Marta Demartini Wedding Photography https://martademartini.com Wedding Photography Sat, 23 May 2020 01:18:03 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.4.1 https://martademartini.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/05/cropped-Marta-Demartini_logo_gold_square520px-32x32.png Marta Demartini Wedding Photography https://martademartini.com 32 32 Introducing Luxury Wedding Planner in Italy Simona Chiavaccini https://martademartini.com/2020/02/19/luxury-wedding-planner-italy/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=luxury-wedding-planner-italy https://martademartini.com/2020/02/19/luxury-wedding-planner-italy/#respond Wed, 19 Feb 2020 01:01:50 +0000 https://demartiniweddings.com/?p=7029 From opulent Portofino to the Lakes, the famous vineyards in Piedmont to the Amalfi Coast, her name is often mentioned among Italian wedding suppliers as a leading excellence in the management and organisation of luxury weddings and events in Italy, often celebrated across the most exclusive locations in the Italia Riviera and all over the country.

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What makes me most happy about being an Italian wedding photographer in London, is to get asked frequently to document my couple’s destination wedding in Italy, giving me the opportunity to master my profession in the beautiful Italian landscape as well as being able to share invaluable tips and insights to all couples wanting to celebrate their wedding in the land of La Dolce Vita.

Today, you will get to know of a legendary wedding planner in Italy that will be able to help you make your dream wedding in Italy a wonderful reality!

From opulent Portofino to the Lakes, the rolling vineyards in Piedmont to the Amalfi Coast, her name is often mentioned among Italian wedding professionals as a leading excellence in the management and organisation of luxury weddings and events in Italy, often celebrated across the most exclusive locations in the Italia Riviera and all over the country.

When Simona agreed to my request of meeting her for an interview, I was over the moon! I immediately got ready for our appointment in her offices at the historic Villa Lo Zerbino, a dream location for many brides and grooms wishing to celebrate their lavish wedding in Italy.

After a brief introduction, Simona agreed to have some photos taken outside the Villa. In these stunning surroundings we got to know each other, just like this, in between the portrait session. Simona is fascinating, spontaneous, attentive and patient, her extensive experience and dedication shines undoubtedly through her passionate smile!

Who is Simona Chiavaccini and how have you become a leading wedding planner in Portofino, Genoa and Cinque Terre?

“For many years, I used to work as a general manager at Sheraton Hotel, a prestigious Venue at the time that was also part of Starwood Group. My team and I used to travel often in between Hotels belonging to the group and each time I was totally fascinated by the splendid events held here! Among my duties, I was also responsible for organising my own events at the Sheraton. Shortly after, the first wedding planning requests arrived from our clients and I had found my passion! I had noticed that couples were more and more referring to me as their wedding consultant, they loved my personal touch and they were completely relying on me for the success of their wedding.

Meanwhile, I had completed my studies in journalism whilst pursuing this profession also, when a colleague from the same TV channel I was working for, back in 2005, convinced me to create my very own brand…it just bloomed! Today, at Simona Chiavaccini Wedding Planner we help many weddings materialise in the Italian Riviera and most affluent areas in Italy, although we do only take one booking at a time.”

Who is your ideal couple and how do you differentiate from other wedding planners?

“Most of my brides and grooms are mainly based in Milan, our fashion and industrial capital city, but I have been increasingly planning exclusive destination weddings for clients from America, the UK and Europe.

I am a very honest and straightforward professional. I believe that simplicity is synonymous with elegance. My couples appreciate my style and concept, ultimately they hire me for my ability to provide them with an exclusive service and total dedication to their weddings from start to end. When the wedding day comes, I will be on site assisting my couples and – sometimes – getting emotional together! I find it an extremely rewarding profession that often leads to new and close friendships.

I work closely with an entourage of trusted wedding suppliers and I can tell who is best for my couples. I also make sure that we all meet together with my clients half way thorough the planning stage, as I believe that building strong bonding between my couples and their suppliers is key to a successful and seamless wedding day.”

Tell us about your favourite wedding locations…

“This is a difficult question! Wherever you turn your eyes on in the Italian Riviera, but also in other areas of Italy, you will find stunning, unique venues to celebrate your dream wedding in a true la Dolce Vita Style. It really depends on your taste and budget, and on how you will be envisioning your wedding day. Together with leading catering company Capurro Ricevimenti, we have a portfolio of over fifteen locations… I shall keep our favourites in our hearts!”

What is your view on Destination Weddings in Italy and what needs improving to satisfy the needs of foreign couples wishing to get married in Italy?

“Italy is certainly no new country to foreign weddings, and the trend is definitely on the rise. I am a strong believer of collaboration over competition and have worked together with Regional bodies like Agenzia in Liguria, on initiatives to promote our areas to international wedding planners wishing to explore local resources.

We help each other in identifying new trends and always strive to provide services for a more attentive clientele, because you see, nowadays our brides are much more creative and knowledgeable with their wedding requests as they take inspiration from the numerous industry blogs or platforms like Pinterest, it is our mission to keep striving to find the ideal solutions for our brides so to make their wedding visions come true.”

Finally, how does your typical wedding planning day unfold?

“I get up at 7am and start working immediately after helping my daughter get ready for school. When I am not working on site at a wedding or meeting with my brides and suppliers, you can find me at my office in Villa Lo Zerbino or Villa Durazzo. With two laptops, two phones and a team of wonderful girls under my wings, the day runs through many phone calls and email replies. I usually skip lunch but around 6pm I would treat myself to a 100% Italian aperitivo!”

Have you found my article useful when considering planning your wedding in Italy? Feel free to drop a line to myself or Simona for a chat about your dream wedding in Italy, including weddings in Cinque Terre, Portofino, Tuscany and the Amalfi Coast. As a wedding photographer with offices in Portofino and the Italian Riviera I also offer elopements, engagements, anniversary and multiple day wedding services here.

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Your Wedding in Liguria – Antica Rocca Don Wivar https://martademartini.com/2019/11/02/wedding-photographer-liguria/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=wedding-photographer-liguria https://martademartini.com/2019/11/02/wedding-photographer-liguria/#respond Sat, 02 Nov 2019 00:49:17 +0000 https://demartiniweddings.com/?p=6866 A great pre wedding menu tasting for wedding couples organised by leading banqueting Mstaff Catering at the charming Don Wivar in Ligurian countryside

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It was amazing to collaborate with leading banqueting service in Liguria Mstaff Catering , who put together their forces to set up a delicious menu tasting event for wedding couples at the charming Antica Rocca Don Wivar in the Lunigiana area at the border between Liguria and Tuscany.

A great day starting with a post wedding photo shoot and that continued nurturing our wedding couples with music, amazing food, professional photography and beautiful flower arrangements on the tableware and the ceremony room by Dillo Coi Fiori.





































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Inspirational destination wedding in Cinque Terre https://martademartini.com/2019/09/03/wedding-photographer-cinque-terre/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=wedding-photographer-cinque-terre https://martademartini.com/2019/09/03/wedding-photographer-cinque-terre/#respond Tue, 03 Sep 2019 12:37:42 +0000 https://martademartini.com/?p=6237 Inspirational wedding photoshoot at the romantic ex-monastery on the hills of Cinque Terre, Italy

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As you know, I am a huge fan of the Italian Riviera as a wedding destination, not only because is my natal region but I know that, with a little search and some help from the expert in the wedding industry, you will find some of the most amazing wedding locations that Italy has to offer, with a given bonus that this coastal part of the Italian Riviera is not overcrowded like the Amalfi Coast whilst still retain its sheer beauties!

At this regard I have set up a creative wedding styled shoot with the help of a well known London based wedding planner who also fell in Love with the locations here in the Italian Riviera. Together, we have decided to showcase some of the best local suppliers in the beautiful area of Cinque Terre, bringing our London cosmopolitan zest to the romantic settings of the Eremo Della Maddalena, an ex-monastery that sits quietly on the top of a terraced hill overlooking the Mediterranean Sea. With his own land filled with olive trees, a swimming pool and a cobbled pathway that makes it a little harder to reach, this Venue has it all set for a lush wedding experience.

Trust us, your destination wedding in Cinque Terre could not get any more romantic than this!






















With up to 4 rooms across two floors and courtyard, with its own kitchen facilities, the Eremo della Maddalena is the perfect place for hosting the closest family or even the wedding party, there is plenty of space to keep both the groom and bridal preparation moments hidden away from each other on your wedding day. On the lanyard, you can certainly set up a bespoke ceremony among the olive trees as well as hosting a gorgeous wedding breakfast. Although the Eremo makes it an idillic destination for intimate weddings, the Venue’s capacity can easily stretch up to 200 guests, so you can rest assured to accommodate any last minute turn ups 😉

Our romantic flair took off when setting up the wedding breakfast table, as the Venue’s lanyard has breathtaking views over the Mediterranean Sea, we felt inspired to match the dusty blue panorama with abundant compositions of coral and peach roses and peonies, while our caterers displayed their very own grazing board of local charcuteries and delicatessen.




















Ready for the second look? Our experienced hair stylist and MUA did not take long to put together romantic yet modern bridal looks, complementing perfectly the London design of the dressing gowns and the coral colour theme that was set for the photoshoot.

Our sweet bride is getting ready for cake and dessert…a very special Italian delicacy that we brought up to the Venue, just for her.

















A special Thank You to our A-Team of talented wedding suppliers – most of us have lived or are still connected to London’s creative hubs and its cosmopolitan lifestyle. Thanks to that we all keep an open mind on the latest wedding trends in Europe, creating a perfect blend with the Italian finest traditions – You can certainly count on us to make your destination wedding in the Italian Riviera a “dream come true” with our unique touch.

Photographer: Demartini Weddings Photography
www.demartiniweddings.com
@demartiniweddings

Concept creator and planner: Cherelle Joseph
www.perfectlyplanned4you.com
@perfectlyplanned4you

Venue: Eremo della Maddalena
www.lamaddalenacinqueterre.it
@la_maddalena_cinqueterre

Props & Styling: Lisa Barsotti Wedding Stylist
www.stylewedding.it
@lisa_barsotti_event_stylist

Catering, tableware & chairs: MSTAFF Catering
www.mstaffcatering.it
@mstaffcatering

Florist: De Silvestri Floral Designer
www.desilvestrifloraldesigner.it
@desilvestri_floral_designer

Dresses: Heart Aflutter
www.heartaflutterbridal.co.uk
@heart_aflutter

Makeup: Sabrina Priano
www.sabrinapriano.com
@sabrinapriano.mua

Stationery: Ananya Cards
www.ananyacards.com
@ananyacards

Hair: Sefano De Barbieri at FHS
@ferrari_hair_studio

Table Linen: Silk & Purl
@silkandpurl

Cake: Giulia Cakes and Cookies
@giulia_cakesandcookies

Gelato Bike: Gelateria Golosone Monterosso
@gelateriagolosonemonterosso

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Stress Free London Wedding: Yoga for Couples with Sophie https://martademartini.com/2018/11/12/wedding-yoga-for-couples-london/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=wedding-yoga-for-couples-london https://martademartini.com/2018/11/12/wedding-yoga-for-couples-london/#respond Mon, 12 Nov 2018 01:54:09 +0000 https://martademartini.com/?p=5467 A new enticing way to get yourselves ready and in full relaxation mode for your wedding day, with the help of expert yoga teacher Sophie Dray Dusserre.

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Are you a busy couple living in London and perhaps planning your own wedding? Feeling the stress rising from keeping up with a busy schedule while trying to enjoy the excitement pervading you on the last few weeks before your special day comes?

I have a wonderful solution for you, why not try out Sophie’s Yoga For Couples Pre-Wedding sessions, that will not only help you feeling relaxed throughout this exciting time but it will also strengthen the bonding between yourself and your loved one, ultimately gifting you with a smooth, nurturing wedding preparation that will naturally lead to a relaxed wedding day!

Sophie Dray-Dusserre is a resourceful woman with whom I have been in touch for a few years. I admire how she has embraced her life, by reinventing herself into new careers and challenges while living in different parts of the world. From Feng Shui consultant to master NLP practitioner to a property manager and recently fully qualified Yoga Teacher. She takes whatever she does very seriously and success always comes along her side because of her positive and calm attitude.

My partner and I have deeply benefitted from her new yoga-for-couples sessions, we loved that it was only ourselves in the room and she was very helpful and attentive to our positions, which is something you do not always get when you exercise in a class! As a couple we cannot recommend this experience enough…even if you are not getting married but perhaps feeling like some extra time together is needed to reconnect!

Please don’t just take my words! Continue reading to find out about Sophie’s approach to Yoga

Sophie’s Story
“A French national, I have been living all around the world for 20 years, including 12 years in Asia, which not only influenced my life but also profoundly shaped my mindset, enhanced my outlook and more importantly, my spirituality.

This is also where my own personal journey with Yoga started. I have been practicing this lifestyle for over 15 years, up to the moment that I felt ready to embark on a 700 hours Yoga teaching course in Thailand and Rishikesh in India, which was not only an intense and invaluable experience but also a life changing one.”

Pre-wedding yoga for the Bride and for Couples

Getting married is such an exciting and beautiful moment in a couple’s life, but it can also be very stressful, with all the preparation for the wedding adding up to our already busy days. On your wedding day you both want to look amazing, relaxed and joyful.

By providing Pre-Wedding Yoga for couples sessions I aim to provide you with relaxation, detox & fitness. My sessions are bespoke to your needs and you will have my full attention and support all the way. Spending quality time with your future partner and pampering yourselves is essential to help you connect and thus create joyful moments at your wedding that will translate in beautiful lifetime memories.

I teach Hatha (focusing on the physical alignment), Vinyasa (breath synchronized with movement) and Yin Yoga (poses held for a longer period of time).
The Asanas used in my Yoga sessions will benefit your body, mind and soul so that you will feel and look radiant on your wedding day.

Where do I teach and packages available

I will travel to your home within London zone 1&2, bringing my own equipment to you: mats, blocks, straps and everything necessary to carry out our sessions in full comfort.

Single Session for two: £40
8 Sessions for two (recommended): £310
12 Sessions for two: £460

Yoga can also be a great way to start off your wedding celebration or wind down from the big day.

Besides Yoga for couples I also provide the following packages:

• Bride-to-be private yoga class packages
• Yoga-themed Bachelorette Parties and Bridal Showers
• Wedding Day Yoga family and friends classes

Sophie is a certified member of Yoga Alliance, find out more about Sophie’s philosophy and her teaching benefits here

https://www.yogaalliance.org/TeacherPublicProfile?tid=137270

I hope my article will help you distress and create the perfect bonding for your wedding day! Together with Sophie’s touch and my fun and relaxed photography approach you will be all set for plenty of beautiful memories to treasure for years to come!

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Getting Married at Villa Durazzo in S. Margherita Ligure https://martademartini.com/2018/05/22/getting-married-villa-durazzo-portofino/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=getting-married-villa-durazzo-portofino https://martademartini.com/2018/05/22/getting-married-villa-durazzo-portofino/#respond Tue, 22 May 2018 15:23:11 +0000 https://martademartini.com/?p=5343 If you have ever dreamed of a classic wedding in Italy, in a stunning location surrounded by local history, exquisite nature and pastel blue sea, then Villa Durazzo has it all! Only a few miles from Portofino, Villa Durazzo is, one of the most enchanting places where to get married along the Italian Riviera.

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If you have ever dreamed of a classic – and classy – wedding in Italy, in a stunning location surrounded by local history, exquisite nature and pastel blue sea, then Villa Durazzo has it all !

Only a few miles from the opulence of Portofino, Villa Durazzo is, in my opinion, one of the most enchanting places where to get married along the Italian Riviera.

Encompassed by a Mediterranean Park, home to numerous aromatic and exotic plants, Villa Durazzo is a complex of three separate estates overlooking the coastal town of Santa Margherita Ligure…a perfectly secluded location from where you can relax and tune in with nature while enjoying the amazing views on the Gulf and the picturesque town’s harbour.

Recently, I had the opportunity to visit the mansion while attending one of their Summer events and I was captivated by its beauty, inside and out.











Villa Durazzo’s heritage dates back to 17th Century. The main Villa was built by Gio’ Luca Durazzo on the old castle ruins inherited by his father the Marquis Gerolamo Durazzo, but it was later on, under Princes Centurione’s Family, that the other cottages were built. The Centuriones also embellished the gardens with marble statues, fountains and elegant floral beds.
The beautiful Villa’s interiors are decorated with frescoes,
Genoese paintings from the XVII Century, elegant Murano Chandeliers and antique furniture from different eras, that can be still admired today in well-preserved conditions.












Here you will have plenty of choices where to celebrate your wedding in the most romantic of ways, from the neoclassical Italian Gardens, the beautifully decorated rooms inside, the black and white cobbling on the Villa’s Terrace, or you can choose to have a Catholic ceremony at the adjacent Baroque Church of San Giacomo.

Daniela and Fiorinda, who have helped many foreign couples to get married here, will be warmly welcome and guide you through all the options, to grant yourselves and guests with an unforgettable wedding day.

I hope you have enjoyed my glimpse of Villa Durazzo’s images and its romantic surroundings…could you smell the roses and lemon trees?

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Your London Wedding: Music Entertainment with Liquid Strings https://martademartini.com/2018/04/07/london-wedding-string-quartet/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=london-wedding-string-quartet https://martademartini.com/2018/04/07/london-wedding-string-quartet/#respond Sat, 07 Apr 2018 13:47:32 +0000 https://martademartini.com/?p=5299 Liquid Strings is a musical entertainment agency providing string quartets, bands and DJs for weddings and other events in and around London.

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If you are looking to complement your wedding with great live music performances, I can certainly suggest that you head to Liquid Strings. I have had the pleasure to work with Brian and his team on a number of weddings and I was amazed at the quality of their performers and variety of acts provided!

Liquid Strings is a musical entertainment agency providing string quartets, bands and DJs for weddings and other events in and around London.

Brian Lee started Liquid Strings in 2007 with a strong focus on string quartets as he had been playing in wedding quartets as a violinist for several years. Although the agency has branched out to other acts as well, one of its strongest core offerings is superb string quartets playing a great mix of classical, jazz and pop arrangements in weddings. As Brian says –

“The reason the string quartet overrides all the entertainment ‘fads’ that come and go in the wedding industry is because it’s so effective and versatile. Playing light classical music as your guests arrive is a great ice breaker before the all-important ceremony. Then you have the broad choice of music for the bridal entry, the signing of the register and exit music.

You can easily mix traditional and modern, which works really well for most aspects of a contemporary wedding. We’ve had around 100 individual commissions over the past few years of favourite and personal tunes to be arranged for wedding ceremonies. It’s such a lovely touch, having a special song played in a unique format for a once-in-a-lifetime moment. With respect to all other combinations of instruments, string quartet works amazingly well for this, especially for romantic songs – but also for fun ones as well (we did Ski Sunday for one wedding where an avid skiing couple wanted to enter the ceremony venue together on skis!).
Then after the ceremony, the quartet playing recognisable pop tunes – think Pharrell, Ed Sheeran or Mark Ronson, as well as cool retro ones – ELO, Toto and Human League for example. We also play popular television and movie themes, such as the Game of Thrones and Skyfall which always create a great, fun atmosphere in which to relax and celebrate the wedding. All this from the one act. It’s why we keep getting regular bookings.”

Many of Liquid Strings wedding clients also book a band or DJ as well as a quartet, and sometimes a jazz band for the dinner. Their flexibility as a company and contacts in the industry means it’s easy to create a bespoke and individually tailored set of acts for the one event. Their guaranteed availability policy means that once booked, all you have to be concerned about is which tunes to have in the key moments, and since they’re all professional musicians they can provide a lot of guidance there too if needed.

For high-quality live music on your wedding day, get in touch with Liquid Strings:
hire a string quartet or any number of other professional music acts for your big day.

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PROMOTION – Free Engagement Photo Session in Paris with your Wedding Photographer https://martademartini.com/2018/02/17/promotion-engagement-session-paris/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=promotion-engagement-session-paris https://martademartini.com/2018/02/17/promotion-engagement-session-paris/#respond Sat, 17 Feb 2018 03:18:06 +0000 https://martademartini.com/?p=5277 Special Offer - Ends 28th February 2018 - At Demartini Weddings we are treating our Brides & Grooms to an engagement photo session of 2 hours in the Capital of Love!

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Yes, you heard it right! At Demartini Weddings we are treating our future Brides & Grooms to an engagement photo session in the Capital of Love! Book your free consultation by 28th February to find out more about this amazing opportunity that we created for you!

Who is Demartini Weddings

Hello, my name is Marta Demartini, I am a passionate wedding photographer who is dedicating my life to helping couples like you to treasure the unique story of your wedding, with creative and timeless images. I believe that Love is a sacred feeling, one to be nurtured every day of our life! My mission as a photographer and storyteller is to help you relive those joyful moments of your special day, that would otherwise fade in your memories. With my experience, sensitivity and creative flair, I will provide you with powerful images that you will proudly share for years to come.

Congratulations on your recent engagement! You have started a new exciting journey in your life as a couple, let me help to make your story even more special with an engagement session.

The benefits of an Engagement Photo Session

There are incredible advantages about having a professional photo session at this stage in life..
Getting to know your wedding photographer
Although I am a friendly and fun individual to work with, an engagement photo session will help breaking the ice between us, leading to have a more relaxed approach to our couple photos on your wedding day.
A chance to connect as a couple
During our photo session there will be plenty of cuddles, laughters and loving moments that you will be sharing with one another…this is also an amazing opportunity to strengthen your bond as a couple by sharing together a fun and romantic experience.
Getting used to pose in front of the camera
Unless you are already familiar with having professional photos taken, an engagement session will help you both to get used at posing in front of the camera, as well as the chance to treasure stunning photos of yourselves while all the excitement of your upcoming wedding is still in the air.
Professional photos to be used towards your wedding
You may use your engagement photos as presents for your family members, or towards your wedding stationery, such as save the date cards, engagement party invites, or have them displayed on your wedding signature board. We could also create a slideshow that will be played at your wedding!

What’s next?

Hoping that you are finding this amazing offer as exciting as I do, why not contact me directly for a free consultation? I am happy to meet in person, via Skype or phone and you will have all your questions answered! If you like to find out more about Demartini Weddings, feel free to keep browsing..don’t forget to contact me before the 28th February though!

Book your free consultation

Terms and Conditions

This offer is subject to terms and conditions, please see below.
-Our signature wedding photography package with a minimum value of £1295 must be ordered, agreed and signed within our wedding contract.
-A non-refundable 25% booking fee from the total of your wedding package must be paid before proceeding with the booking of the engagement session
-Your engagement session will last typically 2hours and includes 20 digitally enhanced images that will be delivered to you within 2 weeks.
-The photo session will ideally take place on Place de la Concorde in Paris, with stunning views of the Eiffel Tower and great photo opportunities.
You may feel free to spend the rest of their day as they wish.
-The photo session date is subject to the photographer’s schedule and must be arranged at least 3 weeks in advance.
-Only one return ticket London-Paris-London shall be granted and purchased by the photographer. In the eventuality of a cancellation of the engagement session due to unexpected commitments, the photo session will be rearranged and a new Return Ticket for up to the same amount will be purchased provided that the first ticket has been fully refunded.
-Travel tickets to Paris, refreshments and any other expenses undertaken by yourselves are not included in this offer.
-This offer cannot be redeemed for cash or in conjunction with any other offers from Demartini Weddings.

Book your free consultation

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Luxury Christmas Wedding at St Pancras Renaissance Hotel https://martademartini.com/2017/12/07/luxury-wedding-st-pancras-renaissance-hotel/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=luxury-wedding-st-pancras-renaissance-hotel https://martademartini.com/2017/12/07/luxury-wedding-st-pancras-renaissance-hotel/#respond Thu, 07 Dec 2017 23:32:06 +0000 https://martademartini.com/?p=5167 The magnificent Victorian settings coupled with modern five-star amenities will bring together new and old in a perfect balance of elegance and great hospitality.

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If you are looking for a distinctive luxury wedding venue in London to celebrate your dream wedding around Christmas, then head to the gorgeous St Pancras Renaissance Hotel. There is so much to fall in love with here! The magnificent Victorian settings coupled with modern five-star amenities will bring together new and old in a perfect balance of elegance and great hospitality. Voted in recent years as one of the best wedding venues in London, St Pancras Renaissance Hotel is also home to a fascinating history that runs behind the scenes. It was initially designed in the late 1800s by famed architect Sir George Gilbert Scott as a dream Hotel to serve the Midland Railways passengers commuting to and from London Kings Cross; over the years the hotel was awed, loved, abandoned, almost destroyed and finally brought back to its original splendor only a decade ago…a story of eternal Love, just like your one.

The Hotel Staircase

My favorite location in the Hotel is the grand staircase, a hidden gem that unfolds over three floors of true awesomeness! If you are a lover of colors and contrasts you will be charmed by the vivid red painted walls, the colorful Persian carpet and the love heart motifs in cast iron spreading on the entire staircase rail. On first viewing of this splendid piece of artistry, I was inspired to create my own bridal shoot here, envisioning a fairytale themed wedding with a Christmas feel, for the modern yet romantic Bride, dreaming of an authentic location to celebrate her special day.



The Bride

Model and modern lifestyle blogger Ophelie at Ophelie’s Journey made the perfect Bride for the look I had in mind. Her graceful figure combined with her elegant looks emanates simplicity with a timeless charm. Together we enjoyed exploring the stairwell in search for the perfect shots!


The Bridal Gown

Since starting my career as a wedding photographer I have always admired the chic and romantic style of Le Spose di Gio’. This particular wedding gown from their new collection is the ideal complement for the location. The multi-layered organza dress coupled with a large laced back bow brings a true fairytale mood to the shoot!


The Bouquet

I knew that Shilpa at Shilpa Reddy Flowers would have come up with the perfect wedding bouquet. Shilpa caters for luxury & non traditional city weddings and she loved the overall mood of the photoshoot. Her choice of cream-white roses makes it a stylish complement to a wedding celebrated in a lush venue.



The Photoshoot

As a wedding photographer I come prepared to cope with different lighting situations to portray my couples at best, often against backdrops that I don’t have the chance to preview. Wherever is possible I will make use of natural light, although I always bring a few additional light sources, that I find essential towards creating stunning bridal photographs. On this occasion I combined battery powered continuous daylights with the available light coming respectively from the lamp posts, the lights on the walls and the natural light source coming from the window, which created pleasant results on the Bride as we were moving along the staircase.













Outside St Pancras Renaissance Hotel

Ophelie was brave to cope with the winter breeze, so we decided to extend our session outside the Hotel for some bridal portraits by the awesome Christmas trees that ornate the Hotel Main Entrance. Your wedding will be an unforgettable day all year round here at St Pancras Hotel, although we think that at Christmas it will add a truly magical feel to your unique day.




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Romantic Wedding in Sestri Levante https://martademartini.com/2017/09/10/wedding-sestri-levante/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=wedding-sestri-levante https://martademartini.com/2017/09/10/wedding-sestri-levante/#respond Sun, 10 Sep 2017 00:07:56 +0000 https://martademartini.com/?p=4918/ The Italian Riviera is dotted with spectacular locations where to celebrate your dream wedding in a true "La Dolce Vita" style.

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The Italian Riviera is dotted with spectacular locations where to celebrate your dream wedding in a true “La Dolce Vita” style. From the opulence of Portofino and Santa Margherita Ligure to the world heritage wonders of Cinque Terre, you are really spoilt for choices here! One of my favorite places in the area is the coastal town of Sestri Levante, an enchanting peninsula situated between two beautiful bays. I am never tired of taking photos here…I love to walk by the pastel-tinted houses on the eastern beach, breathe in the warm atmosphere of the Caruggio and watch the incredible sunsets on the western Bay. This less known hidden gem is the ideal setting for a romantic wedding in the Eastern Side of the Riviera.
Enjoy our recent styled wedding photoshoot in Sestri Levante, organized with the help of trusted local wedding suppliers to highlight the benefits for potential newlyweds wishing to marry here.

Bridal Hair & Make Up

Stefano and his team at Ferrari Hair Studio are the Bridal Hair & Make Up specialist in the area. Highly professional and creative, Stefano trained in London and has worked for the fashion industry all over Europe. I loved the way they styled my couple on our shooting day!



Wedding Ceremony on the Beach

Sestri Levante is filled with options for your wedding ceremony, from the elegant room of the “Comune” to stunning villas immersed in the Mediterranean flora, what’s new here is that you can now exchange your vows on the gorgeous arch-shaped beach in the “Bay of Silence”. The Mediterranean planted backdrop, the shallow blue waters of the shore and the light colored houses surrounding the beach strip, making it a perfect scenario for an intimate ceremony in the open air. Elena, your exclusive wedding planner at Elena Corradi will help you to organize your wedding to perfection here, including a pampering arrival on a boat that will awe your guests and family. For the flower arrangements, you can rely on the delicate taste of Fioridee, I was blown away at the beautiful arch-shaped flower setup created for us at the ceremony site!








Couple Photos: from the Bay to the Caruggio, do it like the locals!

The inhabitants of Sestri Levante are used to tourism, they are friendly and they love to see newlyweds walking about! After the ceremony on the beach, I photographed my couple along the bay, before heading with them to the Caruggio for a fun-based photography session.. and of course for well-deserved gelato and coffee!























Reception with style at the Grand Hotel Castelli

Situated on the top of the peninsula, overlooking on the two Gulfs, this stunning medieval Castle turned into a Four Star Hotel is the most exclusive wedding venue in Sestri Levante. I have photographed weddings here before and I cannot recommend them enough, for the delicious food, the stunning location and the warm hospitality of their staff. Featuring its own private park and access to a natural swimming pool, yourselves and your guests will have a wonderful experience at the Grand Hotel dei Castelli anytime!










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Top 10 tips for best photographs on your wedding day. https://martademartini.com/2017/05/30/10-top-wedding-photography-tips/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=10-top-wedding-photography-tips https://martademartini.com/2017/05/30/10-top-wedding-photography-tips/#respond Tue, 30 May 2017 13:43:47 +0000 https://martademartini.com/?p=4748/ While this is probably going to be your first wedding, I have photographed many over the past 15 years. On your wedding day my aim is to capture your special moments...

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As a wedding photographer in London and Italy for the past 15 years, I have had the incredible opportunity to find myself photographing many different weddings. On your wedding day, my aim is to document your special moments in a flawless manner and be as unobtrusive as possible, leaving the both of you to enjoy your wedding. The last thing you will have to think about is how to maximise your photo opportunities as I will be doing that for you! At our consultation, we will have plenty of time to go through your favorite shot list and your preferred photo style. I will be also sharing tips and examples that will help you understand what to expect from me. However, there are some important moments that are worth to keep in mind and that will help massively with capturing magic moments for your memory box! To keep it simple, I have put together this super useful article which summarises the 10 hottest tips that will give your wedding photos that beautiful timeless feel. I am so excited to share it with you!

Bridal Preparation

1. Choose a bright and spacious room where to have your hair make up and get dressed. A natural light source like a big window is always the best solution for a well lit photograph.

2. Keep your room tidy. You will want to appoint one of your bridesmaids to help with this task. Bags, random objects and shoes that are not needed can be moved to another room or be hidden away (wardrobes, bathroom or underneath the bed, they are all perfect places). If the room is too untidy the photos will show and it will distract the viewer.


3. Instruct your bridesmaids to gather together all wedding items that you would like photographed such as the dress, shoes, jewellery, engagement ring, weddings bands, flowers, stationery, these are the first things I will photograph these while you are getting your hair and make up done. You might need to check that the florist brings the flowers in advance so that the bouquets are available for the photos. Please remove the tissue paper and cardboard from your dress. If the original hanger for the dress is in plastic you may want to replace that with a nicer one.

4. Hair and Make Up: discuss your best hair style and make up with your chosen specialists. From a photography perspective it will be a great help if the foundation of your make up is of a non-oily or shiny type. That will help to produce beautiful photos of your skin without leaving unflattering shine blemishes on the cheeks and nose. Although I will be able to edit away the blemishes I post production, sometimes it is more complex to reconstruct parts of missing skin and get back to an original flattering look. For the hair, please keep in mind not to choose a style where your hair may go over your face or cover the eyes as this will result in having the best moment photographed with you not looking good in them.

5. Brides with fair complexion: a golden tan usually add special glow on everyone face. Please allow your skin to take in the sun tan slowly and don’t forget to apply your protection cream! You can plan this beforehand by starting the natural/artificial sun exposure 2 weeks before your wedding and adding up every one-2 days. Digital cameras are not good at capturing red/orange skin tones and are not artificial tan creams friendly either! Don’t forget: if you are planning to wear a gown that allow parts of your body like your neck and shoulders to be seen then make sure that you do not wear any bra straps, sunglasses, necklaces.

6. While you are getting dressed in your bridal gown you will most probably need some help. In most wedding traditions your mum and the bridesmaids should assist you in this emotional moment. Please ask them to get dressed before you so they can be included in the photographs of the bridal preparation.

Marriage Ceremony

7. Walking down the aisle. This is going to be one of the most emotional moments for the both of you. Is the first time you will see each other in your wedding outfits, and everyone’s eyes will be glued on the Bride. If your bridesmaids and flower girls are in front of the Bride during the walk to the altar please tell them to walk slowly and leave enough space between each other, this will give me the opportunity to capture this magical moment without causing an overlap of bodies in the pictures.The second very important point of this really emotional moment is that all your guests will be likely to take a shot of you walking down the aisle with their ipad and iphones…I personally don’t have anything wrong with that, just be aware the your photograph will show that…so to avoid this to happen you can request the minister or the priest to make an announcement to allow only the photographer to take photos of this moment, inviting the guest to enjoy the moment of bridal entrance without looking for the perfect shot.

8. Exchanging of the rings: Accordingly to many traditions, by wearing your rings on the fourth finger a married couple declares their eternal love for each other…If you have planned in your ceremony to exchange rings please keep both your hands around your waste level and insert your rings slowly, making sure that you do not cover the ring with your hands or fingers.

Reception and couple’s portraits

9. After the ceremony has ended you will finally relax and be able to gather with your loved ones. This is also the perfect opportunity for your guests to gather together, while giving you the time to unwind from the emotional stages of the preparation and ceremony. In this time I will have the chance to take candid photos of you with your guests, prepare for the group photos and take couple photos of you together as newlyweds. You may have planned for some entertainment to take place before the wedding breakfast. Make sure you allow enough time between the reception and the wedding breakfast so that everything can be recorded in flawless way. I usually suggest between 1-2hrs.

10. Couple’s photos. While the reception is taking place I would like to take the both of you away for some intimate couple portraits. I usually visit the venue beforehand to find inspirational places where to photograph you, or I will have come early on the day for a location scout. By preparing myself I can help you maximize the time we have together and ensure you go back to your party without leaving your guests alone for long! This time will be also your first chance to spend some tender moments together on the day, my aim is to capture the beauty of these moments with little intervention. I promise that you will love it and will be amazed by the photos afterwards!

Genova, 30 July 2011

I hope that you will find these tips useful! Why not make your own must have photo list and share with me? I will be happy to assist you in any way I can before and during your wedding, so that we don’t miss out on any of these magic moments!

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