Hello my friends! What I personally think is the best season of the year, is about to leave us to make room for the colder Winter and I have to say that I’ve never seen so many autumn colours as this year’s ones, I really loved being a spectator of the changing season in the English countryside.

I moved to the English countryside five years ago, in search of a slower life after a very, very busy period in London(which I still love as a city but that kinda life doesn’t suit me). Last summer my husband and I, after living for over 4 years in Tunbridge Wells, bought our first house in a stunning village called Wadhurst, in the East Sussex. A simple and cosy cottage close to the British valley, has always been my dream and it finally came true!

Living in the countryside is making me so much happier! There is something magical happening when you live surrounded by nature, kind people, breathtaking views and incredible foot paths. Stress just goes away to leave room to happiness and relaxing vibes. You step out your house to go in the village centre, talk to very kind and smiling people, take a coffee at your usual place to then go for a long walk in the magical British valley.

I always knew England was my place, but it is even better than what I thought now that I’m living here! What caught my attention more than anything else, is its nature and the beauty of it.

Almost every day I go for a walk with my little dog Marley and my camera (never without) discovering new footpaths all around the village and each time I find new beautiful details, bucolic views and hidden woods to spend even more time walking through ’em.


I really encourage everyone to have a nice early morning stroll, especially when it’s misty, frosty and gloomy!
Wonderful autumn colours in full bloom, crunchy leaves and mossy forest floor, rolling hills, the scent of autumn in the air and the deep light through the trees which makes every little detail of nature sparkle.
So peaceful and relaxing, there’s nothing better to get lost and clear your mind, breathe fresh air and let your wellies get muddy across fields. This is my wellbeing therapy!

Photography Tips

  • Most of the time I only use 50mm 1.8 for close up shots but the 18-135mm can be a good choice to cover most of the shots.
  • A thing that I like is waiting the weather to be overcast when I’m shooting valleys or cottages, and waiting the golden hour when I’m inside woods or paths.
  • It’s likely that you will need your aperture to be as open as possible to let all the light in your camera and get a nicely lit photo.
  • Don’t forget to clean your lenses before any day out shooting. You don’t want to find out your photos being all ruined at the end of the day.
  • Other than the above, go out, take pictures and have fun!

I personally think that the best place to go for a walk into the wild nature is Snape Wood. It’s a beautiful woodland with plenty of trees, plants and wildlife but also stunning valleys to admire.
If you are looking for a nice easy walk I love to take the path just behind the church and follow the road: you will be walking on the road most of the times but the traffic is calm (almost non-existent) and you can easily spot stunning cottages with beautiful gardens along the way.
Others astonishing places to visit in the area are Bewl Water and Bedgebury Pinetum.

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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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Horses & Ponies in New Forest

Hey you! Are you planning to visit New Forest? If you do , you don’t want to miss the Horses & Ponies you will find there on those beautiful landscapes!

I’ve been there quite a few times now and I will tell you when it’s the perfect moment to go and how to get a lovely and unique memory of it!

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NEW FOREST?! WHAT IS IT?!

First of all, New Forest is an attractive large British land, located in the South of England and famous for its ponies, deer and wildlife and popular with walkers, cyclists and horse-riders.

The New Forest national Park is one of the most important areas in the country for lichens, beetles, bats and fungi. Many of which dependent on very old trees, including some rare species.

In these ancient, unclosed woodlands you can enjoy the beauty of nature, tranquillity, the magic vibes of the forest, stunning British lands but also entertainment and fun at the same time!

New Forest offers challenging hikes, also short distance walks for family in charming villages, lowland heaths, ancient woodlands and coastline, peaceful countryside with rolling hills and panoramic views.

I really encourage you to visit this area for a lovely weekend trip or wild camping, have a picnic and spend the day exploring, you will never get bored trust me.


I didn’t know how many beautiful horses there are in New Forest before I went there, I was literally taking hundred of photos, they where everywhere and I can’t wait to get back there for more!

Horses & Ponies in New Forest AT SUNRISE!!

Sunrise is a magic phenomenon that make me astonished every time I see one. Makes me feel like I’m in a fairy tale and I love to stop everything I’m doing, clear out my mind, enjoy the moment and just listen the sounds from the nature and only then, taking as many pictures as possible with that beautiful lighting scenario which will last for 1 hour or so.

So get up early! It’s time to photograph during this special moment!


It’s very moist and muddy early in the morning in New Forest, so get something warm to put on and don’t forget your wellies of course, if you don’t want to end up with freezing feet!


Remember to take some snacks, a huge cup of coffee and water with you, you don’t want to find yourself without food or drinks in the middle of the land, miles away from the shops and restaurants!

A good place to see ponies and horses is at Beachern Wood near Brockenhurst. They are bay, white or chestnut colour. Please remember not to feed them, not to leave your dog off the lead and not to scare them! Other than that, just enjoy their beauty!

There are lots of them and they seem to be very happy to pose for you, as you will see on my photos!!

MY PHOTOGRAPHY TIPS

I will try to give you as many tips as possible to take a beautiful picture to the Horses & Ponies in New Forest, but remember that every situation is different depending on the light, weather and time of the day!

What I personally love is playing with the natural light, especially with sunrays filtering around the subject. It’s very easy to get a wonderful vibe and warm colours at sunrise in New Forest because of the usual fog they get there, that makes everything magical and vibrant!

General tips:

Usually I don’t have to change much in post-production, I try and like to keep the natural light as realistic as possible during the shooting, so don’t forget the following if you don’t want to spend too much time in front of your computer to fix your photos:

  • Clean up your lenses!! You don’t really want to clean the spots out in Post!
  • Make sure you bring a tripod with you, you will need it for early morning photos and many sunrays effects! ( Will explain later)
  • Check your White balance!!! This is quite important if you want to avoid post production colour grading!
  • Manual focus on the details you want to catch. (Eyes, etc etc). Be precise, you don’t want to find out all your photos are out of focus when you get back home!!
  • Check you have enough space on your card!
  • Bring enough batteries with you!
  • Make sure you bring the lenses you need, don’t bring them all. Just bring what you really need. My suggestion would be a prime 35mm, prime 50mm and a 18-130mm. Don’t bring 2000 lenses for no reason or you will end up with a lot of back pain at the end of the day!
Horses & Ponies in New Forest

Some Camera settings tips on early morning photography:

  • Use your tripod to be able to drop the shutter speed to 1/50, so you don’t have your hand shaking.
  • Remember, 1/50 shutter speed is meant to be used when your subject doesn’t move much.
  • ISO, try to stay as low as possible, depending on your camera. On the 80D you can go as high as 400-1200 to be able to denoise in post.
  • Aperture must be open to the max level. in my case I was using a 50mm lens with 1.8 aperture, this way you get in focus subject and bokeh and defocused background. The lower the aperture the blurred the background!
  • Having the aperture that way will allow you to lower the ISO values cause more light will come into your lens, giving you a cleaner picture at the end!

Have fun taking pictures of Horses & Ponies in New Forest!!!

What if it’s cloudy!!??

Well, we are not always the luckiest here in UK, aren’t we. It’s not uncommon to find a rainy or/and foggy day so be prepared, because rain ain’t stop us!!

What tips for foggy photography? Here’s mine:

  • Try to catch the minimal effect of the fog, leaving the background blank and focus on the subject.
  • Take advantage of the contrast the fog gives. Fog being white/grey-ish and subject being darker creates a very nice effect where your subject pops on the viewer’s eyes.
  • Less is more! Try not to include a lot of elements in your photo, try to focus on a single subject and try not having your background too busy! The lighting is not helping you, being so ambient and not directional so yeah, keep it simple!! You won’t regret it!
  • Remember the white balance, very important! Don’t get too warm or too cold, just, you know, white!
  • White horses and white fog? No worries! Find something dark to have the horse pop with the same contrast concept I explained above, like the woods in the background, some trees, a bush.. Anything!

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