Having developed a love of fine shoes late in life, it was upon wearing a newly-acquired pair of red velvet Marc Jacobs heels that Lauren met Joe — or rather Joe spied Lauren’s red shoes — as she crossed the road to attend a plush London soiree. It so happened that Joe was also attending the same event and spent the rest of the evening trying to find the owner of the red shoes. Eventually, after much searching, he did and they hit it off immediately. The rest, as they say, is history and Lauren and Joe were married in the incredible grounds of ‘La Sorgente di Francesca’ — a lovingly-restored Borgo dating back to 1400, which nestles gently in the rolling Tuscan hills of the ancient village of Fiesole, just outside Florence.
Before the wedding. the couple were photographed around Florence with Lauren wearing her red shoes in a nod to how they first met. The following day, wearing an elegant, beaded strapless dress, flowers in her hair, and carrying a bouquet of cream roses, gardenias and jasmine, Lauren married Joe who wore a suit he’d had handmade in Venice with a Scottish thistle as his button.
Following an intimate chuppah ceremony, their guests enjoyed an aperitivo of local delicacies and fine wine and relaxed by the poolside in the warm afternoon sunshine, as the sound of jazz filled the air. After the official photographs that included shots of the beautiful surroundings and Tuscan scenery, the couple and their guests were piped into dinner by a Scot’s piper before dining on a feast of Italian specialities at a square table decorated with sunflowers. Later in the evening after the sun had gone down, the courtyard became their dance floor where the jazz band took to the stage once more to entertain Lauren, Joe and their guest as they danced under the stars.
Mazel tov, Lauren and Joe!
Photographer: Belle Momenti Photography