Le Canterie, Tuscany micro-wedding

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Lene and Ariell are the most amazing and kind couple ever, according to Sheryl Anne, their photographer.
They always dreamed of having a destination wedding and found this beautiful place tucked away in the serene and stunning countryside of Tuscany. They decided to keep their wedding small and intimate and invited only 35 of their closest family members and friends!

Everyone, including the bride & groom, flew all the way from Norway to celebrate their special day. Their micro-wedding took place on an ancient Tuscan farm called Le Canterie, which has been renovated to be a special getaway for couples & families. Their intimate wedding allowed the couple more quality time with each other and their loved ones, and the ability to invest in more meaningful and intentional experiences in Italy that they’ll cherish forever.

Can you tell us a bit about weddings at this location?

From Sheryl, the photographer:

Lene & Ariell found the venue through their friends who had their wedding there a few years back. 
You have to book Agriturismo Le Canterie to have your elopement or wedding at their location so keep that in mind if this is your dream location.

You can have a legal or symbolic ceremony at Agriturismo Le Canterie! I always recommend to my couples who are flying into Europe or another country for their elopement to get their marriage legalized in their home country then have a symbolic ceremony in the location of their choice!

The location is easy to access! It is only a one hour drive from the Florence airport. It is suitable for all ages and abilities. Although, a car is the recommended mode of transportation since it’s a pretty rural area.

How did sustainability play a part in this elopement?

The owners of the Agriturismo Le Canterie were also the cooks! We loved that all the food they prepared were from their own farms or from their neighbors/friends. It was a very local Italian experience having our intimate wedding at Le Canterie. 

A major sustainability consideration for Le Canterie was that it originates from the renovation of an old ancient farm. The owners ensured that the key features of the traditional Tuscan farmhouse architecture from the eighteenth century were preserved!

Since this location is in the Tuscany countryside, it is important to plan ahead, dispose of your waste properly, and be considerate of other visitors.

What are your top tips for planning an elopement in this area?

From Sheryl: It’s important to note that towns in the Tuscany countryside may not have everything you need for your elopement or intimate wedding like flower or cake shops. Specifically, Le Canterie is next to a beautiful ancient town called Radicondoli, but it has very little options, so the bride and groom drove approximately thirty minutes to the next big town to gather everything they needed.

The spring months of March through May are great for its mild weather, clear blue skies, and fewer crowds. Additionally, the landscape has blooming little flowers and green rolling hills. There may be some rainy and windy days, but you’ll avoid the high temperatures and big crowds of summer and the cold weather of winter. During the summer months, the green grass will dry up. So this can be a deciding factor for when you want to have your elopement. Lene and Ariell loved the crisp, fresh green grass “look” that surrounded their venue. 

Can you tell us a bit about the couple and why they decided on a destination micro wedding?

From Sheryl: Lene & Ariell met for the first time at a birthday party. They didn’t start hanging out until several months later, when the bride’s sister started her own band and the groom was the drummer. At that time, the bride and her sister lived together, so when they would have band meetings or hang-outs, the groom slowly started to stay just a little longer at the house to hang out with the bride.

Although the bride and groom were from Norway, the bride did not grow up there, so it felt wrong for her to have a wedding there. The bride has always loved traveling and never really felt like she belonged anywhere. In addition, the bride is a wedding photographer in Norway so in order to distance herself from work and not feel like her own wedding was a “work wedding” – it had to be a destination wedding. The bride researched a ton of venues all over Europe, but couldn’t find any that weren’t above their budget. So when their friends told them that they could contact the venue they got married at, they jumped at the opportunity. They were so happy with their decision and would do it 100 times over! They highly recommend Le Canterie if you want a small micro wedding, and love the rural Italian vibes! It’s a very hands-on venue, where you need to do a lot yourself, but the owners are very helpful and will even communicate with different vendors for you since most of the Italians in that location don’t speak English. 

the vendors:

Photography: Sheryl Anne Photography
Cake: Catherine Meland & Anette Espedal
Florist: Adele Juliussen
Dress: Shona Joy
Suit: Instinct Menswear
Videographer: KY Films
DJ: Mix by Meland
Make-Up: Jeanette
Hair: Kjersti Tronrud
Jewelry: Kendra Scott
Venue & Catering: Agriturismo Le Canterie
Shoes groom: Volt Fashion
Shoes bride: Loeffler Randall

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