Castello di Vincigliata wedding

Castello di Vincigliata wedding photography is an adventure in an alluring location just outside Florence on the hills that overlook the renaissance city. I was really looking forward to photographing this wedding even if I was a bit apprehensive about the heat. Every summer in Tuscany there is a period of intense heat that comes from Africa and brings temperatures that near and exceed 40 degrees. This year it is has been consistently very hot and this day was no exception as temperatures were predicted to reach the high 30’s at least.

I started the day by going to Hotel Villa Fiesole to meet the groom and discuss a few things. After our meeting I went down the hill to Il Salviatino which is a villa that has been recently converted into a luxury hotel. At the hotel the bride was starting her preparations in a suite. I don’t approach the getting ready stage as the “preparations” I like to think of it as the beautification process and as such try to capture the brides beauty in simple photos.

The time flew by and soon I had to leave and go the church which was just a few minutes away. The church of San Martino a Maiano is a lovely church that is tucked just behind the villa and farmhouse of Maiano (another lovely villa and wedding location). The ceremony at the church went off perfectly although it was quite warm. We exited the church and it seemed quite fresh outside which is saying something seeing as it was 40C outside so who knows how warm it was inside!

After the ceremony we went to the castle. Castello di Vincigliata wedding photography is fun as people always have a wonderful time at the castle, it’s location impresses everyone and as the weather was great the days events all took place outside. The aperitivi were on the terrace and people sat and enjoyed themselves in the gardens, gazed at the views and relaxed. For the last 30 mins of the drinks reception I stole the newlyweds away and we went for a few photos just outside the castle. Whilst I was snapping away and they enjoyed the quiet lovely surroundings I sat by a tree and stuck my leg out only to have a snake spit at me and start hissing its disapproval! I changed location and worked quickly as time was running short and we needed to be back at the castle courtyard for the dinner and official entrance.

The courtyard is a great location for dinner and creates a very suggestive ambience. After some excellent food and brilliant speeches we all moved outside to watch the chef prepare the cake. Once it was ready it was cut and everyone enjoyed a slice or two. The days event concluded with the first dance and disco under the stars.

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Jules Bower

Italian and destination wedding photographer Jules Bower photographs weddings in Italy, Europe and worldwide. His unique approach and expertise arrive from not only an obsession with photography but also because he owned one of the first and most successful wedding planning agencies in Italy.