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This incredible Italian venue is the stuff wedding legends are made of, ancient stone architecture, an old world church and scenic hillside views. Castel Monastero, an 11th century monastery surrounded by the peace and quiet of the hills near Siena proved the perfect backdrop for the gorgeous destination ceremony of LWW couple Melissa and Mario who exchanged vows in a delightful little church in front of their closest friends and family.

When planning their destination wedding, the couple knew they wanted an Italian venue to unite their guests and resident family for a long awaited celebration. The gorgeous crumbling stone arches and cobblestone courtyard set the stage for a beautiful day.

Lush olive branches and white roses adorned the reception, providing a subtle, compliment to the castle's natural beauty, all captured by the talented eye of photographer David Bastianoni.

Melissa looked radiant in a tailored modern gown from Pronovias Atelier and Mario was bespoked to perfection in an elegant tux with white rose boutonniere. Gourmet restaurant La Cantina, under the auspices of Gordon Ramsay and headed by Executive Chef Stylianos Sakalis prepared enough delicious Italian food and local wine to keep the guests well fed and watered throughout the night long celebration.

A wedding and honeymoon in Chiantishire means being surrounded by vineyards and spectacular views reminiscent of a Medieval fresco. It’s more than a venue, it’s like being enveloped by one of the most beautiful parts of Italy. View the gallery for more.