creation of the invitation suites. After buying Amalfi paper from Naples, she evoked a vintage style by incorporating deckled edges and a script font. â€śThe idea was to have it look like an old letter,â€ť she explained. Included was a postcard view of the Tuscan countryside, giving guests a preview of the venue. The envelope was sealed with traditional red wax.
As a fashion designer, it was only natural for Lina to design and create her own gown and veil. The bride opted for a timeless and feminine style that was a perfect complement to a traditional Tuscan wedding. The process of designing her own gown was so enjoyable for Lina that she has since launched a wedding collection under her label, Lina Wu. Daniele wore Italian designers too: a Giorgio Armani suit and Gucci shoes.
What would an Italian celebration be without traditional food and wine? At cocktail hour, local delicacies including tomato crostini, salami, ham, olives, and cheeses were accompanied by regional wines. At the reception, the first course was pasta with squid, zucchini, and basil, followed by a second course of roast beef and caramelized tomatoes.
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