New York // November 2017

After a few years of constant work traveling, I decided to treat myself with the first solo adventure of my life. I decided to visit New York because it is one of the most beautiful cities that have lived in my mind since my childhood. I've always wanted to walk the stairs of the MET or see the park where Patti Smith and Robert Mapplethorpe met for the first time.

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So I did it. I bought a ticket (thank you Alitalia for always tempting me with really good offers. Damn.) and right after I started to panic. I've never been on a trip by myself. I went on the other side of the Atlantic for the first time (yep, I know, can you believe me?) in a city that is not exactly designed for a 150cm tall 30something woman. What I found was breathtaking. Don't believe anyone who says that you will feel overwhelmed by the skyscrapers or by the width of the streets. They're lying. The sensation is like a huge, warm embrace, even if the wind is storming cold and the sun is a pale circle in the sky.

And the people. Newyorkers, you are the best. Thank you for making me feel at home even when I was not sure how much to pay for a coffee (Ninth Street Espresso, you made my day) or have no clue what subway to take to get back home. The East Village is exactly how you imagine: small buildings (at least three floors higher than any building we have here), red bricks, community gardens, a lot of hipsters and young people in yoga pants and yoga mattress. Basically, heaven.

Matthew, my host, was such a treasure. He is a really talented photographer, and his house was filled with plants. I mean, could I ask for more? I got the chance to shower every day with a huge fern which was taking water from the steam and I felt at peace.

Central Park was another mindfucking experience. We're not used to having a big park around here. I mean, ten-minute walk and you are in the middle of the Chianti countryside. Not bad, I know. But Central Park. My god. I decided to get to the Natural History Museum by walk and two hours later I realized that I wasn't even halfway. Loved it.

New York is an island and I've always felt at ease with the concept of being isolated. If you get the chance to visit it, do it. Let your guard down and breath. That's the best advice I can give you.

All images are made with a Bessa R2 and Fujifilm PRO400H, Ilford 3200 and Portra 400 films.

Apulia

This Apulian Inspirational shooting was a creative concept that me and Tommaso Torrini from La Rosa Canina had in mind for a long time. We are in this business for quite a long time and we thought that we needed a fresh start. We decided to put together a theme that was the exact reflection of our aesthetics combined: my love for clean and limpid images with his creative estro for floral composition. We gathered together a bunch of other creative minds that gave us the possibility to work with stunning locations and insanely beautiful couture italian gowns. We tried to shake the classic idea of wedding not only portraying two girls celebrating their love, but also with the idea of an organic, eco friendly wedding that we think every modern bride can relate to. Basically, the strong point of this inspirational shooting is combining the italian tradition of home, food and fashion with a modern and edgy conception of celebrating love.

Production: Laura Frappa from Exclusive Italy Weddings -www.exclusiveitalyweddings.com  // Creative direction : Tommaso Torrini from La Rosa Caninawww.larosacaninafioristi.it // Styling: Sabrina Poli -http://www.sabrinapoli.it/  // Make Up Artist: GIulia Cresci -http://www.giuliamakeup.com/wedding.html  // Venue: Masseria Potenti -www.masseriapotenti.it // Candles: Creative Candles - www.creativecandles.com // Calligraphy and watercolor - SHHH my darling - www.shhhmydarling.com // Dresses: AMEN Style - www.amenstyle.com // Table accessories: Fiorirà un giardino - www.fioriraungiardino.com

Alyse&Ryan // 100 Layer Cake

100 Layer Cake wrote:

How sweet is this photo Lisa Poggi captured of Alyse + Ryan on their big day at at Monteverdi Tuscany? Alyse actually wore her mom’s dress that didn’t even need any alterations. During their four months of planning a destination wedding with only seven guests, their biggest was to just let go of the idea of a traditional wedding to make way for what they really wanted it to be: intimate, beautiful, and Tuscan. Exclusive Italy Weddings helped them check all those boxes and more…

Erika + Carlo // Magnolia Rouge

Featured on Magnolia Rouge

Wedding gown - MONIQUE LHUILLIER

Stationery - LUCY SAYS I DO

Videographer - GATTOTIGRE

Hair and make-up - CHERIE SPISSO

Bride's shoes - JIMMY CHOO

Wedding planner - SUPER TUSCAN WEDDING PLANNERS

Reception venue - VILLA TERRE DI NANO

Car - DRIVE IN STYLE -

Music (guitar duo for aperitif - B KATCH

Florals - PUSCINA FLOWERS

Ceremony music & DJ - WEDDING MUSIC & LIGHTS

Catering & cake - TERRE DI NANO CATERING (GIORGIO)

Table décor (runners & ribbon) - ADORN

Groom's attire - GIORGIO ARMANI

Ceremony Venue - PIEVE DEI SANTI LEONARDO E CRISTOFORO, MONTICCHIELLO

 

Tuscany meets South Africa

One year ago today we were in Cape Town and we were actually pretty sad. Oh yes. I remember clearly the moment we saw the forecast for the shooting day. You know, the awful symbol of "black cloud/sun/thunder" that doesn't say anything, but it definitely says that you are going to have some trouble. I remember the panic, the idea to postpone everything or even to call it off, we were just upset. In the end, we decided to go for it and we couldn't make a better choice. Nothing was as we planned and that is actually what made everything so special for us. 

South Africa and particularly Cape Town are still vivid in my memory. I felt in love with a place so deeply only in my childhood, when my parents brought me and my brother to Sardina for summer holidays. The first thing I will remember forever about Cape Town is the wind. I'm a wind person, and I know that is not something everyone can understand, but I couldn't live in a place without wind. As soon as we landed in Cape Town, I felt it. I felt the fresh wind on my face and the warmth of the sun. It was just magical. The second thing I'm going to remember is the Table Mountain. We had the luck to spent our journey in Carolina's house, that is placed in Big Bay. If you are familiar with the area you should know that from there, you have the best view of the Table Mountain in all Cape Town. I remember waking up and run outside to see if the mountain had her table cloth or if we could see the Lion's Head. I'm sure there's something magical about her. It was like a benevolent presence that was there to guide us back home. I still feel that sensation. - I call the table mountain a "her" because I always thought about her like a beautiful old woman.. I think because in italian the mountain is called "la montagna" and it's a she - The third thing is the Cape Of Good Hope. I've always had a thing for geography. Let me explain: I'm a mess with names, cartography etc.. you could ask me where is the Duomo and I'm pretty sure I would point the sea. But, in some ways I was always attracted by the Earth limits. When I was little I used to ask myself "what is the far-northern place I could ever visit? And the far-southern?". I mean, as I was standing there, seeing with my eyes the very far-souther point of Africa... well, my inner child was bouncing and screaming and feeling alive again. 

And I got the chance to see zebras, penguins, baboons and a few antelopes!! (that we actually thought were goats the first time we saw them. whoops.) Another child dream achieved. 

This was really a once in a lifetime adventure for me, and it wouldn't have been the same without my travel companions. We laughs so hard that I still remember the tears in my eyes. We fought, we chatted, we cooked, we drank liter of Rooibos tea.. and the fourth thing, the most important thing that I will remember for the rest of my life is the last hug Carolina gave me before our departure. I hope that my hug was at least half as powerful as hers.

Contax 645 + Fujifilm pro400H // Developed and scanned by Carmencita Film Lab

Rachael + Nick // Ruffled Blog

Rachael and Nick's gorgeous wedding was featured on Ruffled Blog

Wedding Planner and Stylist:SposiamoVi // Florist: Nadia and team from Stiatti Fiori // Venue: Borgo Petrognano // Wedding Dress: Raimon Bundó // Flower Crown: Nadia and team at Stiatti Fiori // Wedding Shoes: Tory Burch via ShopBop // Earrings:BHLDN // Hair and Makeup: Andrea Gennaro // Bridesmaids’ Dresses: J. Crew // Groom’s Suit: Custom made from Maile in Munich, Germany // Caterer: Guidi Lenci // Wedding Cake: Guidi Lenci, traditional mille-feuille made on the night in front of guests // Musician: Lucia’s band from Alma Project // Celebrant: Jo Bertolino // Wedding Invitations: Zoe Weir // Videographer: Coco and Maximilian

HITCHED MAGAZINE // EVA + PASCAL

We couldn't be more thrilled with this beautiful feature of our work with Chic Weddings In Italy in the current issue of Hitched Magazine! You might remember Eva, Pascal and Amelie from one of our previous TBT post about their family session, here is the link.

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All this beauty lovingly crafted by:

 Event Planning + Styling: Chic Weddings

Ceremony Venue: Chiesa Santa Maria Assunta

 Celebrant: Father Franz Egli

 Reception Venue // Catering + Drinks //  Wedding Cake: Conti di San Bonifacio

 Stationery: Hello Lucky

 Florist: Fleur Décor

 DJ: Sasha Barbot

 Hair + Make-up: Giulia Cresci

 Bridal Gown: Jenny Packham

 Bride’s Shoes: Jimmy Choo

 Suits: Wilvorst

 Groom’s Shoes: Maestrami

 Engagement Ring: Bijouterie Tissot, Switzerland

 Wedding Bands: Goldschmiede Leuenberger, Switzerland

We had so much fun working with thi lovely couple and their little daughter, As you can see from the followiong photos this was not an usual wedding. Eva was just stunning in her Jenny Packham and Pascal was super fun with his best man playing by the pool! Take a look to some of our favorite moments of this memorable event!

#TBT // flora + terris // engagement

Today was a sunny day here in Florence, so it reminds me of this great engagement shooting we take two summers ago with Flora and Terris. It was a hot June afternoon and we walked around the city finding the perfect spots to take their pictures and we had so much fun trying not to show how hot it was! I will never stop saying how much I love my city and the light you can find in a lazy summer afternoon, bright but soft, challenging to use but enormously satisfying as soon as you understand it. 

After this engagement shooting Flora and Terris tied the knot in Castello di Vicarello in a beautiful September soirée, take a look to their wedding photos here on Style Me Pretty.

#TBT // family portrait session

This is one of my favorite family portrait session of all time. I completely fell in Love with the little Amelie and with her parents, Eva and Pascal. She had so much fun playing with olive trees, grass and rosemary, and I had so much fun playing with my Contax 645 and film photography.

Can't wait to show to everyone their beautiful and unique wedding in Wine Resort Conti di San Bonifacio planned by the oh so talented Eva from Chic Weddings in Italy!

Films developed and scanned by Indie Film Lab

#TBT // Ania + Robert

 

"Lisa and Gianluca,

My husband Robert and I just want to express our thanks to yourself and Gianluca for the amazing job you did in photographing our wedding on August 1st last year. It was an absolute pleasure to work with you both. We had such a fantastic, fun time!  You both captured the essence of our wedding and whenever we see the photographs on the wall it takes us back in time as if it were our wedding day again. Thank you so much for creating images we will enjoy and cherish for a lifetime.

All the best for the coming year.

Kind Regards"

 Áine and Robert Nugent-

There was complicity, we moved here and there like four curious kids discovering unconventional places, we had a great time, thanks to you guys!

Planning & Coordinations: Exclusive Italy Weddings

 

 

 

 

#TBT // Angelina + Darren

We started talking about Assassin's Creed II and we ended up showing our cats pictures. This is what I consider love at first sight! Angelina and Darren planned a trip to Italy and decided to get married in my city, Florence, with an intimate and moving ceremony in the Sala Rossa. We decided not to take the common tourist snapshot in the city centre and they trusted me when I said "I know a place!". Thank you for that!

Wedding planning: Exclusive Italy weddings

Wedding coordinator: Jo Bertolino from Tuscan Pledges