July is when sunflowers are in full bloom around Siena, Montepulciano, Montalcino, all the way to Orvieto. Depending on weather conditions these yellow-faced flowers may bloom early, on time, or late. If it’s particularly rainy or cold, they only stick around for a short ten days.
Racheal and Chris had their fingers crossed for a sunflower wedding in Tuscany and their wish came true. The fields were full of tall yellow flowers and so was Racheal’s bouquet and wedding day trimmings. Racheal’s mum took care of personalizing her stationary and decorated every detail with a paper sunflower, while freshly picked flowers colored Racheal’s bouquet, bridesmaids bouquets, and boutonnieres.
A civil ceremony in the Siena town hall competes with sunflowers for beauty. The civil ceremony wedding hall is in Siena’s historic museum where each room is frescoed and furnished with period pieces.
Siena’s Piazza del Campo is where tourists mingle with locals. Everyone takes a sit-upon to get comfy in the huge amphitheatre and to people-watch …. and get a selfie with an occasional bride and groom, walking hand in hand as newlyweds
Family and friends who travelled this far for Racheal and Chris were swept away at the scenic dinner table and limoncello favors, a keepsake to take home as a memory of Tuscany.
Special attention was paid to the Italian wedding feast at this Michelin starred restaurant with a keen eye for creativity.
Pecorino soufflè pears and honey
Leek consummè with croutons and aged ricotta cheese
Pici with duck ragù sauce
Slow-roasted pork cooked in a wood-burning oven
Wedding cake: Light lemon sponge cake with a soft glaze