Lucy & Rich were embroiled in a battle between their passion for Italy destination wedding versus a more straightforward UK celebration; Italy won.
After discussions on locations which included Rome, Florence, the Amalfi coast and Tuscany, they chose the rolling hills of Northern Italy and soon after contacted discerning destination wedding planners, Tuscan Dreams, who organised an exclusive day based on their romantic vision.
Why not a local photographer?
They were friends of Simon & Sophie (who were married in Sicily) who advised that a photographer with creative flair who documented their day naturally would allow them to relax in front of the camera. The photographic style of Italians was fairly traditional on the whole and would they be interested in a destination wedding photographer instead? They recommended me as an award-winning photographe who had been very professional and had captured the extraordinary beauty of their own special day.
I was elated when Lucy contacted me; those who know me well know that travel and photography mix very well with me! I am able to fly to destination weddings worldwide and Italy is one of my favourite countries so it seemed a great fit. They were keen on a style with a modern edge and a photography would mix effortlessly with guests.
And it begins…!
As I arrived in Tuscany, I spent the previous day taking some fine-art landscape photography. Sadly though, the weather was not particularly kind on the wedding day – unusually bad weather across Europe descended upon them, but I’m pleased to say that they didn’t let it dampen their spirits one bit!
They prepared at Il Castagno, their traditional villa in a sleepy little town. There was a bubbling excitement from the girls and Lucy looked every bit the bride in her timeless wedding dress, which I took the opportunity to photograph in an editorial style using the beautiful Tuscan light. While documenting the guys, I was aware they were a little more relaxed in their approach to preparation, but their fashion choices gelled well with the girls.
As Lucy came down the aisle, Rich was clearly overjoyed and their connection as a couple was obvious. My photojournalistic eye caught spontaneous smiles, laughter and glances between them and their guests, who had travelled so far to see this moment (and for a mini holiday of course!).
Much of the art of wedding photography is recognising the moments as they are about to happen. Together these make the story of your unique wedding and this reportage style is the cornerstone of modern and creative wedding photography. It’s also a style I love.
And finally, the fun with friends bit
After the ceremony, the afternoon was a blur of socialising with friends and family, some of whom they’d not seen for some time. During dinner, the weather improved and I took them for a selection of romantic wedding portraits using the Tuscan backgrounds and the real emotion between them, before returning for a boisterous set of speeches.
Into the evening, it was clear from their first dance that the party was going to last into the night and be a blur of fun and laughter and I finally left them around midnight.
If you are considering a destination wedding in Tuscany, Rome, Florence of the Amalfi Coast, please get in touch to discuss how I could help you with photography. Also take a look at my wedding photography in Sicily.
In their own words
“We are so happy with the photos and felt you really captured the day and night just as it was” – read more.