A Romantic Destination Wedding at Villa Tolomei Hotel in Florence, Italy

Zoe Hammond (27 and an event organizer) and Guy Bellamy (29 and a marketing manager) wanted their wedding to be a relaxing weekend getaway for their g

Zoe Hammond (27 and an event organizer) and Guy Bellamy (29 and a marketing manager) wanted their wedding to be a relaxing weekend getaway for their guests. They had a destination wedding at Villa Tolomei Hotel in Florence, Italy. "We chose the hotel because it’s so close to Florence, but when you are there it feels secluded and has amazing views of Florence," Zoe says. "Plus, we were able to rent all 30 rooms of the hotel, so our guests could enjoy it exclusively." To decorate their wedding, Zoe and Guy chose a palette of blush, pink, soft green and ivory. The ceremony, which took place outdoors on the lawn, was set up with a wedding arch covered in greenery and pink flowers. The ceremony aisle was scattered with pink rose petals and the chairs on the aisle featured pink and green arrangements of roses and hydrangeas tied with pink ribbon. The reception took place on the hotel's loggia and terrace, facing breathtaking vistas of the Italian countryside. Ivory reception tables named after some of Zoe and Guy's favorite cities were topped with low arrangements of peonies, roses, astilbes and greenery. In addition to serving an American-style wedding cake, Zoe and Guy hired a local gelato truck for guests to enjoy for dessert. The newlyweds and their closest family and friends danced the night away. "Toward the end of the night, as I was dancing with my new husband, I looked around at all our guests and the incredible view of the city and soaked it all in," Zoe says. "I remember thinking that we couldn’t have wished for anything more." Andrea Corsi perfectly captured the day. 
 

Zoe carried a bouquet of blush roses, pink peonies and green hydrangeas on her wedding day.
Zoe wore a lace Justin Alexander dress with an illusion neckline. She styled her hair half-up and wore a crystal hair accessory for some sparkle.
The ceremony took place outdoors on the lawn at Villa Tolomei Hotel in Florence, Italy. The ceremony aisle was lined with pink roses, and at the end of the altar stood a wedding arch covered in greens and pink flowers for the altar area.
The chairs of the ceremony aisle were decorated with arrangements of green and pink garden roses, ivory roses and green and pink hydrangeas that were tied to the chairs with pink ribbon.
Black-and-White Recessional Portrait
Rustic Birdcage Seating Chart
The reception took place on the terrace and loggia at Villa Tolomei Hotel in Florence, Italy. The space featured stunning views of the surrounding Italian countryside.
The reception tables were decorated with bouquets of blush and pink peonies, pink garden roses, ivory roses, astilbes and greenery. The tables were named after Zoe and Guy's favorite cities, which were displayed in silver frames.
Zoe and Guy had an American-style cake. The ivory cake was decorated with blush peonies. Inside, it was flavored lemon sponge with mixed berry mousse filling. Yum!
Sweetheart Table Wedding Sign
Zoe and Guy hired a local gelato truck for dessert, which guests enjoyed alongside the wedding cake.
Zoe and Guy had their first dance to a cover of "L.O.V.E." by Nat King Cole. "It was such a wonderful moment and I really took the time to take it all in how incredible the day had been so far," Zoe says. "I was truly happy to be dancing our first dance surrounded by friends and family."