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Tuscany Wedding Photography | Nicola and Phill


Tuscany Wedding Photography

Earlier this year I flew out to Italy to join Nicola and Phill for their Tuscany wedding overlooking Lake Trasimeno. I landed the day before the wedding and met up with their families and friends over a BBQ meal in the afternoon; you could tell everybody was excited as plans were underway to have everything ready for their wedding the following day. Nic and Phil had hired an Italian villa for the week, one with a perfect view of Lake Trasimeno in the north of Umbria. The villa falls almost equidistant between Florence and Rome, and in between these two great cities lies some remarkable, breathtaking Tuscan scenery.
On the morning of the wedding the excitement was almost tangible. From early on in the morning the families were worked hard to have everything ready for the day ahead: The cake was prepped and creamed, the bouquets and flower arrangements were all looking beautiful, and the ceremony area was dressed and ready for the bride and groom to exchange their vows.

Nic and Phil's first kiss on the terrace of their Lake Trasimeno villa, watched on by Diane Rossi 'Blessings from Italy' Italian wedding celebrant.

Blessings From Italy - Destination Wedding Celebrants

'Blessings From Italy's wedding celebrant, Diane Rossi, married Nic on Phill on the villa's terrace overlooking a stunning landscape of Lake Trasimeno. The service itself was beautifully co-ordinated with special vows being spoken by bride and groom before wedding rings were exchanged.

The intimate ceremony came to a close with Nic and Phill's first kiss before hugs and celebrations commenced with their close family and friends at the villa.


Nic and Phil taking a stroll by the infinity pool overlooking Lake Trasimeno, Tuscany.

Italy Destination Wedding Photography

Once the ceremony had come to a close, we went for a wander around the grounds to capture some gorgeous natural moments between the newlyweds. We had a truly amazing backdrop to look out on as the Tuscan hills rolled on into the distance.

The villa also featured a swimming pool was was great for a couple of relaxed bride and groom portraits as they strolled through the grounds. We were then treated to some incredible Italian cuisine courtesy of the venue's caterers who performed wonders in the kitchen.



Relaxed, Documentary Wedding Photography

After the meal we listened to some great speeches given by the groom along with the family around the table. Speeches allow for some candid natural moments to be captured. Limoncello was then next on the agenda for everybody as everybody took a shot! this then flowed nicely into the bride and grooms first dance on the terrace overlooking the rolling Tuscan Landscape as their families danced into the night.

A relaxed moment together. Nic and Phill take shelter from the storm clouds above.


Photographing in Tuscany

As a photographer in Tuscany, I found the landscapes simply breathtaking. Landing in Rome the day before the wedding, I hired a car and took the scenic 100 mile drive (approximately three hours) through the Italian countryside. This route took me through the Italian towns of Terni, Perugia and Assisi and was a joy to travel through. The scenery up towards the villa was ideal for my wide angle lens to capture. If I had more time in the area I would have loved to have explored more towards Cortona and Florence, which are now firmly on my bucket list for destination weddings!

Nicola and Phill take a stroll in the gardens overlooking Lake Trasimeno, Tuscany.

Destination Wedding Photography

We are often asked by couples who love our style whether we can join them to photograph their destination wedding. We love travelling, we travel all over and would love to photograph your wedding abroad.

Tuscany Wedding Photography by Stephen McGowan