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.