vineyard at Agriturismo La Lucciolaia
sign post for Agriturismo La Lucciolaia
skyline of San Gimignano Tuscany

Destination Wedding in Tuscany

Approaching San Gimignano, the first thing you notice is the striking medieval towers that stand tall against the skyline. This hilltop village in Tuscany is famous for the number of medieval towers that remain standing within it's ancient walls. It is also a wonderful place to stroll along the old cobbled streets and feel transported back in time. Kristen and Ryan chose to hold their wedding celebration in this region and I couldn't have been happier to be their wedding photographer for the day.

outdoor wedding set up at La Lucciolaia San Gimignano Tuscany Italy

An Outdoor Wedding with Vineyard Views

Just on the outskirts of San Gimignano, Agriturismo La Lucciolaia is a perfect location for intimate wedding celebrations. Surrounded by vineyards and with the most spectacular view of the towers as the sun sets, an outdoor ceremony is a must to fully emerge yourself in the view and the romance of the place.

silver sandal wedding shoes in front pink flowers
close up of silver wedding jewellery
a wedding dress hangs from a Cyprus tree with the tuscan countryside in the background
flowers arranged on barrels for an outdoor wedding ceremony
his and her vow booklets
autumnal flower arrangement for an outdoor wedding in Tuscany
a bride have her make-up done for her wedding celebration in Italy
close up of a wedding dress hung on a Cyrus tree with the Tuscany countryside in the background
autumnal wedding flowers tied on a chair
a bridesmaid has her makeup put on
sparkling wine being poured into a glass
a bride looks in a handheld mirror while her hair is being sprayed with hair spray

As the ceremony was in the afternoon, the morning was spent getting ready but in a very relaxed and non-rushed way. Hair and make-up was expertly applied by Valeriya Beauty while the groom got ready in another room and guests enjoyed the sunshine and surroundings of the venue.

black and white wedding photography of a bride looking in a handheld mirror
black and white photo of a groom adjusting his tie
a groom adjusts his tie before his wedding celebration in Tuscany
groom walks down steps at Agriturismo La Lucciolaia
wedding guests laughing with the groom
autumn colour wedding flowers on a barrel in Tuscany
an outdoor wedding set out at La Lucciolaia San Gimignano Tuscany Italy
corset strings being tied on a wedding dress
mother of the bride helps the bride get ready for her wedding
bride puts on her earrings
flower petals along the aisle at an outdoor wedding at La Lucciolaia in Tuscany
the groom waits for the bride at an outdoor wedding ceremony
flower petals along the aisle

A Symbolic Ceremony in Tuscany

Kristen and Ryan had already been legally married back in America, actually on the original date planned for their destination wedding, but as we all know, the world had other plans in 2020! The date they finally made it over, and I got to photograph their wedding, was the fourth one set after 18 months of waiting! So they opted for a symbolic ceremony lead by a friend. This made the ceremony not only very personal to them, but also laid back with no stress or worry on the day itself.

With the sun bright and high on this October day, the wedding ceremony was held outside overlooking the vineyards surrounding the venue and with the towers of San Gimignano standing tall in the distance. The aisle was sprinkled with rose petals and the flowers by L'Oasi Floral Designer had the perfect hues for an autumnal wedding in the sunshine.

bride walks down the aisle at Agriturismo La Lucciolaia
groom in sunglasses looks at bride during outdoor wedding ceremony at the vineyard of Agriturismo La Lucciolaia
outdoor wedding with vineyards in the background at La Lucciolaia San Gimignano Tuscany Italy
the towers of San Gimignano can be seen in the distance during an outdoor wedding celebration
bride and groom during their wedding at Agriturismo La Lucciolaia
a small guest looks back as the ceremony takes place outdoors
first kiss at outdoor wedding celebration near San Gimignano Italy
bride and groom lift their hands in triumph having just got married in Tuscany
groom in sunglasses and happy bride having just gotten married in Tuscany
bride and groom kiss after walking down the aisle outside with their guests and the Tuscan countryside in the background
portrait of a bride in the Tuscan countryside
bridal portrait outside in the Tuscan countryside

After the wedding ceremony, everyone heading to the terrace for cocktails provided by Miss 500 in the cutest little blue fiat 500. Guests chatted, music was enjoyed with a spritz in hand, and the venue's cute dog even made a guest appearance.

bride and groom walk towards a blue fiat 500 serving cocktails
the bride takes a glass of Prosecco from Miss 500 exclusive party
diy sign with dogs at wedding
the groom wears colourful socks
the smallest wedding guest
party crasher dog at wedding in Tuscany
dog at wedding in Tuscany
fun group shot at Agriturismo La Lucciolaia wedding
wedding couple walk together in the Tuscan Countryside near San Gimignano

Couple Photos in the Vineyard at Sunset

I had visited La Lucciolaia the day before around sunset to make sure I knew the perfect time for when the sun dipped below the hilltop village of San Gimignano. So, as the golden hour approached, I went with the couple for a stroll around the vineyards to capture the two of them together in this most romantic setting.

bridal portrait in a vineyard
wedding couple portrait in a vineyard in Tuscany Italy
close up of the wedding bouquet
close up of the groom boutonniere
bride smiling in a vineyard in Tuscany
close up of bride smiling and her earrings
groom portrait in a vineyard
bride and groom kiss in a vineyard with San Gimignano in the backdrop
bride and groom walk through a vineyard at sunset
bride and groom in a vineyard in Tuscany Italy
bride and groom dance as the sun sets in Tuscany

Dancing together as the sun sets on another beautiful day in Tuscany.

wedding couple walk through a vineyard at sunset
bride and groom kiss as the sun sets with ancient towers in the background

An intimate setting and good food for all

After sunset, everyone headed inside for a most delicious meal and heartfelt speeches held in the warm glow candle light. Wine from the venue's own vineyard was also enjoyed, as was a traditional Italian wedding cake, the millefoglie.

luggage tag favours at a destination wedding in Italy
candles and olive branch table centre piece
candles and olive branches on a table
wedding guests sitting down to dinner
a bottle of red wine and a bottle of white wine from Agriturismo La Lucciolaia
wine being poured into a glass at a wedding
speeches at a wedding
glasses cheers at a wedding
speeches at Agriturismo La Lucciolaia
a wedding guest laughing at dinner
mother of the bride gives a speech
an emotional speech by the mother of the bride
bride hugs her mother
a dog watches outside a wedding dinner at Agriturismo La Lucciolaia in Tuscany
a dog looks in a window at the wedding party at Agriturismo La Lucciolaia San Gimignano Italy
cute wedding cake topper
bride and groom cut the cake
first dance outside

And then of course, with contented bellies and full happy hearts, it was on to the dancing. And the partying continued on into the night...

bride and groom dance together
bride and mother of the bride dance together
wedding guest dancing
bride and groom dance amongst their wedding guests