Wedding photographer: Monte Castello di Vibio & Fattoria di Vibio, Todi, Umbria, Italy: Mark & Nicola

Andy & Amy were the wedding photographers at Monte Castello di Vibio & Fattoria di Vibio, Todi, Umbria, Italy for the wedding of Mark & Nicola.

Mark & Nicola were married on Thursday in the beautiful church at Monte Castello di Vibio near Todi in Umbria. It’s a stunning little village perched on a hilltop and also home to the smallest theatre in the world which is 200 years old this year. After the ceremony, the guests enjoyed drinks in the tiny square outside the church and then, following an invitation, we walked through the cobbled streets for some photographs with the couple and their guests in the theatre itself. The reception was at the stunning Fattoria di Vibio.

Mark was obviously a challenge to photograph – not!

Once Nicola was ready, there was literally just a few minutes to grab some images before we had to jump in the car and race off to the town. Here’s one of our favourites.

The streets of Monte Castello di Vibio are particularly tiny. It took over 5 minutes for the driver of the Bentley to get through this gap (with the assistance of a number of lookouts!) He didn’t actually fit through the first time he tried and slightly scratched the car!

We normally say that there has to be a reason to put a photo-journalistic image in colour. Here’s a great example: blue sky, pink dresses & warmth of the sun on the church stone.

It’s a beautiful church & the ceremony was very personal. The couple had ‘persuaded’ their own priest to travel out with them – no doubt it was a tough decision on his part ;)

Mark’s Mum (right) & guests inspect Nicola’s ring afterwards.

Here’s a beautiful image, straight out of camera, from inside the theatre. We’ve done some others which show the guests all seated which look fantastic. The kindness of the locals to allow us to do this kind of thing is something that never ceases to amaze us.

Back at the Fattoria & the tables await the guests for the evening meal.

Setting the scene of the villa reception during the early evening. You can just make out the string quartet on the right of the image.

…and one of the happy couple to finish.

A really beautiful wedding in stunning locations. We only live an hour away from Monte Castello di Vibio and yet we’ve never been there before this. It’s now firmly on our ‘friends & family’ list of places to see in Umbria!

Enjoy your honeymoon folks – we’ll catch up with you once you’re home. – Andy

Wedding photographer: La Badia, Orvieto, Umbria, Italy: Paddy & Annabel

Andy & Amy were the wedding photographers at La Badia, Orvieto, Umbria, Italy for the wedding of Paddy & Annabel.

Our busiest period of this year will probably be that which has just ended. But how many photographers can have been as privileged as us to have worked at so many incredible venues in such a short space of time?!

It was quite a coincidence that one year after our own wedding in Orvieto, we were back in that very town for Paddy & Annabel’s wedding at La Badia. This Abbey, originally constructed in the 6th Century, is a beautiful wedding venue and one which we’ve often looked over towards from Orvieto. The weather wasn’t particularly kind in the period before the ceremony with some particularly heavy rain, but in true romantic fashion, the clouds cleared and the sun came out before everyone left the chapel. Actually, since I was outside at the time watching (& photographing!) the ceremony from a different view point, I can testify that the sun appeared for the first time, within seconds of Paddy & Annabel being pronounced “husband & wife.”

So, we’ve got a lot of great images – mostly photojournalistic this time, to share.

La Badia. It was raining steadily when I took this from the middle of the main road on our way to La Badia from Orvieto – a more dangerous photograph than you may imagine.

The inside of the chapel; very simple, elegant & a beautifully soft light courtesy of the overcast skies.

A lovely capture of the young flower-girl in particular.

Although we often prefer photojournalistic images in black & white, the colours here are wonderful. I’m not certain this is telling us just how heavy the rain was however!!

Annabel just after leaving her room in the long upstairs corridor.

Annabel & her Uncle exit the doors for the short walk across the courtyard to the chapel.

Fast-forward to a lovely moment during the ceremony.

The car was a surprise for Annabel after leaving the chapel and it enabled the happy couple to enjoy a few moments completely alone before returning for drinks (…and photographs!) I was particularly pleased to have squeezed the Italian numberplate into this image.

Whilst the band played (they’d setup inside since the weather wasn’t predictable), the guests were able to listen and enjoy their drinks & canapes outside in the courtyard.

Another jump on towards the end of the evening. You may have needed to have been there to appreciate this image, but to explain: it’s a hundred or so guests outside, under the arches of the Abbey, reeling; they had so much fun, they didn’t want to stop. I can also spot Amy (who, due to being short) is standing on a table in the background next to a video-light.

Once more, we thoroughly enjoyed ourselves – thank you to Paddy & Annabel and their friends & families for making us feel so welcome (and to the kind lady who insisted I have some wedding cake :) ) – Andy

Wedding photographer: The Pantheon & Casina di Macchia Madama, Rome, Italy: Leo & Korie

Andy & Amy were the wedding photographers at The Pantheon & Casina di Macchia Madama, Rome, Italy for the wedding of Leo & Korie.

There are a few buildings in the world that are simply awe-inspiring. The Pantheon is one of them. Leo & Korie were fortunate enough to be able to marry in the Pantheon on Friday in a beautiful ceremony. It was one of those ‘pinch yourself’ events which happen so rarely in your lifetime. I felt especially privileged since this is also my favourite building in the world & to have exclusive use of it whilst crowds of hundreds, possibly thousands were held back outside by barriers.

Afterwards, the families & guests were transported to the gorgeous Casina di Macchia Madama Villa, close to the Olympic Stadium for the reception whilst we took a small detour to the Trevi Fountain for a few extra shots.

On with some images!

The Pantheon taken from Korie’s hotel room window.

Leo, his father, brother & groomsmen on their way!

Colours, textures, architecture – pure Italy in my opinion (oh, & the groom of course!)

The dress goes on

Because we’ve so many images to select from still, we’ve skipped some in the timeline to get to a shot showing the incredible setting for the ceremony. Leo & Korie are at the altar here, the photograph shows wonderfully, the scale and beauty of this building.

A moment during the ceremony. Priests don’t get any more helpful than this. A refreshing change from the attitude of some we’ve encountered in the UK previously.

Just after the ceremony & we had some time for photographs as the public were re-admitted. The staff were wonderful in keeping crowds back behind us until we were done.

Amy is down in the crowds there somewhere – ready for confetti. I’m following – you can get a real feel for the atmosphere here.

By the Trevi Fountain. We did photograph by the fountain as well, but this is just a little different ;)

Fun back at Casina di Macchia Madama.

Darkness approaching rapidly. The Italian Cup Final was being played in the nearby Olympic Stadium during this period. Every now and then you could hear huge cheers when either team scored. It just added to the amazing atmosphere.

One of many lovely captures during the dances.

A lovely, lovely couple & a perfect day. Thank you to everyone for their hospitality! – Andy

Wedding photographer: Villa Artimino, Florence, Tuscany, Italy: Alan & Fiona

Andy & Amy were wedding photographers at Villa Artimino, Florence, Tuscan, Italy for the wedding of Alan & Fiona.

Monday & the occasion was Alan & Fiona’s wedding in Artimino near Florence. The villa is probably one of Italy’s grandest – a huge, imposing building on a hillside of olive groves & vineyards and noticeable for its many chimneys. The afternoon of the wedding began with a heavy thunderstorm but once that had cleared it left the air beautifully fresh and revealed the stunning setting for this predominantly-Irish wedding.

It was a very emotional day for a variety of reasons; however, Fiona & Alan were so easy-going, we had time to ‘create’ some images in addition to just capturing what was happening – some of which you’ll see below.

Our day finished with a fireworks display & I headed down into the village of Artimino to photograph from there. We haven’t got remotely close to processing everything yet but here’s a good idea of what to expect :) We’ve also got to say a big “thank you” to Hannah, the lovely young bridesmaid who did such a great job holding our video light!

On with the images:

We had sat in the car waiting for the torrential rain to ease before quickly taking this photograph of the beautiful villa.

Alan not looking as nervous as he was feeling!

Alan & his Dad – one of my particular favourites.

Jimmy Choo makes an appearance!

It’s not often you get such happy-looking images of the youngsters.

A gorgeous image of Fiona.

Here comes the Bride!

A relaxed moment after the ceremony.

Speech time – note: great speech by the Bride as well btw!

Alan & Fiona watching the fireworks from the steps of the Villa.

Thanks folks for a really enjoyable day. Enjoy the honeymoon & we’ll speak to you soon :)

Wedding photographer: Villa San Filippo, Tuscany, Italy: Carl & Amanda

Andy & Amy were the wedding photographers at Villa San Filippo, Tuscany, Italy for the wedding of Carl & Amanda.

The weather has been a little unpredictable in Tuscany recently & it was no different for Carl & Amanda’s big day at Villa San Filippo near Barberino Val d’Elsa. A shower during the early part of the afternoon caused a dilemma with the ‘indoors/outdoors’ ceremony but it brightened up soon after and the beautiful outdoor setting was chosen.

Carl & Amanda were wonderful to photograph and their friends & families also helped to make the day as enjoyable for us as it was for them!

There are loads & loads of great images to share – here are just a few:

The setting for the ceremony.

Amanda with her shoes…

Carl doesn’t take a bad photo either!

I really love this one of Amanda just a few moments before walking out for the ceremony.

A lovely moment during the ceremony

Confetti

You’ll get an idea of the setting with the Tuscan background here.

There’s a story behind this but I think only the Bestman, Ushers & Bridesmaid can tell it.

Beautiful, beautiful flowers, decorations & lights everywhere. This was one of the displays hanging over the terrace tables not long after sunset – yup, it gets dark very quickly here!

Finally, a romantic moment on the terrace.

Great people, lovely venue in stunning countryside – tough job this eh? :)