This Couple's Destination Wedding in Tuscany Drew Friends and Family from All Over the World
Jennifer and Tobias both went to Harvard Business School, but were in different graduating classes, so their paths didn't cross. "Coincidentally, both of us moved to London after school, and serendipitously, a mutual friend from Harvard threw a birthday party which we both attended," says Jennifer. "We quickly started dating [after we met]."
The pair lives in Munich, Germany, and opted to bring their family and friends from all over the world together in Tuscany for their wedding; they vacationed there shortly after their engagement. "Our theme was elegance with authenticity," says Jennifer. "We wanted a wedding that was beautiful, but down to earth, formal while feeling like an intimate affair." The duo wed in front of 105 guests at the La Foce Estate in Val d'Orcia, Tuscany. "We chose La Foce not only because of its beauty and elegance, but because of the parallels we felt to our own relationship," explains Jennifer. "The couple who built La Foce, Antonio and Iris Origo, were from three cultures. Antonio was Italian and Iris was Irish-American, and they chose to live in Italy. Tobias is German and I am Irish-Filipino, and we choose to live in Germany. La Foce is a manifestation of a couple melding several cultures into one and creating something beautiful."
The ceremony took place in the garden, followed by an aperitif in the upper garden right after the service. The reception was held on the outdoor terrace of Villa La Foce. Michelin-star chef Katia Maccari of I Salotti del Patriarca headed the kitchen; the main menu was paired with wines specially selected based on vineyards Tobias and Jennifer visited during their Tuscan holiday. The festivities (and the good food) didn't stop there—the after-party unfolded at the property's pool house, with late-night snacks and guests jumping into the water. "We wanted our family and friends to be their full, beautiful selves inside and out," says Tobias of the festive celebration, every detail of which was a manifestation of the couple's personalities.
Formal Bridal Party Portraits
Instead of dressing her bridesmaids' in matching robes on the morning of the wedding, Jennifer opted for upscale portraits with her best friends—the women donned sleek white pantsuits, instead. "I wanted to capture the essence of my female friends authentically," she says. "I cherish that moment and those photos forever."
A Beautiful Bridal Bouquet
Chiara Sperti arranged pure white blooms, accented with peach roses, into the bride's lush bouquet.
A Stunning Wedding Ensemble
Jennifer was window shopping for inspiration at Oscar de la Renta when the manager suddenly approached her and invited her to try on a few wedding dresses—without an appointment. "I had no intention of trying anything on since we didn't have a location or date set, but I couldn't miss the opportunity," she explains. And as soon as she tried on this classic-meets-modern silk number, she knew it was the one: "Its clean lines were so elegant and I loved the modest neckline," she recalls. "It reminded me of Audrey Hepburn's white dress in Sabrina, which I admired as a young girl."
In lieu of a veil, Jennifer commissioned a wedding cape from designer Teena Sabrina Tan. "We collaborated on a cape that depicted the power I felt as a woman, already imperfectly complete and independent," Jennifer says of the garment's balloon sleeves, made of tulle and 3D lace appliqués. The accessory was hand-embroidered in the Philippines. "My mother and sister had to hand-carry the cape all the way to Italy. The final result was magnificent."
Elegant Bridal Shoes
The bride's nude patent leather pumps by Sophia Webster fit her gown's classic vibe.
Custom Wedding Footwear
Custom-made in Spain, Tobias' shoes were the perfect combination of midnight-blue suede and black patent leather.
Midnight Blue Tuxedos
Tobias wore a custom Tom Ford tuxedo in midnight blue with black lapel and cuffs (his shoes played off the suit's tonal colorways!), while his attendants donned pure navy tuxes.
A Powerful Bridal Party
Jennifer chose white separates by Teena Sabrina Tan for her bridesmaids. "They looked clean and elegant," she says. "White also depicts female power and that is [the definition of] my bride squad—they are all successful female bosses and role models in their own right. I'm lucky to have them in my life."
A Fabulous Floral Display
Chiara Sperti dressed up a sculpture on the grounds with white-and-peach flowers; this served as the focal point during the ceremony.
A Dramatic Entrance
Jennifer made a dramatic ceremony debut: She walked down the long stretch of grassy aisle, surrounded by a labyrinth of manicured hedges, solo, to a strings version of Alicia Keyes' "This Girl Is on Fire."
An Emotional Ceremony
Though two important family members were unable to attend, they were beautifully involved in the ceremony. "Our fathers could not make it to our wedding because of health reasons," Tobias explains. "Since Jennifer's dad is a former minister, he wrote the entire ceremony and we picked readings that were meaningful to both sets of parents. It felt like they were there. Every word meant something to us."
A Joyful Recessional
Guests showered the happy couple with rose petals as they recessed up the aisle to Coldplay's "Viva la Vida," also played on the strings.
Sophisticated Reception Seating
Just like that, it was time to party. The reception space, held on an outdoor terrace, was filled with white-on-white tables surrounded by chiavari chairs; snowy floral arrangements, accented with peach and orange blooms, topped each station.
A Stylish Head Table
A long, rectangular table hosted the bridal party; a striking floral installation of peachy blossoms accentuated with greenery marked its VIP status.
Silver candlesticks surrounded by glass hurricanes held white tapers, which cast a romantic glow later on in the evening.
Sweet Floral Arrangements
Tabletop floral arrangements comprised of orange-and-white sweet pea stems and roses. "The delicate flowers' summer colors and the silver table décor matched the gardens and the villa's colors perfectly," says Jennifer of the celebration's cohesive aesthetic.
Strings of twinkly lights, draped from trees overhead, were lit as late afternoon gave way to evening.
Guests raised their glasses—filled with thoughtfully selected wines—to the wedding couple all night long.
A Special First Dance
The pair started their first dance to the song "True Colors" by Phil Collins—then switched to "Levels" by Swedish electronic musician Avicii, played live by an electric violist and DJ. The first song's lyrics spoke to the duo ("We see each other's true colors and that's why we love each other," explains Tobias), but they wanted to end on a celebratory note: "We wanted to get the party started and wanted to surprise the guests with Avicii—everyone loved it and the party continued until past 4 a.m.!"
Venue, La Foce
Event planning, Claudia Cesarino for Time Around Tuscany
Flowers, Chiara Sperti
Stationery, Carmela Garcia
Music and Lighting, Wedding Music & Lights
Bride's gown, Oscar de la Renta
Hair, Joana Ronquillo
Makeup, Mel Montajes
Bridesmaids' dresses, Teena Sabrina Tan
Groom's tuxedo, Tom Ford