The previous year it was chosen by Jean-Baptiste Pastor and Valentina Marzocco to organise a wedding to remember. The two young descendants of Monaco got married on its top, in the church of Santa Maria Della Salute. Buggiano Castello, the protagonist of today’s wedding, is one of the few villages where you can still feel the authentic Tuscan atmosphere. As beautiful as little known: the world of the wedding here has not yet taken root. If you are looking for a quiet place to hold a religious ceremony and a reception in Villa to follow, you should consider this little pearl of Tuscany.
The country grows on the sides of a hill; the centre is completely closed to traffic, paved with stone. The houses are built in stone, and the typical vases with flowers peek through the windows. It’s like being in a postcard from Tuscany! Buggiano Castello is also called the village of oranges. In the spring you can visit it in all its beauty: the owners of the houses within the village open their doors and let the tourists enter within their lush gardens. It’s a show! There is no other place in Tuscany where plants and flowers blend so perfectly with the rustic and authentic architecture of a medieval village.
And then there is a crazy silence. The loudest sound is that of crickets on hot summer days or the sound of birds dancing in the air in the early morning. The beautiful church on the top of the village is perfect for any type of religious ceremony, also in English. The surrounding area is full of things to see. There are the beautiful spas in Montecatini Terme, and the countryside of Lucca that have nothing to envy to Chianti and Val d’Orcia, which is located further south. The centre of Florence is about an hour by train; with the same time, in the opposite direction, you will find on the beaches some of the finest beach resorts of Versilia. The area is a pleasant surprise for British and American tourists!
Giancarlo and Ilaria are not royals, but having good taste and living in the neighbourhood, they didn’t miss the opportunity to organise a wedding that would have charmed even the most demanding guests. We’ve been friends for many years, and they have been together since before I knew them. I could not wait to take pictures of their wedding!
Having got married the year before, I tried to help them through the preparation of the wedding, from the choice of the best villa for the reception, to the ideal shoes. But they’re stubborn and harder than a rock! Although I had tonnes of tips, they wanted to do it their way. And they were right!
Their wedding was one of the nicest I’ve shot this year. If not the most beautiful, definitely the one I was most interested into. Being in charge of taking the photographs, but also to be a guest, I wanted to give them the best of the best of what I can do. I was motivated! I hope I succeeded. The religious ceremony was held in the church of Santa Maria in Selva, in Borgo a Buggiano, at the foot of Buggiano Castello. A beautiful ceremony, in a small Baroque church, packed with happy and excited guests. The bride and groom themselves have hardly held back the tears during the mass. The reception was held in the beautiful Villa Sermolli. It is an old Italian villa. The peculiarity is that it is packed with flowers and climbing plants, surrounded by greenery. Very charming place with a stunning view. Once you get there, you do not want to leave. It’s a perfect place to relax and enjoy Tuscany.
The interior is tastefully decorated and almost all public areas are painted. Walking inside it is nice. I had the impression of being in a labyrinth: every time I turned the corner I was in front of something unexpected, hugely enjoyable and rewarding for the view. A pungent smell of undergrowth accompanies the evenings here, with a lighting from low by candlelight. You can stay for the night or several days inside the beautiful suites with a view or in the apartments next to the garden. The reception was organised in two distinct areas. The aperitif has been served on the beautiful panoramic terrace, open on three sides, which offers an incredible view over the entire Valdinievole. The dinner was held in the garden below, protected by the walls, under a sky that gradually lit up with stars. It was nice to listen to the speeches of friends and closest family members. It is rare to happen at Italian weddings! The photo shoot was taken in the beautiful olive groves and fields around the village. The sunset’s colours donated atmosphere and warmth to the wedding photos.
Ilaria was wearing a dress worthy of a real princess, bought at the atelier Il Barone Rosso in Montecatini Terme. A bodice with a sweetheart neckline that left her shoulders bare. A wide skirt and embroideries illuminated the incredible fabric. A veil, romantic and very long, covered her shoulders in the Church, pulling out the romantic side of this beautiful young bride. Giancarlo was wearing a classic blue suit by Prada, close fitting to the toned and agile body of the groom. A cover-groom! The will not be royals, will not have a castle, but their wedding was a fairytale that will be told for years to come. Our best wishes to Giancarlo and Ilaria!