Real Wedding: Sharlene & Craig’s Florence Fairytale

Sharlene and Craig’s wedding was simple and elegant with a beautiful view, they had envisioned something classic that wouldn’t date.

The Proposal

Craig and Sharlene first met studying together in 2004. At only 19 they fell completely in love. Their relationship progressed and after 8 years he proposed. They were on a holiday traveling through Europe, when one beautiful evening in Florence they ended up on the Santa Trinita bridge, to the left a view of the Ponte Vecchio and to the right the sun setting over the Arno river.

"I have always told Craig, sunset is my favourite part of the day as I love watching the colours of the sky change. It was then he dropped to one knee, told me he loved me and asked me if I want to return to Florence one day as husband and wife. With tears streaming down my face I said yes, never thinking almost exactly two years later we would return to our favourite city to become husband and wife." - Sharlene

The Wedding Gown

Sharlene wore a beautiful silk and lace gown by Steven Khalil and Sharlene said it was love at first sight!

The Theme

The couple wanted something simple and elegant with a beautiful view, something classic that wouldn’t date. From the immaculate gardens where they held the ceremony, to the reception on the terrace under the Tuscan sun, Sharlene and Craig watched the city light up as they ate under the stars.

The Styling

The decorations were simple white flowers with touches of gold to reflect the history of this beautiful city, without detracting from the view.

The Venue

The couple originally planned to get married in their home town Melbourne, Australia with a guest list of 120 people. With the venue booked, and plans unfolding, Sharlene's Grandmother sadly lost her battle to cancer 9 months prior to their wedding date. Although sad they continued with the preparations, never anticipating losing Sharlene's Grandfather 3 months later.

"With a giant void in my life, this great loss was enough for us to reassess what we truly believed our wedding should be. The decision was made to cut our losses and stay true to ourselves, to travel to a beautiful destination with our closest friends and family, and what place would be more meaningful than Florence."

They decided on Villa La Vedetta, and when they first saw the venue the couple knew they had made the right decision, the couple thought it was the most beautiful property they had ever laid eyes on and beautiful fit the theme and style of their dream day.

My favourite moment was when Craig and I were dancing as the sun was setting, and I remember saying to him after looking around "I cannot believe this is our wedding!" The scenery was so beautiful, and it was everything I ever dreamed of.

- Sharlene
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