The Story of Anna-Karin & Olof

I believe everything is magical in Italy, the old houses, the valleys filled with grape trees , the olive gardens, the warm tuscan sun and the amazing food.

And so was this place; Villa Catignano. Located near the small city Siena in the middle of Tuscany. Siena is most famous for their horse races in the town square "Piazza del Campo" but they also have alot of other treasures - such as this place where Anna-Karin and Olof got married.

Here is their love story.

The couple´s own words about chosing the location

We had been searching for a long time for a wedding venue, both in the Stockholm area, Västmanland and Dalarna. Nothing felt like the right place of what we had been looking at. Even though, we still booked a place next to Ängsö Castle in Västerås and started planning a little. Then we took a complete turnaround after one of Olof's best friends told us about a three-day wedding in France. “A wonderful wedding in every way you will remember your whole life. It stands out from the crowd in a completely different way and it creates a fantastic feeling ”. Both Olof and I felt that "this is how we want it".

Villa Catignano is part of a beautiful estate including the villa itself and a "fattoria". The classic beauty of Catignano combined with its history, art, and idyllic countryside setting create the perfect backdrop for an unforgettable vacation or exclusive rental.

Nested in the heart of the winemaking region of Chianti Classico, Villa Catignano is a magnificent 17th century building. The peaceful, relaxed environment combined with the proximity to all the most popular cities and towns (Florence, Siena, San Gimignano, Florence, and Arezzo) make it a truly ideal Tuscan destination.

The dress

"I had an early dream image of a wedding dress all in lace. The first time I tried a wedding dress in full lace I immediately felt that this will not work at all. I didn't like it on bit. So it was just to try again, which I did. I found my fantastic dress at the Wedding Shop which is located on St eriksgatan in Vasastan in Stockholm. When I tried the dress for the first time, I got goose bumps and that's a good sign. The dress comes from Watters Willowby and the dress is called Arie."

The Ceremony

"We had preliminary decided on the location of the wedding ceremony based on pictures from the villa and the Italian garden. We wanted to have the fantastic view and opportunity for all guests to be able to sit down during the wedding ceremony. We found a Swedish marriage counselor via Tuscan Pledges and had a lot of wishes about how we wanted our ceremony to look like and Emma, ​​our marriage counselor, did an excellent job. Olof's cousin, Lena Swanberg, is a professional singer and we had the honor of hearing her perform our two songs that we had previously chosen. We gave Lena the freedom to interpret the songs in her own way, and she did so with great care. Songs We Had: The Love Song of Sarah Dawn Finer and Fix You with Coldplay."

The portraits and the couple´s own words about the photographer

"The first contact was made after we had seen a beautiful ballerina image taken by Christell. The picture was funny enough from the love tunnel at Ängsö castle, where we had booked our wedding from the beginning. We liked Christell's photos and the feeling she conveyed. We contacted her and told her about the arrangement and she was available!

The portfolio of photos, reviews, in-person meetings and sample photography was clearly crucial. We had quotes from several photgraphers, but the feeling landed well in the meeting with her as she is a very realxed person. We are so very happy and happy that we came in contact with Christell and can highly recommend her to future wedding couples. The result of the photos made us speechless, the beauty she captured touched us deeply and we are so happy that she joined us during our day "

Dinner time

Location: Villa Catignano, Italy

Wedding dress: Wedding dress from Watters Willowby. Shop: The wedding shop on St Eriksgatan, Stockholm.

Marriage Officer: Tuscan Pledges

Wedding Coordinator: Marry me in Tuscany

Make up and hair: Lidija Malinovskaya

Catering: Class Ricevimenti

Florist: Agriflor Fiori