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Francesca Vitale, 29, and Marco Polistena, 32, who are setting up a business in Firenze together, said ‘I do’ at Chiesa di San Giovanni Battista, in Ortigia, followed by a reception at Commenda di San Calogero in Catania, Italy

Budget: £25,000

Floral budget: £3,000

Marco and I met 10 years ago on holiday in Tropea in the South of Italy. This was one of the reasons why we wanted an outdoor ceremony with hippy-chic style and a dreamy allure.

We wanted to keep things simple and intimate; an effortless outdoors wedding that was elegant and romantic, so we played with the lights and had an abundance of hanging flowers to create the perfect dreamy atmosphere.

Our venue was Commenda di San Calogero, a gorgeous Sicilian country house. We loved the cohesion of rustic Sicilian charm with a hint of luxury. We loved being outdoors surrounded by lush gardens and beautiful landscapes, as well as the Mediterranean colours and the white stone of the century-old architecture.

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