Nichola and Adam's Pre-Wedding Photo Shoot in Florence

In December last year Nichola and Adam won our fabulous prize of a trip to Florence for a pre-wedding photography shoot. Not wanting to waste a minute of the opportunity they asked if the trip could be organised for February, so on Valentine’s weekend Nichola and Adam made the short flight to Florence to meet with Kevin from Scott-Wood Photography.

As they are actually getting married in Florence this summer it was a great opportunity for them to get to know this beautiful city a little better and what better way to celebrate than with a stay in the luxurious apartments above St Marks English Church on Via Maggio - Renaissance splendour in the heart of Florence!

Nichola and Adam were truly amazed at their prize. Says Nichola ‘we checked into the apartments at St Marks and to our delight we found them to be as amazing in real life as the pictures on the internet; it was without a shadow of a doubt the best accommodation that we have experienced in Florence (and possibly ever!). From the fantastic ceiling frescoes to the little personal gifts from St Marks and Scott-Wood Photography we were bowled over – we would have never imagined such a fantastic ‘hideaway’ in the heart of this beautiful city’.

The pre wedding shoot was scheduled for Saturday morning and to get the most of the day, the shoot started early!

Kevin at Scott Wood added, ‘Florence is always an interesting place for a shoot. In winter it takes on a completely different feel to that normally associated with Tuscany and Florence. The architecture is very masculine and at this time of year the city provides a very ‘gritty’ backdrop for a shoot, but it never seems to lose its sense of romance.

Starting at the most famous point – the Ponte Vecchio or Old Bridge, Nichola and Adam made their way through to Piazza di Signoria taking in the awesome statue of Michelangelo’s David before wandering through the arches of the Uffizi and then over to Santa Spirito (where the annual chocolate fair was taking place!).

Kevin says ‘With its mix of beauty and grit Florence never ceases to surprise. The imposing massive brickwork along Via Tuornabuoni; the soft beauty of the Ponte Vecchio at dusk and the quirky touches such as the padlocks along the railings close to the Uffizi – each padlock representing two lovers locked together forever make Florence unforgettable and ever so slightly addictive…………’

Naturally low key, Nichola and Adam mingled easily with the Italians as they strolled arm in arm through Florence. Says Nichola ‘we were more than happy to start the shoot early – we wanted to make the most of Florence before the anticipated rain and utilise the best of the light on a winter’s day. Our main concern was that neither of us is normally that relaxed in front of a camera but after starting out with some trepidation we quickly started to relax. Kevin made us laugh and feel really at ease - by walking through the city on a guided tour and using the ‘tour’ as a backdrop for the shoot it felt really informal and natural.

No tour of Florence (and no photo shoot) can miss out on the food and wine that Florence has to offer. Says Kevin ‘shooting the way I do and in this weather can make for hungry people so I built in plenty of stops for Nichola and Adam to refresh – including coffee and lunch at the famous Café Gilli’

After refreshment it was time to make the steep walk up to Piazzale Michelangelo and conclude the photo shoot. From its lofty position above the city there are magnificent vista’s looking down toward the Arno and Ponte Vecchio and across to the Duomo. Says Nichola ‘we had a great time and were so glad that we had found a photographer that made us feel really at ease and didn’t force us to do awkward poses. Kevin was fantastic all the way through the weekend and was truly our personal guide around Florence showing us places we would never have thought of exploring on the Oltrarno or ‘other side’ (of the river!). We loved the quirky elements like the lovers padlocks and finishing off at such a great location was just a great end to the day. The chocolates and prosecco waiting us at the apartment were greatly appreciated after all that walking – a return visit to Dolcissima the chocolate shop is on the cards!’

Florence is an amazing wedding destination and Nichola and Adam are understandably excited about their day in July as they will be marrying in Castello di Vincigliata in the hills overlooking Florence. Nichola says ‘we really are excited about getting married in Florence – it has great architecture, fabulous food and wine and everyone has been so helpful during our pre-wedding trip’. St Marks Apartments are now firmly on our list of accommodation choices for our guests and the images produced by Kevin are amazing –we have now ‘snapped’ him up for our wedding day as well. What a weekend it has been. So many highs I couldn’t possibly write them all down, but what both Adam and I can say is thank you to everyone who made this once in a lifetime treat possible including everyone who voted for us!’

A final word from Kevin at Scott-Wood Photography:

‘When we first came up with the idea for the competition it seemed almost unattainable but thanks to the efforts of those who committed to delivering the prize, Nichola and Adam had a great time. Father Lawrence, Townsend and Linda at St Marks have worked so hard to make the apartments perfect and Mark and Victoria at TheWeddingVine.com played a vital part in hosting the competition and donating an additional prize. I always enjoy my work but it is always extra special working in Italy and I am very much looking forward to Nichola and Adams wedding in July

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