Bohemian Wedding

Hello folks!
It’s been a while! I’ve been pretty busy as I’ve just moved in the British countryside (which I love!!!), bought our first house and doing a massive renovation, so there has been a lot going on this summer but I would love to share few of my fab wedding details because is my Fourth Wedding Anniversary today, my special Bohemian Wedding!
And, of course, I’m also going to talk about plants and flowers.

Well, where to start… My Bohemian Wedding was absolutely magical and unforgettable!
It was August , a very very hot day and it was in Italy! We chose an enchanting rustic Italian restaurant (” Da Alessandro e Margherita” ) with a huge beautiful garden and mountains view. Warm and calming vibes, delicious food, lovely people and fun times! The day was filled with gorgeous flowers, bohemian decorations and was super stylish!

Nature is my passion, so I couldn’t help but choose the woods to create beautiful memories of my wedding day! Our photoshoot was incredibly dreamy! We had a slow walk in the forest, a warm light through the trees and our love was creating.

The most memorable parts of our day were the golden hour walk and our first look. We were so lucky to get a stunning magical light for our photoshoot and we were in the woods, having a walk surrounded by beautiful trees and it was so quite and intense that we really enjoyed our time there. So emotional and full of love, the ceremony was incredible, all the details and vibes were just perfect for a perfect day.

Bohemian Bride

A Bohemian Wedding with a boho dress has always been in my dreams! It wasn’t easy to choose all the details at the first, but the more you see and try the clearer it gets. I found everything needed and with time, patience and even more patience (and more patience) I eventually managed to get all I wanted.

I had a beautiful flocked floral patterned ivory lace dress: long sleeves, high neck and open back, sweep train skirt, romantic and elegant with a delicate vintage feel. I absolutely loved the cut, and I could 100% picture myself getting married in that dress!

  • Bohemian ivory lace dress: Sposami Atelier , Italy.
  • Earrings : Handmade double pearls drop and gold from Etsy.
  • Anklets: Laxmi Handmade Head over heels made with cultured pearls, row of sparkling diamond stones, silver and gold effect chain work, tied with silk ribbon from GraceLoveLace.
  • Shoes: Nude Sandal from Office.

I decided to have a low bun updo with a braid just on one side and decorated with fresh flowers and leaves. I used white roses and a couple of Carnation flowers and a hint of green with leaves of eucalyptus, creating a romantic and chic style and it was absolutely perfect!

  • Hairstyle by Deborah from her studio ” Dacci un taglio”.

Bohemian Groom

My lovely, beautiful husband was absolutely handsome at our day! His outfit was a mix of boho and classic style, it worked perfectly with the vibe of the day and he looked stunning!

He wore an Hugo Boss black tuxedo suit tailored fit and he had a white shirt ,very classic and elegant from the same brand. He chose a jacquard silk bordeaux bow tie from Hugo Boss too. The shoes were very stylish, he wore an handmade two-tone tan brogues from Herrings.

The boutonniere was the perfect bohemian touch! A big white fresh rose , a red carnation flower and eucalyptus leaves.


What sort of flowers and leaves did I choose?

Since our theme was having a botanical bohemian garden for our Bohemian Wedding, we had a lot of ferns leaves, white roses, parlour palm leaves, eucalyptus, Monstera leaves, dark red carnation flowers and Ivy vine to get more green feeling.
Flowers and leaves on the tables, vases , bottles … where ever it was possible to have them!
I had a beautiful wild flowers bouquet which matched the colour scheme perfectly.
Bridesmaids had roses and carnation flowers bracelets and all groomsmen wore a fresh flowers boutonniere (roses and eucalyptus) and they chose their own dress and everything was so in line with our wedding!

Decorations

Our reception was gorgeous inside and outside, so botanical so magical!
We had a colour scheme of white and green with a hint of gold. I really loved styling my own wedding and seeing all my idea come together on the day, I really couldn’t make it without Margherita, she is the owner of the restaurant and she was patiently listening to me, taking care of every single detail and she made my dream come true !

In the garden we had a romantic and beautiful white arch with tables and chairs, vintage furniture, like cushions, a sofa, old bags and a wood cupboard so people could lounge and take pictures.
It all came together perfectly!

We got married in the afternoon, so we decided to had a slow apertif in the garden first and then moving on to the restaurant area for dinner, which was stunning! Candles, lights, lanterns from the ceiling and a lot of green and flowers everywhere! It looked dreamy!

Wedding table decorations are an essential part of your big day and turning your wedding vision into a reality can actually be a lot of fun!
Small details will hint at the overall look or vibe you are going for.
Adding an accent of colour to the different elements of your wedding tablescape, is an easy way to tie all of your decorations together, I used vases and candles to add romance to my table decorations, but make sure that any decorations you add to your tables do not prevent your guests from seeing each other so they can get to know each other and marvel at your wedding together!

The magical night lights

Candles were the subjects of our evening. They add a delicate light, with gentle movement and calm vibes. We loved to finish our day involving our guest by asking them to make white lanterns fly into the sky. It was a magical and breathtaking moment!

Photography by Tramontina – Wedding Stories

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Spring, the blooming season

After a cold winter, when nature takes a break and leaves the rain and the frost doing its job while everything else sleeps, a new peaceful moment is about to start. It’s finally spring!! Green everywhere, blooming, amazing scents, colourful gardens… Everything is so perfect and harmonious! Nothing beats spring, the blooming season!

Why do I love to photograph flowers and plants?

Flowers and Plants make me so happy, I feel calm and in peace every time I’m surrounded by nature, but what I like the most is to get my camera, my wellies and go through woods and over the hills to find these beauties!

I usually have a clear idea of what I’d like to photograph when I start my day, keeping my eyes out for colours, perfect light and colourful textures. I tend to focus on flowers and leaves, I love the intricacy of petals, and how many details there are when you get very close to them.

I’m very curious to discover new types of flowers and plants every time I go out, they’re so unique and singular so I can be creative with my photos. As said, spring, the blooming season, offers a lot of different flowers and plants to play with!

Photography tips

  • Use primes lenses like 50mm 1.8 aperture, 70mm and better if macro lenses.
  • Put your aperture to the minimum value of your lens. The lower the better, it will give you bokeh and a nice blurry background.
  • Clean your lens before shooting, always, always and always!
  • Make sure to put your subject in focus!! Very important for close up shots.
  • Check your white balance, every time the weather changes.
  • And last but not least, have your camera set to manual to be able to do everything I just said!

Useful links

Playing with the lines for my composition

My Blooming Gallery

my relationship with phography

Hey everyone!

Today I’m here to share with you my relationship with Photography and why I love it so much!

My story has begun long time ago, I fell in love with photography when I was 12 and I first started taking photos. I was using just a Kodak Single Use camera back then, I know the quality wasn’t very good but it was enough to catch the best memories and it’s very fun and emotional to see those pictures today.

I used to snap photos everywhere, all the hike with my friends, holiday at the beach, animals, plants and flowers. Pretty much everything.

As I grew older, I began to take photography more seriously so I started studying, doing advanced courses, improving my knowledge with lot of daily practise, doing a lot of photographs on my travels.

You can’t imagine how many mistakes I had to do before achieving what I had in my mind. I’m very picky on composition of the pictures, which requires a lot of technical skills, especially on close up shots.

Today I’m still practicing new techniques and new styles, you never stop learning new stuff!!

Few tips I can give you to start learning photography for real are:

  • If your camera have the manual setting, please use it and never change it!
  • Manual settings will force you to learn the main rules of photography.
  • Play with the shutter speed for blurry effects!
  • Also play with the shutter aperture for lighting effects!
  • Try to check your white balance, which is another great setting to play with for colour effects.
  • There are plenty of free courses online for basic photography, check them out!

… Telling stories through images…


Through the years, my camera has become the best way to show my perspective, my feelings. With photography I can tell a story, mine, yours and whoever has one. I love capturing the little details of the world around me, focusing on the beauty of nature.

Plants, flowers, trees and woodlands are my favourites subjects. I’m fascinated by the natural light, changes of seasons and all the magic vibes they get. I could photograph this enchanting moments all day long, every day!

Photography has become a big part of my life and is very much linked with my other passion which is walking. I mostly love doing long walks in the woods, mountains and British countryside and every time I get in these places, my mind gets lost. Photography helps me to capture those feelings, I’m always trying to create a unique, dreamy and delicate moment which, one day, will be a fantastic memory to watch and watch again.. and again.

My gear

Just wanted to let you know my gear so I can help all the new photographers out there. Listing here all my lenses and cameras:

  • Canon 750D, my very first professional camera.
  • Canon 80D, my current camera. Next one will be Full Frame.
  • Canon 10-18mm lens. I use this one for landscapes and amazing video.
  • Canon 50mm 1.4 lens. I use this one for closeups and portraits.
  • Samyang 14mm 2.4 lens. This one is for night photography, mostly milky way and stars.
  • Canon 18-135mm. A general lens so I can change the focal length without changing the lens.
  • Canon 70-300mm. Very long lens for close ups and distant animals.

Here I have all my other gear which is as important the the above:

  • Tripod, very VERY important. A stable and portable tripod will be your best friend.
  • Photography bag. You will need one for your many expensive lenses and cameras.
  • Lens cleaner. Also very important, you don’t want your lenses to be dirty during a shoot.
  • Filters. ND filters are my fav but coloured ones are cool too for some unexpected results!
  • Rain cover. I know that professional cameras like Canon are waterproof but.. better cover them!
  • Drone DJI Spark. Arial shooting sorted with this drone!
  • Multi charger for many batteries!

That’s pretty much My relationship with Photography. Are you a storyteller too? Well, I can’t wait to hear what photography means for you and what is your Relationship with Photography! Feel free to subscribe and share your story with me, I’m very interested on hearing what photography means to you!

My new Photography Shop and other links!

My best photo portfolio is here and if you want you can even buy the photos as prints, canvas and framed pictures!!! Many sizes are available and you can preview them as well!

At the moment the shop will be available just in US, this is because of Covid. This means that if you live anywhere else, the shipping will be more expensive than usual. Sorry for the inconvenience, this should be resolved by September/October. Feel free to order anyway if you don’t have problems with that! The prints will arrive anywhere you order them from!

Link for the shop down here:

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Beauty of Bluebells

The beauty of Bluebells

That time of the years has come and one of my favourite flowers are about to bloom! Bluebells!

Spring time is the best season to take a long walk in the woods, enjoying the magic change of the nature.
When I find a beautiful blanket of bluebells it’s just breathtaking, like being in an enchanted forest and it’s just unforgettable! Aaaah the beauty of bluebells!!

Something more about Bluebells

Bluebell is a very tiny pretty wild flower. Deep violet-blue in colour, bluebells are bell-shaped with six petals and up-turned tips. Absolutely beautiful with unmistakable bell shaped, bluebell flowers create a magical blue carpets wherever they grow.
Hyacinthoides non-scripta, is native to the western parts of Atlantic Europe, it reaches its greatest densities in England.
Bluebells are traditionally woodland flowers. They grow in wet and undisturbed soil, creating the wonderful blue dense display we fondly associate with spring. They also grow along hedgerows, garden and in fields.

Photography Tips

I use a Canon 80D and my lens of choice is the canon 50mm 1.8. With that I can capture all those small details of the subject, blurred foreground and background and, if I’m lucky, I can catch bees, butterflies and hoverflies trying to feed themselves on their nectar.

Here’s some settings you can use and don’t forget to put your camera in Manual Mode!!

  • ISO 100
  • Aperture: 1.8, the lower you can go the better.
  • Shutter speed based on the day, the lower the better!

What I love is creating a watercolours painting effect, with rich colours and soft and delicate contrast. Playing with the light, the background and the shape of the flowers and leaves to get an incredible magical picture. Remember to set the focus on your subject center! It’s never a good idea to take random photos and then, when checking them at home, they are all blurred and out of focus! (Yes it happens a lot more than you think!!!).

The beauty of bluebells is that you have many of them in the same spot and you can do a lot of cool effects!

Beauty of Bluebells

Where to find them in UK

It’s very easy to find bluebells in Britain, as I mentioned before. I live in the South of England, surrounded by trees, stunning forests and green lands and my favourite spot to see carpets of bluebells is at ARLIGTON BLUEBELL WALK & FARM TRAIL. This huge amazing garden is stunning and full of beauty of the nature. The birdsongs, the pretty sunlights trough the trees, the blossom of flowers , the power of nature is just creating a fairytale experience!

It’s such a perfect place to spend all day amongst the nature, relaxing yourself, taking beautiful pictures, enjoying the bucolic British countryside, walking in flourishing woods paths and meet some cute friends, as cows, sheeps, horses and more… Having an idyllic day with your friends and family!

But don’t worry, if you are not near this place you can find them everywhere in the woods during their season!

Are you ready for my Photography Shop?

My photography shop is under development and coming soon! I will be selling all my best photos ever and you will find the bluebells as well because there is nothing like the beauty of bluebells! I love printing those photos and using them for my house!

For the moment tho, don’t forget to check my other shop where I sell products for your wellbeing!

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All pictures are from me and under copyright.

All pictures are from me and under copyright.