A Glamorous, Fairytale Italian Wedding at the Belmond Villa San Michele in Florence

If you're dreaming of escaping to sunnier climes for your nuptials, you'll love Emily and Nick's opulent black and white wedding in the Italian hills

Emily and Nick - Italian Destination Wedding

If lavish sophistication is what you’re aiming for, you’re certainly looking in the right place. From the glamorous, long sleeve, tulle-skirt princess dress to the romantic white roses and candlelit wedding breakfast, every detail of Emily and Nick’s special day is seriously aspirational.


Emily works as a flight attendant and Nick as an airline pilot, but surprisingly they didn’t meet at 31,000 feet and instead found each other on Instagram. After just a year together, Nick knew he had found the one.

“It was around our one-year anniversary and Nick surprised me in the morning with my favourite flowers. He told me to pack a bag as we weren’t staying at home. He then surprised me by taking me to brunch at the café he first asked me to be his girlfriend at. We checked into a hotel and went for a walk. He said we had to be ready by 6pm and I had to dress nicely. We walked downstairs and there was a horse and carriage waiting outside the hotel entrance!

“He had organised an hour-long ride around the city with Champagne. The horse and carriage dropped us off at the Royal Botanical Gardens and he told me the restaurant was inside the gardens. We started walking through the gardens and got to a secluded spot where we sat on a park bench. He said we were early for our reservations so we should sit for a while and wait. He asked if I wanted to go look at the lake in front of us. I initially said, ‘Not really, it smells!’ but he insisted. We went to the lake and he started saying sweet things and then got down on one knee and asked me if I would marry him! He had organised a professional photographer to capture the moment and we got some photos afterwards.

“Turns out we weren’t having dinner in the Royal Botanical Gardens so we went back to the hotel and went to dinner at a beautiful seafood restaurant. After dinner he said, ‘I have one more surprise for you’, and we went up to the room and as soon as I opened the door there were red rose petals from the door to the bed. The bed had a huge love heart and the word FIANCÉE written in rose petals. There was Champagne, chocolates and fruit as well! The man sure is romantic! Our proposal is on YouTube if you want to see the real-life proposal.”

After this incredibly romantic proposal, the couple took just nine months to plan their wedding day at Belmond Villa San Michele.

Photographer: Nora Mancini

Emily and Nick - Italian Destination Wedding

Emily and Nick

The Wedding Dress

Emily’s stunning ballgown from Australian designer Raffaele Ciuca was actually the opposite of what she had in mind when she began searching for ‘The One’.

“I envisioned myself wearing something quite fitted and classical (something Audrey Hepburn-like!) However, I chose a dress completely opposite to what I thought I wanted. As soon as I tried the dress on my mum, dad, sister and mother-in-law cried, so I knew that was the one! I loved the detail and elegant sleeves of the dress.

“My mum actually said to me, ‘Emily, this is the dress! Nick thinks of you as his princess and that’s exactly what you look like.’ I think she was right, I absolutely felt like a princess on the day!”

Emily teamed the fairytale gown with a full-length veil, some sparkling drop earrings, given to her as a gift, and some fabulous ivory Jimmy Choo court shoes.



Bridal Beauty

Emily’s classic bridal beauty look was a team effort by Liza Samokhina and Ruslana Regi.

The bride chose winged eyeliner, soft glowing skin, a nude lip and shiny, loose waves. The romantic beauty styling perfectly complemented the embellished and oh-so-dreamy gown.