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Divya & Vignesh – South Indian Destination Wedding | Villa di Artimino, Tuscany, Italy

One of the last Big Indian weddings before Italy’s lockdown

Divya and Vignesh’s winter wedding took place in simpler days, before the outbreak of COVID-19. Italy has been hit particularly hard by the crisis, and I know that for many people, this has meant extended separation from loved ones, the need for isolation, and delayed wedding plans. Whether you’re living in Italy or planning on having your wedding there when it’s safe to do so, I hope that the pictures of this beautiful couple’s idyllic ceremony can shine a beam of light in these dark times.

Let these images and the story of Divya and Vignesh’s wedding transport you to Italy’s verdant hillsides. Let them serve as a reminder that, someday soon, we can turn our faces to the beautiful Tuscan sun once again.  

The ceremony

This destination wedding in Italy was planned for the UK-based couple by luxury wedding planners ‘Matthew Oliver Weddings’, and captured the beauty and essence of Italy. The South Indian wedding ceremony took place on a crisp winter’s morning deep in the Tuscan hills. It had been raining for a couple of days before the wedding, but as if by magic, the skies cleared and so the morning of the ceremony was bathed in dazzling sunshine.

The biggest day of this couple’s life started with the energy-filled Baraat procession through the streets in the bright morning. The mood was electric, complete with lively Dhol players and plenty of dancing and laughing. The groom arrived in a classic red Italian car (talk about making an entrance!). So that everyone could enjoy the glorious Italian weather, the ceremony was held outside on the lawn of the breath-taking Tenuta di Artimino Villa.

One of the best things about being a destination wedding photographer is getting to shoot weddings in stunning locations. As you can see from the photos, it really was the most idyllic setting for a Destination Asian Wedding.

There was something so magical about Divya getting ready inside the villa while overlooking the lush Tuscan hillsides with their veil of mist, the traditional terracotta rooves of the little houses in the distance, and on the lawn, the decadent set-up for her wedding to Vignesh.

The wedding Mandap was truly beautiful; woven with vibrant, multi-colored roses and fresh pampas grass. The couple chose to have a traditional South Indian/ Tamil wedding ceremony, and as every guest in attendance held their breath, the bride walked down the grand staircase of the villa. She entered wearing a saree of bold hibiscus pink and emerald green, and for the main part of the ceremony, she was given a striking yellow wedding saree to wear by the groom.

It was plain for everyone to see the immense love between the bride and groom: each look they exchanged brimmed with joy, excitement – and humor! For example, everyone laughed when Divya jokingly tried to evade receiving her garland from the groom by leaning far back in her chair. And then, of course, there was the game of ‘Find the Ring First’. Both Divya and Vignesh searched a bowl filled with coloured milk and petals for their wedding bands. Things got pretty heated – tradition dictates that whoever finds the ring first calls the shots in the relationship!

As the couple walked back towards the villa –filled with excitement about their reception to come – the guests showered them with rose petals. Everyone laughing and smiling together against the backdrop of pure blue sky is the image of hope I think we all need right now.

Click here to see how Divya & Vignesh celebrated their destination wedding with an epic wedding reception in Tuscany.

Wedding Planners: Matthew Oliver Weddings | Venue: Tenuta di Artimino |
Florist: Tuscany Flowers | Videography: HD Moments | DJ: DJ Kabir (Kudos Music) | Stationery: Emily & Jo | Hair & Make-Up: Alka Ballagan | Cake: Sugarcups Cake Design

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