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.
Once seen some pictures on the internet, Joanna and Ciaran have decided to celebrate their wedding here. Ilaria of Glam Events in Tuscany helped them planning the civil ceremony. The reception took place at Villa Podernovo di Monticiano, a few minute drive from the abbey. In addition to being the closest location for weddings, the villa is one of the most attractive rustic farmhouses in the province of Siena. Surrounded by greenery, Villa Pordernovo offers everything you could want for the wedding reception. Guests have enjoyed a drink in the garden in front of the pool. The “al fresco” dinner was held on the lawn in front of the villa. The imperial table, full of flowers and candles, was lit by fairy lights typical of a village party. The cutting of the cake and the first dance under the old tree. A pure wonder!
Thanks to such beautiful and exclusive locations, the wedding photos are among the best of 2015. The first pictures of the couple were taken inside the Abbey, the ideal background also for family portraits. But not only! The couple had hired a fantastic sky-colored Cinquecento, perfect for colourful photos along the tree-filled avenue leading to Villa Podernovo. Finally, at sunset, I could not miss the opportunity for some pictures in the garden, with trees lit by the warm light as the background for the couple portraits. During the traditional speeches, I could not help but listen to the story of Joanna and Ciaran. Like any good fairytale, it’s about love and happiness. And that’s how I always hope to find them! Happy and carefree as on the day of their marriage.