Orange Sky, Alexi Murdoch
Nick, an Australian and Kath, a South African born Australian citizen decided to spend 9 months travelling Europe (and beyond) using Italy as a base (not a bad gig). Whilst exploring Italy, they decided that tying the knot in Tuscany, surrounded by their immediate family and a few close friends would make for the perfect day. (And it did!)
They got married at Hotel Borgo Casabianca, a restored 18th century village, encompassed by farmlands bursting with olives and grapes. The Nobles from Sienna used to live in the villa and the farmers lived in (what are now) the apartments. The village would have been inhabited by roughly 100 to 150 residents. In 1960 it was abandoned likely due to a lack of industry in such a remote place but in 1997 the owner rebuilt and restored the village including its little school and church. It was an amazing feeling to capture a wedding in a setting like this and it was very difficult to put the camera down amidst the beautiful architecture in this intimate ancient village. Walking outside the back gate put us amongst pomegranate and apple trees and then ultimately into an orchard of olive trees where we could see the Tuscan sky aglow at sunset.
Nick and Kath’s wedding day was emotional and beautiful. The people that matter most were there, supporting and celebrating with Nick and Kath. Tears were a plenty as Kath walked down the aisle (a village street) and heartfelt vows were spoken. Dinner was eaten in what used to be old horse stables, which have been converted into a dining room. Casabianca was the perfect place for these amazing, loving families to come together, feast and become great friends. You wonder how many family meals have taken place between these ancient walls over hundreds of years. Tuscany screams good food, wine, family gathered around a table sharing life and taking time to be together.
This was a particularly special and emotional wedding for us, not only because we fell in love with more than one Tuscan village during our stay, but because it marked the beginning of one of life’s great adventures for two of our dearest friends.
Nick and Kath may your lives together continue to look like those couple of days in Tuscany.