Happy New Year

So, here we are. Another year over, can you believe it!

A very Happy New Year to all of the blog readers and I hope that you’ve all had a fab Christmas. Please keep an eye on here; it looks like 2011 will be an exciting year for me. So many great weddings to come: I have a break now until the end of February when I have a wedding at St Margaret’s Church, next door to Westminster Abbey. I’m also photographing weddings at Lake Como several times as well as Lake Garda, Tuscany, Ravello on the Amalfi Coast and many others dotted around the UK.

A huge thank you to all of my wonderful Brides and Grooms who I have had the pleasure of photographing this year: from Pauline Cummings having me hysterics with her lime green and black stripey socks under her dress, to the fashion shoot that Louise & Gaz allowed me to indulge in in Sorrento and not forgetting the amazing moment when Siena came to a halt as we let off Chinese Lanterns in the piazza at the wedding of Jo & Dave. So, so many other stunning brides, handsome grooms and wonderful moments that I would need days to list.

Well, it’s almost 7pm. We’re invited to a party that starts at 7:30 and I have no idea what I’m wearing! Must dash. All the best for a fun and successful 2011 and may many more special moments be captured for all time.

Here’s a festive snap for you to be going on with – my daughter, Chenin with her very best friend Jasmine:

Chenin & Jasmine

New Gallery Page

The new-look website is really coming together now. The galleries have been updated with even more unseen images. I found it really hard to narrow them down so instead have split the galleries into 3 as you’ll see when you visit the page. I also found it tricky to categorize many of the images into titled galleries. Instead what I have done is group together similar subject matters and images from different locations into one of 3 galleries which may at least provide you with a starting point if there is something in particular you want to see.

Gallery 1 includes images featuring the Bride in particular and weddings from the Italian Lakes, the Amalfi Coast and Sorrento.
Gallery 2 sways more towards the Groom and images from Tuscan weddings, particularly from weddings in Siena.
Gallery 3 includes the Group shots and wedding photographs from Rome weddings including the amazing Pantheon ceremony.
All of the galleries include images from UK weddings but Gallery 2 contains the biggest collection.

Below are a few tasters but please do swing by the page itself and tell us what you think of the collections.

Mark at Fattoria di Vibio, near Todi in Umbria:

Wedding Photographer Italy

Kevin & Aurora at Castello di Montegridolfo in Emilia Romagna:

Wedding Photographer Italy

Andrew & Kristy at Arley Hall, Cheshire:

Wedding Photographer Italy

Ian & Chloe at Gardone Riviera, Lake Garda:

Wedding Photographer Italy

Kate’s dress hanging, ready for her wedding in Florence:

Wedding Photographer Italy

Scott & Lorraine in Kensington, London:

Wedding Photographer Italy

Kate in Florence, Italy:

Wedding Photographer Italy

Jonathan & Kate at Manchester Town Hall, UK:

Wedding Photographer Italy

Jo and her bridesmaids at Ripley, Yorkshire:

Wedding Photographer Italy

Rick, Lucy and their bridal party at Lido di Lenno, Lake Como, Italy:

Wedding Photographer Italy

The next page to tackle is the ‘Raves’ page. Once that’s done, I’ve essentially completed ‘updating’ the website and can get on with adding new content. Well, what else is there to do when you’re snowed in!

Stay warm folks!

Complete Wedding: Italy

A little while ago I updated our complete and open gallery for a UK wedding. That wedding was at Peckforton Castle in Cheshire.

I have now updated our complete and open gallery for a wedding in Italy. I have chosen to showcase the wedding of Guy & Helen from their stunning wedding in Amalfi. This link will take you to their complete set of wedding images. It doesn’t really matter where you plan to marry, whether it’s Amalfi, Tuscany, the Italian lakes or the UK, it’s really important to look through a ‘complete’ wedding. This will give you an idea of the consistency of a photographer’s work. It’s all too easy to have a couple of ‘wowsers’ that are used for advertising just to find out that a complete album is poor!

Here’s a handful of images from their wedding. I hope you want to see them all after seeing these and go visit their gallery. Glass of wine required, click ‘view slideshow,’ sit back and take yourself to the Amalfi Coast for 10 minutes!!

Wedding Photographer Amalfi

Wedding Photographer Amalfi

Wedding Photographer Amalfi

Wedding Photographer Amalfi

Wedding Photographer Amalfi

Wedding Photographer Amalfi

Wedding Photographer Amalfi

Wedding Photographer Amalfi

Wedding Photographer Amalfi

Wedding Photographer Amalfi

Wedding Photographer Amalfi

Wedding Photographer Amalfi

Wedding Photographer Amalfi

Wedding Photographer Amalfi

Wedding Photographer Amalfi

Wedding Photographer Amalfi

Wedding Photographer Amalfi

Wedding Photographer Amalfi

Massive thank you to Guy & Helen for being kind enough to share :-)

Cheese Cake

“Strawberry, cheese and a cake?” Don’t you just love Peter Kay?! Apologies if you’ve got no idea what I’m on about. Have you ever seen a real cheesecake though? Like, a real cake made from cheeses? Why not have a wedding cheese cake? Crikey, I must sound like I’ve gone mad.

Look down and you’ll see what I’m rabbiting on about …

Wedding Cheese Cake

Told ya!

This tasty cake was made for Dave & Jo who got married in Siena, Italy. Wedding planner in Siena/Tuscany, Jacqueline Bradshaw, arranged it for them so drop her a line if your marrying in Tuscany and fancy something a bit different.

The cheesy cake below was made for Michael and Jennie who got married in Room in central Manchester. Look at the snow falling in the background. It’s a Christmas Cheese Cake!

Wedding Cheese Cake

What d’ya reckon?

Wedding Photographer: Florence, Tuscany, Italy – Sala Rossa, Palazzo Vecchio & Grand Hotel Baglioni: Adrian & Yin

Amy was the wedding photographer in Florence, Tuscany, Italy at the Sala Rossa for Adrian & Yin’s wedding.

Florence on Friday the 26th of November was wet, gray and miserable. Sunday the 28th of November was wetter, grayer and more miserable. Saturday the 27th of November however – Adrian & Yin’s wedding day in Florence – was beautiful and blue and dry and crisp and clear and generally just gorgeous :-) Lucky isn’t the word. The Grand Hotel Baglioni in central Florence was where the reception took place. It has the most magnificent views of Florence from its roof terrace and the couple and their guests could stand out and admire the view for the hour before they performed their traditional Chinese tea ceremony and then sat down for the wedding breakfast.

I need to talk more about The Sala Rossa (Red Room). It’s in the Palazzo Vecchio – the building that has the replica statue of David at the entrance and is the ‘Town Hall’ room where civil weddings take place in Florence. The walk-through and staircase that lead to the Sala Rossa are pretty unassuming which makes the WOW when you enter the room even more of a WOW! At Ade and Yin’s wedding I stood at the entrance as the guests entered the room and captured their reactions.

Told you the weather was good! The Ponte Vecchio is one of Florence’s principle landmarks:

Wedding in Florence

Look at this amazing room! This is where Yin got ready. Isn’t is gorgeous?

Wedding in Florence

Just ready.

Wedding in Florence

Ade came to Yin’s hotel to collect her and they travelled together to the Sala Rossa.

Wedding in Florence

I love watching Bride & Groom’s sign the register. I remember it well myself. You just can’t seem to sign your name. You can’t remember your signature and if you can, it just comes out wrong and you squiggle something random!

Wedding in Florence

The stunning Sala Rossa:

Wedding in Florence

Love this. That’s the famous Carousel in the background in Piazza degli Strozzi:

Wedding in Florence

Walking to the Grand Hotel Baglioni with their very helpful bridesmaid:

Wedding in Florence

Having a laugh on the roof terrace at the Grand Hotel Baglioni. I’ve got some other images showing the brilliant views of Florence from up there:

Wedding in Florence

During the speeches:

Wedding in Florence

And again. The Best Man is speaking here:

Wedding in Florence

Great day. Great couple. Fab family and friends. A big hello, thank you and well done must go to Jacqueline Bradshaw, based in Siena and who runs Marry Me In Tuscany. Jackie was Ade & Yin’s wedding planner. You’re brilliant to work with Jackie – thanks for your help :-) Check out Jackie’s new website wedding planner in Siena/Tuscany.