The number one ingredient for a swoon-worthy wedding is a healthy serving of romance, and Amir & Shiraz’s dreamy Italian ceremony had romance aplenty, both in the aesthetic and the obvious deep, deep love between the two of them.
The pair, originally from Israel, met during their mandatory IDF army service. Amir comforted Shiraz through her homesickness and a best friendship blossomed into true love.
The couple were living in the US at the time of the wedding and decided on Villa Mangiacane in Tuscany, Italy, as a central meeting point to bring together their families from around the world.
We absolutely swooned when we saw Shiraz’s breathtakingly bohemian and fashion-forward dress, and were even more wowed to learn that the dress was made by the bride’s sister, Israeli designer Inbal Raviv. No wonder the dress was so flattering, as it was made with love for the bride by someone with bucket loads of talent and the benefit of knowing her so well.
Roses adorned the chuppah and were a consistent feature in the theme — a meaningful nod to the first flower that Amir gave Shiraz.
We’ll hand over to Shiraz now for the full story of her perfect Jewish wedding day.
How we met
Shiraz, the bride: We met while doing mandatory service in the army in Israel. I was very unsettled and homesick, Amir became my friend and gradually we fell in love. He was always there for me and he still is to this day. My best friend!
Quality family time in Tuscany
We decided to get married in Italy at Villa Mangiacane as our family live all over the world and we wanted to unite them for more than one day, to spend some real quality time together and Italy is a country that has always inspired me. I love the culture, the food, the art and of course the beautiful countryside of Tuscany.
An intimate Jewish wedding
I decided to get a wedding planner quite early on as I have a demanding job and I was uncertain of the legalities of getting married abroad. The Tuscan Wedding made the process really fun, relaxing and took the stress out of it which was great.
In the end, the main thing we wanted was an intimate wedding with our Jewish customs integrated into it and to have lots of fun together as a family. I think the speeches on the day, from Amir and my father and just being all together with our loved ones were what made it so special to us.
Natural, polished hair and makeup
Maniboo a hair and make up company did my make-up and hair which was great. I really didn’t want to be worrying about doing it myself on the day and wanted to feel relaxed. They gave me a natural, polished look.
A dress designed by the bride’s sister
My sister, Inbal Raviv, is the designer of my dress which of course made it even more meaningful. We spent a long time together discussing the design and I tried on a lot of gowns before I knew how I wanted it to be. She is very talented and I felt extremely lucky having my sister design my dress.
The main accessory I had was my floral crown which I loved! Also a long veil with a beautiful lace trim.
I had a beautiful flower girl, my lovely niece, who wore a matching flower crown just like mine.
The handsome groom
Amir looked so handsome as always. He was wearing a classic suit and kissed me as soon as I walked down the aisle.
A simple and romantic chuppah design
I just wanted something simple and elegant for our chuppah design. We had a lace chuppah and its poles were wrapped with roses and flowers.
Our ketubah was very traditional and beautiful.
I think the favourite part of the day for me was overlooking the olive trees with Florence behind them and being in the lodge with all my family and friends behind me.
Soft and romantic roses
Our florist Stiatti Fiori really was amazing. I told her the colours I wanted, peaches, pink, soft and romantic and she put together different ideas for bouquets. In the end the roses were my main flowers, they were meaningful also as the first flower Amir ever gave me was a rose.
Our fabulous photographer
Edoardo Agresti was our photographer and he did an excellent job, I loved the photos which were really atmospheric and he captured so many magical moments of the day.
We also had a videographer, Milaneschi Films, I still often watch our wedding video now, I love it so much. I wish I could re live the wedding all over again.
Shiraz & Amir’s Little White Book
Wedding Planner — The Tuscan Wedding
Photography – Edoardo Agresti
Videography – Milaneschi Films
Venue and catering – Villa Mangiacane
Bride’s dress – Inbal Raviv
Hair + Make up – Maniboo
Flowers – Stiatti Fiori
Lighting – GB Audio