Villa Catignano Wedding Photographer
Ady and Jason: A symbolic Jewish Wedding In the Surroundings of Siena
I have a few favorite historical residences where people can celebrate a wedding here in Tuscany, and Villa Catignano is definitely in my top list (with Borgo Stomennano, check it out!). With all its with the ridiculous mixture of scenes, lights, rooms, gardens, and small hidden corners, it is a kind of paradise on Earth for a wedding photographer. Photographing a wedding at Villa Catignano is always a beautiful experience (I mean just being there is fantastic). It’s not just about how attractive is a venue, but how it can blend in a wedding story – emphasizing the beauty of the day – with his charm or its timeless elegance. Still, it becomes exceptional when it happens to meet there those perfect people which I love to deal with on a wedding day. I consider a real privilege the opportunity that being a photographer gives me: to meet such beautiful people like Adi and Jason are. I often write this on post blogs, but I want to repeat once more: it’s not just about photography itself. We – I and the couple – have a few hours to create a connection. When we’re able to do that – together – some magic happens. It became easy to frame people as they are in the pictures WE take together. It’s a matter of honesty and trust. And one of the reasons – the most important I’d say – behind my determination to work preferably alone.
As a client, you don’t need a shopping-list-like-series of photos of all the moments of the day. You need some good ones, tailored to you (but I deliver a lot more than what you’re gonna see here, don’t worry!). I think you need to be framed in this photo story the mood, the atmosphere, the joy, the lough, inevitable silences. Always there, but with the discrete presence of just one person, that’s promptly become a kind of travel-mate. Here at this wedding, I’ve also been lucky enough to work with the perfect partner in crime. A United Kingdom videographer called Richard that embraces with me the same vision regarding how a wedding day must be documented and experienced. He was alone as well, and you can enjoy his video at the end of this post.
Coming back to Adi and Jason’s wedding, it has been a roller coaster of emotions there at Villa Catignano. From the most incredible first look that I ever shot, to the intimate ketubah signing ceremony, the Jewish contract which is signed before the wedding ceremony itself. This was a symbolic wedding ceremony but enriched with some of the typical Jewish wedding rituals, like the stomping of the glass. The alfresco buffet has been succeeded by a gorgeous outdoor dinner, in the mild and usual Tuscan summer nightfall mood. All happened on a horseshoe table under a myriad of lights, where I had the pleasure to hear some of the most moving speeches I ever heard. To finish with a dance floor, of course, in the very late evening. Like any memorable wedding, I’ve shot so far. I want to leave you with the word Adi and Jason sent me after they saw their photos.
Wow wow wow!!!!
Francesco!!! We are OVERWHELMED!!!
These photographs are absolutely beautiful! I’m not sure I have the words to adequately express how grateful we are to you for sharing your talent with us. We know that the memories of the food will fade, the music will fade, the flowers will fade… but thanks to you, we have all of these beautiful little moments to help us remember how we felt, how we were moved, and how celebrated! Our wedding was a once in a lifetime occasion that we will always hold sacred, and we are so so happy that you were there with us to feel the love and capture it in art. Thank you for your gorgeous work. Having you was an absolute pleasure! You brought a lightness and ease with you and it never felt like we had a stranger in our midst. You simply blended in, and became part of our celebration. We truly hope to meet again! Let us know next time you are in California and we will do the same when we make it back out to bella Italia…
Check it out, folks!
As promised, here below there’s the super emotional wedding film from my English mate, Richard of RL FIlms. Enjoy it (and – maybe – you’d like to make us work together again ♥ It would be a blast! )