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.
Few tourists crowd the streets; the winter light gives something magical to anything it rests upon; the sky is clear and bright, and the colours tend towards copper. A show, especially if the climate is mild and not cold at all. A bright sunny day almost spring-like is what you need not to regret the beaches of Rio! A couple of close friends are witnesses and travelling companions. Also recently married, they jumped at the chance! The marriage was planned entirely by the talented Simona Cappitelli, wedding planner in Florence! The ceremony was held in the beautiful Oratory of San Filippo Neri. A single nave, adorned on the sides with marble sculptures and bas-reliefs, with a coffered ceiling so rich that you could stay head up for hours. A rare example of Baroque in Florence, jealously guarded by the Congregation who takes care of it.
A kiss to end the religious ceremony and it is already time to start a photo tour through the charming Tuscan city. It didn’t take long. The church is located just behind Palazzo Vecchio and Piazza Della Signoria, in the historical centre, a few meters from the Duomo and Giotto’s Campanile. A romantic walk, relaxed, full of love. This is evident from the looks and the attention that he shows towards his wife. Hand in hand under the arcades of the Uffizi and Ponte Santa Trinita, which offers views of Ponte Vecchio, before heading to Piazzale Michelangelo, the magnificent terrace that seems made for wedding photographs, with the impressive view of Florence behind. That’s how I photographed them. Simply. Trying to bring out the beauty and emotions that were already within.
After the photo shoot, I left this lovely couple with their friends in Piazza Della Signoria. An excellent restaurant was waiting for them to celebrate with great food and wine this union. Whether you call it, Florence is the right place where to celebrate it! An elopement in the heart of the Dolce Vita and the Italian folklore is what you need to remember the most beautiful day of life forever.