Wedding Photographer: Palazzo Marziale, Sorrento: Rob & Roz

Amy was the photographer in the Cloisters, Sorrento and at Palazzo Marziale, Sorrento, Italy for Rob & Roz’s wedding.

Back to Sorrento for the wedding of Rob & Roz and the beautiful venue Palazzo Marziale: it’s in a great spot too being so close to the ceremony venue, the Cloisters of San Francesco. Roz started her day with all of the wedding guests on the terrace of Hotel Minerva sipping prosecco with orange juice. The view was wonderful from the terrace, looking out over a hazy Sorrento and the Bay of Naples.

After the ceremony, we had time for photographs around the old streets of Sorrento before surprising the guests to the elegance of Palazzo Marziale and a wonderful evening. Here we go:

Pre-wedding drinks for the Bride and guests on the terrace of Palazzo Minerva.

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Preparations begin with the hair.

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Rob got ready in the neighbouring hotel, Hotel bristol.

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Gorgeous Roz.

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The car was a surprise for Dad.

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Ceremony in the Cloisters.

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Love this shot with the Grandparents.

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Taken in the crazy Piazza Tasso, central Sorrento.

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Wandering through the old streets.

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Love the arch-ways.

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Sorrento detail.

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We found a tourist-free street!

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Love this church door.

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Using the back-drop of another church doorway!

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Welcome the new Mr & Mrs!

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Don’t mind if I do.

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What a setting for the wedding cake.

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Impromptu speech from Roz’s Dad.

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Pepper Sir?

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Love this one.

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Another great day in Sorrento. Thanks you so much. Amy x

Wedding Photographer: Villa Antiche Mura, Sorrento: Stephen & Gina

Amy was the photographer at Villa Antiche Mura, Sorrento, Italy for Stephen & Gina’s wedding.

My first trip of many this summer to Sorrento was for the wedding of Stephen & Gina at the glorious Villa Antiche Mura. What a laugh we all had! Gina and the girls got ready in the most beautiful suite in the impressive Grand Hotel Vittoria Excelsior before we piled onto the famous white train to the Villa.

Villa Antiche Mura is certainly one of my favourite venues in Sorrento. The views are wonderful, the building is lovely and villa manager Michele runs a tight ship. A highlight of the day for me was Gina’s Dad’s speech song – genius! Take a peak:

Impressive Coastline.

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Stephen waiting for the train.

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Using the lace curtains for a shot of the shoes.

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Final touches to Gina’s make-up.

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Sorting out the many layers!

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Simple beauty.

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Off to catch the train!

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Entrance to Villa Antiche Mura.

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Taken from the balcony during the ceremony.

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And relax!

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Gina and the girls.

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Still smiling.

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I love a big veil.

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Love these next two taken in exactly the same spot.

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Stephen with Mum & Dad.

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Who’s next?!

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Hanging in the trees.

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Gina’s Dad entertaining the guests. You can see how funny the song was!

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Romantic end to the day.

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Absolutely loved it – such a good laugh. Thanks for having me :-) Amy x

Wedding photographer: Castello di Vincigliata, Fiesole, Tuscany: Craig & Vanessa

June 17th, 2 comments

Amy was the wedding photographer at Castello di Vincigliata, Fiesole, Tuscany, Italy for the wedding of Craig & Vanessa.

And so to one of my all-time favourite venues: Castello di Vincigliata and the wedding of Craig & Vanessa. I couldn’t wait to see these two again as we had had a really good laugh in Cortona months before when I was invited to their food-tasting (terrible but someone had to …)

A wedding sponsored (well, kind of) by Jo Malone; Vanessa had used the colour-scheme and elegance of the products to shape her wedding and with a huge helping hand from Jacqueline Bradshaw, my wonderful wedding planner friend, it all came together beautifully.

The ceremony took place at a lovely church in the province of Fiesole, just outside of Florence and a short drive from Castello di Vincigliata – a venue chosen by quite a few celebs in the last few years. The photographs say it all:

Handsome Groom.

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Craig opens his present from Vanessa.

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I love a lace dress.

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Jo Malone scent.

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Jo Malone gifts too!

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Vanessa’s sister helps her into her dress.

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Love this one.

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Gorgeous, gorgeous, gorgeous.

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Craig’s Uncle conducts the ceremony: very special.

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The Bridesmaids congratulate the couple.

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Taken just outside the church door.

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Castello di Vincigliata.

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One of my favourites from the day.

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Luuuuurve.

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The Flower Girl’s gift from the couple.

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Weeeeee!

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‘That’s Amore!’

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Elegant.

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I just love the courtyard at the Castle.

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Well done Jackie, the tables looked beautiful.

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Craig milked the moment.

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Cheers!

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Great atmosphere as the sun went down.

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Stunning place, stunning couple. Such an elegant affair that was special to be part of. Thank you. Amy x

Wedding Photographer: L’Isola del Garda, Lake Garda: Trev & Lorna

June 10th, 2 comments

Amy was the wedding photographer at L’Isola del Garda, Lake Garda, Italy for Trev & Lorna’s wedding.

Trev & Lorna had booked me to photograph their wedding almost 2 years before the big day so by the time the day came around I was really looking forward to meeting them. We got to meet the night before the wedding as the couple hosted a barbecue for all of the guests at their rented mobile home over-looking beautiful Lake Garda. Such a lovely couple and a great atmosphere – I knew the wedding was going to be amazing.

And it was! What an incredibly stunning day. I am lucky enough to photograph weddings at some of the most beautiful places in Italy but this one was a real stand-out venue. Isola del Garda is a private island just off the western side of the Lake near to Salò and really is quite breath-taking. After the ceremony, aperitif, photographs and a tour of the island for guests, we headed back to the mainland for the reception in a local restaurant. Take a look:

Trev and Best Man Steve work out how to tie their cravats.

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So smart.

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Sibling love!

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Lorna gets ready with the little Flower Girl looking on.

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Isola del Garda – WOW!

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What a place to get married.

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Seated for the ceremony.

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The Bride & Bridesmaids make their way to the ceremony location.

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Beautiful.

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Post wedding now and guests enjoy their drinks and buffet.

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Just like my garden!

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I love the simplicity of this shot.

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Trev’s 93 year old Nan had a wonderful time.

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Happy.

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Love this one.

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Taken in the same spot.

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Having a chat.

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So romantic.

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Back on dry land now and the guests enjoy speeches.

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Embarrassing Trev.

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Gorgeous.

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I can’t thank Trev and Lorna enough for making me feel such a part of their big day. The meal was lovely and I felt like a guest. Keep in touch :-) Amy x

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The Importance of Portraits: Grandparents

March 25th, 2 comments

With this year’s wedding season looming, I am coming out of blogging hibernation and starting to get my photography head back on. I do have a great excuse for going quiet and that is that daughter number 2 came along just 6 weeks ago on the 4th February. Her name is Lois and she’s a little cracker – albeit nocturnal! Older sister Chenin (now 4) is making a wonderful big sister and now that spring has well and truly sprung here in Umbria, life is rosy.

Having the new addition has obviously meant that the cameras have barely had time to rest over winter and they have been being clicked none-stop since Lois came along.

Now then, I have an important point to make: photographing your children is a wonderful thing to do but what’s even more important is photographing your children with you i.e. with their family. Family photographs are all important. I am making a case here in particular for grandparents. Think for a moment, my generation are having children later in life. I’m 36 now and lucky enough to still have 3 living grandparents but this is VERY unlikely to happen for Chenin and Lois.

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Both my parents and Andy’s parents have been to stay with us here in Italy since Lois was born. I was super-keen to get some special photographs of the girls with their grandparents, especially whilst Lois is so tiny. Neither set of grandparents will see Lois again for a little while and therefore she’ll look so different when I get the chance to take more. Both sets of grandparents absolutely love the results. Both want them printed and both will put them in frames in their houses. Andy and I love the photographs too and, in time for us, they will be become precious. However, I didn’t insist on taking these photographs for our parents, nor for us but for the girls themselves. Many years from now when their grandparents are no longer with us and even later in life, when Andy and I are no longer here, imagine just how precious these photographs will be to our girls.

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In a nutshell, I’d say that photographs of our children on their own are for us and are for now but taking photographs of our children with their parents, grandparents, siblings and other special family members are for the future. These are the ones that will become more precious with the passing of time and so please, don’t forget to take them.

I am travelling back to the UK for a week in May and would love to photograph some families. Let’s get grandparents involved too! I’m on a mission :-)

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