If you are thinking of getting married in Italy, you might want to consider spending a few minutes absorbing the details of this post. Jules & Gyles hired me to fly out to Italy to cover their wedding in Umbria, which is a region of central Italy renowned for it's breathtaking hilly countryside and beautiful medieval hilltop towns. The pre-wed shoot in a wet and cold Tynemouth was going to be a million miles from this one. Flying into Rome on a Tuesday night we picked up our hire car and drove 120 miles north to the town of Perugia. The next morning we met Jules & Gyles outside the stunning town hall (see 10th image) for their formal ceremony. From then on it just got better and better. The venue for their reception and also the place where they were staying was the rather amazing Il Borgia Castle (see first image). Part castle, part villa and all genuine old Italian. 'Unique' doesn't really begin to cover it - over looking lake Trasimeno and facing the setting sun it was quite possibly the most picturesque location I've ever photographed in. The wedding day progressed at a suitably relaxed Italian pace, with a lovely personal symbolic ceremony with a few close friends and family in attendence. Wonderful food and drink then featured heavily in the rest of the day. And yes, the wedding breakfast was eaten at the table in the first photograph as the sun went down. The following day we met up again for a proper bride & groom. In a little over 3 hours we shot at the castle, in the town of Perugia on the lake shore and then Jules did something I wasn't expecting at all... you'll have to scroll down to the final image to find out what it was. Suffice to say there aren't many brides who'd do that, let alone on the day after their wedding. Much respect. The dress was designed by Kate Collins and it was exquisit; with details chosen to co-ordinate with colour in the groom's outfit, the flowergirl's dress, the floral decoration and bridal jewelry.
This is yet another wedding I won't forget, ever.