An elegant and enchanting destination wedding was brought to life when fate had it that Sharlene and Craig meet during their studies in 2004. At the sweet age of 19, Sharlene fell head over heels in love with Craig's kind heart. Eight, when traveling through Europe, the couple spent a beautiful evening in Florence taking in the breathtaking view from the Santa Trinita Bridge.
As Sharlene began to tell the man soon to be her fiancé that her favorite part of the day was sunset (because she loves watching the colors of the sky change), he dropped to one knee, expressed his love, and asked if she wanted to one day return to Florence as husband and wife. Two, they returned to this stunning city for their magical wedding.
The bride was dressed in a silky lace gown by Steven Khalil, knowing it had to be hers as soon as she tried it on. She complimented this with pure white Yves Saint Laurent heels, and pearl earrings by Dior. The couple envisioned a wedding that was the epitome of simplicity and elegance – something classic and timeless. As soon as their eyes set on Villa La Vedetta, they knew it was where they were meant to wed, as it gifted them a spectacular view of the city.
How did you choose your wedding gown?
I'd always loved Steven Khalil's designs; it was such an easy decision once I tried that beautiful gown on. The fit, the silk, and the lace couldn’t compare to anything else I'd seen! As with my husband, it was love at first sight!
What sort of style did you envision for your wedding day?
Simple and elegant with a beautiful view, something classic that wouldn’t date. From the immaculate gardens where we held the ceremony, to the reception on the terrace under the Tuscan sun, we watched the city light up as we ate under the stars.
Our decorations were simple white flowers with touches of gold to reflect the history of this beautiful city, without detracting from the view.
What was your favorite moment from the day?
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.
How did you choose your venue?
Upon first sight of Villa La Vedetta, we knew we had made the right decision. It was the most beautiful property we had ever laid eyes on. It beautifully fit our grand but elegant theme and the view of the city was breathtaking.
If you could do it all over again, what would you change?
Absolutely nothing! As cliché as that sounds, it was truly the most perfect day from start to finish.
Any tips that you can give to future brides?
Don’t stress over the small things; the day will always turn out the way it is meant to, so enjoy every minute, it goes so fast!
Photographer: Facibeni Fotografia
Dress: Steven Khalil
Accessories: Love On
Stationery: Adorn Invitations
Flowers: Stiatti Fiori
Ceremony Venue: Villa La Vedetta
Reception Venue: Villa La Vedetta