A Romantic, Tuscan-Style Wedding at Villa Woodbine in Miami, Florida
Inspired by the warmth and old-world elegance of Italian villas, Amanda Saviano and Jorge Benito filled their spring wedding at Villa Woodbine with a rich mix of natural and vintage-inspired elements. The couple let the venue’s Mediterranean-Renaissance style guide many of the day’s design decisions, from the wood farm tables and gray taper candles at dinner to the full arrangements of garden roses, ranunculus and eucalyptus, and even the color palette. Shades of light gray, gold and soft pink tied in seamlessly with the Villa’s cream-colored stucco, accented by pops of cranberry. While Amanda and Jorge had originally planned to have the ceremony outdoors in the garden under a 200-year-old oak tree, forecasted rain put a halt to their plans. Two days before the wedding, the couple decided to play it safe and move the ceremony to the courtyard and cover it with a clear tent and bistro lights. “It was a blessing in disguise because the ceremony ended up being so much more intimate and romantic,” Amanda says. For the reception, the pair chose a clear tent that put the setting on display. A crystal chandelier hung overhead, and antique brass bud vases, etched glassware and gold-rimmed acrylic chargers dotted the dining tables. As a nod to their roots, Amanda and Jorge infused their menu with Cuban and Italian flair: A coffee and pastelito bar with Cuban coffee and pastries was the star of dessert, and Cuban and prosciutto and mozzarella sandwiches were served as late-night snacks. “It started pouring halfway through the reception, but the sound of the rain and twinkle of the light reflecting off the raindrops made for a truly unforgettable experience,” Amanda says.