Tuscan Hills Wedding Photography: My Photos at Volterra

Tuscan Hills Wedding Photography: My Photos at Borgo Pignano Tuscany Wedding Venue

Shelina contacted me through my website several months ago; she loved my work and booked me for her wedding. I had never been at the venue she had selected, Borgo Pignano Luxury Relais in Tuscany, but I knew it was located in the Volterra area, one of the most spectacular in terms of landscapes in Tuscany. When my second photographer and I arrived at Borgo Pignano, we were surprised at the beauty of the venue, this amazing private estate in the heart of the Tuscan countryside midway between Volterra and San Gimignano, built around an ancient Etruscan village.

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The main building is a villa in Tuscany dating back to the 18th century, which is where our couple was getting ready. We first reached the groom’s room, as the bride was not ready for pictures yet. Pete and his best men were in the billiard room, playing and having drinks: the perfect setting and relaxed ambiance for our reportage style. Simone and I took pictures for about 20 minutes and then were told that the bride was ready for us. Shelina’s room is very elegant, almost regal. Her mother and her bridesmaids are helping her with the last touches. A toast, a wave of the hand from the window, and it’s time to wear her veil, as everything is ready now. Pete and the guests are already in the inside court where the ceremony will take place. Shelina walks down the stairs with her bridesmaids, and then joins her father to reach the ceremony.

This is one of the moments I love best, the first look between bride and groom; the moment is almost endless.  But eventually the father gives her away, and the ceremony starts. After the celebrant’s opening words, a friend offers the first reading, and then one of the most moving moments, the vows! Pete goes first, and his words make Shelina shed tears and happiness and laugh at the same time, and then it’s her turn. Another reading offered by a Scottish friend follows. Finally, one of the best men hands the rings to the groom for the crucial the moment of the exchange of the rings. All the guests clap happily when Pete and Shelina share their first kiss as a married couple. Everyone stands up and congratulate the newlyweds, creating two lines outside the courtyard to greet the couple with the traditional throwing of the rice. After the congratulations, they all move to the most breath-taking area of the villa opening on the valley, for the cocktails, where the speeches are given as the sun slowly sets. It’s been a day filled with colours and emotion, and I was honoured to have been part of Shelina and Pete’s wonderful wedding.