Italy Weddings / Crystal & Adam at Relais La Costa, Monteriggioni

Sometimes, you arrive at a place that is so stunning that you can't find the words to describe it. The first time I saw Relais La Costa.... I was speechless. A beautiful old villa located in the hills of Monteriggioni, this wonderful boutique hotel and wedding venue was just the perfect spot to celebrate Crystal & Adam's intimate Tuscany wedding. However, one of the most wonderful parts was the tiny chapel with beautifully preserved frescoes from the 1300s, where the Catholic ceremony was held.  Add to that wonderful musicians and rendition of Ave Maria that did not leave one dry eye in the house.... and I can guarantee it was something out of this world!

With stunning views and wonderful architecture (and art), truth is, the church and venue needed very little extra to make it magical, and we were able to supplement the beauty in just the right places. Crystal and Adam chose a more traditional palette of whites and soft pink and coral hues, and  Sofia at Il Profumo dei Fiori created, as always, wonderful designs. The bride arrived at the ceremony in a champagne colored vintage Bentley, and after the ceremony, the newlyweds went out for a short drive in the Tuscan countryside.

Back at La Costa, guests enjoyed a spectacular aperitivo, with wonderful food and drink, while they enjoyed the view. When Adam & Crystal returned, they surprised the guests with bagpiper (to honor the groom's grandfather's memory), something that turned out to be one of the highlights of the afternoon! 

After dinner (yet another example of wonderful Tuscan cooking), guests enjoyed a dessert table and lots of dancing (into the wee hours of the morning)!  It was truly a fun weekend for all that attended, with additional activities planned to keep guests entertained (dinner in the fortified town of Monteriggioni, wine tasting at a local Cantina producing excellent wine....)!

{photography} Facibeni Fotografia {floral} Il Profumo dei Fiori {reception venue} Relais La Costa Dimora Storica {ceremony venue} Pieve di San Lorenzo at Colle Ciupi {music} BKatch Music & Events {hair and makeup} Adrienne Aeroboe {vintage car rental} Drive In Style {planning and design} Four Nineteen Weddings