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Name:Rachel and Dan
Age: Rachel 31, Dan 30
Profession: Rachel Fashion Designer, Dan TV Producer/Director
Where do you come from : Leeds, Yorkshire, UK

1. How did you meet? We met the first year of University in London

2.How did you get engaged? We got engaged on a remote island off the west coast of India, (This was after we had been deported four days earlier from India for not having a visa when we landed, and having to spend 4 days in Doha in the middle east waiting for the Indian embassy to issue one!

3.How did you choose where to conduct the ceremony and have the reception? A friend had been married in Certaldo town hall 5 years earlier, and I had fallen in love with the place. Dan had never even been to Italy when we came over to look at reception venues!

4.What research and planning did you do before the wedding? We spoke to loads of wedding planners and got them to send photos of all the venues they used, none of them were quite right, so we visited the area 4 times before finding what we wanted. Finally we found Villa Paola and literally fell in love with the place. Tuscan Dreams helped us get all the details down to a T on the wedding day from the civil ceremony to the food and the music as well as the flowers.

5.How many guests attended your wedding? 85

6.What did you ‘make from scratch’? I hand made all of the lavender bags which were on all of the ladies place settings.

7.What was your biggest extravagance? My Vera Wang wedding dress, and Dans’ Lanvin suit. Oh and having a wedding in Italy!!

8.Where did you save the most money? Probably by buying the huge amount of alcohol consumed by our guests after the meal from the supermarket. We emptied the Co-Op four times of Birra Moretti!

9.Would you change anything about your wedding? I would pick a day that didn’t rain!!

10.What advice would you give to someone planning a wedding? Try to be calm!!