Cassie and Adam are from Buckley, North Wales; they met at their local Cricket club in 2013 and quickly began dating. In 2016 whilst on a skiing trip in Morzine, Adam proposed on the slopes.
Cassie dreamt of a magical wedding in Tuscany whilst she was in hospital and her dream came true when they found the perfect castle in Italy, Castello Di Bibbione. The couple booked Wes Simpson Weddings as their destination-wedding photographer via a recommendation after viewing Zara and Ryan’s Wedding in Sorrento and Jade and Mike’s Cyprus Wedding.
The couple wanted wedding photographs that would allow them to stay true to themselves and enjoy their day. I photographed them at their best, focusing on the moments that matter so that they have amazing pictures and a wedding they love.
Here is their story…
WEDDING AT CASTELLO DI BIBBIONE
Words by Cassie the bride:
The story of our magical wedding in Tuscany at Castello Di Bibbione started whilst I was in the hospital; after coming around from surgery I told my fiancé Adam that I had dreamt of marrying him in an Italian castle under the open air. I have no recollection of this as things were a bit of a blur.
A few days later Adam turned to me and said that we should marry in a castle in Italy, I said, “WOW, how magical and romantic would that be, what a wonderful idea.” to which he replied, “It was yours”. So an Italian wedding it was and we began to make the dream come true…
WEDDING VENUES IN TUSCANY
We decided on Tuscany so headed on over there to seek out our perfect wedding venue. We visited around 5 beautiful venues in total and we both knew when we had found THE ONE, Il Castello Di Bibbione.
The castle was located in the heart of Tuscany, Chianti region between Florence and Siena. The setting was magnificent and they had their very own vineyard and olive grove, which we thought was idyllic.
The castle offered a charming courtyard and an open-air gallery where we dined outside and enjoyed our wedding breakfast. The courtyard was hidden and kept a secret until our big day.
CASTELLO DI BIBBIONE – CASTLE WEDDING IN TUSCANY
Castello Di Bibbione is a 10th-century castle just 30-minute drive from Pisa airport. It’s a beautifully rustic wedding venue with an old farm stay about it complimented with incredible views overlooking the hills of Chianti, Tuscany.
Our guests were blown away by the choice of wedding venue; it was great to see their faces upon arrival. Beautiful cottages surround Castello Di Bibbione so it meant that all of our guests could stay with us for the wedding week.
We wanted to stretch out the celebrations as long as possible, making sure that our travelling family and friends would have the best experience of Tuscany. The night before our wedding we had a pre-wedding BBQ and finished the week off with a post-wedding photo shoot in Florence with Wes.
WHAT TO WEAR FOR A WEDDING IN TUSCANY
My wedding gown was ‘ODETTE’ by Maggie Sottero, which I felt was perfect for our destination wedding in Italy and I loved the lace detail on the train. I finished the look with a two-tier scatter crystal cathedral length veil and Jimmy Choo heels.
Getting ready on the wedding day morning, Adam and I were in separate parts of the castle. The bridesmaids, my mum & I were up in the tower and my mum gave me a facial to help keep me relaxed as we drank prosecco and opened presents. I was actually a lot calmer than I imagined!
Adam and I sent each other gifts the morning of the wedding, this made me very emotional and the bridesmaids for that matter, there were lots of happy tears.
OUTSIDE OLIVE GARDEN WEDDING IN TUSCANY
On arrival at Castello Di Bibbione, guests were greeted with an Italian speciality of sparkling wine, prosecco and mingled on the terrace above the beautiful infinity pool, which dropped into the Tuscany countryside.
My Dad walked me down the aisle and we said our vows in front of family and friends outside in the beautiful picturesque olive gardens situated within in the grounds of Castello DI Bibbione.
After the ceremony, we made our way up to the terrace, which offered amazing panoramic sunset views as far as the eyes could see over the Chianti hills of Tuscany.
TUSCANY WEDDING THEME
We tried to create a glamorous & classy theme with sparkling crystal glass wear and eye-catching tall crystal candelabras, dusky pink roses on all of the tables surrounded by tea lights.
For a personal touch, we had our initials projected onto the castle walls of Castello Di Bibbione and we planted a hidden golden envelope under our guest’s plates with the lyrics printed for a sing-along to “That’s Amore”. It was a great way to get the evening started after our delicious 5-course meal.
FUN WEDDING BREAKFAST IDEAS
A highlight of the day for us was the bridal party entrances during the wedding breakfast; we all entered the charming courtyard at Castello Di Bibbione in style with props dancing away to our chosen songs.
It started with both of our mothers walking in to the room to ‘Mamma Mia’ followed by our fathers to ‘Daddy cool’ the ushers to Run D.M.C and the bridesmaids entered to Spice Girls ‘Wannabe’ which was followed by the Best men dancing to ‘That’s the way’ with and Adam and myself entering last to George Ezra’s ‘Paradise’ it was so much fun, we loved it.
OPEN AIR WEDDING RECEPTION
We were all seated outside for our evening reception at Castello Di Bibbione in the courtyard of the castle, which offers an open gallery. The caterers began to serve the antipasto, whilst the DJ played ‘Be our guest’ from beauty & the beast, which was a nice little touch.
Our wedding cake was simply beautiful and theatrical. We went with a traditional Italian option where the chef came out and created the wedding cake in front of our guests. Using layered puff pastry, fresh cream with strawberries and flaked almonds.
We had an open bar serving dry ice his & her signature cocktails. Later in the evening, we had a surprise saxophonist, which was one of my favourite parts of the wedding as it filled the dance floor until 2 am. The caterers circled with a pizza as a midnight snack.
WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHY TUSCANY
The best photographs from our day are the un-posed shots; Wes somehow manages to get in between the main events and captures the ‘in-between moments’ that would be missed. These are the photographs that tell the unique story of the day.
Our favourite picture (if we had to only pick one) would be the shot of us walking back up the aisle in the olive gardens at Castello Di Bibbione with confetti falling on us. It’s so magical, It not only captures the pure happiness that we both felt in that moment but you can feel the happiness and joy from those close to us and from of our guests.
We loved working with Wes, so much so that we added a ‘post-wedding photo-shoot” to our collection, this took place in Florence on the Friday following the wedding, it was so much fun, and the perfect excuse to wear my Maggie Sottero dress again.
The photo-shoot was really relaxed, creative and incorporated some iconic Florence landmarks. The pictures are amazing so we got a second album! Both albums together look really special and are displayed in our home.
PLANNING A WEDDING IN TUSCANY
If I had any advice for future Bride and Grooms reading this, it would be to use a photographer that you can form a relationship with and not just who the venue/planner wants you to have. It’s worth paying extra for peace of mind and quality.
There were so many people that helped us to achieve our perfect Tuscany wedding day at Castello Di Bibbione. These include our wedding planners at Blanc wedding production, our photographer Wes Simpson Weddings, Videographers at Alter Verdure, and caterers from Galateo. It really was a dream come true .
Mr & Mrs Harper
DESTINATION WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHER TUSCANY
Wedding photos that allow you to be true to yourself and enjoy your day. I photograph you at your best, focusing on the moments that matter so that you have amazing pictures and a wedding you love.
If you’re getting married at Castello Di Bibbione and want me to be your Tuscany wedding photographer don’t hesitate to get in touch. If you’re planning a wedding in Italy or somewhere else in the world, my passport is ready!