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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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.