This summer I was delighted to work alongside the award winning Italian Wedding Photographer Andrea Cittadini at an emotional ceremony held at Il Grande Prato in Castelfiorentino.
Monette and David are no strangers to the limelight as both are accomplished actors who live and work in the States. In spite of demanding schedules they were keen to dialogue closely with me regarding the content and flow of their ceremony. To interpret their unique story getting to know them was fundamental.
This talented couple first met in a glamorous production of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s ‘The Great Gatsby’ and reunited as stars of Noel Coward’s ‘Private Lives.’ Playing themselves as Bride and Groom they wished every wedding detail to be an authentic personal expression of their undeniable chemistry both on and off stage. The scene was set unusually before the welcome, with The Groom’s expert rendition of Robert Browning’s ‘Love Among The Ruins.’
That a girl with eager eyes and yellow hair Waits me there In the turret whence the charioteers caught soul For the goal
As a tender response Monette dedicated lines from the poet’s real life wife and muse Elizabeth Barrett Browning. Sonnet IV, ‘Sonnets from the Portuguese’:
Go from me. Yet I feel that I shall stand Henceforth in they shadow. Nevermore Alone upon the threshold of my door Of individual life, I shall command The uses of my soul…
As the Country singer Dolly Parton once wrote ‘Love is like a butterfly, a rare and gentle thing’ and The Bride’s adoration of these satin winged creatures was evident as a main wedding motif. A bouquet composed entirely of jewels was an elegant scene stealer and I especially loved the beautifully decorated floral arch complete with theatrical curtain!
Tuscany was clearly in the frame as the stars of their own Italian wedding event took a last curtain call. The multi-coloured shades of love shone brightly as colourful petals were thrown in their honour by a loving audience, whose enthusiastic participation throughout was most welcome.
Andrea Cittadini was the perfect photographer for this incredible wedding. He is unobtrusive, sensitive to emotional vibes and prompt to capture emotions as they arise. If you are looking for a professional with a sharp eye and genuine heart to photograph your wedding then Andrea is an excellent choice.
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