Sunday, July 3, 2011

so, i shot a wedding. in italy.

As most of you know, I am retired from photographing weddings. I did it for a long time, I met some amazing people, I had some good times. But I have not regretted my decision to move on in a different direction once. Not once. It was the right move for me.

That being said, when one of my former workshop attendees wrote me a letter telling me all the reasons why I should come out to Italy to shoot her wedding in the Chianti region of Tuscany, I made an exception. I mean, it's ITALY. In the WINE REGION. C'mon.
Sometimes a girl has to be flexible.

The wedding location was as picturesque as it gets-- old, crumbling buildings, a gorgeous villa, the most awesome little chapel I have ever seen, olive trees, surrounded by vineyards, rolling hills and ancient villages. Throw in some lovely and gracious people, lots of good food and wine, and you have a dream wedding.

Thank you, Melissa and Brett, for including us in your adventure. It was an honor.

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17 comments:

Marian & Marc said...

Wow!! Clare, you have captured the beauty of Tuscany!!

Misha said...

That wedding just killed me. Stunning.
Dreamiest wedding. Amazing locations. You nailed it.

Valery Rizzo said...

just gorgeous Clare. I would like to ask... I often see photos that have a bit of vignetting or black edges, especially from photographers that use canon cameras, is that a extremely fast shutter speed or a type of lens? thanks, valery
Eating Brooklyn, www.valeryrizzo.blogspot.com

Patricia Stimac and Kent Buttars, Seattle Wedding Officiants said...

Clare -

Oh...what a dream ... both to experience as the bride and groom and to record as the photographer!

I just received my Italian citizenship and passport ... and hope to enjoy some time there too.

What a way to come out of retirement. So happy for you!

Clare said...

Valery, I find that wide angle shots on my Canons have a slight vignetting to them. However, I enhance the vignetting on specific shots if I think it adds to the image. Thanks for commenting! :)

Dawn (KitchenTravels) said...

So, so lovely. Wonderful captures of the people and place.

Mark McLaren said...

Gorgeous photography! I feel like I just went to Tuscany. Thank you, Clare. Can't wait to see more photos from your trip.

Averie @ Love Veggies and Yoga said...

Clare these pics are AMAZING! You captured the beauty and tenderness of the happy couple and the gorgeous countryside of Tuscany.

Happy you came out of retirement for this one :)

Tom Savoie said...

Clare, another masterful work of art! Thank you for sharing your photos. Is there a story behind the picture locket on the bride's bouquet?

Jackie said...

Oh, Clare. I seriously have no words. You are still my favorite wedding photographer. Absolutely brilliant. Every single shot. Thanks for sharing!

Clare said...

Tom, if I remember correctly the locket held a photo of the bride's grandmother. Very sweet. :)

Unknown said...

Clare you are so damn talented! I'm so glad we benefited from your incredible skills at our wedding before you officially went into wedding retirement! Hope you enjoyed your trip to Italy (jealous!)
Mary & Mugs

leeksoup said...

Just beautiful! What a photogenic location indeed. You have most definitely not lost your wedding mojo, Clare. Gorgeous!

Anonymous said...

Clare, what a beautiful story! The rich textures came out in the photos and the bride and grooms emotion's, too. I like the wedding bouquet with the locket, too! Made me feel like I was there, although I didn't get taste the wine! Thanks so much for your generous sharing of a exquisite event.

Rebecca said...

So glad you did!!!!! You did a fantastic job! I love every image!

Joan Leonard said...

Magnificent photos, Clare! I felt like I was there. You are so skilled at capturing the feelings of an event, as well as showing the intricate details of the location and environment. Thank you for sharing. Gorgeous in every way!

melissa said...

simply gorgeous. it was SUCH fun having you and joe there with us! can't wait to catch up with you when you return! thank you again. the photos are truly beyond.