When it comes to getting married abroad, the Tuscan wedding is one of the most popular celebrations overseas. But until a decade ago, the Tuscan Wedding was all about simplicity: a countryside event, set up with elements taken from own people’s homes. It didn’t matter if the arrangements were rustic and flowers wild. The essence was to celebrate together. Nowadays, weddings in Tuscany have changed a lot, but it has kept its cornerstone. That is to celebrate and enjoy the real pleasures of life: the open air, some great food, a glass of good wine and the love of families and friends.
So when I was asked to shoot this wedding in one of the most beautiful venues of Chianti, I accepted without hesitation. Borgo Pignano is one of my favourite places. A magnificent estate, perched on a hilltop, with breathtaking views of the surrounding Tuscan countryside. The time of year, the end of September, is legendary: the colours of the landscape turn to copper, and the light warms up, colouring things and people of gold. Michelangelo, Leonardo da Vinci and other Renaissance artists would not hesitate for a second to paint this wonder on their canvases. We, humble photographers, cannot but return this glory on film.
Borgo Pignano is located a stone’s throw from Volterra, one of the most popular places of Italy. Once you have entered through the main gate and drove along a dirt road that passes under centuries-old oaks, you’ll find yourself facing a magnificent villa, which the expert property furnished as a luxury hotel, without denaturing its essence. The rooms, corridors and common areas have remained the original, wisely restored, and keep their ancient charm, but with all modern comforts.
The bride and groom got ready together with their families and friends and later got married in the courtyard of the church. The ceremony took long, and it was nice to see these newlyweds exchanging their vows and rings among the people they love.
And while we were taking the traditional wedding photos, between the endless spots of the property, the guests enjoyed an aperitif on the terrace with a view. Immediately after sunset, newlyweds and their guests continued to celebrate together in the marquee, set up for the occasion in the garden. The party lasted for a long time, amid laughter and emotion, and ended up with crazy dancing. Here are some photos.