The catholic ceremony has always been part and story of Italian tradition. Nothing is more complete than the exchange of an eternal promise made in front of the altar of God. It’s centuries that the most beautiful churches in Tuscany celebrate the most felt and vibrant weddings.
From the most majestic cathedrals to the small churches in the medieval hamlets, every place has a unique charm. Be guided by a wedding photographer to discover the best church wedding Tuscany and Italy.Read more!
We, wedding photographers, know every single stone, every column or marble plate, placed on the sacred ground of these areas. And we know how important and conscious is the choice of this rite: that’s why we always move with respect and discretion, to let the couple and the priest have all the deepness that this moment requires.
Getting married with the catholic rite means following a life project that your wedding already knows , to dive into the hands of faith that will lead your love agreement to the top of completion and religious satisfaction.
Please see below some photos taken during a super stylish wedding at Vincigliata Castle.
The bride and the groom got ready in a farmhouse in the countryside of Tuscany, near the city centre. They meet each other in the majestic Chiesa di Ognissanti for the religious blessing. I took their couple portraits in the most attractive spots of Florence before the newlyweds meet their friend and families at Vincigliata Castle for the reception.
The cocktail took place in the garden with a view. The dinner, candlelit, was held in the beautiful courtyard. The full post will follow soon. In the meanwhile, please enjoy some pretty photos!… read more...
April, in Italy, is the month of blossoming. Spring has just begun: trees and plants awaken after the long winter and begin to show the best of themselves. Colourful flowers peek out into the earlier frozen fields of Tuscany. Rain comes and, within a few hours, it gives way to blazing red sunsets. With a little luck, April is the perfect month to celebrate a wedding in Florence and surrounding countryside.
The bride and the groom are both Parisians. What better location than the French capital to organise an unforgettable wedding? Tuscany, maybe. Yes, because these lovebirds were looking for something different for their marriage. Tuscany and Villa Castelletti hit them straight in the heart.
So, having discovered one of the most beautiful venues in Florence, they began to look for a church that could hold a Catholic Mass in French for them, their families and the many guests. The choice fell on Santa Maria Delle Carceri in Prato, a 1400 building with an imposing Greek cross plan, located in the centre of Prato.… read more...
If I say their names, Paola and Sergio, it’s easy to think that these are two Italian guys. But this lovely couple, who celebrated their Cinque Terre Wedding in Monterosso al Mare, is 100% English and lives in the most British city in the United Kingdom, that is London.
But how is this possible, given that their last name is Italian? On a beautiful day in late June, we finally solved the mystery.
The fathers of Paola and Sergio are Italian and have married two English girls, with whom they spent the rest of their lives in the UK. None of them have forgotten their origins and language; in addition to the name and surname they passed on to their children their passion for Italy, even if the latter do not speak Italian fluently. A flaw which you can pass on once you’ve met them.
Paola and Sergio are, in fact, nice people, polite and respectful: the features of our favorite clients.… read more...
Relais La Costa is one of the most elegant luxury farmhouses I’ve ever seen in Tuscany. It is located in Monteriggioni, near Siena and a few minutes by car from Florence. It is an old Tuscan style village renovated to perfection, with the main features that make it so charming left unaltered. It setting of on several levels, with small cottages, a terrace, and a rooftop pool.
The spouses got ready in the villas of the property. The bride has experienced the most exciting moments before the ceremony along with her maid of honour and the flower girl. The groom instead with his groomsmen.
The ceremony was held in the beautiful church of Colle Ciupi, not far from the Relais. The church is very small, in rustic Tuscan style, completely painted on the walls by Duccio di Boninsegna’s students. The photographs do not do justice to the majesty of the paintings.… read more...
Every time I have to do with a couple from New York, it is always a party. Some claim that its inhabitants are not real Americans, because New York is a city on its own, unlike any other place in the United States. Although I’ve never had the pleasure to visit it, people of New York say a lot about the place where they live. And although you may think that they are equal to other hundreds of Americans you see in the many films set in this beautiful metropolis, in fact, they are always able to surprise you. Positively!
The couple of which I talk today, Sara and Jared, is a New York’s couple who, like many other British, Australian, Eastern and American couples has decided to celebrate their big day in Tuscany. Their desire is to organise a rustic, authentic wedding: a day to spend with a few loved ones in a place where you can hear the rustle of the wind, the heat of the sun on your skin, where you can have a nice dinner with good food and great wine.… read more...
Please enjoy this fabulous wedding at Pieve a Pava, one of the best venues I’ve seen this year. The blessing took place in the church of the property; the reception in the garden and by the pool.
I shot the couple portraits in the Tuscan countryside. The full post will follow soon. In the meanwhile, I hope you like these photos!… read more...
Portofino has always been one of the most desired wedding locations in Italy. Not surprisingly, hundreds of couples from all around the world choose this village in Liguria for their wedding ceremony and reception. The wedding photographers, at least once in their life, would like to photograph a marriage there. For me, the opportunity came with Shaun and Sarah, and their Portofino wedding at the Hotel Splendido. But first things first!
Portofino is the city of La Dolce Vita for excellence. Here is Italy in miniature: a little harbour, colourful houses, the turquoise sea, stone streets, fashion boutiques alongside food and artisan shops. And many, many foreign tourists. You see them tiredly going up the paths to the Brown Castle, a fortress on the hill where you have the most beautiful overview of the entire bay.
Portofino is one of the most exclusive cities in Italy. Since the early twentieth century, it is the destination of lords, earls, celebrities and artists who spend their holidays here.… read more...
To better describe this Pietrasanta Beach wedding, it’s necessary to take a step back and tell the story of these two Tuscan guys. Carolina and Alessandro 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 Beach Wedding
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 entirely painted with frescoes, rich and gorgeous.… read more...
Florence is one of the most popular destinations in Italy for the planning a wedding abroad.
It’s no surprise that many couples choose the capital of Tuscany to organize their wedding. Florence has always been one of the most loved and well-remembered destinations by tourists from all around the world who have spent here a few days off or a period of study. The Beauty of the Duomo, the stone streets of the old town, the romantic sunsets of Piazzale Michelangelo, with the sun setting behind Ponte Vecchio and the Arno are just some of the attractions that the city offers to its visitors.
If getting married in Florence is your dream, the city presents everything you need to plan and customize your Italian wedding. Would you like to exchange vows and wedding rings outdoor on a terrace with a view at sunset, with the sound of a violin in the background?… read more...
In Italy, it is called lovers’ getaway. There could not be a more romantic name to define what in the Italian language does not have a precise definition. Two words: Italy elopement.
The one famous in the 60s and 70s, when lovers from South-Italy, who did not accept the marriage arranged by their families, flee to the north, trying to build a life after a rapid rite celebrated in haste.
In 2015, many things have changed. The elopement has become a recurring thought in all those couples who are looking for a different way to celebrate a wedding; something that is more intimate, something to live almost privately, something that might be also the occasion for a great honeymoon.
Why eloping abroad?
The elopement is nothing more than a wedding where there is no one else but the couple and the celebrant. And, of course, the photographer.
But what are the real benefits of an Italy elopement?… read more...
Among last year’s fantastic venues, Borgo Stomennano holds a spot in the top. I left a piece of my heart there, and I cannot wait to go back and relive another gorgeous wedding. Borgo Stomennano is located in the province of Siena, very close to Monteriggioni and its impressive castle. To reach the villa, you need to walk a grand avenue surrounded by cypresses. The old charm of the villa is still intact. Its walls are burned and yellowed by the sun, and blooming jasmine climb up the facades of the villa surrounding the old windows. The villa also offers a garden with ancient fountains and a lovely pool, plus many accommodations for couples and their guests. They can choose to spend some time inside the large central house, or in one of the many small villas of Borgo Stomennano.
This lovely English couple wanted to celebrate their wedding reception here.… read more...
What about this Forte Dei Marmi Beach Wedding? If this was not the perfect marriage, we need to revise the definition of wedding. Thanks to a beautiful couple of spouses, a fairytale locations and a staff living up to the occasion. But first things first.
The bride and the groom have decided to get married on a warm Saturday in mid-September in Versilia, where they’ve been living and working for years. Like many other couples, they wanted a religious ceremony in a beautiful church and reception on the beach, to enjoy the appeal of a romantic sunset over the sea.
The church they chose was Pieve di Valdicastello, on the old Via Francigena, in Pietrasanta. A church that has literally stolen my heart. Small, entirely built with tuff and marble, it is one of the brightest I’ve ever seen. The Beach Resort Francomare was the place where the couple received their guests.… read more...
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...
To create an elegant wedding you need only a few elements, simple and timeless.
Two guys deeply in love, a romantic country church, a reception among the silent hills of Tuscany and the affection of relatives and friends.
I met Letizia and Gianluca on a cold February afternoon, in the sunny Versilia. I quickly realised in front of me I had two sweet and kind guys, ready to receive helpful tips to plan their wedding, without neglecting any detail. Together we have planned the photo shoot of their beautiful marriage in Tuscany, scheduled on an April morning, just two months after we met.
Letizia and Gianluca got married with a Catholic ceremony in the Church of San Frediano in Ponsacco. A delightful church, intimate and lovingly cared for. I loved the floral arrangements chosen by the couple.
The ceremony took place between the excitement of newlyweds and guests, in an atmosphere of joy and emotion.… read more...
I love you in all languages of the world. It’s the name of an Italian film of 2005 by Leonardo Pieraccioni, well known in Italy but little abroad. It comes back to my mind during a photo shoot in Florence. Two gorgeous Brazilian newlyweds in front of me; around, intrigued and fascinated, many couples in love on vacation look at the couple as they walk dreamy, radiant and happy after their wedding. This couple has already been here when they were engaged, and they chose to come back here for the best day of their lives.
From Brazil, they have opted for the Tuscan city to elope. They’ve always been in love with Italian art and culture. In particular, Junior, who, with his Empire-style tattoos resumes the shapes and decorations of Roman architecture. They could not choose a better destination for their elopement. Florence in this season shows itself in all its beauty.… read more...
For those who dream of a religious marriage, Florence offers many beautiful churches. The old town is full of ancient and beautiful churches. A real jewel instead is set in the hills around the Tuscan city: La Certosa del Galluzzo, an ancient Carthusian monastery, located in the Florence countryside.
The couple got dressed and ready in the beautiful Villa Cora, a stone’s throw from the historic centre and the artistic beauties of the city. The bride looked even more beautiful after a gorgeous make-up made by Anna Matanovic. The lipstick was perfectly in tune with the colour of the bouquets, the wedding table decorations and the favours for the guests.
The ceremony was held inside the Certosa. The bride arrived on a beautiful Bentley and climbed the stairs leading to the altar with her father, both clearly excited. Given the beauty of the ceremony and the reception, I took the first part of the wedding photo shoot at the Certosa, and some other pictures in the gardens and inside Villa Cora.… read more...
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 Florence Wedding on the hills that I was saved from the hell of Versilia during a hot day in late August.
Why a Florence Wedding?
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...
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...
Thanks to all the beautiful women he met, he would have some problem in the choice of his sweetheart! But if James Bond was about to get married, I’m sure he would consider Eloping in Tuscany to do that!
It is no coincidence that almost all the films in the series of 007 are partly set in Tuscany. No place in the world, in fact, offers a variety of landscapes as rich and varied. The beautiful Eva Green or Halle Berry would not think twice about saying Yes in Italy to spend their honeymoon here, between art and rolling hills.
Eloping in Tuscany
Although on one hand bureaucracy is particularly troublesome, and it ‘s hard to plan a civil marriage abroad, the symbolic ceremony is the easiest thing to arrange in Tuscany. In addition to beautiful sceneries, there’s everything you could want for a romantic getaway: good food, art, sweet life, culture and relax.… read more...
If you are one of those who like winter; if the Christmas holidays are your favorite ones, and you can’t wait for a year to finish so that a new one; if you would like to get married in Florence and celebrate until late at night, then take inspiration from the beautiful wedding of Ivetta and Matteo. Celebrating a wedding on New Year’s Eve is a genuinely original idea!
The evening before New Year’s Eve is one of those for which you create high expectations. Who has never organised dinners and parties to celebrate the new year? Spending a pleasant evening is a must for New Year’s Eve. So much so that, at times, the danger is just the opposite; that is, getting mad to organise something magical and unique. A wedding is a perfect opportunity to combine a wonderful anniversary with an unforgettable party to spend together with your friends.… read more...