Every wedding I shoot is special, not just for the bride and groom but also for me. I love the fact that two people have chosen me to capture their special day. We all have our favourites and well, this is one of mine. Martin and Jo spent a few years deciding on where to get hitched and guess what? They did not disappoint with their choice. They hired one of the most stunning villas in the whole of Tuscany, Villa di Ulignano for the entire weekend, invited almost everybody they knew from London and Manchester and just had a party for three whole days! I have been photographing weddings all over the world for over ten years now and I just love this kind of big weekend destination wedding but even so even I needed a week off after this one!
Friday evening everybody met in Volterra for a beautiful meal in one of the many amazing restaurants they have in the old town. I stayed for a few hours, said hello to everyone and left quite early, I had a huge job to do on the wedding day and I wanted to be fresh. Saturday morning I arrived at Villa di Ulignano and started to photograph the bridal party getting ready and then moved on to the grooms quarters and stayed with them for an hour.
By midday everybody started to make their way to the Old Town Hall in Volterra. What an absolutely stunning ceremony venue, I have not seen anything like it before. The ceremony was read in Italian with an English translator present. Once that was over we all gathered around the main square, took some photographs and then made the journey through the Tuscany hills to the Villa. There was the pool party, an outdoor wedding dinner and then a party which started in the evening and just carried on and on, through Sunday and into Monday! Thank you so much Martin, Jo and everybody else who were at the Villa for those few days, what an amazing wedding!
Perfect wedding venue in Tuscany
Villa di Uligano is situated on the top of Ulignano hill and is near the small town of San Gimignano and is owned by the Cristaldi family. The manor home is part of a 17 acre property and is surrounded by magnificent gardens and century old trees. Jacobo Inghirami commissioned the famous Florentine architect Gherardo Silvani to build a villa in the countryside of Volterra. While the villa was essentially used by the family who owned it as a retreat, the estate was also home to a community of farmers who worked the states land producing what, vegetables, olive oil and wine. Luchino Visconti, the famous director of both theater and cinema, fell in love with the villa and filmed the movie Sandra in Volterra while he stayed at Ulignano. The producer of that movie, Franco Cristaldi, one of Italy’s greatest film producers, purchased the villa from the State in an auction in 1967. He was a 3 time Oscar winner, awarded for Best Screenplay for Pietro Germi’s Divorce Italian Style in 1962 and Best foreign film in 1974 for Amarcord and Cinema Paradiso in 1990.
Villa di Ulignano wedding photographer
I am guessing you have landed on this page because you are getting married in Italy and you are looking for a Villa di Ulignano wedding photographer. My name is Warren I am a well established Destination wedding photographer from Somerset and I have been photographing weddings all over the world for the last five years. Most of my Destination weddings are across Italy but I have photographed weddings in France, Tunisia and I have even traveled to Australia and the United States, I will go anywhere if the date is free! If you live in the United Kingdom we can meet for a coffee and go over your wedding plans together or if you live in a different country we can arrange Skype calls and meet up this way.
I am free to photograph from the moment I arrive to the last few hours before I leave the country. I always travel a few days before the date of the wedding so please use me! As your wedding photographer I will endeavour to creatively capture your wedding day in Tuscany from the minute you start to get ready, up until the last song and possibly the next day, the choice is yours. I want to timelessly document the emotion and present you with a beautiful collection of wedding photographs for you both to treasure throughout your lives. So if you like my style and my portfolio please use the contact form below and enquire about my services as your wedding photographer at the beautiful Villa di Uligano, one of the greatest wedding venues in Italy.
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