Plan a wedding in the Tuscan countryside

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Remember a few weeks back, we posted a little teaser of that project Jillian was working on in Italy? We’re ready to share all the photos (shot by the very talented Ms. Mel Barlow and Mr. Allan Zepeda)

The estate is called Podere Ciona, located in the commune of Gaiole, in the heart of the Chianti Classico wine region (about an hour from Florence). It’s a beeeeeeautiful little spot and for anyone considering planning their wedding in Italy (can we come?), you should definitely check it out.

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The concept was a fall Tuscan dinner at sunset… a seasonal affair with inspiration from the natural beauty of the rolling hills and perfect autumn light. Plus the family that runs the estate is serious about artisanal products. They make their own wine and olive oil, and teach cooking classes in their farmhouse kitchen. You don’t need a whole lot in the way of decors with such a lovely setting.

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The family of course has plenty of supplies for setting up gorgeous tablescapes, since they’re pretty serious about the food and wine thing. As stylist, Jillian worked with mix and match white plates and crocheted linens. The local market was bursting with perfect little artichokes so they decided to use them for name holders. In lieu of blooms, they used cabbage and kale from the local market as well as lavender that grows all over the estate.

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Oh, hello there kitty. Nice kitty. You are such a cute prop. See? The estate comes with everything.

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Because it can get chilly at night in the fall, they put together a basket of cozy wraps.

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And Jillian filled little bottles of estate olive oil for favors, displayed in a spice rack backed with vintage wallpaper. Such a sweet (and delicious) little reminder of the guests’ time in Italia.

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Sold? We’re trying to plot a reason for the entire 100LC crew (you know, all three of us) to go to Italy next fall!

Awesome photos Mel and Alan. And absolutely beautiful styling Jillian!

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Katherine on Nov 12, 2009

Wraps and rustic bread sound like the perfect soiree with cheese and wine and an outdoor fire. This makes me want to plan a late fall gathering!

Mouse on Nov 12, 2009

YAAAAY! I have been waiting to see someone use decorative cabbage, which has to be the most under-appreciated awesome splash of color around, to zaz their wedding. Beautiful use of it here!

melissa on Nov 12, 2009

i love the bottles of olive oil.. and miss tuscany!

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I HOPE they had a fire and blankets, cause I live in Tuscany and it is cooolllld....

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What a beautiful shoot!

Meghan on Nov 12, 2009

Gooorgeous. I LOVE the use of greens – cabbage, kale, and artichokes – as an alternative to flowers. Bravo!

Lauren on Nov 12, 2009

love love love. how many people were at the wedding? i'd love to do this for mine someday.

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Sublime! How wonderful a Tuscan wedding would be! Looks warm and cozy!

tiffany. on Nov 12, 2009

oh my!!! i love the artichokes!!! xo.

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Lovely job Jillian! Oh, I love these stations. Unexpected, fresh, and cozy room-like feel! Beautiful scenery and photography.

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Simply stunning! wow....

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seriously gorgeous. can you just plan the exact same wedding for me next year?!?

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Beautiful post Ladies! Really missing the Tuscan countryside and Podere Ciona...can't wait to go back!

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lovely!!! I want to be there now. :)

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good collection thank you can you post some nice wedding cake photos also ?

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I love the pictures...they are just fab! Thanks for the suggestion on the venue as well, I will check it out.

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Btw...can I pass on a tip as well? Look at this gorgeous place if you are planning a wedding in Italy..eco-shabby chic! http://www.fattoriasanmartino.it/

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i'm sold!! love this whole photo shoot. so well done! thanks for sharing!

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Jillian & Mel - This is absolutely gorgeous. I want to rent this out for out 10 year anniversary. Ha - a girl can dream!

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I am in love with Tuscany and I love the quaint Italian wedding.

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The hills are so peaceful, a lovely backdrop for a family wedding. The bread, olive oil and a little rosemary...what more could you ask for? Beautifully done, Jillian.

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