Going to San Gimignano is like taking a time machine back to the 13th century, when the noble families of this Tuscan town, perched atop a hill near Siena, were so rich that they built more than 70 towers to show their power and prestige. The surviving 13 towers form a characteristic skyline – like medieval skyscrapers made of bricks and stone – and are part of the UNESCO World Heritage.
Rachel and Neil got married in San Gimignano in the summer season, surrounded by their family and friends. They booked a local hotel which is available for exclusive rental, for an intimate celebration.
The bridal bouquet was made solely of pale pink peonies, while the bridesmaids’ bouquets combined pale pink Sweet Avalanche roses and white hydrangeas.
The civil ceremony took place in the Loggia of the medieval municipal palace, the Palazzo Comunale. The walls of the courtyard are decorated with the coats of arms of those who have held public office in the municipality, forming an extraordinary background for an elegant civil wedding: this is really one of the most beautiful venues for an outdoor civil ceremony in Tuscany.
The ancient square called Piazza del Duomo has been for centuries the beating heart of the town. It is surrounded by the palaces of the noble families of San Gimignano, by the old and new municipal palaces with their stone towers and by the wide staircase leading to the romanesque church called La Collegiata, with its elegant façade dating back to the 13th century.
Near Piazza Duomo is another magnificent square called Piazza della Cisterna, which is also surrounded by elegant palaces and towers.
Rachel and Neil left the town on a vintage Beetle cabriolet for a fabulous ride on the Tuscan hills surrounding San Gimignano. Even at a distance it is impossible not to notice the typical skyline with the old towers.
The cocktail was held outdoors in the hotel’s garden, with an informal buffet served by the pool.
The patio was decorated with simple and elegant glass lanterns, each holding a small tealight.
After a romantic dance by the moonlight, the party had an astonishing grand finale with a spectacular fireworks show.
Don’t miss the complete photo gallery with details and emotions beautifully captured by photographer Angelo Governi.
If you are interested in a destination wedding in Tuscany, I recommend San Gimignano as one of the most stunning locations for civil, catholic or symbolic ceremonies. You can find more information about it on our website in the section San Gimignano.
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Image Credits: Carlo Carletti ©.