February 20, 2023 /
La Casa Toscana Wedding
This Olive & European inspired wedding at La Casa Toscana in Ft. Meyers, FL is best described from Bianca & Franco’s perspective.
A trip to Spain early in their relationship brought the pair to tour an olive grove , where they learned not only about olives and the olive oil process, but of life, patience, care, and nurturing. They opted for a symbolic olive oil ceremony during their nuptials, which consisted of pouring two cruets of oil into one with the very olive oil from their trip, Basilippo.
Having Hungarian, Spanish, and Italian roots, their wedding aimed to answer the question “how can we bring Europe to Florida?” . They discovered La Casa Toscana with its European flair that fit the bill.
With Bianca’s parents having passed earlier and just months apart, it was also important to honor their memory. Her mother Rose passed the day the couple became engaged, so roses were an important element included. Their “Follow the bells” seating chart consisted of bells each guest received with their name on it, which were adorned with a rose pattern.
The detail to symbolism continued to the white dinner jacket that Franco wore and the gloves that Bianca wore, as tributes to weddings of the past, meant to convey an old-world feel of sophistication that looked elevated yet not overworked. Even more meaningful, Bianca & Franco chose to hold an intimate ceremony in a church in lieu of a rehearsal.
Published in Martha Stewart Weddings.
Photography, Kristin La Voie Photography
Ceremony and Reception Venue, La Casa Toscana
Wedding Planning and Event Design, Jacqui Resop & Kathie Resop of SBS Weddings & Events
Videography, D.S. Wedding Films
Floral Design, Tom Trovato Event Floral & Design
Invitations, Jenny Olsen of Studio Wren & Co.
Other Paper Products, Megan Miller of Luster Designs
Officiant, Father Noel Clarke
Bride’s Gown, Bridal Reflections
Overskirt, Leah Da Gloria
Bridal Cape, Galia Lahav
Bridal Gloves, Sermoneta Gloves
Shoes, Jimmy Choo
Hair, Duality Artistry
Makeup, Dani Perez
Bridesmaids’ Dresses, Amsale
Groom’s Attire, Men’s Wearhouse
Groomsmen’s Attire, Men’s Wearhouse
Engagement Ring, Mayors Jewelers
Wedding Bands, Mayors Jewelers
Ceremony Music, The Vanderbilt Strings
Cocktail Hour and Reception Music, None Other Band
Catering, Artichoke & Company
Cake, SassyCakes of Naples
Gelato Cart, Sospiri
Desserts, Aux Delices Artisan Bakery and Cafe
Linens, BBJ La Tavola
Tabletop Rentals, Treasury Rentals
Chair Rentals, Southern Chairs
Transportation, Dolphin Transportation