Villa Oliviero // Positano
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 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
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
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!
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.
"Hi Lisa and Gianluca,
We received the pictures and you work is just AMAZING!!! Brings back all the emotions of that day back by just looking at the pictures which is amazing that pictures can do that. We can not thank you and Lisa enough!!!! Our family loves them as much as we do!
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.
Films developed and scanned by Indie Film Lab
"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.
- 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
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
2013 has been a very good year for us, allowing us to work and travel everywhere. We want to deeply thank all our 2013 couples and all our business partner who made the past year memorable. Can't wait for an amazing 2014!
Per questo post paserrò alla mia lingua madre perchè per Maurizio e la Valeria ci vuole.
Rovereto ci ha accolto con un clima fresco e invitante, tipico del maggio qua da noi. Ci siamo incontrati il pomeriggio precedente al loro grande giorno e come dire, ci siamo trovati. La Valeria è una delle spose più rilassate e dolci che abbia mai incontrato, con un gusto unico. Appena abbiamo varcato la soglia della loro casa ci siamo sentiti come essere nella nostra casa dei sogni. Bianco, legno e storia. La perfezione. Con Maurizio invece siamo partini in quarta parlando di arte, fotografia e musica, scoprendo milioni di interessi comuni e soprattutto un'estetica affine alla nostra. Quando Maurizio ha detto a Gianluca "voglio che nelle mie foto si senta la tua nebbia" ho capito di averli persi. Se poi uniamo tutto questo alla meravigliosa compagnia di Laura e Igor di Tren Di Nozze, il resto vien da sé. Il matrimonio è stato un trionfo di gusto, semplicità ed emozioni vere, curato nei minimi dettagli e coronato da una giornata con la luce perfetta, chiara e soffice come piace a noi. Sono molto affezionata alle foto che seguono, anche se diverse dal nostro stile ordinario, ed è proprio questa unicità che le rende speciali. Non so davvero come ringraziare tutte le persone che hanno reso il mio compleanno lavorativo una gioia, un'esplosione di creatività e divertimento. Grazie davvero.
As you can see for this post I switched from english to italian, my mother language. I think I had to for express how I feel about this italian couple, without language barriers that still bothers me a little.
Maurizio and "la" Valeria are two of the most creative and inspiring couple I've ever work with, our esthetic view was exactly as theirs and we ended up creating a different type of wedding photography just for them. And if you add the beautiful and crazy company of Laura and Igor from Tren di Nozze to the final package, you know that you'll have the best of wedding days ever.
Wedding design and planning - Tren Di Nozze
We started taking their wedding pictures and we ended up suggesting each other songs and artists we listen. It was love at first sight, basically.
Britni and Adam's wedding is one of a kind demostration that you don't need huge parties or finest details to celebrate the most important day of your Life. Those two people brought their closest families and friends from abroad and have the most perfect day. When I've worked on pictures of Britni giving her father the tissue, I just can't stop smiling..
Thank you Britni and Adam for the wonderful day you gave us!
Video by Gianluca Adovasio and Matteo Castelluccia from Bird&Bike