Meet Our Artisans

At My Tuscan Wedding, we specialize in organizing bespoke weddings that incorporate the local, artisan traditions of Tuscany. Most people choose to marry in Italy for similar reasons: the great weather, the world renown Italian Cuisine, and the fantastic variety of first rate wines. At My Tuscan Wedding, we'd like to add another reason to your list; Tuscany is renowned for its local artisan culture. Where globalization has driven most artisans out of business in the rest of the world, here in Tuscany, small ateliers have hung on, continuing to produce high quality hand crafted goods. Our raison d'être: To bring our brides and grooms together with these artisans to create truly one of kind, hand crafted weddings you won't find in any bridal magazine.

Your meal is created by one of our two resident chefs using the Slow Food network of providers to ensure wholesome, local produce and meats. Our resident sketch artist and architect will work together to design an absolutely unique event based on your vision of the day. Meanwhile, our local floral coop will source the majority of the flowers for your event within a 20 km radius of your wedding venue. For those wishing for an absolutely original wedding gown or bridesmaid dress, our resident seamstresses will work with you to create the gown you've dreamed of, all to your exact measurements.

Meet Mara

Trained at Florence University's prestigious art school, Mara has worked as a fresco and mural artist restoring the historical villas of Lucca and Florence for the past 20 years. Her fine eye for detail, and amazingly light touch with her artwork has made her our favorite sketch artist.

How it works: Our brides and grooms will normally have an initial consultation with Mara to describe to her their vision for the day. They then exchange inspirational photos and Pinterest boards to give Mara a clear idea of their tastes. Mara will then create a series of sketches that incorporate the themes of their wedding. Based on these sketches, the florists and architects can then become involved to further embellish the details of the event.

Meet Mariaelena

Trained at Florence University's School of Architecture, Mariaelena is an accomplished architect specializing in design with over 12 years experience in the field. Mari worked for three years in Spain as a lead Project manager involving large scale projects. Upon her return to Italy she opened her own studio specializing in the restoration of historic buildings and interior design. Her combination of creativity and logistical expertise make Mariaelena an outstanding resource for the My Tuscan Wedding Team.

How it works: Once initial sketches have been approved, Mariaelena takes over to achieve projects both large and small. Pinterest is filled with DIY items that can really personalize a wedding, yet most couples holding a destination wedding have neither the time nor the local knowledge necessary to source the materials required to achieve the DIY look. This is where our Mari comes in. The couple send Mari their Pinterest boards, photos and ideas for inspiration. Mari then comes up with a series of proposals that can encompass anything from special welcome signs, invitation tables with particular themes, photo booths, or even T-pees for the kids. Previous client requests have included large scale balsa wood romantic shading pagodas and even specialty bridges for cake cuttings.

Meet Chef Daniele

Daniele Fagiolini was raised in a restaurant; his mother and uncles ran a small trattoria in the heart of the Maremma, an area of Tuscany particularly well known for the quality of its local beef. As a child, Daniele learned the traditional recipes of the region and made life long friends with local suppliers. Today, Daniele is a leading member of the Slow Food movement, making appearances on Rai TV as well as our local Tuscan channels, to share his family recipes as well as spread the word about the importance of locally grown and distributed food. Daniele specializes in meat based dishes as well as truffle based dishes, having opened a restaurant in the truffle region of San Miniato, Tuscany.

How it works: Our bride and groom come to Tuscany for an initial visit to recon the area and choose a wedding venue. During this visit, they have a conversation with Daniele where they share with him stories about their favorite foods, their vision for their wedding meal, as well as information about any dietary needs. Daniele will then create a personalized menu just for their wedding day, that reflects their tastes. Upon a second visit, the bride and groom will taste Daniele's menu and make their final choices for the courses to be served. On the day of the event, you are then guaranteed to have Chef Daniele as your lead chef for the day of the event. This is a very important aspect, not to be overlooked. Most catering in Tuscany has become industrialized. That means that the chef who prepares your tasting is unlikely to be the chef that cooks the food at your event. In the case of My Tuscan Wedding, your tasting chef and your event chef are always one and the same person.

Meet Chef Andrea

Andrea Arrighi was born on the Mediterranean coastline. Perhaps this explains his passion for creating dramatic reinterpretations of traditional Tuscan seafood dishes. Andrea started his career quite early working in the local fish market, learning the trade from the supplier side of the business. He then transitioned to sous chef and for over 10 years worked in many of the noteworthy restaurants of the region, eventually becoming lead chef of his own seafood restaurant and author of a series of books entitled, Chef Point, that teach young chefs the techniques necessary to master specific culinary skills.

How it works: Our bride and groom come to Tuscany for an initial visit to recon the area and choose a wedding venue. During this visit, they have a conversation with Andrea where they share with him stories about their favorite foods, their vision for their wedding meal, as well as information about any dietary needs. Andrea will then create a personalized menu just for their wedding day, that reflects their tastes. Upon a second visit, the bride and groom will taste Andrea's menu and make their final choices for the courses to be served. On the day of the event, you are then guaranteed to have Chef Andrea as your lead chef for the day of the event. This is a very important aspect, not to be overlooked. Most catering in Tuscany has become industrialized. That means that the chef who prepares your tasting is unlikely to be the chef that cooks the food at your event. In the case of My Tuscan Wedding, your tasting chef and your event chef are always one and the same person.

Meet Monica and Analisa

Monica and Analisa have been making bespoke evening gowns, wedding dresses and bridesmaids dresses here in Lucca for the past 15 years. They have a small atelier in the center of the city frequented by the best dressed ladies of the city.

How it works: Upon your first consultation, you and or your bridesmaids are measured by Monica and Analisa. You show them pictures of the type of dress you'd like, discuss any modifications you'd like to make and establish the type of material you'd like them to use. An initial time line is created for the creation of the garment and any possible fittings. Should you only have time to come for one visit, Analisa and Monica can do all of your fittings in a reduced 4 day period. At the end of your timeline, you have a unique, one of a kind dress that is made to order and fits you like a glove.

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