The natural light of July gave the true touch of magic to this glorious wedding. Light and, of course, location. Stomennano is one of the most incredibly evocative villas in Tuscany, and it has always counted as love at first sight for a wedding photographer. I make no secret of the fact that I feel a special attachment to this enchanted place which, for me, has been the setting of numerous outstanding events, helping me to tell extraordinary stories. This time, the story was an intimate, tasteful wedding. A small group of people knit together by a great sense of harmony, so I decided to photograph it alone, without my team.
Samara and Stephen are a wonderful couple with a unique style. Their pathways intertwined in Amsterdam—a city that I love very much and that, in this case, provided me with particular inspiration. It was Samara’s and Stephen’s joy, their balance as a couple, that set the tone for the entire perfect day.
Samara was magnificent. She personally devoted loving attention to every detail of the wedding, working side-by-side with her wedding planner, Lucette Voogsgeerd from House of Luce. The result was thrilling: an expressive, individual mix of fashion and drama, with the natural light of the day creating aesthetically rich chiaroscuro effects.
Everything reflected distinctive style; each detail of the dress and jewels, the elegant invitations created by La Lettre Kalligrafie, the majestic imperial table embellished with candelabra in the table-dressing designed by Funky Bird Firenze. Impeccable taste was evident in every aspect of attiring the bride and groom, and the magnificent bridesmaids as well who, like graceful handmaidens, accompanied Samara at all times.
For both the ceremony and the reception, Samara and Stephen made full use of the garden of Villa Stomennano: the beautiful July day made the atmosphere magical, warm and delightful. In the shots of this elegant wedding in Tuscany, I tried to capture exactly that style, fashionable while at the same time theatrical, which conveys so well the emotions we experienced.