After a 10-year career of destination wedding photography in Tuscany, I can say to have shot every kind of event. I saw super-chic marriages, rather than rustic celebrations, or intimate and low-key elopements. Each had its own fil rouge, which made it unique to me. Like newlyweds, I also have my favourites though. And among hundreds of events, I would re-shoot some of them from the beginning, even in the rain and in the heat. In the end, among the few that I’ve selected through the years, I also pick this celebration, which reflects in all and for all my values: family, friends and love for the authentic pleasures of life.
I have gladly discovered that Texans and Italians are not so different in terms of life priorities. I witnessed a sober and relaxed event, where I’ve never seen ostentation, but only the strong desire of spouses and guests to spend a great time together, like a big family, among chats, good food and excellent wine. That healthy lifestyle that we often forget among the lots of tasks of contemporary life and that I have tasted it here again. More than anything, I feel a bit envious of these lovebirds, because I’ve rarely seen guests so much loving and captivated. In the end, the great elegance of this wedding is all here: the strong desire to feel good together.
Beyond the celebration, this Borgo Finocchieto wedding was also the occasion to gather with friends and relatives who live in different states. Tuscany and the Val d’Orcia are the perfect destinations, thanks to their impressive locations set among legendary vineyards and cypresses trees. Borgo Finocchieto is the best balance of Tuscan beauty and luxury accommodation. It provides a spa, a great pool, lots of pathways, rustic but perfectly furnished apartments, privacy, sights that take your breath away. It’s an ancient village of houses that Franco and Pascale, the owners, renovated to its early glory. Despite the days spent here have been unusually rainy, Borgo Finocchieto has always been amazingly hospitable.
On the wedding day, the bride and groom got ready together with their families in Borgo Finocchieto. Before the religious ceremony, the groom waited for the bride in Castiglion del Bosco, where they later exchanged rings and vows in the pretty little church of the Borgo. Just a few wedding photos at Villa Sant’ Anna, and it was time to go back to Borgo Finocchieto, where the guests were already celebrating in the garden with excellent local wine and canapes. Guest stars of the event, two fabulous vintage Bentley and Avis, that I would never get tired of shooting among the white roads of the Val d’Orcia. And so the reception began. After the cocktail hour, friends and families enjoyed a delicious dinner in the marquee on the lawn. After the cake and the first dance, the newlyweds kept celebrating with their friends.
Finally, I will never forget this Borgo Finocchieto wedding. Thank God, my job leads me to discover always new and exciting places. Who know if I’ll meet these lovely people somewhere else? It would be fantastic to toast with them reminding their fabulous event.