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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.

Images from - Castello di Vincigliata wedding

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.

9 Responses to “Castello di Vincigliata wedding”

  • Jo (bride)
    September 7, 2012 at 11:32 pm

    Jules, thank you so much for capturing our wedding day so beautifully – I absolutely love the photos above. Thanks especially for being so non-invasive throughout the whole day (without missing anything – quite a skill!) and for the wonderful countryside shots. Photos like the selection above are exactly what we’d hoped for – they’re just gorgeous.

    • Niamh Johnston
      October 15, 2012 at 2:23 pm

      Hi Jo,

      Your pictures are so stunning!! Would you mind if I asked you where you got your dress it is absolutely beautiful?

      Thanking you in advance

      • Jo
        October 16, 2012 at 1:26 pm

        Hi Niamh,

        Thank you so much – I absolutely loved it. It’s Monique L’huillier and the style is “Scarlet” (which is from a couple of years ago so you can’t see it on her website anymore). I actually had the train extended so “my” dress is modified from what you’d see in store. Hope that helps!


  • Phil (Groom)
    September 8, 2012 at 1:52 pm

    Likewise, thank you so much for such a wonderful set of memories. We had a fantastic day, and to come back from honeymoon and re-live it all again through the photos has been brilliant!

    September 19, 2012 at 10:58 am

    The photographs keep the memories alive; it was a magical day which you captured beautifully – thank you.

  • Jenny Micheletti
    December 4, 2012 at 10:52 am

    This is such a wonderfull wedding! It makes me excited about getting married in the same venue…Jo- you were so so stunning! Can I ask – who did your make up- its so natural and subtle and I am so scared of looking like a masquerade on my wedding day… Congrats and well done! All the best, Jenny

  • Jo
    December 4, 2012 at 11:45 am

    Hi Jenny,

    Thank you so much – it was an incredible day (which Jules captured wonderfully). The venue is PERFECT – I obviously knew how great it would be in the light but I was unprepared for how amazing it would look lit up when it got dark. My make-up was done by Azzurra Passeri (she has a website) and I could not recommend her more highly – not only was the make-up done perfectly (and exactly what I wanted) but it stayed like that all day and night (even though it was about 50 degrees in the church!). She also speaks really good English if you don’t happen to speak Italian. All the best for your own wedding day!


  • Lily
    April 15, 2014 at 2:31 pm

    Hi Jo,

    I was wondering if you used a wedding planner to plan your wedding at Castello di Vincigliata? I am looking to get married here and I honestly do not know where to start.


  • Marwa
    July 21, 2014 at 3:29 pm

    Hi Jo,

    I am thinking of doing my wedding in the same venue, I am currently gathering costs. Can you please let me know what is the average cost that I should budget for the catering ?

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