Shooting Italy destination weddings and Italy destination engagement photos are great no matter where they are, but photographing a destination wedding in Florence, Italy is truly special. The city typifies the romantic quality that so many Americans love about Western European cities. What makes it even more special is working with a couple like Michelle and Pietro, since my history with them pre-dates their relationship and is filled with great memories. Without boring you with details, let's just say Michelle and Pietro were destined to be with one another, even if they didn't know it when they first met ;-)
Upon my arrival, we set up an engagement shoot in Florence for the next afternoon. From the outset, I knew that it was important not only to capture the dynamics of Michelle and Pietro's relationship, but also to bathe it with the aesthetic beauty of Florence.
If you've been to Florence in the summertime, you know it can be incredibly crowded with tourists. As such, our first order of business was to cross the Arno River and begin our shoot in a less-crowded part of Florence. We meandered along the river, stopping at several locations along the way to capture the incredible light streaming down the narrow streets. We had planned on crossing back to the other side of the river using the Ponte Vecchio, but many of the buildings were under construction and it was incredibly crowded, so we crossed at the next bridge up. From there, we headed towards the Piazza del Duomo and its historical Battistero di San Giovanni (Florence Baptistery) and Basilica di Santa Maria del Fiore (the Duomo), then back to our hotel.
Below are some of my favorite photographs from the engagement shoot. Stay tuned for Part II, the wedding!