The old world & the new: digital and film wedding photography in Tuscany

wedding photographers & videographers in italy

Film Wedding Photography in Tuscany

Digital and film wedding photography in Tuscany

Exploring the old and the new way of Wedding Photography for a spectacular wedding at Borgo Sant’Ambrogio, Siena

 

 

Digital and Film Wedding Photography in Tuscany: enjoy this perfect autumn wedding at Borgo Sant’Ambrogio, Siena!

 

Here at ManiSol, we love experimenting and trying out new (or… quite old, in this case!) techniques and ideas to find our own voice in the wedding photography and videography world. After one year in the UK, our amazing photographer Nina is back in Italy – how could we employ her better, if not trying her film cameras on the field in this early-autumn Tuscan wedding?
This was our first hybrid digital and film photography wedding: Selene shot entirely digital and directed the wedding day shoot, while Nina photographed using her film cameras. We used both 35 mm cameras (the old beauties Nikon F90X) and one Rolleiflex medium format camera, straight from the Seventies; we used black and white film and color (Ilford and Kodak Portra, respectively).
In all honesty, the result exceeded our expectations: we experienced a completely different workflow – sending out the film rolls to Carmencita lab and waiting for their scans – and were absolutely blown away when they came back.
We prepared this article to showcase a mix of digital and film photography, showing the workflow and final process of how we want it to be. Under each film photograph, we have indicated the type of camera and film rolls; if you want to guess it yourself, click on the first photo and watch them full screen – and let us know if you were always able to tell which ones were film, and which ones were digital! Enjoy 🙂

PS: A big thank you to our friend Alessandro Pardi and his team for the drone pictures!

 

 

The old world & the new: digital and film wedding photography in Tuscany

 

 

Ever since Nina moved back to Italy, we knew we wanted to test her film photography skills in the wedding photography world. A film wedding photography in Tuscany event seemed just the right occasion! She has been shooting portraits and reportages with her film cameras for years, and she has been shooting weddings as well, but never film photography and weddings at the same time. We just had to find the right wedding and the right couple, and needless to say, Kaitlyn and Mitchell were the ones for us.

Let’s start with the venue: Borgo Sant’Ambrogio is a gem of a venue hidden among the Tuscan hills, close to Siena. The view from the borgo is simply breathtaking – hence, the several landscape shots!
The spouses, together with the creative team of Italy Weddings and Le Petit Jardin chose a burnt orange, blush, and sage color palette: needless to say, it was absolutely perfect for an early autumn wedding day in Tuscany. The rustic but classy venue was a perfect match – once we saw photos of the venue, we had no doubt that using Kodak Portra film would enhance the warm colors of both the venue and the season. We weren’t wrong, that’s for sure!

Mitchell got ready with his group of best men – he is originally British but moved to California when he was in high school. There, he met Kaitlyn – the two high school sweethearts who celebrated their love in the amazing Tuscany!
After Mitchell’s getting ready, we moved to Kaitlyn’s – red hair, green eyes, she was simply gorgeous and her wedding dress fit the vibe (and her!) majestically.

They had a first look before the ceremony, where they exchanged private letters. They didn’t need to speak words out loud to make us feel the love they shared.
The ceremony was led by one of the couple’s closest friends – and let me tell you, she definitely rocked her role as an officiant!

While the guests enjoyed an Italian aperitivo under the warm Tuscan sun, we sneaked the bride and groom away for some golden hour portraits. Look how amazing they are: shall we say more?

The wedding dinner was al fresco in the iconic Piazzetta of the borgo. Long imperial tables, colorful candles, and Italian-style light strings: yes, please! During the dinner, there were several heartfelt and fun speeches (our favorites!).
After the dinner, the bride, groom and guests witnessed and took part in the making of the wedding cake – a delicious Italian Millefoglie, the perfect wedding day dessert.

Then, the dance party started – it was our last wedding of 2023, so needless to say, we photographed and danced off, too!

 

 

VENDORS & VENUES

Digital and Film Wedding Photography in Tuscany

 

Digital Photography: Selene from ManiSol Wedding
Film Photography: Nina from ManiSol Wedding
Venue: Borgo Sant’Ambrogio, Pienza (Siena)
Wedding Planner: Ben Singleton – ItalyWeddings
Hair & Makeup Artist: Giulia Makeup 
Bride’s wedding dress: Alena Leena
Bride’s shoes: Dolce Vita
Groom and groomsmen’s suits: Suitsupply
Floral Designer: Le Petit Jardin
Catering: Class Ricevimenti
Videography: Alessandro Pardi

more love stories