Bride and groom kissing during sunset at the villa le Fontanelle in Florence Italy

Villa le Fontanelle Wedding Photographer

I’m so excited to share this Italian destination wedding with you today. I love Italy so when Sofia & Jason asked me to be their official wedding photographer I couldn’t have been happier. Being a wedding photographer really does take me to some amazing destinations 🙂 This gorgeous Italian villa set in the Tuscan hilltops did not disappoint!

Tuscany Wedding Venues

This gorgeous couple chose the absolutely stunning Villa le Fontanelle for their Italian destination wedding. It’s an exclusive use Italian venue which is out of this world. Words just can’t do it justice (I’ve included LOTS of my photos instead)! It’s an absolute feast for the eyes and as soon as I saw it I knew it was going to be the perfect backdrop to their Italian wedding day.

The wedding day began at the villa. I spent the morning photographing the girls while my second shooter Charlotte photographed the groom and his party. I love shooting weddings with a second shooter as it means I am able to provide more images to my couples and capture even more elements of the day and from different angles.

Exterior wall and windows of the Tuscan wedding venue Villa le Fontanelle in Florence, Italy
Stunning countryside landscape view of Florence, Italy. Taken from the Villa le Fontanelle wedding venue.
Pink bridesmaid dresses and white wedding dress hung up against rustic brick wall
wedding flower bouqet and blue diamond ring on white bed
Bride and bridesmaids getting ready and opening wedding boxes at Villa le Fontanelle in Florence, Italy
Bride getting ready in mirror and bridesmaid with champgane at Villa le Fontanelle in Florence, Italy
Bride having her makeup applied with her hair in rollers at the Villa le Fontanelle wedding venue in Florence, Italy
Bride laughing whilst her bridesmaids help put on her wedding dress at Italian Destination Wedding
Bride laughing whilst her bridesmaids help put on her wedding dress at Villa le Fontanelle
Bride smiling and looking in mirror at Villa le Fontanelle in Florence, Italy
Bride and bridesmaids smiling with flowers at Villa le Fontanelle with a view of Florence, Italy in the background
Groom and groomsmen getting ready and putting cuffs on at Villa le Fontanelle in Florence, Italy

Traditional Italian Wedding Ceremony 

The wedding ceremony took place in the Catholic Church of Careggi which is super close to the venue, just 5 minutes down the road. What a place! It was exactly how I imagined it, from the domed exterior to the ornate painted frescoes inside.

It was so lovely to photograph the ceremony. The happy couple giggled their way through it without a trace of nerves and walked out as husband and wife to cheers and applause from their loved ones.

Yellow exterior of the Catholic Church of Careggi in Florence, Italy
Groom smiling and greeting guests outside the Church at his Italian destination wedding
Groom stood at the alter with friends at family behind him at the Catholic Church of Careggi in Florence, Italy
Bridesmaid walking down the isle in a pink dress during Italian destination wedding ceremony
Brides and her father walking down the isle at the Catholic Church of Careggi in Florence, Italy
Brides and groom smiling at each other during their Italian destination wedding ceremony
Bride and groom singing hymns during their Italian destination wedding ceremony
Bride and groom kissing during their wedding ceremony at the Catholic Church of Careggi
Bride, groom and Wedding guests exiting the Catholic Church of Careggi and laughing and hugging after ceremony
bride and groom kissing in wedding car in Florence, Italy
Bride and groom having confetti thrown over them by wedding guests at the villa le Fontanelle venue in Florence, Italy
Bride with bridesmaids hands on top of their wedding flowers showing 4 wedding rings.

Bride & Groom Wedding Portraits

As the wedding guests were drinking Aperol Spritz and enjoying some Italian ham and canapés. I took the newlyweds on a walk around the beautiful Villa grounds to get some couple photos. There were so many nooks and crannies to explore and we really made the most of the time we had for their wedding portraits. We ended up on the Villa’s rooftop which gave us an incredible backdrop of Florence and the Tuscan landscape.  

Bride and groom laughing together outside in the sun at villa le Fontanelle
Bride and groom kissing during sunset at the villa le Fontanelle in Florence Italy
Stunning tuscan landscape featuring guests relaxing and socailising at the villa le Fontanelle wedding venue in Florence, Italy
wedding label details to hand on trees at the villa le Fontanelle wedding venue in Florence, Italy
Wedding guests laughing and socialising at the villa le Fontanelle wedding venue in Florence, Italy
Grooms mum hugging him during outdoor reception at Italian Destination Wedding
Wedding guest laughing during the outdoor reception at villa le Fontanelle in Florence, Italy
wedding guests relaxing and socialising on a beautiful summer day at villa le Fontanelle in Florence, Italy

Outdoor Wedding Breakfast Overlooking Views of Tuscany

Villa Le Fontanelle over looks views of Florence valley. The view was so stunning that I wasn’t surprised to see the wedding breakfast was taking place along the balcony. During the meal the sun began to set and the colours in the sky were unbelievable. I made the most of the incredible light and grabbed Jason and Sofia for a few more wedding photographs.

outdoor empty wedding table set up overlooking a stunning view of Florence
outside wedding table details featuring gold cutlery and personalised limoncello wedding favour bottles

I adored all the little touches that had gone into their wedding day, from the personalised Limoncello miniatures to the embroidered hanky Sofia had got for her Mum. All these details really help to make a wedding unique and special, so I always make sure to capture these little details when photographing weddings.

Wedding flowers attached to white wedding chairs at villa le Fontanelle.
Wedding guests sat at wedding breakfast table overlooking a stunning view of Florence, Italy at villa le Fontanelle.
Wedding guests sat down at a long table overlooking a stunning view of Florence, Italy at villa le Fontanelle.
Wedding guests sat outside at dinner overlooking a stunning view of Tuscany at Villa Le Fontanelle in Florence, Italy.
Wedding guests sat outside at dinner overlooking a stunning view of Tuscany at Villa Le Fontanelle
Bride and groom watching the tuscan sunset at the Villa le Fontanelle in Florence, Italy.
Farther of the bride laughing during his speech at the Villa le Fontanelle in Florence, Italy.
bride and groom laughing during speeches at the Villa le Fontanelle in Florence, Italy.
Best man laughing during his speech at Italian Destination Wedding

Tuscan Wedding Traditions

Following the speeches they served a traditional Tuscan wedding cake for dolce (dessert). The cake is made in front of the guests and is called a ‘mille foglie’, roughly translated as ‘thousand levels’. It’s made up of layers of light puff pastry filled with cream and fruit and is absolutely delicious.

Bride and groom sprinkling icing over the cake at the Villa le Fontanelle in Florence, Italy.

Before the evening party kicked off Sofia had a surprise up her sleeve. Unbeknownst to anyone, except her Mum, she had a second stunning wedding dress to change into. As soon as she was ready it was time for her and Jason to take to the floor for their first dance and get the party started! 

Bride and groom during first dance together with family and friends watching at Villa le Fontanelle in Florence, Italy.
Wedding guests dancing together on the dance floor at Villa le Fontanelle in Florence, Italy.
Wedding guests dancing together on the dance floor at Villa le Fontanelle in Florence, Italy.
Groom and best man at the end of the night with drinks and ties undone at Villa le Fontanelle in Florence, Italy.

If you’re planning your own Italian destination wedding then please use my contact page to get in touch. I’d love to hear about your plans.


Villa Le Fontanelle FAQs

Can I have an outdoor ceremony at Villa Le Fontanelle?

Symbolic and Protestant weddings can be celebrated on the lawn in a secluded area of the grounds. The private chapel located within the venue can only be used to receive blessings. For those wishing to get married with a Catholic ceremony, the church of Careggi is located a stones throw away, just down the hill.

What accommodation is available at Villa Le Fontanelle?

Villa Le Fontanelle has 7 exclusive suites that can host 14 guests if sharing. Most of them are wide enough to add extra beds for a maximum capacity of 25 guests.

How far is Villa Le Fontanelle from the airport?

Florence Airport, Peretola is only a 10 minuet drive away from Villa Le Fontanelle.

Villa Le Fontanelle Address

Via di Careggi, 26, 50139 Firenze FI, Italy