We have another fabulous venue to introduce to all couples who are considering Tuscany as their dream wedding destination. Its an incredible canvas for all your wedding ideas and is pretty much guaranteed to put a smile on your face!
Yellow is a high energy colour – it’s the lightest hue on the colour spectrum and is uplifting and illuminating offering hope, happiness, cheerfulness and fun! Yellow is the best colour to create enthusiasm and awaken confidence and optimism. It is an all-round positive and appealing colour and one that plays an important role in the colour palette of Tuscany. In fact, if we were to assign colours to the various regions of Italy, Tuscany would be bathed in yellow: from the rolling hills ranging from ocher to mustard, fields of grain, through the straw yellow of the fields of wheat to the bright, vibrant hue of straw yellow wheat fields and the meadows full of sunflowers during the summer months.
Just 30 minutes east of Lucca up in the hills you will find the town of San Martino in Colle, where you can find an enormous 500-year-old oak tree. According to local folklore, witches would gather for the Sabbath under the foliage of this centuries-old tree, earning it the nickname “Oak of the Witches”, it is also where you will find the very pretty, very bright and very aptly-named La Casa Gialla (Yellow House).
The entrance to the villa is from the road directly in front of the property. The villa itself is set back from the road in an elevated position, so what little traffic does pass by will in no means impact on your little piece of Tuscan heaven.
Immediately to the left just inside the entrance gate is the small and quaint private chapel – which remains consecrated and is available for very intimate religious ceremonies.
From the chapel there is a slight incline in the path leading up to the villa. Picture this during the warmer months when the flowers are in full bloom and vibrant with colour. Surrounding the property are olive groves – we visited on Palm Sunday and saw many local people heading to church to bless the olive branches in their hands before making their way to the cemeteries to visit lost loved ones – a very poignant Italian tradition that on this peaceful Sunday morning only added to the blissful serenity of this wonderful location.
Our host at La Casa Gialla was the super friendly Tania Pracchia who kindly agreed to meet us early on this Sunday morning.
The villa offers a special atmosphere of calm tranquility – it is so very relaxing and the garden and the views help to create a fabulously picturesque and awe-inspiring setting for your wedding celebrations.
It is very easy to appreciate why guests feel inclined, perhaps even compelled – not long after arriving – to kick off their shoes and enjoy the feel of the lush green grass beneath their feet.
With a chilled glass of prosecco in hand, luxuriating in verdant wonder and enveloped by the delicious perfumes of nature – this is the beginning of a wedding experience at La Casa Gialla.
The Villa was built in the 19th century though the interior has recently been renovated in a modern style by the Florentine Architect Claudio Nardi. The contrast between the exterior and interior make this venue an exciting option for styling.
The interior reception room can be styled for a chilled lounge atmosphere or, when needed, it can be used for a wedding reception accommodating up to 130 guests. Menus can be created on-site thanks to the resident catering kitchen.
The villa is in a prestigious and prime location and is blessed with 360 degree panoramic views. The immaculately landscape gardens are filled with roses, wisteria and camellias, but the dominant feature in the gardens is the centuries-old Lebanon cedar tree.
The garden area can be styled and arranged to a couple’s plans and preferences and this is a feature we particularly loved! There is a natural area for the wedding ceremony, with a rustic stone table positioned under a lovely pergola. In the summer months the pergola creates a wisteria canopy for the bride and groom. However, as these photo show, you can choose your own perfect spot in the gardens for your ceremony.
As soon as we saw the two circular stone seating areas – perfect for a more intimate wedding – we began indulging in a little creative planning and designed dreaming… imagine exchanging your vows in a symbolic ceremony as the sun sets, under a tree draped and decorated with lanterns or fairy lights.
We envisage this setting, styled informally with white cushions for guests, a small ceremony table for the celebrant and chairs for the bride and groom. For an Autumn wedding reception this area would look so cosy, decorated for a nighttime gathering – decorated with lanterns and candles and perhaps a firepit too. Or why not decorate this setting for a candlelit, romantic first dance…so many wonderful ideas and opportunities!
La Casa Gialla is part of the Matrimoni in Ville association – an initiative through the Comune (town hall) of Capannori which permits a small number of historical villas to host legally-valid civil wedding ceremonies on-site. This option not only allows you to take full advantage of your chosen venue as the backdrop to your whole wedding day, it also makes wedding day events less stressful as hosting all events on the same site means you and your guests don’t need to be transported from one location to another.
Capannori’s wine capitol, Montecarlo, is a short 5-minute drive from the villa and is a perfect location for capturing photographs of the bride and groom, against the backdrop of the characteristic town, once used by the Lucchese aristocracy as a summer residence, away from the heat of the city.
There is so much to love about this venue, its location and its surrounding area. Why not add a little Tuscan sunshine to your wedding day and evoke the happiness, cheer and uplifting atmosphere that surrounds La Casa Gialla as the theme and backdrop to your dream Tuscan wedding!
If your heart now belongs to La Casa Gialla and you would like to find out more about your wedding at this gorgeous venue please get in touch email@example.com