Sandra & Robert
18 of September, 2014
  • Welcome to Our Invitation

    We cordially invite all our friends and family to our wedding celebration from September 13 through September 20.

    Your gift to us is your presence

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    News of interest

    Sandra traveled to Italy in search of a Villa .

    Sandra toured a few properties and selected Villa Piaggia as the Villa to host our festivities.

    Sandra and Rob work diligently on this site.

    Having spent a few days locked in our office the site is finally looking pretty nice. We both had to get out of the house for fear of going stir crazy!

    Sandra finds the perfect wedding gown.

    Sandra sets out with Lois, Kathryn and Sally on a dress quest for the perfect Wedding Gown. I'm loving Vera Wang right now YEAH!! (hint,hint)

    Sandra and Rob head to Italy to coordinate lodging and events.

    We will be traveling to Italy to coordinate the event vendors and survey the lodging options. Our plan is to reserve enough rooms at the properties we feel our friends would enjoy. Please check back soon for more details under the travel tab.

    Future update.

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  • Travel information

    Travel options:

    We'd love our guests to spend the week in Italy and attend all of the events.

    Most guests will want to fly into Rome. From there you can rent a car or ride the train to Florence. We take possession of the Villa on Saturday morning Sept 13.

    There is also an option to fly into Pisa making a connection with Alitalia (other carriers offer flights into Pisa from most other European cities). From Pisa you can also rent a car.

    Lodging options:

    For those guests not staying at the Villa, Sandra and I will be visiting the local area around the beginning of May. We will be previewing the candidate hotels in the San Gimignano area (one of the closest towns to the villa) and will provide detailed recommendations upon our return.

    Please visit for information and more detailed directions.

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    Plains, Trains and Automobiles or Vespas


    Fly into Rome Fiumicino Airport a 3 hour car ride to the Villa.
    Fly into Florence Amerigo Vespucci Airport 55 minutes by car.
    Pisa Galileo Galilei Airport 35 minutes by car. MORE

    Trains for scheduled and ticket purchases MORE


    Enterprise or National car rental are located at the Rome airport MORE


    You'll miss the festivities!
    You may want to choose from the options above!


  • About our Wedding

    The celebrations will be held at Villa Piaggia September 13 - 20.

    Wedding ceremony September 18th.
    Rehearsal dinner (Masquerade Ball) September 17th.
    See schedule at right for further details and other events.

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    September 13 Saturday

    Everyone arrives in Italy

    3:00 Checkin Villa Piaggia

    7:00 Outdoor Italian Pizza Party ~ Cocktails Pool loggia (casual attire)

    September 14 Sunday

    9:00 Breakfast Villa Piaggia

    Free day for Sightseeing ~ Pool ...

    12:00 Welcome Lunch (casual attire)

    7:30 Local Dinner in town (smart casual attire)

    September 15 Monday

    9:00 Breakfast Villa Piaggia

    10:30 Girl's Shopping Trip in Florence

    10:30 Boys Vespa tour in Chianti

    Bus departs Villa Piaggia at 10:00 AM returns at 7:00 PM

    7:30 Dinner at Villa Piaggia (business casual attire)

    September 16 Tuesday

    9:00 Breakfast Villa Piaggia

    Free day for Sightseeing ~ Local tours

    6:00 Wine Tasting and Dinner Villa Dianella (business casual attire) Adults only

    8:00 Local Dinner (smart ~ business casual attire)

    September 17 Wednesday

    9:00 Breakfast Villa Piaggia

    Free day for Sightseeing ~ Local tours ~ pool

    6:00 Masquerade Ball (formal attire) Venetian masks are provided ~ Transportation provided from Hotel.

    7:00 Cocktails

    8:00 Dinner at Villa Piaggia ~ Masquerade Ball / Dancing ~ Catered Italian Buffet.

    September 18 Thursday

    9:00 Breakfast Villa Piaggia

    Free day for Sightseeing

    6:00 Transportation provided from Hotel.

    7:00 Cocktails (cocktail attire)

    7:30 Wedding Ceremony Villa Piaggia

    8:00 Reception Dinner ~ Celebration

    September 19 Friday

    10:00 Breakfast Villa Piaggia (with Aspirin and Bloody Marys)

    Free day for rest and recovery

    5:00 Garden Cocktail Party Villa Piaggia (casual attire)

    6:00 Farewell Dinner ~ Italian cooking class (casual attire)

    September 20 Saturday

    09:30 Checkout

  • Our Parents

    Yolanda and Memmo

    Reside in Italy.

    Bill and Linda

    Reside in Arkansas.

    Bob and Marilyn

    Reside in Florida.

    Our Siblings

    Kevin & Lori Gauthier

    Reside in Tacoma, Washington with their beautiful children Tori, Teresa, Jake and Emily.

    Bill & Anne Gauthier

    Reside in Kirkland, Washington with their beautiful children Alex and Natalie.

    Mike & Louisa Gauthier

    Reside in London, England and are the proud new parents of beautiful baby Henry.

    Lois Hamblet

    Resides in Florida, Rhode Island and Cape Cod, Massachusetts. She has 2 beautiful daughters Miriam and Lydia.

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  • More

    When we set out to plan our wedding we wanted to find a beautiful place that we could gather our close family and friends and have a celebration. It did not take us long to decide on Italy and since food and wine is such an important part of our lives we of course thought of Tuscany. Sandra traveled to Italy to investigate with help from Memmo and Yolanda. After touring several Villas in the Florence, Sienna and Umbria regions she found the perfect Villa in Florence, Villa Piaggia ( a small quaint Villa located 15 minutes outside of San Gimignano.

    While in Florence Sandra purchased the invitations made from typical Florentine paper inspired by the traditional Renaissance patterns originally dating back to the early 15th century and still popular today.

    We have set a few wine tastings for the week including one from Le Tre Sorelle, an old family friend that has a vineyard in Chianti and another from Villa Dianella ( in Vinci, Florence the sister Villa to the one we are staying at. They will also be hosting the Italian cooking class set up during the week.

    There will also be a day for the boys to tour Chianti by Vespa ( while the girls tour Florence ( for a shopping trip (we can always swap that around boys!!) Bring your golf clubs if you’d like Castelfalfi Golf Club is only 5 km away. The Villa has a beautiful swimming pool that can be shared by all of our guests during the day if you choose to relax after sightseeing or just want to spend a lazy day by the pool.

    The idea is for everyone to have a fun and relaxing week (please see wedding calendar for more information) being able to mix in personal sightseeing with our events. The wedding ceremony will be on September 18. The rehearsal dinner, the night before, will be a traditional Venetian masquerade Ball (so if you’ve purchased one of the masks years ago this is the time to use it) if not don’t worry we will have lots of extras for you, also a great time to pull out those long formal dresses that have been hanging in your closet that you are desperate to wear again!

    Our suggestion is that you rent a car from the airport. There is also transportation available at the Pisa Airport and Florence train station to San Gimignano Hotel, however a car will offer greater freedom. Transportation will be provided on the 17th and 18th from Villa Piaggia to San Gimignano.

    You know you are in love when you can't fall asleep because reality is finally better than your dreams -Dr. Seuss

    We are looking forward to seeing you in September