Wedding Photographer: Castello Carovigno & Ostuni, Masseria Il Trappeto: Jeff & Anna

Amy was the wedding photographer at Castello Carvigno and in Ostuni, Puglia, Italy for Jeff & Anna’s wedding.

From the Island of Ischia we travelled to Ostuni via a few days in a fascinating town called Matera.

Jeff & Anna had hired out the classy Masseria Il Trappeto for their ‘wedding week.’ Ostuni is famously known as Italy’s Città Bianca (White City) and with this against the bluest of skies and the bright orange and yellow of Jeff & Anna’s colour scheme, I reckon I’ve got the most colourful set of wedding images ever!

Anna & Jeff had both been attacked by mosquitoes in the days running up to their wedding and Anna, in particular, was literally covered in bites. Make-up did an amazing job and, despite the bites looking angry and painful, Anna didn’t complain once. Truly commendable and it certainly didn’t stop her from looking absolutely gorgeous as you’ll see below.

Fab Louboutins! (Anna had her feet in water for over an hour so that her swollen feet would fit into her shoes.)

Christian Louboutin Shoes

Gorgeous or what!

Bride

Sadly, Anna’s Dad couldn’t make the wedding due to medical reasons. I truly hope that the images go some way to making up for not being there. Here’s Anna and her brave Mum.

Bride & Mum

Awesome colours.

Bride & Flowers

Jeff got more and more nervous as the mayor made them all wait for the ceremony to begin.

Ceremony

One of my favourites from the day. Castello Carovigno is a gem of a ceremony venue.

Bride

Jeff and the boys.

Groom, Best Man & Ushers

Confetti!

Confetti

I love this one too!

Bride, Groom & Guests

Time for a photo shoot around the beautiful old town of Ostuni. Here with the cathedral in the background.

Bride & Groom

And just around the corner from the cathedral, a great view out to sea.

Bride & Groom

Giving the Louboutins a moment’s rest.

Bride & Groom

That’s ‘Amore.’

Table Decorations

Taken from my place at dinner. Thank you so much for inviting to be such a big part of your day.

Guests

Just before I left, there was time for more Bride & Groom shots around the Villa.

Bride & Groom

I really hope that these and the rest of your images go some way to filling in your Dad and sister on your beautiful wedding day. Thanks again for making me feel so welcome, for the mention in your speech and for the lovely meal. The rest of your images will be online VERY soon. Amy x

Wedding Photographer: Ischia, Punta Molino Hotel: James & Nina

Amy was the wedding photographer in Ischia, nr Naples, Italy for James & Nina’s wedding.

So then, from the Amalfi Coast, we travelled to the beautiful Island of Ischia, just off Naples for the wedding of friends of two of our best friends. I hadn’t been to Ischia before and was in for a treat. A couple of days off between weddings allowed me to explore the Island a little and I soon realised that I would definitely be returning for a holiday. It reminded me of Hawaii!

The 17th of June was an exceptionally hot and bright day which made lighting conditions quite tricky for a while but once the sun had begun to drop, that incredible pink light made a lengthy appearance and I was a very happy camper. Nina’s infectious laugh made for some great captures and there was a real party atmosphere.

James, his Best Man & Ushers ‘chilling!’

Groom & Ushers

James and his Best Man, his brother Matthew.

Groom & Best Man

Beautiful Nina.

Bride

This shot caught my attention. An usher is handing out the ‘order of service’ in the church doorway.

Ceremony

Nina’s arrival and a beautiful church interior.

Ceremony

Just married!

Bride & Groom

A busker playing for Nina & James in the square where drinks were served after the ceremony.

Bride & Groom

Bridal Party.

Bridal Party

Nina and her family have been going to the Punta Molino Hotel on holiday since Nina was a young girl and this spot, with the view of Castello Aragonese in the background, is really special to them.

Bride & Groom & Family

Nina & James are welcomed into a beautiful area of the hotel where aperitivi and speeches took place.

Bride & Groom

Yum Yum! Spot my fab friend Adele in the green dress. A guest at my wedding in 07 :-)

Aperitivi

James’s Mum, pictured here in the centre of the shot, laughed and cried throughout the emotional speeches.

Speeches

The wonderful evening light hits Castello Aragonese. Stunning.

Castello Aragonese, Ischia

Just about to enter for dinner.

Bride & Groom

I love my job more and more every day! I get to visit incredible places that perhaps I would never have got to otherwise. Thank you so much to James & Nina for introducing me to beautiful Ishcia. I’ll be back!

Wedding Photographer: Positano, Ravello & Amalfi: Yuji & Shino

Amy was the wedding photographer in Positano, Amalfi Coast, Italy for Yuji & Shino’s wedding.

I have photographed quite a few weddings in the past with 15 or so guests but just recently I have taken quite a few bookings for even smaller weddings – in some cases it will just be the Bride & Groom and sometimes just 2 or 3 guests. This was the first of my very small weddings. Bride, Groom, 4 guests and me for an 8-hour photo shoot around the stunning Amalfi coast.

Yuji, Shino and their 4 guests had travelled from Japan to marry in Positano. As Japanese tradition allows, they got ready together, travelled to church together and entered together. Santa Maria Assunta Church, the main church in Positano played host to their beautiful ceremony proving that you can go big on venue even with just a few guests. The ceremony felt incredibly personal and the setting was spectacular.

Off to Palazzo Murat next: a stunning hotel in central Positano. Aperativi were served in the lush courtyard and cake was cut and eaten with the left-overs being served to the other guests dining in the hotel’s courtyard (and to me too of course – like a bit of cake!)

We travelled the hour or so to Ravello, stopping off at Positano’s principle resort St. Pietro for photographs and, once in Ravello, walked the 10 minutes or so from the centre of town to one of my favourite spots on the planet, Villa Cimbrone. Afterwards, it was back to Positano but via Amalfi where the atmosphere was electric, a brass band was playing and the locals and tourists treated Yuji, Shino and their guests like celebrities.

A wonderful day and some wonderful memories to remember it by. A special mention to Rieko and her wonderful team of wedding planners who did an incredible job and translated for me! Thank you for being brilliant.

Positano.

Positano

Yuji. on the balcony of their hotel, Hotel Marincanto, Positano.

Groom

I love this image of Shino, just ready.

Bride

Leaving church. Santa Maria Assunta Church in Positano.

Ceremony

Confetti!

Confetti

Cutting the cake in the beautiful Palazzo Murat, Positano.

Bride & Groom

Yuji & Shino didn’t stop laughing all day long. Shino impressed me so much, she walked for miles in 30 degree heat in her heavy wedding dress and 5 inch heels – much tougher than us Brits I tell you!

Bride & Groom

Taken at St Pietro Hotel, Positano’s best. The colours around Italy’s Amalfi Coast are just gorgeous.

Bride & Groom

If you ever get the chance, you must go:

Villa Cimbrone, Ravello

One of my favourites from the whole day.

Guests

No-one spoke English and I don’t know a word of Japanese. I worked using actions all day long and had a great translator. I tried to convey ‘look away from camera’ and got this – I love it!

Bridal Party

Villa Cimbrone’s wonderful terrace. Quite a drop below!

Bride & Groom

Same place, different angle.

Bride & Groom

The entire wedding party again!

Bridal Party

In Amalfi now – I told you they didn’t stop smiling – they must have been shattered by this point in the day but they didn’t show it!

Bride & Groom

Back at Hotel Marincanto in Positano – a lovely finishing shot.

Bride & Groom
I loved every single minute of the day. I didn’t want it to end! I could have carried on photographing Yuji, Shino and their 4 guests all evening. I would like to think that our paths will cross again someday. Thank you so much x

Wedding Photographer: Lake Bolsena – Castello Di Santa Cristina, Grotte di Castro: Lee & Charlotte

Amy was the wedding photographer at Lake Bolsena, Lazio, Italy at the Castello Di Santa Cristina, Grotte di Castro for Lee & Charlotte’s wedding.

Wedding Dress: Ellis Brides
Shoes: Pretty Ballerina
Groom’s Outfit: Aquascutum & Hugo Boss

Castello di Santa Cristina is an absolute gem of a wedding venue. Hidden away to the north of the peaceful Lake Bolsena, the exterior and surroundings of the castle are stunning but it was the interior that really captured my imagination. Rich colours, artifacts and wonderful decor including an ancient library and incredible tiled floors – I was in my element!

The weather behaved during aperativi and the sun shone but plans were changed to eat inside – a great idea as the heavens opened as the evening festivities began. Not to worry though, the room was as beautiful as all of the other rooms in the castle and the single, long, white-covered table was typically Italian & elegant.

On with the tasters:

Castello Di Santa Cristina, Grotte di Castro.

Castello Di Santa Cristina, Grotte di Castro, Lake Bolsena

Last-minute touches.

Groom

The bridesmaids look-on as Charlotte’s dress is done-up.

Bride & Bridesmaids

Last minute chip in the nail is soon rectified!

Bridesmaid

Beautiful.

Bride

Charlotte with Mum & Dad.

Bride & Parents

I was thoroughly spoilt in this room!

Bride & Bridesmaids

Post-ceremony: a bridesmaid and one of the two Best Men exit together.

Bridesmaid & Best Man

Charlotte’s Grandparents have been together for over 70 years: the perfect role-models for marriage!

Guests

Back into that wonderful room, this time with the groom in tow.

Bride & Groom

We had time to pop down to the local town of Grotte di Castro, about 10 minutes from the Castle, for some photographs.

Bride & Groom

Lots of laughter and lots of tears during the speeches.

Speeches

A lovely way to finish a wonderful day.

Bride & Groom

I’m still away from home folks and have 4 more weddings to photograph before I’m back but, don’t worry, you won’t have to wait long for your images once I’m back in front of my monitor! Chat soon x

Wedding Photographer: Pieve di San Leonardo, Artimino & Villa Artimino, Tuscany: Jan & Lauren

Amy was the wedding photographer in Artimino, Tuscany, Italy at the Pieve di San Leonardo & Villa Artimino for Jan & Lauren’s wedding.

Wedding Dress: Pronovias
Shoes: Christian Louboutin
Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Dessy

Artimino is a lovely little ‘borgo’ in the hills to the west of Florence. The landscape from Artimino is far-reaching and typically Tuscan – vines and olive trees as far as the eye can see. Villa Artimino commands the foreground, a stunning and incredibly majestic Medici Villa that played host to Jan & Lauren’s big day.

The wedding ceremony took place in a church that was commissioned in 998 and built soon-after. Despite very grey clouds circling and loud thunder claps in the distance, the weather behaved and the sun barely went in.

Jan, his Best Man on his left and usher on the right. You’ll see from this small selection of images, the red theme worked brilliantly.

Groom & Ushers

One of the funniest moment in a ceremony ever: the bride and her father made their big entrance, the groom had tears in his eyes, they stood at the top of the aisle waiting for the ceremony to begin. But where was the priest? Asleep behind the altar! The groom had to go and give him a nudge!!

Ceremony

The ceremony didn’t quite go without a hitch after that as the rings had been tied to the ring-cushion a wee bit too tight and took a good 5 minutes to get undone! Guests went from hysterical laughter though to tears of emotion when the incredible soprano sung Ave Maria – barely a dry eye in the house.

A beautiful church, over 1000 years old.

Ceremony

Pelted with rice!

Confetti

With the back-drop of an olive tree.

Bride & Groom

Aperitivi on the lawn in front of the stunning Villa Artimino.

Villa Artimino

I said the red worked brilliantly!

Bridal Party

Give me a wave!

Bride, Groom & Guests

We arranged it so that the guests lined either side of the staircase and clapped the bride & groom into dinner:

Bride & Groom

There were so many great shots from the speeches because a. the speeches were so funny and b. Lauren was so expressive! I love this face :-)

Speeches

One of my personal favourites from the whole day. Look at the size of that cake!

Cake

Beautiful day folks. Hope you’re having a fab time in Sardinia and here’s hoping we’ll see each other again in St Helens soon. Amy x