The Tuscany wedding of Mimi and Decker at San Galgano Abbey is an event that we won’t forget for years to come. There is no place like Tuscany to step back into the past, and San Galgano is one of its most special places.
This fantastic abbey was built in the 13th century in Gothic style by the then powerful Cistercian monks, who were allied with the Republic of Siena. During the wars among the various factions of Tuscany, the abbey started to lose its prestige and a slow decline began. In the 18th century the bell tower was struck by a lightning and crumbled to the ground, destroying also the roof of the church. Finally the local authorities understood the artistic value of this cultural heritage and in the 20th century the ancient building underwent major restoration works, allowing many visitors to discover its timeless enchantment.
In this magical place we organized the civil ceremony for Mimi and Decker, in fact the local municipality allows weddings with legal validity to take place here. The bride, her father and mother arrived at the church on a vintage Rolls Royce. The groom was waiting for Mimi at the end of the roofless nave, under the bluest sky, the string trio was playing classical melodies that filled the air with music… unforgettable moments that will be remembered for a lifetime!
After the wedding ceremony the couple had their first moments as husband and wife captured during a romantic photo session in the Tuscan countryside.
In the meantime the guests moved to Borgo Santo Pietro, a five-star boutique hotel located nearby, where the couple reached them soon after. The cocktail was served in the Rose Garden, followed by the sit down dinner on the Terrazza Toscana.
The floral decorations by the talented florists of La Rosa Canina, in a refined palette of cream white, pale pink, deep green and purple, combined with the soft light of candles and created a refined, yet relaxed atmosphere.
Canapes served by waiters circulating among guests:
- Jerusalem artichokes and spelt
- Broiled fermented tomato
- Crispy black cabbage and anchovies’ mayonnaise
- Tuscan extra virgin olive oil crackers
- Cream of sheep milk and cypress powder
Wedding Dinner Menu
- Roasted roman salad from the Borgo’s garden with peanuts
- Poached egg, beans and vine leaves
- Amberjack marinated in red beetroots, green apple and almonds
- Tomato risotto with ricotta cheese and sunflower seeds coffee
- Home made corn flour Agnolotti, stuffed with rabbit “cacciatora” condiment
- Roasted Lamb, zucchini and zucchini flowers
- Chocolate, amaranth and saffron from Palazzetto
- Wedding cake with one vanilla layer and one chocolate
For this couple we organized a full weekend with pizza party and champagne by the pool on Thursday, a “Welcome to Florence” dinner on Friday, and a Chianti tour with wine tasting at a local winery, followed by a pizza making class and an Italian style rehearsal dinner on Saturday. Sunday was the wedding day, ending with the cutting of the cake under a sky full of stars!
The magic of this wedding at San Galgano Abbey has been wonderfully captured by award winning photographer Cristiano Ostinelli. Enjoy this stunning photo gallery!
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Image Credits: Cristiano Ostinelli ©.