What does it look like when it’s the wedding photographer’s turn to get married? Apparently completely unique and full of style. And who do they hire to capture their big day when they step out from behind the lens? – J. Cogliandro Photography. After gawking at these images can you blame them? It doesn’t hurt that the gorgeous Tuscany serves as the backdrop, but every detail is equally as delightful – and you can see it all in the full gallery of images!
From the Bride…We met, 5 years and 3 days before the wedding, at a pub through a mutual friend, (who went onto be our best man) We got engaged in a wind-swept beach in New Zealand at sunset, just over 18 months ago. I am a wedding photographer myself, based in London and photograph weddings most weekends, and just felt I wanted something a little different from what I see each weekend. I knew I wanted something outside, which counts England out as you just can’t guarantee the weather, (mind you, we have since found out the same can be said for Italy!!!) My cousin who lives in Italy got married there a few years ago, and I loved the informality of everything, and more to the point I loved the food – so much nicer than wedding food in the UK. I spoke to my aunt saying I would like to find a venue where we could have the wedding that also did accommodation so everything was in the same place, and she said she knew just the place. I went to visit in the February, and it was perfect. Ben and I went out again in June, both instantly loved Inalbi, had a look at several others, then decided we were wasting our time as the first one was perfect! I also loved the idea of having a destination wedding, as a lot of my guest would be traveling from the US, and it meant that everyone was staying in the same place, and you could spend time with your guests either side of the wedding, and so on the wedding day there wasn’t the pressure to socialize with your guests, so you could spend more time doing photos and enjoying the wedding aspect of it.
I had a lot of sentimental things on me on the day: my great great grandmothers handkerchief, my great grandmothers necklace, my grandmothers broach, my godmothers perfume, the silk flowers my other godmother gave me from her hair on her wedding day when I was 7, my great aunt’s sapphire ring, mostly borrowed from my mum, covering my old, new, borrowed and blue.
The ceremony had to be moved at the last minute as it had rained so heavily the day before the chairs would have all sunk in the lawn, but actually it had a real intimacy that it wouldn’t have had if everyone had a seat. I had written the service the week before, mainly based on the very traditional Anglican church wedding, which I always love, despite not being religious myself. We included the hymn Jerusalem, as it was my school song, and really patriotic, and gives me tingles every time I hear it. We had Shakespeare sonnet 116 as Ben is a Shakespearean actor. We had a reading from a childhood book of mine. I walked in to Marc Cohen’s “True Companion,” and we left to Queen’s “Your My Best Friend.” Before the service the dog who lives at the venue decided to join the bridal party, which I thought was hilarious, and then I came very close to tripping over him as we were walking back down the aisle. (beautifully captured by Dennis) My favorite part was the 2 little flower girls, walking down the aisle to Ben, and then they just kept going, up the path and away from the wedding. Very funny – proving that rehearsals are probably a good Idea!
Location, Catering, Wedding Cake + Desserts: Agriturismo Vecchio Borgo di Inalbi / Wedding Coordination: The Bride (Simone Germaine) / Wedding Photography: Joe Cogliandro of J. Cogliandro Photography + Dennis Orchard / Wedding Videography: Friend of The Bride, Alan Ward Collins / Floral + Decor: Alesssandra / Entertainment: Friends of The Bride + Groom / Wedding Gown: Angela Stone / Bridesmaid Dresses: Vivien of Holloway / Necklace: The Bride’s Great Grandmother’s / Wedding Rings: David Webdale / Groom’s Attire: Marks & Spensers / Hair + Make-up: Friend of The Bride, Audra Smith / Invitations: Love Wedding Print / Favors: The Bride / Beaded Hearts: Enigma / Fans + Parasols: Beau-Coup / Celebrant: Samuele Gallorini