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Italian Villa Wedding in Umbria - Madi & Brian

January 26, 2024 , Weddings

Bride and groom on wedding day in Italy

Even though it’s been a year and a half since Madi & Brian’s incredible Italian villa wedding, it’s never too late to share one of my favorite destination weddings! I’ve been in a bit of a backlog of work to share, but that’s what winter is for!

Madi reached out to me via a past client (thanks, Kelly!) after seeing another wedding I shot in Italy. When she told me about her plans for an intimate dinner party wedding in Umbria, I was immediately on board. Italy is where Madi and Brian fell in love during their time doing study abroad. It was the perfect place for them to make it official!

Down a dirt road in the middle of rural farm country, the land opens up into a small farm and property called Villa Bellissima. It’s just a few minutes into Umbria, right across from Tuscany and a famous region called the Val d’Orcia. Although Tuscany may be more well-known, Umbria is just as charming, nicknamed the “green heart of Italy.” The villa’s vineyards, views, and surrounding hillsides made this party feel so special.

With just 30-some loved ones in attendance, Brian and Madi threw a true alfresco dinner party. Attire was formal but the vibe was casual. After a first look under the wisteria bocce court, a ceremony overlooking the valley, and an emotional first dance during cocktail hour, dinner in the courtyard was the main event. Guests shared multiple pasta courses and regional cuisine from a local restaurant. Since the remote location meant that it would be impractical to get a tiered wedding cake down a bumpy road, they went with a French croquembouche instead. Thankfully, its solid caramel kept everything in place and was an unexpected showstopper. They still cut a small cake for luck, and gave me a slice. It was the best cake I’ve ever had!

While for me, it’s special just to be in Italy for work, this wedding was a breath of fresh air in so many ways. Madi & Brian truly embraced the uniqueness of their event and leaned into the non-traditional aspects they loved. I’ll never get over it and I’ll never be more thankful for my job than when I get to have days like this one.

From the beginning, here’s Madi & Brian’s Italian villa wedding in gorgeous Umbria.

Exterior of Italian villa wedding location
Villa garden patio

Greenhouse in Italy overlooking valley

Wisteria and fountain at Italian villa

Chef preparing for wedding in Italy

Chef preparing for wedding in Italy

Wisteria garden and bocce court

Interiors of Italian villa and wedding dress

Bridal wedding details

Groom's wedding vows and ring

Groom and groomsmen getting ready

Groom tying shoes before wedding

Groom getting ready

Bride preparing wedding dress

Bride getting into wedding dress

Bride at Italian villa wedding getting ready

Bride and flower girl before wedding

Bride walking through villa

Bride and groom in wisteria garden at Italian villa

Wedding couple emotional first look

Wedding couple emotional first look

Wedding couple emotional first look

Bride laughing during first look moment

Wedding day portraits at Italian villa

Bride and groom having moment in wisteria garden

Classic portrait of bride and groom

Wedding couple at Italian villa garden

Candid bride with guests

Wedding party

Bride and groom in front of Italian villa doors

Bride and groom in front of Italian villa doors

Italian villa wedding with couple walking

Bride and groom in front of Italian wedding villa in Umbria

Intimate garden wedding portraits

Bride and groom hand hold

Italian villa wedding ceremony setup

Guests walking to wedding in Italy

Groom waiting for bride

Bride walking down the aisle

Bride and dad hug during ceremony

Bride's long veil during ceremony

Bride and groom wide shot of Italian villa wedding ceremony

Groom listening to bride reading vows

Bride reading wedding vows

Guests watching wedding ceremony

Groom reading vows during ceremony

Parents watching wedding ceremony

Wedding ceremony with scenic view in Italy

Wedding ceremony with scenic view

Groom kissing bride's hand

First kiss during wedding ceremony

Celebrating couple after wedding ceremony

Bride laughing after ceremony

Chefs cheering for wedding couple

Groom hugging guest

Bride and groom facetime with grandma

Bride and groom walking in garden

Bride and groom sitting in wisteria garden

Bride and groom having champagne in wisteria garden

Guests walking to cocktail hour

Cocktail hour at Italian villa wedding

Italian wedding cocktail hour food and wine

Italian wedding cocktail hour food and wine

Bride and groom ordering cocktail at bar

Wedding guests shaking hands

Guests at Italian villa wedding playing bocce in garden

Bride hugging flower girl

Wedding guests on lounge furniture

Wedding first dance outdoors

Bride and groom hug during first dance

First dance at Italian villa wedding

Groom kissing bride on cheek during first dance

Wedding couple laughing and dancing

Wedding couple walking

Bride and groom walking and crying

Bride and groom laughing and walking

Bride and groom at Italian villa wedding vineyard

Bride and groom at Italian villa wedding vineyard

Bride and groom in front of Italian villa wedding

Mountain and forests in Umbria

Wedding reception table setup

Italian villa wedding reception tables

Italian villa wedding reception tables

Outdoor wedding dinner tables

Outdoor wedding in Italy tablescape

Umbria wedding table and plate details

Bride looking through Italian villa door

Wedding guests walking to dinner in front of villa

Wedding guests at tables through window

Wedding guests at tables talking

Wedding guests at tables through window

Wedding guests at tables

Candid wedding guests talking

Bride and groom walking into dinner reception

Wedding speech

Wedding speech

Guests listening to wedding speeches

Wedding speech

Wedding speech

Guests laughing during wedding speeches

Wedding guests clinking glasses

Wedding villa in Umbria Italy farm trees

Cacio e pepe at Italian wedding

Wedding guests talking and eating dinner at tables

Wedding guests talking during dinner at tables

Italian villa wedding food

Cacio e pepe being prepared

Italian chef cooking and wedding dessert

Outdoor wedding dinner reception

Wedding guests at tables talking

Groom handing bride pasta

Bride and groom laughing at dinner

Bride and groom walking in front of greenhouse

Wedding with horses in Italy

Wedding with horses in Italy

Wedding with horses in Italy

Wedding with horses in Italy

Italian villa wedding at sunset

Bride and groom at Italian villa wedding at sunset

Bride and groom at sunset having private dance

Bride and groom looking at sunset over Italian hills
Sunset over pool with reflection and view
Groom and mother parent dance at wedding

Groom and mother parent dance at wedding

Bride and father parent dance at wedding

Groom watching bride dancing

Bride and mother hugging at wedding

Bride licking cake server

Cut wedding cake and croquembouche

Groom eating wedding desserts

Wedding guests having a toast to bride and groom

Bride and groom kiss with champagne  at night

Wedding band performing

Bride and groom dancing

Wedding guests dancing

Wedding guests dancing
Wedding guests dancing

Wedding guests dancing

Wedding guests sitting at reception

Night sky and pool with outdoor wedding reception

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Location: Villa Bellissima, Umbria, Italy

Catering: La Gumera Ristro

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