When I first started out as a wedding photographer I figured I would be able to call myself successful when I booked a ‘destination wedding’.
I figured if someone liked me and my style of photography enough that they would want to fly me out to their destination wedding then I must be doing something right.
Well, I was really only in the early stages of trying to figure out how to book a destination wedding when I get a message from Victoria.
It started out as many other enquiries do, check the dates, what kind of packages, that kind of thing.
“One slight difference…” she said. “we are getting married in Italy!”.
I don’t remember whether I let out an audible ‘woop’ or not. Maybe.
Don’t get me wrong, it’s nice to photograph local weddings and get home at a reasonable time. Every now and again though…
Planning the Destination Wedding
Anyway, enough about me. All I had to do was make sure I got all my gear plus myself over to Tuscany.
The real star of this show was Victoria.
From what I could tell she pulled together literally every aspect of the wedding abroad. Planning a wedding is hard enough, planning it in another country doubly so.
I witnessed this masterpiece of destination wedding planning first hand. Every aspect of my journey was planned out for me, nothing left to chance.
Victoria if you’re reading this, you made my first destination wedding far too easy for me, thank you.
I don’t really have much to say about this place other than wow.
Borgo Petrognano, situated in the Cianti hills near Barbarino Val D’Elsa is absolutlely beautiful in every way.
The setting is magnificent, gorgious Tuscan hills rolling off into the distance.
Whenever I look around a venue where I am about to photograph a wedding I will look around for the angles I want to avoid. Venues often have less attractive sides to them which could potentially spoil a good photo. I found no such angle here at Borgo Petrognano.
Everywhere you look is just picture perfect.
I think at this point I should just let the photos do the talking. That is probably why you are here afterall.
I would like to close out my intro with a few acknowledgements.
Firstly and most importantly the wedding singer and my travelling companion, Jill Ryder. Beautiful voice and a genuinely lovely person to be around. I spent three days travelling to Italy and back with Jill and her husband Mark and we got along like we had known each other for years.
I would also like to wholeheartedly recommend Hotel Primavera. This is where I stayed whilst I was out there. It was very conviniently located less than 10 minutes drive away from Borgo Petrognano, the room was perfect and the facilities excellent. Extra bonus points are awarded because when we were struggling to arrange a taxi for the evening prior to the wedding the owner offered to give us a lift to and from the venue.
I would also like to throw some credit towards Ryanair. Despite the low price the service was actually pretty good, can’t complain.
So without further ado, here is the slideshow. This is my standard set of highlights set to music with a few bonus snips of video to help tell the story.
In case you can’t watch the slideshow right now here is a selection of highlights from the album.
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That’s it for now, hopefully returning very soon for another destination wedding.
See ya next time.