Last August I had the great pleasure to travel to Italy for a unique destination wedding, the wedding of Marina and Axel. Although my base is in Greece and I’m sure that there are many options for a Tuscany wedding photographer in the greater area, I was fortunate enough to be contacted by Marina, the bride, whom I had met when she attended a wedding on Mykonos that I shot some years ago. As soon as I was informed that the wedding will take place in the extraordinarily beautiful city of Florence, I felt the creative urge rising in me. Florence, the birthplace of Renaissance, a city so important for the development of architecture and monumental Arts. I couldn’t ask for a better backdrop for artistic inspiration.
The wedding ceremony took place in Palazzo Vecchio, the town hall of Florence, at noon. The location of Palazzo Vecchio in the heart of the historic center of the city – a UNESCO World Heritage Centre – and Piazza della Signoria in particular was ideal. Lots of beautiful buildings and sculptures around, including a copy of Michelangelo’s David, while the famous Ponte Vecchio bridge crossing over river Arno was only 5 minutes away on foot. After the ceremony we grabbed a cocktail at Revoire and set off for a photo session around the city.
The reception took place at a spectacular villa in the Tuscan countryside, Villa Corsini a Mezzomonte. I arrived at the villa in the evening with the couple and the videography crew of Emotional Movie, with whom I had an excellent cooperation and I call them friends from then on. Stunning vineyard scenery around, delicious finger food from Ciabatti catering, lots of champagne and the soft sounds of a Jazz band filling the air. A real feast for the senses! After the wonderful soirée, the guests moved to the interior of the villa, where the dinner would take place. The room, filled with exquisite murals, indicated the grandeur of the past, while the flower decoration by Simone Bertini added an elegant touch. The whole wedding planning was done by the bride herself and I must say that she did en excellent job!
The next day we to the charming city of Sienna, a medieval jewel. The afternoon light in the narrow cobbled streets of Sienna was soft and ideal for a creative play with light and shadow; a real treat for a wedding photographer shooting a wedding in Tuscany! On our way there we stopped at a vineyard and did some beautiful photos in the Tuscan countryside. Overall a great destination wedding experience!
Videography: Emotional Movie
Bride’s dress: Le Spose di Gio
Bride’s shoes: Jimmy Choo
Groom’s shoes: Gucci
Wedding rings: Damiani
Hairdresser: Massimiliano Dimaiuta
Make-up artist: Azzurra make up
Place of preparation of the bride: Platinhome Apartments
Place of preparation of the groom: Hotel degli Orafi
Ceremony venue: Palazzo Vecchio
Reception venue: Villa Corsini a Mezzomonte
Flower decoration: Simone Bertini
Catering/wedding cake: Ciabatti
Fire artists: Lumen Invoco