ANAS­TA­SIA AND MICKAEL

The in­ti­mate Ital­ian af­fair in a 15th-cen­tury villa in the Tus­can coun­try­side…

Emirates Bride - - REAL WEDDINGS - Pho­tog­ra­phers: Al­berto Sar­ran­to­nio and Stu­dio Fo­tografico Righi

HHow can one not fall in love with Florence? The Tus­can breeze, the vine­yards and the pic­turesque coun­try­side – ev­ery inch of the re­nais­sance town evokes old soul ro­mance. Anas­ta­sia who got en­gaged to her part­ner Mikael of 10 years in Bali, had al­ways dreamed of say­ing “I do!” in Italy. When the Dubai-based cou­ple were scout­ing for the per­fect lo­ca­tion, they were in awe of the 15th cen­tury res­i­dence of Villa di Ma­iano that lays on the hills in the Floren­tine coun­try­side, sur­rounded by beau­ti­fully man­i­cured gar­dens and end­less skies. A big­wig in the hos­pi­tal­ity in­dus­try, the bride is the PR and mar­ket­ing direc­tor of JW Mar­riott Mar­quis in Dubai and knows a thing or two about the im­por­tance of ex­cel­lent hos­pi­tal­ity. When host­ing their guests from 17 dif­fer­ent coun­tries, the cou­ple made sure that ev­ery de­tail was paid at­ten­tion to. The bride and groom, both con­nois­seurs of food, wine and art, in­cor­po­rated all their in­ter­ests in the wed­ding pro­gram to truly al­low the guests to be a part of their world, yet cater to their per­sonal needs and com­forts. Fine Tus­can drinks were pre­sented as wed­ding favours, tra­di­tional Ital­ian wed­ding cake was made from scratch at the re­cep­tion and sax­o­phon­ists and DJs were brought in to keep the guests on their toes all night long. The three-day cel­e­bra­tions ended with fire­works and un­for­get­table mem­o­ries for the cou­ple and the guests.

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