Tuscan dream wedding

3. November 2021

Tuscan Dream Wedding

A&M celebrating their special wedding

When you scroll through wedding inspirations on Pinterest, you will for sure see some venues and weddings in Tuscany / Italy. The region is for sure super special, not only for their great weather but for the cinematic old villas, houses, olive trees, pathways, and dusty streets. And literally, every corner is great to take wonderful images. I was blown away when Ali and Maresa asked me to photograph their wedding in Villa Cetinale.

But let’s wind back to 2018. A super cute couple reached out to me to shoot their civil wedding in 2019 in Germany and then in 2020 somewhere in Italy. I fell in love with the bridal couple right from the start. They are both such genuine, nice people, that you immediately feel comfortable around them. On the day of the civil wedding, I got to live a day in their lives surrounded by their great friends – and I have to admit, I have rarely seen such a positive vibe and authentic smile with so many wedding guests. I made such a deep connection with the whole group and was actually sad, that I only got to see them the next time in a year.

Needless to say, I was so excited when the two told me that they would get married in a church in Italy in this wonderful venue, with all their friends that I already know. My mind already went into the state of “fear-of-missing-out” on all the amazing pictures we will be able to take.

Obviously, the wedding had to be postponed to 2021, with a great addition. Ali and Maresa asked me if I knew any videographers to capture their wedding alongside me. Needless to say, I connected them with Santiago Boceta, my dear friend and amazing videographer in Vienna. They booked Santiago right away. And I love when I can work alongside a videographer where we both understand each other’s style of work.

The wedding celebrations were booked over a course of 4 days.

Sunday was the groom’s birthday.
Monday the welcome dinner (which gets it’s own post here)
Tuesday the actual wedding
Wednesday brunch in the garden with everybody.

I arrived on Monday in the afternoon (it is an 8-hour drive from Salzburg) and couldn’t believe my eyes when Ali opened the gate to Villa Cetinale. First of all, it was so good to see his smiling face and after a big hug, he would show me around the Villa with its insanely huge gardens in perfect weather.

The location is even more gorgeous than in the pictures: the main house with 5 rooms, a huge dining hall, a big lounge, a pool, staff of 8 kind people, etc. – a chapel, an Orangerie and so much space around it

But what made the venue even more special was the people that filled it with life – their friends and family. Santiago was already there and we did a cute sundown shoot with the couple and then were invited to have dinner as friends with all of them. They had classic Italian dishes and fresh sourdough pizza. I headed to be early to be fit for sunrise for the first shots at the venue.

The next morning was wonderful. I had time to fly my drone, chat to the staff and get some establishing shots while everyone else was asleep. After that, I had breakfast with everybody on the veranda. It was a super chill day as the ceremony was set for 17h. So enough time for the getting ready shots of bride and groom. The ceremony was held in the little chapel on the property followed by a super classy Champagne-Tower and following congratulations.

The sundown couple portraits were wonderful as we got away from the crowds and only had the two between the olive trees for a little bit.

Dinner was in the main alley with fairy lights above them – it could not get more beautiful than that. Oh wait, it did, the music the two booked, the Groove Fellas, gave it an even more special touch.

Great speeches by the bride’s mom, best man, and bridesmaids completed the dinner before they had a special moment awaiting desert. They both love Mille Feuille and it was prepared by a chef and the bridal couple together. The groove fellas sang “Wonderwall” with all guests chiming in with the song. Goosebumps all around.

Santiago had prepared long stick star splatters and we asked the musicians to walk the guests towards the Orangerie, where the party was due (it was just walking from one side of the garden to the other). It was so sweet to watch Ali & Maresa with their friends celebrating their love.

The party lasted longer than expected but isn’t that the best thing.

I am still in awe when I look back to the great pictures which remind me of this magical time. Even if the location was already great, a wedding is all about the couple and their friends and family who make bring the place alive.

And shout out to all the wonderful vendors that helped with this wedding:

Planning & Design: @weddingsintuscany
Flowers: @larosacaninafirenze
Videography: @santiagoboceta
Photography: @patrese
Cake & catering: @galateoricevimenti
Music: @thegroovefellas
Invites: @everylittleletter
Make-up & hair: @ilariaborgioli