Emily & James | Wedding

I don’t even know where to start this post… Ok, let’s start from the fact that I love Italy. I mean, I love Italy so much that I used to go there every year. Since starting this here photography business, I haven’t had much holiday (i.e. I don’t often choose where I get to go), and hence I hadn’t been to Italy since my honeymoon in Rome in 2007. I hope that goes some ways to explain how utterly excited I was when Emily & James booked me to photograph their wedding in Florence.

It was so very lovely to be back in my favourite country. Well, apart from the heat. When we set off to the Continentale Hotel where Emily was getting ready, the thermometer was showing +40C, and I’m pretty sure it just kept on climbing higher as the day went on. But that was all besides the point once we got to Emily, and the magic of the day started unfolding. Toni & Guy Florence were in charge of Emily’s hair, and she wore an adorable headdress by  Jo Barnes. Azzura created her beautiful (heat-proof!) make up. Emily’s stunning wedding gown was Detalle by La Sposa and she wore the cutest Kate Spade flats for the day, love them!

The ceremony of Emily & James’ wedding took place at Chiesa San Martino a Maiano in Fiesole, just outside of Florence. From there we headed to the UH-MA-ZING reception venue, Castello di Vincigliata, on the hills of Fiesole overlooking the city. It was just… perfection. Gianni from Tuscany Flowers had created the most beautiful arrangements from (my favourite flower!) peonies, which matched Emily’s gorgeous bouquet. I also loved how all the bridesmaids flowers were different, but looked beautiful together in their whiteness. One of my favourite things were the escort cards hanging from a tree, how original and beautiful!

I want to say a huge thank you to wedding planner Rossana Sapori from Weddings in Umbria, who was an absolute star and kept everything running smoothly on the day. Preludio Catering was in charge of the delicious food and the incredible cake, and Alma Project took care of music for the evening. Other details to mention are the beautiful stationery designed by Emily herself (including a hand drawn invite), the adorable ring bearer bowl from Palomas Nest and fun drink stirrers from Miss Pickles Press.

Looking at these pictures now I get a warm glow inside (and it’s just not from remembering the heat). I had the best time of time and I can’t thank Emily and James enough for taking us with them, and for being so utterly nice to us throughout. I love you guys! And Italy… oh, Italy. Miss you already so much it hurts.

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57 Responses to “Emily & James | Wedding”

  1. the barbers says:

    marianne you are RIDICULOUS.
    your work makes us grin like idiots.

  2. Too beautiful. Love the portrait of them kissing towards the end, by the viewing point. Some phenomenal viewpoints in the ceremony too. Congratulations to Emily & James.

  3. Eve says:

    This is THE most beautiful wedding and photographs i have ever seen.

  4. Andri says:

    Stunning! Everthing looks soooo beautiful (how did you drag yourself back to the UK I would have wanted to stay there forever!)

  5. Emma says:

    Err WOW!! What a wedding to shoot, the light is just so beautiful! I can’t decide which is my fave… I really like the one of them earlier on with the green door/curtain in the background. Epic photos :) Bride and Groom must be o happy with you!!

  6. Belle says:

    Stunning. Gorgeous. Better than Tom and Katie beautiful.

  7. Simon says:

    You’ve caught so many great moments here Marianne. How pleased must the B&G have been!

  8. Julianna says:

    Beautiful, beautiful work as usual!

  9. Kat Forsyth says:

    Ack, you’re just so good, you know? I’ve really been looking closely at UK photographers since I decided to move there, and you are (still) one of my absolute favourites! Hopefully we can meet one day when I’m there :-)

  10. megan noonan says:

    Breathtaking! Every detail is impeccable, you nailed it!

  11. Jenn Stark says:

    This is absolutely hands down the most stunning wedding I have ever seen and your work Marianne is absolute perfection. So good I cant even express!! X

  12. Wow. A) your photography is amazing and B) how gorgeous was this wedding? And the Italian light? x

  13. Rosie says:

    Stunning!! What a sensational wedding and your pictures show it off gorgeously!

  14. ayesha says:

    breathtakingly romantic from start to finish… oh god, the crumbling stone and ivy, the blue sky and golden light… moments and vistas and kisses. this set belongs in a magazine. i hope they got a ginormous album because this wedding would be so. freaking. amazing in a print form that does it justice… :)

  15. Herman Au says:

    such an amazing set of pictures this is stunning!

  16. nadine says:

    Wow, this is an amazing set. And her dress is amazing, and the bride and groom portraits are amazing.

  17. wow! such a fabulous wedding and you documented it so beautifully!!! wonderful job!

  18. Wow seems to be the best word to sum this up. They are stunning, your work is stunning too. And now I want to go back to Italy.

  19. Heather says:

    I absolutely absolutely absolutely LOVE this wedding! Your work is SO stunning.

  20. Ryan Chan says:

    What a wonderful wedding. Your documenting of the day was great, it felt like I was there. I love the portraits at the top of the tower but fourth photo from the bottom is my favourite!

  21. Vicki says:

    Oh my goodness!!!! Absolutely Uh-MAZ-ING!!!! every single photo is full of detail and well… STUNNING! what an incredible day to record! Completely LOVE your work! sooooo wanna get me some of that heat proof make up!!!!!

  22. pen says:

    Gorgeous, gorgeous, GORGEOUS wedding.
    You really do capture the magic!

  23. Mark Quade says:

    Dear god!! This wedding is exceptional, even for you Marianne! The shot of them kissing on the bench is truly amazing.

  24. Josh Gull says:

    Insane Marianne. Seriously, this is so so so good start to finish. I love your work, and this is some of your best yet, so that’s saying quite a lot. Incredible job.

  25. Paul Rowland says:

    Exceptional indeed. My wife and I were in Florence this summer and not far from this location – absolutely gorgeous place and your coverage of it is brilliant.

  26. nora says:

    My comment won’t be much different than the previous ones.
    Wow! The most beautiful wedding I have see in a while!
    Wish them the best in their life!!!

  27. Mother of the Bride says:

    Thank you from the bottom of my heart :) Exceptional photography which has portrayed the day beautifully. Breathtaking.

  28. That there is some stunning photography Marianna! Loved it all

  29. Sachin says:

    Beautifully done Marianne!

  30. What a sweet sweet wedding in OMG, ITALY!!!!

  31. Marlene says:

    This is perfection!

    Wow, I have followed your work for a couple of years now and I have to say you are by far the best wedding photographer. Wish I discovered you before I got married! Maybe renew my vows one day and invite you along ;-)

  32. Marianne, this is absolutely stunning! Amazing venues, beautiful couple, perfect photography! I am in loooove:)

  33. Beautiful! I love outdoor weddings and this one is just outstanding! So pretty and elegant

  34. benj haisch says:

    you must have died and woke up in wedding heaven. I want to shoot another wedding in Italy SOOO bad!

  35. Melinda says:

    emily is so beautiful, as is the wedding! Marianne I cannot WAIT for you to shoot my wedding next year :-)

  36. I love your work!!! Beautiful photos!!!!! :)

  37. Jo Hastings says:

    Simply breathtaking. I adore your work, every wedding I look at I love more than the last, but this one is jaw droppingly (is that even a word) fabulous. Your couple portraits are A M A Z I N G !

  38. Declan says:

    intimitading venue to rise to the challenge of but you totally destroyed it .. I LOVE your colours

  39. On a rainy Sunday evening, it was rather nice to be transported here, even if only for 10 minutes. Stunning.

  40. Kellee Walsh says:

    These are truly amazing! Wow. Every single image!

  41. Debs Ivelja says:

    Marianne, this is absolutely divine. I have sat for ages looking at each and every image and they just keep giving. Gorgeous! x

  42. Rossana says:

    Ciao Marianne,
    one single word AMAZING! I has been a great honour for work with you. Hope to see you again! IN ITALY OF COURSE :)

  43. vencanice says:

    Gorgeous wedding, the bride is so beautiful, she looks like a model. Fantastic presentation.

  44. Kirsten says:

    Hi I’m wearing the same gorgeous dress in my wedding next March. Is it possible to contact the bride to ask her how she bustled her dress? Thank you! shimmersk05@yahoo.com

  45. Stunning location, always a pleasure to look at your weddings. Great work.

  46. Kristy Field says:

    A beautiful wedding, a beautiful city! Fabulousness!

  47. sarah says:

    Marianne you amaze me – you just ‘see’ everything when you’re shooting, so many angles, details, moments, feelings covered so beautifully…

  48. Becky Male says:

    i’ve just stumbled upon this blog post – I love Italy (got back yesterday!) and it was a joy to see these images – such an amazing looking wedding, the B & G look so happy. A pleasure to look through this blog, fantastic photography.

  49. kate says:

    Everything about this is absolutely stunning! What an inspiration!

  50. Lorenzo Ali says:

    Simply beautiful. Can’t stop looking at these over and over again!

  51. Luben Solev says:

    Beautiful wedding photographs. I am also a wedding photographer in Berkshire.

  52. Floriana says:

    What a beautiful location for a dream wedding. I’m glad you got to visit Italy again, I went when I was in college and will never forget it.

  53. It goes without saying that your talent is undeniable. Once again an amazing shoot, keep up the great work!

  54. Thank you Marianne for your amazing work :) And thank you for everyone’s lovely comments on our wedding. I’m now designing wedding stationery full-time – feel free to drop me a line on hello@everafterpress.com and my website will soon be online at http://www.everafterpress.com

    Thanks again Marianne, you are amazing!! xoxo

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