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Pictures from the wedding of Carolina and Alessandro, in Versilia, Tuscany

Civil Wedding Tuscany

The importance and the value of institutions are fundamental in every respectful country. For this reason, the civil wedding Tuscany is one of the most chosen and appreciated rites. In the majesty of the large town halls, it is always touching to hear the words of the Italian Constitution.

Not to mention the wide variety and importance of the places where this ceremony is held: palaces with old origins, big gardens of city villas, places of historic importance and much more. To celebrate a wedding with civil rite it’s necessary to choose a place equipped for such an aim: you’ll be surprised by the many enchanting destinations available. Read more!

International Wedding at San Galgano Abbey

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International Wedding at San Galgano Abbey

Among the many beautiful locations for civil ceremonies in Tuscany, the Abbey of San Galgano holds a special place in my heart. It is located in Chiusdino, a few kilometres from Siena, in a charming and deserted area. It is a former Cistercian abbey, whose roof collapsed in the past centuries. And that’s precisely what gives the abbey an endless charm. Millions of tourists visit this attraction every year.  Some of them decide to get married right here. This is the case of this beautiful German-Italian couple. The spouses got ready at  the estate of Bichi Borghesi, in Scorgiano. An ancient ruined and charming property,  that offers its guests rooms and apartments immersed in nature, a riding school and a fabulous red wine produced by local vineyards. Any wedding photographer could not be happier to photograph in these two beautiful venues. After the civil ceremony, in fact, I pictured the newlyweds inside the Abbey, along the aisles and between the columns in stone.… read more...

Russian wedding at Hotel Danieli in Venice

Russian wedding at Hotel Danieli in Venice

Every time we go back to Venice, it’s still like the first time. The Venetian city always offers new and unique glimpses, especially for the wedding photo sessions. It could be the water, the people who live there or just the atmosphere. We love it and we never lose the chance to dedicate a little part of the day to take a look and walk around the streets of the city. We got the opportunity to come back there thanks to a Russian couple. Polina and Yuri decided to celebrate their wedding in Venice. The two got ready at the Hotel Danieli, right in front of the lagoon. The hotel is striking, extra luxury Venetian style; big arch glass doors are spaced out by lovely terraces overlooking the hall; the walls, covered by precious damasks from the Far East, are the perfect background for baroque furniture. Polina, whom we didn’t have the pleasure to meet before, appeared in all her beauty.… read more...

San Galgano Wedding

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San Galgano Wedding

I don’t need even one great reason to shoot a San Galgano Wedding. Memories always make me come back here. As the wine during ageing, they become sweeter and more meaningful. Ciaran and Joanna, from Canada, gave me the reason to return: their wonderful wedding in Tuscany. The Abbey of San Galgano is one of the most fascinating places in Tuscany. This ancient Cistercian abbey of 1300 is located in the countryside of Siena. Its unique feature is also its biggest flaw:  the abbey has no roof, it collapsed centuries ago during a storm. This characteristic leaves speechless thousands of tourists coming all the way from Siena and Florence to see it. The area where the abbey is located is wild. The roads wind through miles of fields, hills, and trails. Silence is the king of these valleys. The wind passing through the ruins is the only sound within the walls of the abbey.… read more...

Why you should consider a wedding fascinator with veil.

Why you should consider a wedding fascinator with veil.

Queen Elizabeth, if for once could not be subject to the strict rules of the British royal protocol, would not doubt. Could she come back, instead of the veil, she would wear a wedding fascinator with veil. After all, it is thanks to her that the world has rediscovered the beauty of the headgear with personality and style! The fascinator is the must-have accessory of the moment. It makes the brides of the 5 continents crazy for its impish character halfway between sporty style and 30s’ fashion. Two styles light years away from each other  but it is nice to find them  in this eclectic and versatile headgear. If you are hunting for inspiration for the accessories of your wedding, this little hat with veil is exactly what you need. Why a wedding fascinator with veil? Perfect for all the ceremonies… and for wedding photos! It is often considered by those looking for a retro look and a good reason to give up the veil.… read more...

5 reasons to get married in Tuscany

5 reasons to get married in Tuscany

In the imaginary, Tuscany is the land of vineyards and cypresses, wheat fields that stretch into the horizon and in the heat of a sunset. Millions of tourists choose the land of Michelangelo and Giotto for their holidays, among art, history, good food and wonderful tours. Why get married in Tuscany? Tuscany has beautiful and artistic cities, medieval villages and a stunning countryside. Couples from all over the world choose Tuscany to celebrate elopements and anniversaries, and many also choose Tuscany as their honeymoon destination. Many couples fall in love, between white dirt roads and forest paths, others come for a wedding proposal in Florence, many others decided to organize and celebrate their wedding in Tuscany. I am firmly convinced that Tuscany is the most beautiful location in the world where you can arrange marriages. Below you’ll find many very good reasons! Exclusive venues for ceremonies Tuscany offers many places where you can arrange a wedding.… read more...

Traditional Tettuccio SPA wedding

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Traditional Tettuccio SPA wedding

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. A Tettuccio SPA Wedding is the best example that I can use as evidence. 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? You decided to get married in Italy because of its wonderful 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 right venue is the first fundamental choice when designing a memorable wedding, especially for those couples who are planning a wedding from abroad. … read more...

The best places for civil ceremony in Tuscany

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The best places for civil ceremony in Tuscany

Maybe you don’t know that Tuscany is very rich in churches. Whether they are Romanesque, Baroque or modern, most of them are ideal for moving and touching ceremonies, in a setting full of charm and history. The same cannot be said for civil ceremonies. The rite of the civil wedding is short, cold and unexciting. The setting where it takes place, which usually is the town hall, is unattractive. Who doesn’t dream a civil wedding on a beach, with the sound of the waves in the background? Or in a garden of a grand Italian villa with relatives and friends? Although some town halls of Tuscany are kept in an excellent way,  wouldn’t be nicer to have a civil service outdoors? Since a few years, you can have civil ceremonies in unique places, such the gardens of the most beautiful historical villas of Tuscany. These places are perfect because: the civil rites celebrated in Italy are valid internationally.… read more...

The best 6 Florence Wedding Venues

The best 6 Florence Wedding Venues

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...

Why you should consider an Italy Elopement

Why you should consider an Italy Elopement

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...

The best gardens for your civil ceremony in Tuscany

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The best gardens for your civil ceremony in Tuscany

“With all the time I had to devote to the organization, before leaving my husband I will think about it at least 100 times!” That said a bride when I asked for clarification about her civil wedding in Italy. But first things first. A couple who wants to get married with a civil ceremony in Italy has two options: Arranging a civil ceremony in the country of origin and a symbolic ceremony in Italy; Arranging a civil ceremony directly in Italy, in the halls of the municipalities or in the beautiful villas, if the municipality allows it. This last solution is undoubtedly the most difficult. Organizing  a symbolic ceremony is extremely easy: once you find the celebrant, you simply need to agree on the type of ritual and timing. The civil wedding  in Italy is valid worldwide, but organizing it means having to do with the endless Italian  bureaucracy.Celebrating the rite in a garden, surely pays back your efforts.… read more...

Garden Villa Grabau Wedding

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Garden Villa Grabau Wedding

David and Zhaleh’s wedding was celebrated in one of the most beautiful villas of Tuscany. The civil ceremony took place inside the garden of Villa Grabau, near Lucca, in a park with old trees surrounded by the tranquility of the Tuscan countryside. This British couple, who have been living in Australia for several years now, had the opportunity to crown their dream in front of friends and family, some of whom they hadn’t seen for a long time. The preparation of the bride took place in Villa Pitti Amerighi, in Montecatini Terme. Here, a fantastic vintage Mercedes 180 SL picked her up and she was taken her directly to the ceremony. Villa Grabau Wedding Cocktails and aperitifs were taken in the large garden in front of the Villa. The dinner was held on the terrace in front of the majestic limonaia under a light blue sky that turned to dark blue as evening fell.… read more...

Pale Pink and Grey Wedding in Cortona

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Pale Pink and Grey Wedding in Cortona

Cortona is one of those towns where you cannot help but fall in love with it. Perched on the hills, Cortona is the quintessential Tuscany. The downtown streets are delightful, full of outdoor cafes where you can spend a few hours drinking delicious wines and eating the healthy food of the area. Its many doors frame the most beautiful sunsets, with views over the surrounding fields. In short, one of the loveliest places to celebrate a wedding. This friendly American couple was looking for an intimate and genuine wedding, surrounded by a few but real friends and family. The bride got dressed at the Villa Marsili Hotel with her sister, who was very excited! Then she reached her husband at the Town Hall of Cortona, entirely decorated with wood, where their wedding planner Simona was waiting for them. The Town Hall of Cortona is one of the most exciting venues for civil weddings in Italy.… read more...

Shabby Chic Garden Villa Bernardini Wedding

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Shabby Chic Garden Villa Bernardini Wedding

I have left the couple to enjoy their honeymoon in Boracay, the Philippines, after their wedding on the beach. However, Valentina and Daniele were certainly not easy to please. Since the seaside wedding was quite intimate, they thought why not share the joy of a garden ceremony with the ones couldn’t make the big day? Therefore, they came to the decision to have a new wedding, in front of family members and friends who couldn’t celebrate with them in person in the Philippines. The place that has been chosen for the new wedding is completely different to the first, seaside location. Villa Bernardini hosted the spouses and their guests during the whole event, from the ceremony to the cake cutting, and the memorable first dance. The civil wedding took place on a hot afternoon of July, in the central garden facing the grand facade of the villa. White chairs contrasted with the green grass, fresh flowers filled the setting, and many many tears were shed!… read more...

Elopement in the historic center of Florence

Elopement in the historic center of Florence

Growing up in Italy can be a misfortune. Walking every day among masterpieces of art and architecture is one of the greatest advantages of living in Florence. As Italians, we often forget about  this  beauty because we see it every day. I always thought that Japanese and Americans were very lucky, because they can enjoy an incredible artistic heritage during a few days of vacation, taking the best  of  it and dreaming to come back soon to see what they missed. The story of this photograph cannot do without this premise. Because it is thanks to Kirsty and Kevin and their beautiful elopement in Florence that I understand what it’s like to spend  your wedding day in the midst of so much beauty. 

After seeing numerous wedding proposals, this was the first time I had to photograph an elopement. Florence is the perfect location for a romantic elopement. The couple, who have come all the way from Australia, have planned their wedding from home in every single detail.… read more...

5 settings for your destination wedding in Tuscany

5 settings for your destination wedding in Tuscany

Whatever  type of destination wedding you are planning, Tuscany is the place for you. I’m not saying  this just to speak . Even if you’re looking for inspiration for a wedding in the snow, or in a cave, Tuscany offers the ideal venue for a ceremony and a reception to remember for a long time. I can only imagine, with so many choices available, how difficult it is for the bride to plan a wedding from a distance. I remember well when I found myself in the usual situation. Looking for a place out of the ordinary, to enchant my guests and offer an authentic experience within a  region so beautiful, I came across so many offers, all beautiful! Here are some venues to consider before you start planning your destination wedding in Tuscany. We tried them all and they are all fabulous! Italian Villas Protected by large gardens with secular trees, you’ll find  the most beautiful villas of Tuscany.… read more...

Rainy Wedding at San Galgano Abbey

Rainy Wedding at San Galgano Abbey

It’s been only four years since he first met her. He met her in Florence, in a photography atelier where he had been working for a few years. She, a university student of photography about to graduate; he, an advertising photographer with a real passion for weddings. Since that February 2009 more than 1500 days have passed; they’ve spent together many lovely days, worked a lot and travelled little. So, after a holiday to the Canary Islands, they decided that it was the right time to be on the other side; putting the cameras aside, they wore the wedding dresses and, after a few months of tiring preparation, they got married at the end of May surrounded by friends and relatives. The civil ceremony took place at the Abbey of San Galgano, near Siena. Who doesn’t dream a sunny day for their wedding? That Saturday was everything but sunny. Rain, hail, 12 degrees; a day that could be easily a November one.… read more...

Bucolic Lerici Wedding

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Bucolic Lerici Wedding

If I were to get married again, I would seriously consider Lerici as my wedding location. This stretch of the Ligurian coast is as beautiful as little known. Frequented mainly by locals, it is one of the loveliest areas where to celebrate a seaside celebration. The bride and the groom, from the cold Russia, have chosen Lerici among the many wedding locations of Liguria. In addition to the crystal clear waters of the Mediterranean Sea, it’s been the typically Italian atmosphere that brought them here. For example, the colourful houses near the harbour,  the perched castle, rustic taverns and cafes overlooking the square, the rowdy fishermen who sell fresh seafood directly on the market stalls. A lovely atmosphere! They got dressed up in a private inn in Fiascherino, surrounded by their families and close friends. The couple portraits were taken in the morning in the center of Lerici. After the first pictures, with boats and blue water as a background, we climbed the small fishing village up to the castle, on the top of the village.… read more...

Eloping in Tuscany. 6 settings for your Italian Wedding

Eloping in Tuscany. 6 settings for your Italian Wedding

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...

5 stunning wedding venues in Tuscany

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5 stunning wedding venues in Tuscany

Tuscany offers to whom decide to get married here stunning venues to celebrate the wedding. As wedding photographers, we cannot help but recall, among these, Florence, Siena, Lucca, but also the area of Chianti and Versilia. Off the beaten touristic and more noble sites, there are little-known villas and historic venues in celebrating the wedding will be a unique experience for you and your guests! All these locations have: a place to celebrate the symbolic or civil ceremony
 accommodations within the property or very close many areas for the receptions gorgeous backgrounds for the photo shoots rain cover in case of bad weather The rain cover is an essential factor in choosing a villa or a castle for the wedding. A lot of times, even in beautiful villas, bride and groom have to rent tensile structures that ruin the aesthetics of the venue. In fact, all these places have indoor areas.… read more...

Rustic Volterra Wedding at Mocajo Estate

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Rustic Volterra Wedding at Mocajo Estate

The first thing that I’ve learned from shooting this stunning Volterra Wedding is that I should spend more time with my guests on my wedding day. Because, when I look back at my wedding, one of the things I regret most is not having spent with my guests the time they deserve. The most beautiful things are fleeting and time during a wedding flies. It would have been great to spend a few hours with every couple of friends and families who were present. So, what I admire in destination weddings, is that the event is the perfect occasion to spend a few days together, maybe of a holiday, and relax before returning to the routine and the commitments of daily life. The goal then becomes to find a venue in Tuscany, perhaps a historic villa that can accommodate newlyweds and guests for a few days. A villa worthy of a beautiful and important event such as a wedding. … read more...
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