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A photographers wedding in Tuscany:

As I love to travel and meet new people I love a good destination wedding, when I was first asked to photograph Francesca and Alberto’s dream wedding in Italy at a picturesque rustic venue in Tuscany called Fattoria La Loggia… I was a little taken back!

This wedding was a new experience for me because I’ve never had the honour or should that be pressure? of photographing another photographers wedding before. However I did see it as a massive compliment that they had choosen me as their destination wedding photographer. Francesca (who is based in Lancashire England) is a professional photographer in her own right, and Alberto (The Groom) is a creative Italian chief from Italy. After searching for the perfect wedding photographer they eventually came across my work though recommendation (Julie and Tom’s wedding), they loved my creative documentary approach and we instantly connected via FaceTime through our mutual love of travel, food and of course photography.

Having photographed many weddings in Italy, this was to be my first time visiting the region and photographing a wedding in Tuscany and it didn’t disappoint. Surrounded by olive groves, farmland and vineyards The La Loggia farmhouse wedding venue gave a warm welcome and played host to Francesca and Alberto’s mix of Italian, British and American family and friends in attendance.

I love photographing real moments of joy, love, emotion and human interactions and as Francesca and Alberto are both ‘creatives’  they knew exactly what they wanted from their wedding photography and that was to instinctively give me total freedom to capture the event as I seen it so they could get on with enjoying the day!

Here is their story…

Bride and groom with big tree at Fattoria-la-loggia-Tuscany

 

Planning a wedding in Tuscany, Italy – Fattoria La Loggia

Francesca and Alberto first met at a Bistro in Lancashire where Francesca worked part time whilst studying at university. Alberto was her boss and the friendship grew into the deepest love, 7 years later here they are. Alberto proposed to Francesca whilst on a holiday in Greece on the beautiful island of Rhodes, overlooking Stegna bay. With shock and happiness Francesca of course said Yes!

Fattoria La Loggia was the perfect rustic wedding venue for Francesca and Alberto’s dream of a Tuscany wedding. They always knew they wanted to get married in Tuscany so the first decision they had to make was on the venue! They first saw the wedding venue online and instantly knew it was perfect for them! The location and the style, full of rustic charm and the incredible open views instantly caught their eyes. The time of year was a key factor when booking their wedding. They wanted it to be outdoors but also didn’t want it to be too hot for their British guests so they decided on a September wedding. Their wedding décor was influenced by their venue as they loved the rustic style. They got hay bales, along with vintage coffee sacks for the seat covers. They had lost many loved ones so it was important that they were there in some way. So the Bride and Groom made a memorial table and used an old bicycle as a welcome sign, which belonged to Alberto’s Grandad. This added to the rustic theme and meant a lot to them.

Francesca and Alberto’s words:

“Always go your own way! Everyone has an opinion, we found it really important to do everything ourselves, it has to suit you.”

Choosing a dress for a destination wedding in Italy. 

Francesca wore Essense of Australia and her shoes were Jenny Packham.  The Bride to be knew exactly what she wanted in a wedding dress and went for an unstructured gown (which clung perfectly to her curves), with lace sleeves and a beautiful detailed trail. She travelled all the way to Ava Rose Hamilton, which is a stunning boutique wedding shop in Colne to get her perfect wedding dress. Francesca remarked that she ‘felt incredible!! in her Essense of Australia gown’ and chose it as it would suit the scenery in Italy for her outdoor wedding cermoney. The outfit was complimented with the most stunning bouquet – which was presented to her on the morning of the wedding as a gift from her future Mother-in-law and in keeping with Italian traditions.

Alberto’s suit was made by King & Allen, it was royal blue with the inside of the blazer pockets embroided with their names and wedding date. The material was very lightweight, perfect for the warm temperatures in Italy.

A rustic wedding venue in Tuscany with a view.

Francesca and Alberto had their wedding ceremony outside in the gardens of their villa at Fattoria La Loggia, which is situated in the Chianti region of Tuscany. The most perfect backdrop, views over the Tuscan hills and the sun shining with a light breeze. It was the perfect setting accompanied by Alberto’s uncle playing the flute and piano throughout the service to Ava Maria and the song from the film Scent of a Woman. Francesca’s Mum walked her down the aisle as her Dad had passed 20 years previous. She had a charm wrapped round her bouquet with a picture of her Dad. Alberto chose to read his vows in both English and Italian, which was very personal and romantic.

Alberto’s Words –The waiting and the tension nearly killed me!!! But when I saw her walking towards me I felt so many things and I just wanted to cry. She looked stunning.”

Italian food at an Italian wedding venue –  Fattoria La Loggia

At the drinks reception they had an Italian Feast! It was a rich buffet with a stand up starter. It was important to Francesca and Alberto to have a relaxed informal dining, as they didn’t want to spend too much time sat down eating.

With Alberto coming from an Italian family that work and live in restaurants, the food had to be perfect, so a lot of his energy went into creating a rustic, Tuscan menu for the wedding breakfast which included two pasta courses. There was three main wedding speeches in both English and Italian and Alberto’s ‘Papa’ made them a cigar and whisky bar, which was very popular with the guests. They had a great night with family and friends and made memories to cherish forever.

Wedding speeches Fattoria la Loggia wedding in Tuscany

Planning a wedding in Tuscany.

Tips from the Bride and Groom: ‘When planning a destination wedding in Tuscany, I have to be honest and say that our realistic budget went out the window pretty fast. There are so many costs that you don’t think about and maybe are not aware of. So I would say make sure you do your research properly! Listen to each other not everyone else. It’s your wedding day. Work together and make time for each other. Compromise!’

Wedding photographer Tuscany.

Brides words: “We love all of the pictures Wes took! Especially the one with the Cypress trees! That is my favourite and one of the many reasons why I love the Tuscan landscape so much. The villa was so picturesque that everywhere you looked there was a shot to be taken! It could have been overwhelming but Wes did a fantastic job of simplifying what was needed in the time we had available because the day really does go so fast. So if you’re looking for a wedding photographer and if you want someone with a creative vision, a professional, friendly manner and a brilliant mind for storytelling then Wes Simpson is the photographer to turn to.”

Photographer highlights!

Photographing Francesca walking down the aisle during a beautiful outdoor ceremony at Fattoria La Loggia, with the most perfect backdrop, views over the Tuscan hills, the sun shining down and a light breeze. I can actually remember ‘feeling’ the full joy and excitement of all the family and friends looking on. Francesca later remarked that I had captured the heartbeat of their day and in these moments it was the happiest she’d ever been.

Tuscany Wedding suppliers:

Wedding Venue: Fattoria La Loggia.

Wedding Photographer: Wes Simpson.

Wedding dress/shoes: Essense of Australia/Jenny Packham.

Grooms wear: King & Allen.

Entertainment: The big wedding band (Rome).

 

I absolutely loved photographing this wedding at Fattoria La Loggia. So if you’re planning a wedding in Tuscany, Italy or anywhere else in the world and you need a destination-wedding photographer, I’d love to get involved… my passport is ready! Contact me – Wes.

 

 

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