Set atop the lush hills of Lucca, surrounded by olive groves and verdant grape vines, Lil and Ruudi said “I do”. There wedding was a blending of beloved traditions they brought from their home of Estonia mixed with their love and appreciation of Italian food, wine and craftsmanship.
The day began early with a dip in the panoramic pool, followed by a leisurely breakfast at the farmhouse. Lil prepared for the big day in a separate villa found on the same grounds, in the cheerful company of her sister, girlfriends and mother. While Ruudi prepared in the stone cottage just a stone throw’s away from Lil’s villa.
In their intimate ceremony, they chose to perform the hand fasting ritual, which ends with blessings given to the couple by the people that are important in their lives. A beautiful hand stitched strip of lace is placed over the joined hands of the couple as they receive the blessing. Incredibly heartfelt and personal, this was a special moment for the entire wedding party.
Directly after the ceremony, Lil and Ruudi deftly incorporated the Estonian tradition of sending away the brides maiden name, with an original touch. Lil was a women’s golf champ in Estonia, and so they penciled the letters of her maiden name, one per golf ball, onto the balls, and then sent away each letter with a swing of the club. Members of her family and golf pals assisted in this original interpretation of an old tradition and everyone had a good laugh. It turns out, swinging a gold club in high heels in not so easy.