In June I had the absolute honour of shooting a stunning, intimate wedding in Tuscany, Italy.
I’ve known Paul and Rachel since before they got engaged and its been perfect to see their relationship progress from first meeting, to getting engaged and culminating in a gastronomic destination wedding!
We all flew over a couple of days before the wedding day which was a brilliant opportunity for me to get to know the venue and the different locations, and get to know their thoughts on the day.
There were just 20 people invited to the wedding, they were keeping it very small and contained, wishing to treat the wedding as an intimate celebration for their closest friends and family.
And they wanted the photography to reflect this…. natural, relaxed, simple, easy and fun! Obviously right up my street!
The wedding took place over 3 days, Friday to Sunday, all in one location ….. ‘La Selva Giardino del Belvedere‘, Cavriglia, Tuscany…..a private Tuscan villa nestled away in the Chianti Hills, surrounded by olive groves and woods, with a rustic ampitheatre set back from the villa for the hosting of the wedding ceremony. Pure, idillic, Italian charm!
Paul and Rachel (with the efficient assistance of Francesco, whose parents built the villa from all-ethical materials) spent the Thursday getting everything ready for a late night pizza evening on the Friday, where the hand build traditional pizza over was tended to by a pro pizza chef. Arrival of the guests was dotted throughout the day on Friday and despite flight delays and cancellations due to “Industrial Strike” (Italy were playing that night in the Euros!), everyone was there by the evening, and tucking into crisp bread bases, tomato sauce to die for, and the best mozzarella in the land!
Saturday was an early, but relaxed start. Makeup and hair dressing took place upstairs in the Villa whilst Paul and the rest of the guests got ready downstairs. Rachel and the bridesmaids were often seen having a sneaky peak down from the upstairs window on the preparations below.
Despite the months of planning and excitement building up to the day, Paul and Rachel both seemed fairly relaxed (on the outside!) and took everything in their stride.
The day went perfectly and Rachel and Paul got hitched without a hitch! The weather was kind – it had be amazingly hot in the days before but on the wedding day there were episodes of cloud which took the edge off for both the ceremony and the meal outside the front of the villa.
The 7 course meal was sublime, the speeches were emotional and heartfelt, and dancing under stars and lightbulbs in the Chianti Hills countryside was a first for pretty much everyone there, me included! As the light disappeared, the sparklers came out for some photographic fun, and there was even some karaoke!
It was the perfect destination wedding, and I was privileged to be there.
Ps – if you’re planing your destination wedding and are still looking for a photographer, contact me for a very special offer.
Bye for now ……. x