Facibeni Fotografia

Destination wedding photographers in Tuscany, The Italian Riviera and internationally

Our blog is all about getting married in Tuscany & The Italian Riviera – in other words, some of the most romantic locations in the world – and having that special day photographed by world-class professionals. We provide you with an in-depth look at the work we have done for the many happy couples that have chosen Facibeni Fotografia for their special day. Check out our photos and let them speak for ourselves!
If you like our style and you’d love to be one of the happy couples that enjoy our service, contact us!

By reading this blog you’ll discover the most amazing locations to tie the knot in and around Tuscany, Italy and internationally (yes, we love to travel). You’ll be able to browse our photographs from the most popular wedding destinations, as well as our secret locations, the most romantic seaside landscapes, and enchanting vineyards.
We describe shooting weddings under the Tuscan sun, reassuring you that everything is going to be just fine, and exactly how we get the perfect photographs worthy of your perfect day. Overcoming the challenges that we face is part of our job and it’s so worth it when we see the beaming smiles on the faces of newlywed couples.
Whether you want your wedding to be traditional and classic or modern and innovative we will have what you are looking for. Your wedding should be one of the most memorable days of your lifetime, keep reading to find out how we can make your dream day a reality.

But our blog is not just about weddings: we also shot fantastic prenup and engagement sessions, as well as honeymoons and touching marriage proposals! We love our work and we are always excited to tell you all about our couples. They could be having their “the special day”, an anniversary session, or the groom-to-be may be surprising her in the breathtaking scenery overlooking the sea.
We like to think: “That’s Amore!”

Find out more about us here, or feel free to get in touch if you have any questions.

Gloria + Brennan | Elopement in Tuscany

wedding in Borgo Santo Pietro, Siena, Tuscany

Elopement in Tuscany

This is not the real Tuscany. While we were in one of the most beautiful locations I’ve ever seen, as a Tuscan, born and raised in Tuscany, I argued that the one in front of us was not the real Tuscany. I realized how difficult it was to explain it to two American guys, who looked at me with curiosity and perhaps even a bit of worry. And they were right! Had I been in their shoes, I would have certainly thought it. Borgo Santo Pietro, the location of today’s wedding, is located in southern Tuscany, the one with round hills and endless fields of sunflowers to admire while strolling along the long roads that run through the countryside. A stone’s throw from the famous Abbey of San Galgano, there’s this wonderful luxury resort that Gloria and Brennan have chosen as the venue of their wedding. 

The resort consists of a large old villa, which houses the restaurant and the reception, around which the property spreads throughout.… read more...

Julia + Paul | Wedding in Florence

Villa di Maiano Wedding photo

Florence wedding at Villa di Maiano

I hate weddings on the beach, especially when they are 40 degrees and I melt at the thought of going outside my studio. Julia and Paul fully understand me because, living in Dubai, they know how it feels to work in extreme conditions. And it was thanks to their marriage on a hill in Florence that I was saved from the hell of Versilia during a hot day in late August. Julia and Paul, although they are 100% English, have lived in the UAE for several years now. Their wedding was the occasion to once again meet family and friends who live far away. What better place than Florence to do this? Julia and Paul, in fact, love Italy and its beautiful life. Wouldn’t you like to enjoy a delicious meal under the starry sky with the sound of crickets accompanying the dinner? If you were forced to live mostly indoors, you’d probably experience Italian Dolce Vita on the most beautiful day of your life.… read more...

Elisa + Tommaso | Wedding in Montecatini Terme

Picture taken during a wedding in Montecatini Terme, Tuscany, italy

Wedding at Tettuccio SPA in Montecatini Terme

If you are planning your wedding in Tuscany from abroad, it is likely that you have not seen even half of the possible venues. And, it is very likely that the one you have chosen is not the one that suits you most. Surely you know that the choice of venue is the most critical thing after the choice of a partner with whom you will spend the rest of your life. There is nothing worse than a bad venue to ruin a memorable event. How? Have you ever attended a wedding under the rain? If you’re from UK, you are prepared for this. But, if you decided to get married in Italy because of its fantastic and mild climate you’d never want it to happen. But, in the unlikely event that it was to rain, is your venue equipped to handle this? For this reason, a good venue is the first fundamental choice when designing a memorable wedding, especially for those couples who are planning a wedding from abroad.… read more...

Sharon + Lester | Pre wedding in Venice

picture taken during a pre wedding session in venice, italy

Pre wedding photos in Venice

What could be more romantic than your treasured wedding photographs being taken amongst a backdrop of Venice’s famous canals and bridges? Why not tell the story of a couple from Singapore, who chose, out of all of the beautiful destinations in Europe and the rest of the world, the Italian lagoon, Venice, for their pre-wedding photo shoot? Maybe it is because Venice is unique? Or maybe it is because Venice offers incredible scenery for wedding photos? When couples ask me to take their wedding photographs in Venice, I always feel very happy. Amongst many photographers in the world, thankfully I have had the chance to work in a range of fairy-tale venues. Just think about Tuscany, which is usually my battlefield. However, sometimes customers call me with a request to take their photographs in Venice. Between the engagement sessions, marriage proposals and even family portraits, during the last few years I have had more and more requests for pre-wedding sessions in the most beautiful location in Italy.… read more...

Carolina + Alessandro | Wedding in Pietrasanta

portrait of a couple during their beautiful wedding in Versilia

White Pietrasanta wedding at Twiga Beach Versilia

To  better describe Carolina and Alessandro’s wedding it’s necessary to take a step back and tell the story of these two Tuscan guys. The two protagonists were born and raised in Tuscany, in the province of Pistoia. Here they attended the same high school, but their eyes have never met. The fate, mocking, expected that the time was ripe for them to meet. Indeed Carolina and Alessandro met in Milan, in a law firm, where they both now work. And so, between a folder  and the other, in a short time they tied the knot, assisted by their beautiful baby girl, Carlotta, their families and friends. PIETRASANTA WAS THE PERFECT SCENARIO FOR THIS WEDDING The center of this Apuan town is home to one of the most beautiful churches in Tuscany. The Cathedral is clad externally in white Carrara marble; the interior is completely painted with frescoes, rich and gorgeous. The bride, who got  prepared within the town, chose to arrive at the church on foot, walking on  the cobbled stone streets among  the curious glances of the families who crowded the square.… read more...

Katharina + Christoph | Wedding in Versilia

Pictures taken during the wedding of Katarina & Christoph @ Villa Grey in Forte dei Marmi, Tuscany, Italy

Katharina and Christoph, a chic wedding in Forte dei Marmi

Forte dei Marmi is certainly summer location for a public that loves small seaside towns, perfect in every detail, ideal for walking and enjoying the beautiful Italian life. This small town is the focal point to visit the cities of Lucca, Pisa and Florence, but it is also famous for good restaurants, good shopping and luxury in every corner. Right here Katharina and Christoph, two guys from neighboring Austria have decided to celebrate their wedding. When I met this couple, a few days before the wedding, I quickly realized that their wedding would have been a stylish and intimate one. Katharina, gorgeous in a simple but elegant dress, was beaming. Beautiful in white, with a true diva behavior. For makeup and hairstyle she chose a Mediterranean look: a low clump for the hairstyle and eyes perfectly framed. A style that I immediately loved. The groom kept up with her in an elegant suit signed Gucci.… read more...

Virginia & Franz | Pre Wedding in London

Notting Hill pre wedding pictures

Pre Wedding in London: Virginia & Franz

Every time I went to London during the last few years, I wondered how it would be to create an entire photo shoot in the city. London is a wonderful city, modern and lively. It  maintained its style and its authenticity, although it has been often renovated in recent years. Many friends of mine live and work here; every time  coming here  is an opportunity to embrace them and greet them, as well as to do some  shopping! It’s the dream of every respecting photographer to be able to combine work and travelling. Although I have often been busy with weddings in Tuscany, taking  photographs away from home is an experience to be repeated several times. I do not mean traveler’s  photos or reportage of the city: I’m talking about  portraiture of weddings, then real work in an environment completely different from the usual. A couple, the background of a new city and the photographer who takes care of relating  the two elements; all around people who speak another language, with their habits and their customs.… read more...

Ashley + Alonzo | Wedding in the countryside of Florence

beautiful bride is looking in the camera for a portrait

Wedding in the countryside of Florence. Ashley & Alonzo

Anyone who has been called by friends and relatives to take pictures on a particular occasion, knows how much responsibility and pressure we wedding photographers have to bear. I have known many people who would never would do my job. However, the satisfaction of always seeing joyful moments and beautiful locations repays me for all this stress. Try to think for a moment what it means to take pictures at the wedding of another photographer! Yes, because Alonzo is a talented photographer from Las Vegas, who has married his sweetheart Ashley in the countryside of Tuscany on an Autumn day. The wedding was celebrated in a villa outside Florence, in front of a few friends and guests. An intimate wedding, with symbolic rite in front of the panorama of the Chianti in the silence and the atmosphere of the most authentic Tuscany . I was talking about Alonzo … actually he was not terrible at all!… read more...

Klaudia + Gerard | Wedding in California USA

Pictures from the wedding of Klaudia & Gerard, celebrated in Bacara Resort, Goleta, USA

From Tuscany to California… the story of a boundless love

We had left them here, after Gerard asked Klaudia to marry him in the beautiful setting of Monterosso, in the Cinque Terre. After their engagement session between Manarola and Florence, we did not really think that the two future newlyweds would have asked us to be part of their big day … let alone in California! Klaudia and Gerard chose Santa Barbara to celebrate the wedding with family and friends, a town in the middle of California, about two hours drive from Los Angeles, where the couple lives and works. Every now and then a change of scenery is good. As soon as we arrived we were overwhelmed by a warm welcome, usually intended for distant friends that you don’t meet very often. The wedding of Klaudia and Gerard has allowed us to take advantage of unusual scenarios and new locations, to know nice people and be part of what has been a very special day.… read more...

Lara + Cristiano | Wedding in San Galgano

Pictures from the wedding of Lara & Cristiano celebrated in the abbey of San Galgano. The reception was in Tenuta di Bichi Borghesi, Siena, Italy

Wedding in San Galgano. Two photographers get married.

It’s been only 4 years since I first met Lara. I met her in Florence, in a photography studio where I had been working for a few years. She, a university student of photography about to graduate; I, an advertising photographer with a real passion for weddings. Since that February 2009 more than 1500 days have passed; we’ve spent together many beautiful days, worked a lot and travelled little, but always as if the wedding of those people who entrusted us was our own. So, after a holiday to the Canary Island, we decided that it was the right time to be on the other side; putting the cameras aside, we wore our wedding dresses and, after a few months of tiring preparation, we got married at the end of may surrounded by friends and relatives. The civil ceremony took place in the frame of the Abbey of San Galgano, near Siena.… read more...

Claire + Brady | Wedding in Montecastelli

picture taken during a wedding in villa montecastello in siena

Canadian wedding in Villa di Montecastelli, close to Siena: Claire and Brady

The only type of communication we had before their wedding with Claire and Brady, a lovely Canadian couple, was via emails. That’s why we had no idea about their characters or whatever we usually find out during the engagement sessions before the marriage. When we arrive to Villa di Montecastelli, an ancient renovated fortress overlooked Francigena street, the mystery was finally unrevealed. The young couple welcomed us with warmth and kindness: after a few hours we felt like being at home and it didn’t look like we were working. Claire and Brady celebrated their wedding in the beautiful garden of the Villa, where we realized the photo shoot below. Villa Montecastelli offers a really spectacular setting to those who love Tuscany: besides the ancient walls you lose sight of the mold curves of Siena hills which inebriate all your senses. Talking about senses, do we want to talk about taste? The owner of the Villa, Jens Schmidt, is also an exceptional chef.… read more...

Isabelle + Roland | Wedding in Forte dei Marmi

Bride and groom under the door of their villa for the wedding in Versilia

Wedding by the sea in Forte dei Marmi: Isabelle + Ronald

Few women have Isabelle’s inner elegance and posture. This bride, whom we had the pleasure to picture at her wedding, is surely one of the most delicate and sweet girl we met during our career as wedding photographers. On her side, Ronald, an excellent groom to be: charming, lively, attentive. A very exceptional couple, like their wedding indeed: the two fiancées chose Villa Grey in Forte dei Marmi as location for their wedding party. Obviously, Versilia is a really magic place for a visitor coming from beyond the Alps: golden beaches wide spread, the blue of the sky blending with the green of the surrounding hills… a real paradise of romanticism! Perfect for a wedding near the sea. That’s why Isabelle and Ronald’s choice could not be better: with their inner taste and class, they have been able to organize a really chic event. After the ceremony into the church, the party was given on Forte dei Marmi beach, at the feet of the majestic Villa Grey.… read more...

Francesca + Parker | Wedding in Montepulciano

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Wedding in Montepulciano: Francesca + Parker

What kind of link is possible among a little town in Calabria, a canadian city and the beautiful Montepulciano in Tuscany? Maybe more than one, but the one we’re going to reveal is surely the most romantic: Francesca and Parker’s wedding. Francesca is a gorgeous girl with typical mediterranean beauty: tall, dark haired and an enchanting smile. Her family, in fact, has its origin in Calabria, even if she’s grown up in Canada, where her parents moved years ago. There Francesca met Parker, a young canadian guy who, for handsomeness and posture, looks like an actor of the twenties. The ceremony was last October in the magnificent church of Santa Maria delle Grazie in Montepulciano. Why did they choose Montepulciano for their wedding? The couple immediately explained to us their love for Italy in general (being a contributing factor Francesca’s family origins) and, mostly , for the green landscapes of Tuscany.… read more...

Courtney + Nick | Wedding in Umbria

Wedding in a Castle in Umbria

Wedding in Castello di Borgia: Courtney and Nick

Umbria, a Thursday in September. I check out the reminder note I printed in the morning: ok, the address’s right. In front of me stands out the impressive Borgia Castle, a majestic building of medieval age. I’m here for a wedding that’s a bit different from the usual ones, first of all for the venue. I am in Passignano sul Trasimeno. Bye bye Tuscany, today I stray. The wedding will be celebrated tomorrow, but I preferred to move in advance, so I have the time to see the place and look for the best spots for photographs. I don’t know much about Nick and Courtney, but the little I know excite me: I going to shoot the wedding of a young Canadian couple who work as….models. Oh yes! Friday’s morning, the sun is a little shy, it’s hidden behind the clouds and mostly behind the towers of the castle, whose park is going to host the wedding ceremony.… read more...

Alexandra + Jay | Engagement in Florence

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Engagement session in Florence. Alexandra and Jay!

Alexandra is one of those girls who, the moment you see them- bang!- they strike you right in the heart with their disarming beauty and unbelievable cheerfulness. Florentines know it well, because, one May afternoon, they have stared at her while she was walking on the cobblestones of the city, close to her future husband. What to say about Jay, her groom to be? At the meeting, we had in front of us an handsome dark-haired, tall and polished guy who has not left indifferent the women walking in the centre of Florence. But let’s step back. In Spring we received an email from two young New-Yorkers, Alexandra and Jay, who had decided to leave the big apple for their wedding to exchange their eternal promises here in Tuscany, on the mild hills of the Florentine hinterland. As always, we have asked them to meet a couple of weeks before the wedding to realize an engagement photo session, so that we could know each other better and get some photo memories of their trip to Tuscany, different from those that would have been taken properly on the wedding day.… read more...