We’ve shared a number of destination weddings on Once Wed recently, several of them taking place in Italy. There’s many good reasons for this: the breathtaking views, inspiring architecture, the food…and one of the things that we like the best about Italian destination weddings is that a couple can still maintain an elegant, chic style in their event design. Jessica and Josh’s wedding is no exception.

The couple knew they wanted a small, very intimate wedding, allowing them to spend as much time as possible with their loved ones, creating lasting memories. They did just this: with La Bandita, a private country home in Tuscany, as their venue of choice, and with the help of wedding planner Laurel & Rose, they were able to absolutely pamper their guests with special details. From a welcome gift with a bounty of local treats – cheese, wine, biscotti, an Italian phrase book to name a few – packaged in a wine box, to a perfectly packaged box of freshly baked cornetti (Italian croissants) that were hand-delivered to each guest in the morning, and the surprise lavender oils that were left on each pillow at turndown, this couple made sure each guest felt appreciated around the clock.

Read on for more!

More from the Planner, Laurel & Rose:
“In addition to the couple’s thoughtfulness and class, they also cared deeply about creating a wedding landscape that felt organic and timeless. Complimenting Jessica’s exquisite blush Watters gown, we worked closely with the florist to design a look for the wedding ceremony and reception that was sophisticated yet playful. The flowers and décor were meant to compliment the undeniably stunning centuries old country house that is La Bandita – but never stealing the spotlight from the golden Tuscan countryside and the intimate gathering of family and friends celebrating this timeless love. Not even the pouring rain could tarnish this ethereal Italian wedding.”

More from the bride, about her destination wedding planning experience:
“We found exactly what we were looking for at La Bandita, a stunning private country house set up high on a beautiful hilltop in the Val d’Orcia region of Tuscany with 360 degree views of the Tuscan countryside; however it was not just the beauty of La Bandita that sold us. We learned early on that planning a wedding anywhere was challenging, let alone half way across the world. The added challenge of a language barrier, time difference, and different cultural traditions made us concerned that we couldn’t pull off our dream wedding in Italy. These concerns were quickly erased after meeting John Voigtmann, the owner of La Bandita. John Voigtmann moved to Italy with his family to open La Bandita after living in New York working as a Sony music executive. John has impeccable taste, is incredibly personable and organized, and was easily able to understand and execute our vision with ease. John worked in tandem with the insanely talented Jolene Peterson of Laurel and Rose, to create a magical wedding weekend, something straight out of a fairytale. We can honestly say, planning a wedding in a remote area of Tuscany was stress free which allowed us to enjoy the moment and focus on each other.

We used La Bandita as a home base for the long weekend with our guests, touring a nearby winery, exploring the countryside and nearby towns, relaxing, sharing meals, and drinking wine late into the night. We brought in Kate Holstein from the States who perfectly captured every moment of the long weekend. Put simply, La Bandita is a little slice of heaven and was the perfect place for our intimate dream wedding.”

Photography: Kate Holstein Photographs | Planning & Design : Laurel & Rose (Jolene Greenbaum Peterson) | Flowers: La Puscina | Wedding Venue: La Bandita Countryhouse | Rehearsal Dinner Venue: La Bandita Townhouse | Hair & Makeup: Rock & Rose Italy (Rosy) | Calligraphy & Invitations: Manzanita | Bride’s Gown: Watters


Comments (28)

Chloe | Reply

What a simply beautiful wedding – I love the first kiss under the umbrellas!

Callie Manion | Reply

So simple and chic! And wow, that dress!!

Lisa O'Dwyer | Reply

Breathtaking! I love the photo of the bride twirling with the group!

Patryk Stanisz Photography | Reply

Very natural photos! Bride had a beautiful dress!

Sarah Chancey | Reply

I’m absolutely in love with this wedding and every detail! I think I just pinned the entire piece. Gorgeous attire, florals and settings – simple perfection!

Annie Kempe | Reply

Where are those peach shoes from? I’m obsessed!

Tereza Lee | Reply

This is so simple, elegant and beautiful – stunning photos, styling and location (and the couple of course :).

naomi | Reply

This is perfect.

Lily | Reply

This is the most perfect wedding ever! From her dress, to the decoration, the venue, groom’s suit, flowers, the simplicity of everything, it’s just so exquisite! I’m in love.

Manuela Alfresco wedding | Reply

Elegantly and simply: Tuscany. Stunning!

Carlos Hernandez | Reply

This wedding was beautiful! I love when simplicity meets class. The colors and decorations were soft and perfect. Kate, you did an amazing job capturing the moment.

Cebu Wedding Photographer | Reply

Lovely photos. Beautiful elegant wedding. Love it

Sarah Chancey | Reply

Can’t get over this wedding – every – single – detail is dreamy — esp loving the expressions on the group shot after the ceremony of the party looking at the bride!!!

charleston wedding photographers | Reply

I don’t think I could imagine a more perfect Italian countryside wedding than Jessica and Josh’s. I love they didn’t let the rain deter their ceremony too! Absolutely perfect day.

WeddingSoon | Reply

I am absolutely in love with this graceful wedding in Italy. Stately natural surroundings together with elegant decor in subdued tones create a fantastic look! Unconditionally refined.

wedding photographer Cebu | Reply

Those photos are really nice. One of the best set that I have seen today.

Koustav De | Reply

Excellent collection of images, I’m speechless.

This destination wedding is by way most different than how we see countryside weddings.

Very deep indeed.


Chiara Natale | Reply

Always beautiful to see Tuscany around and this wedding is really elegant, simple and delicate. Love it!

Paul McGlade | Reply

What a really stunning wedding. The photographs are amazing. Great work!

Christian Colista | Reply

A breathtaking wedding! I love the beautiful photos ;-)

Pure Photo N.I | Reply

Beautiful wedding with stunning photography too match.

john methew | Reply

Superb, I am totally inspired by your photography am actually a photographer :) keep it up.

Mathias | Reply

Great shots – awesome!

Hochzeitsfotograf Frankfurt | Reply

Very nice location! Italy is amazing for a wedding destination. The photos are also great, all I could think was at my last destination wedding in Italy was raining and they moved the ceremony inside, and I was thinking they had luck! And immediately after I saw the umbrellas! Never mind the photos turned out amazing!

Thomas Kowalzik | Reply

Hello Kate,

I like your photos. For a wedding a very beautiful landscape. Even in the rain, there were great photos.

best regards

Derek Lapsley | Reply

Super clean imagery. Well done by the photographer!

Bryce Noone | Reply

What an absolutely gorgeous wedding!