Charisse and Chris travelled from Canada to marry in the beautiful village of Cortona in Italy. Charisse, a make up artist in the wedding industry and Chris, a street and fashion photographer, wanted to bring their families to Italy to join their intimate celebration which lasted three days. Guests travelled from Canada and the Philippines, some who had never been to Europe, and Stefano Santucci was there to expertly capture the day.

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“Chris proposed to me in Maui, Hawaii while we watched the sunrise 10,000 feet above sea level in Haleakala. We didn’t actually start planning right away we knew it was going to be a long engagement and that we wanted to have an intimate destination wedding with just closest family and friends.  Our initial plan was to have the wedding in Hawaii, because we had gotten engaged there. But since we regularly visit Hawaii, we decided to choose a destination where neither of our families or ourselves had ever been.


After much back and forth, we ended up choosing Italy for our destination wedding and to have a family vacation for everyone. Choosing a venue/location in Italy wasn’t an easy task. In fact, it caused a lot of stress not knowing where to begin or how we would plan a wedding strictly through email communication. I stumbled upon ‘Romantic Italian weddings’ while I searched through- believe it or not- an Instagram hashtag. It was that initial contact that made the rest of the planning a breeze. Villa Baroncino was the perfect backdrop for our intimate wedding and had accommodation large enough for all of our family and friends.


Our ceremony was held in the beautiful 11th century Cathedral of Cortona. After the ceremony, our guests followed us back to the main town square where we surprised them with gelato. Everyone headed back to the villa after this for aperitifs and an Italian style dinner and spent the rest of the night dancing. Overall, we kept the style very simple since we didn’t want to take away from the beautiful scenery. For the flowers, I knew I wanted lots of greenery with white florals, so our florists created the most amazing Tuscan-inspired arrangements using different types of herbs: rosemary, sage, and basil to name a few with a mixed arrangements of white florals. I wished I could take it back home with me!


The best decision we ever made was to have our destination wedding in Italy.  Not only did we get to spend a week with our closest friends and family but we also made it one of the most memorable trips for everyone! The only advice we can give is to keep it simple and plan it as if you are planning a dinner party for everyone. Take in every moment and cherish every minute of it.”

Photography: Stefano Santucci Studio | Wedding Planner: Romantic Italian Weddings Church: Cortona Cathedral | Reception Venue: Villa Baroncino | Make up: Mila Victoria | Florist: Cristina Fiorista Faluomi | Bride’s Dress: Love, Yu | Bride’s Shoes: Vivienne Westwood | Bride’s Jewellery: Jacob Mercari (custom) | Bride’s Reception Dress: Cmeo Collective | Bride’s Reception Shoes: Gianvitto Rossi | Groom’s Suit: Vinta TO & The Kooples | Groom’s Shoes: Harry Rosen | Live Jazz Band: Sombras Live Music | Wedding Rings: Cartier

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