The brief

When we met Elena, who is from Moscow, and J.V., who is a Parisian living in Geneva, we immediately knew we would be handling a very international crowd. Guests were invited from all corners of the world. The couple were set on Tuscany as their favorite destination, and when we met them they had already done a lot of research to find the right wedding venue for them.

They were expecting over 400 guests, wanted to find a large villa for the reception, and were looking to have a Russian Orthodox religious ceremony. Florence happens to have a stunningly beautiful Church of the Nativity and St. Nicholas and once they finalized the paperwork and received the authorization for the wedding locally, we looked into finding the villa for their reception.

Around Florence there are many stately Renaissance villas that can accommodate as many as 400 guests, but very few of them had enough space indoors. For Elena and J.V. this was a requirement that needed to be met. The chosen villa was set on the hills of the immediate Florentine countryside, a large Renaissance manor that is one of the last private Medici
residences and belongs to one of the oldest noble families in Florence, the Corsinis.

Jean Vincent was particularly impressed by the ornate architecture of the interiors and by its marvelous frescoes that tell the story of the villa which was built by Lorenzo dei Medici as an event venue for formal balls and parties of the Florentine nobility… And their wedding turned out to be just what the venue was built for: a Renaissance ball.

When guests arrived at the villa for a cocktail at sunset they were impressed by the beauty of the views from its flower-filled gardens and mesmerized by the intricate stuccoes and frescoes of the banquet hall. For the table we had envisioned a Renaissance-inspired decoration with a garland of greenery and flowers with tall silver candelabras that complemented the colors of the room.

The festive atmosphere reached its peak for the cutting of the cake followed by fireworks that rose from above the Italian-formal garden and set up the beginning of the dance party which continued until early morning…




Renaissance rebirth



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