Wedding in Pineto
I’ve been a little unsure about what to do with regards to sharing wedding work, considering the current situation we’re all in. This has been a really tough week in the wedding industry, as I’m sure it has for many of you too. I’ve seen so many of my brilliant industry friends voice their fears about the businesses they have worked so hard to build, it’s horrible to feel so helpless. With the government announcing the ban of weddings for the foreseeable future, I’ve spent a lot of time dealing with some of my brilliant 2020 couples, trying to get things rearranged for a much later date. I want them all to stay safe and well and be able to have the celebration they want, I am going to hug them all so hard on their new wedding dates. The knock-on effect to this is that the amount of work I will have this year has gone down quite substantially, which feels very unsettling. Then on top of that (it’s never ending isn’t it?!) due to the nature of my business set up, at the moment it is unsure as to whether I am eligible for any form of government help to cover the next few months. I’m taking each day as it comes, there seems to be a new development every day so hopefully my situation will change.
This leaves me the choice of whether to lie low for a little while or to push forward with sharing my work and promoting my business, in hope there are couples out there planning weddings. Which of course there are, love isn’t going anywhere! It might be tested a little over the next few months as everyone navigates their way around big changes to home and work life, but that can only make it stronger. I also want my business to survive. I’m in my ninth year, and whilst 2020 will look a little different to the others, I’m determined to make it work. So I want to continue to share some joy, happy moments, and some brilliant people who trusted in me to create their wedding day memories. I’m generally an optimistic person (there have been moments this week though, bloody hell!) , and I’m optimistic that the future, whilst possibly shaped a little differently, will be a more connected one. To me, wedding days are all about connection. And love, shit loads of love.
Back in September last year I had the joy of photographing James and Tiffany’s wedding in Pineto, Italy. I had previously photographed the wedding of Tiffany’s sister at the very beginning of my wedding photography career, so when Tiffany got in touch to see if I could help, I jumped at the chance. Tiffany and her family have supported my little business right from the start, they are also one of the nicest families I’ve ever met. Even better that it was in the Italian beachside of Pineto. I was welcomed with huge hugs from everyone when I arrived at Hotel Ambasciatori, it felt like seeing old friends.
Tiffany was the most chilled bride I have ever met, I’m fairly certain she’ll hold this title for a very long time. So chilled that she didn’t see the ceremony venue beforehand. Her reply to this was “well I can’t really change it if it’s awful can I?” Lucky for her it was beautiful. A journey through the Italian hills took everyone to the beautiful hillside village of Mutignano, the setting for their ceremony and reception drinks. This was the first wedding to be held at Auditorium di Sant’Antonio, so the locals were all very curious. There was even a welcome from the local female artists, dressed in the most elaborate of hand painted costumes (MAJOR hat envy).
Following the beautiful ceremony and drinks reception at Il Castellaro, we drove back to Hotel Ambasciatori for the evening reception. One thing I remember from photographing Tiffany’s sisters wedding is that they all like to party. They do this very well. As someone who likes to photograph a lively dance floor I’m always very happy when this happens. It also seemed like a good idea to encourage everyone to jump into the pool at the end of the night too.
An enormous heartfelt thank you to everyone at Tiffany and James’ wedding in Pineto, some memories I’ll never forget. Sending lots of love to all the staff at Amore Mio Events, who treated me so well. I hope everyone is safe and well.
Dress Designer: Justin Alexander
Bridal Shop:Puure Bride
Ceremony:Auditorium di Sant’Antonio, Mutignano
Drinks Reception:Il Castellaro
Evening Reception:Amore Mio Events
Florist:Love Italy Weddings
Table Decor: Handmade by Jordanna