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A Wedding in Italy With an Al Fresco Dinner and Pool Party – Brides

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Claudia and Hank met in 2015 at a college party when they were both attending Harvard. Five years later, on a trip to Glacier National Park in Montana, Hank surprised her with a lakeside proposal. The couple had a mini wedding in 2020 and small celebrations each year leading up to their wedding celebration in Italy on June 27, 2023. While researching venues on Instagram, Claudia fell in love with the Italian garden at La Foce in Tuscany. “It was the perfect setting for a ceremony that would be both intimate and bold, with its dramatic landscape backdrop,” she says. “The garden is iconic and has an idyllic feeling that is at once removed from the world and also surrounded by beauty with the Val D’Orcia beyond its outer hedges.”

The couple’s 70 guests joined them for a welcome party at Locanda the day before their big wedding for Tuscan barbecue. Claudia and Hank worked closely with Laura and Alessandra of Exclusive Italy Weddings to make sure each wedding celebration felt distinct from the next. The wedding day started with a light and airy ceremony before guests were treated to a garden cocktail hour with a feminine color palette, an al-fresco dinner with pops of color, and an over-the-top after party with bold colors and disco balls. The next day, they hosted a pool party at their venue. Read on to see the photos from their big day by Elisabetta Marzetti.

Photo by Elisabetta Marzetti


The couple invited all of their guests to a welcome party at La Foce the day before the wedding. Claudia wore a Lee Petra Grebenau dress with a high slit and matching gloves paired with Jimmy Choo heels. Hank wore a custom Joseph Abboud linen suit in a sand color with suede Del Toro loafers.

Photo by Elisabetta Marzetti


Photo by Elisabetta Marzetti


Photo by Elisabetta Marzetti


Claudia and Hank made their wedding weekend grand entrance in a red vintage Fiat 500 while an Italian folk band played “Bella Ciao.” They played into the farmland surroundings of the venue with the décor and created lounge areas made of hay. The tables were set with whimsical flower arrangements, terra-cotta pots, woven chargers, and custom menus.

Photo by Elisabetta Marzetti


Claudia got ready for her wedding day with her bridesmaids, who wore matching blue and white patterned outfits in varying styles. They kicked off the celebrations with a Champagne tower.

Photo by Elisabetta Marzetti


Claudia’s ceremony dress was a lace Monique Lhuillier gown. She added a turtleneck long sleeved top for the ceremony. “I was looking hard to find a Grace Kelly inspired dress,” she says. “How often do you get to wear an all-lace dress?” She paired her gown with a veil from the same designer, Jennifer Behr earrings, Badgley Mischka crystal pumps, and pearl and diamond stud earrings that were a gift from her mother.

Photo by Elisabetta Marzetti


Claudia asked her bridesmaids to wear a sage green floor-length dress, so they each chose their own style. Her maid of honor, Talia, wore a layered tulle gown with a pattern, while the rest of the ladies wore solid green gowns.

Photo by Elisabetta Marzetti


Hank wore a Joseph Abboud white dinner jacket and black bow tie with Del Toro shoes for the ceremony and cocktail hour. “The Joseph Abboud Bespoke experience was fantastic,” Hank says. “They flew a tailor out to our house for fittings and personalized every piece with embroidered monograms and wedding dates.”

His groomsmen helped him get ready for the day and celebrated with a glass of Johnnie Walker Blue Label. Hank wore Boss by Hugo Boss, a gift from the bride, as his wedding day fragrance.

Photo by Elisabetta Marzetti


Photo by Elisabetta Marzetti


Claudia and Hank shared a first look to connect before the day’s schedule took over. “It was a perfect moment for us to share in each other’s company and the beauty of our venue with minimal distraction,” the bride says. They both shed tears, which they admit continued throughout the day.

Photo by Elisabetta Marzetti


Photo by Elisabetta Marzetti


The couple kicked off their wedding celebration with an all-white ceremony in the venue’s lower Italian garden. An antique statue was covered in white flowers in lieu of a traditional wedding arch. “We didn’t want to take away too much from the beautiful garden landscape, so we kept the rest of the décor outside of the altar relatively minimal and clean with clear chairs, fans, and floor flowers,” Claudia says. For the recessional, guests tossed white rose petals.

Photo by Elisabetta Marzetti


Photo by Elisabetta Marzetti


Photo by Elisabetta Marzetti


Photo by Elisabetta Marzetti


Claudia’s father, Logan, walked her down the aisle to Coldplay’s “Fix You” performed by a live pianist. They incorporated cultural traditions, including breaking the glass as a nod to Hank’s Jewish background, along with a Korean bowing ceremony where the couple bows to their new shared parents. “This bowing ceremony was incredibly powerful and emotional as we really had to take a moment to stop and acknowledge our parents as we were up at the altar,” Claudia says. “We cried, they cried, and it seemed like most people in the audience cried, too.”

Photo by Elisabetta Marzetti


Photo by Elisabetta Marzetti


Photo by Elisabetta Marzetti


The couple envisioned a feminine and airy cocktail hour with lavender as the main color with pastel blues and pinks to accent the garden surroundings. They served hors d’oeuvres and signature cocktails, including a Negroni with dry ice and a grapefruit spritz.

Photo by Elisabetta Marzetti


For the cocktail hour, Claudia changed into a Monique Lhuillier lavender patterned dress with an off-the-shoulder neckline. She added sprigs of the herb to her hair as the finishing touch.

Photo by Elisabetta Marzetti


The couple’s first wedding cake was a traditional, all-white, tiered confection. The bar, lounges, and cake cutting area were decorated with a mix of lilac, lavender, hydrangea, and snapdragons; high-top tables were covered in pastel blue linens. Guests enjoyed a photobooth and custom illustrations as favors.

Photo by Elisabetta Marzetti


Photo by Elisabetta Marzetti


Photo by Elisabetta Marzetti


Claudia held a bouquet designed specifically for tossing with purple florals and textured foliage. “We wanted to leverage the beautiful upper Italian garden of the venue during daylight, so we decided to do our cake cutting and bouquet toss before dinner by lengthening our cocktail hour,” the bride says.

Photo by Elisabetta Marzetti


Photo by Elisabetta Marzetti


The couple wanted an enchanted forest-themed reception, using green as the base of their color scheme. Dinner took place outside, surrounded by trees, which were decorated with hanging fairy lights. Two “L” shaped tables were dressed in green toile de jouy linens and paired with brown bistro chairs.

Photo by Elisabetta Marzetti


Photo by Elisabetta Marzetti


Place settings included tobacco leaf chargers with blue rose Richard Ginori porcelain plates and matching vases. The couple chose deep red napkins to pair with custom illustrated menus finished with a mustard color ribbon. Centerpieces had a lot of greenery and colorful bold flowers. The tablescape also included fruits like papaya, grapes, plums, and figs and green taper candles.

Photo by Elisabetta Marzetti


The couple had jazz music playing throughout the dinner part of the evening. Guests welcomed them for their grand entrance by waving napkins in the air. During the meal, the bride’s parents, groom’s father, and groom’s brother shared heartfelt speeches.

Photo by Elisabetta Marzetti


Claudia changed into another Monique Lhuillier dress, a tulle embroidered midi, before cutting into a second wedding cake, an Italian wild berry tart with Chantilly cream.

Photo by Elisabetta Marzetti


Photo by Elisabetta Marzetti


Guests headed to the villa’s basement for the couple’s after-party. They hired London-based DJ James Park and a saxophonist to get guests on the black and white checkered dance floor. Inside, the room was decorated with disco lights; they also brought out bubble machines, sparklers, and cold fountain fireworks.

Claudia and Hank shared their first dance to “Golden Hour” by JVKE and showed off moves they learned in a waltz class. Claudia’s father-daughter dance started as a slow spin to “Father” by Choi Beck Ho before morphing into Lil Jon’s “Get Low” and a few other hip hop songs. “When ‘Gangnam Style’ came on, we surprised the guests by having the entire family from both bride and groom’s side join in for a component of the choreography,” the bride says.

Photo by Elisabetta Marzetti


Photo by Elisabetta Marzetti


The next day, Claudia and Hank invited everyone back to La Foce for an Italian beach club-themed pool party. They offered guests expandable fans to stay cool and went with yellow and white as a palette for everything from the towels to the flowers. “We had brought lots of décor ourselves for this event from home, but unfortunately, the suitcases that had pool party décor items got lost in transit, so we couldn’t implement a lot of our vision,” Claudia says.

Photo by Elisabetta Marzetti


Photo by Elisabetta Marzetti


For the pool party, Claudia wore an ivory Khanums dress with a draped wrap-neck and a low-cut open back with two pearl straps. Hank wore a Todd Snyder crochet shirt and linen pants. They brought in Ape Regina, a food truck, to serve guests fresh pizzas.

Photo by Elisabetta Marzetti


Claudia and Hank spent their honeymoon in Sardinia, Dolomites, Istanbul, and Botswana. “We had a very eclectic, globetrotting honeymoon!” the bride says.

Claudia has this advice for couples currently planning a wedding: “Be generous with each other and remember that you are a team through it all. After all is said and done, all you have left is your relationship—that’s what counts.”

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