We have organized weddings for world champions, film producers, and people from high finance coming from 16 different nations … and they all said that <<getting married at Colle is the best>>
By Sara Mazzeschi, Fattoria del Colle
This is because at the table there is Brunello with other wines that receive International prizes, because the cutting of the cake takes place in the woods with lighting by the set designer of “4 weddings and a funeral”, because the honeymoon is spent in the bedroom that once belonged to the Grand Duke of Tuscany, because the panoramas are the most beautiful in the world and because Fattoria del Colle is an authentic place, with more than 400 years of noble history and a wedding needs a true frame , true like the love that united the bride and groom.
I have been to many ceremonies all over Italy but I must say that getting married in Tuscany is unbeatable. In fact, with figures in hand, it is the most sought after destination, villas, castles and farmhouses are all possible locations, and they are springing up like mushrooms. Fattoria del Colle, in South of Siena, where I organize weddings, has in the past seen dozens of couples ask for perfection for their Day and never has this magic place disappointed them. Buy why choose it? Why is getting married here best?
The atmosphere in the 16th century hamlet, surrounded by vineyards and olive groves typical in the Tuscan countryside, is warm and romantic, everything seems to be suspended in time and warms the Hearst from the first instant of the bridal couple and their guests, and the dream begins….. let’s try and imagine: a toast by the pool in front of the suggestive lunar panorama of the Crete Senesi or among the centenary olive trees in the “vecchio frantoio” park, which is so named because it hides the remainder of the old farm mill. Before the bubbles and photos, a traditional marriage in Tuscany needs a ceremony, best if in front of the rounded hills of the Val d’Orcia or among the oak barrels in the winery, where the Chianti and Doc Orcia wines age, less usual but still intimate and charming. To perfection the bridal couples requests an efficient team, full of resources and creativity, who can create in the real world what has been dreamed of for months: harps and violins during the ceremony, a shabby chic style instead of tulips and peonies, or a shocking pink Fiat 500 rand a rockabilly band.
In the evening the medieval hamlet of Trequanda, up on the hill in front of the restaurant, with its light and shadows it is an excellent frame for the reception. Once again every detail is studies: the flower compositions always in agreement with the tastes of the couple, the food, traditional with a touch of creativity and the high quality wines, a flagship for our events, like the Brunello di Montalcino or the Cenerentola Doc Orcia, where the rare and traditional variety Foglia Tonda has a comeback, and strengthens the sensation of a unique and unforgettable event. The evening has not finished because before dancing the night away under the stars, comes the most romantic moment after the “I DO” , the cutting of the cake, in a fairytale location in the woods that I like to call enchanted. Philip Robinson, the set designer for the famous film “Four weddings and a funeral” created, years ago, a series of small lights that shine from the trees, simply but elegantly, just like all the rest.
At the end of the partying the wedding couple begin their honeymoon, where history and romanticism blend, in the bedroom that once belonged to the Grand Duke of Tuscany Leopoldo d’Asburgo and his lover Isabella, for their amorous trysts…the guests will stay in the other lodgings of the country inn, rooms and apartments in those that were the farmers homes centuries ago, with a traditional architecture and antique furnishings but a modern comfort, this is how Donatella Cinelli Colombini has wanted them so that every guests can experience the real Tuscan countryside.
The wedding is finished but the dream is not over, and as a last present to the couple Fattoria del Colle invites them to toast, whilst immersed in wine, inside a juniper tub in our wellness centre with a view over the Val d’Orcia hills.
And for the less romantic couples a wine wedding amid barrels and nature, with wine tastings and lots and lots of fun. So, marrying here is better because no dream is achievable because every wedding is unique and made to fit for the wedding couple, refined but simple, just like Tuscany.