Beautiful Destination Wedding at Borgo Stomennano | Italy


In years to come when I think back to this wedding I will always smell the jasmine that covers Borgo Stomennano's walls, picture the hazy warm glow of a Tuscan evening and hear "That's Amore". It was an absolute pleasure for Rich & I to photograph Kate & Seb's wedding weekend this summer. The couple married on the 22nd June and we were lucky to spend three magical days with them and their wonderful guests. We're still in awe of how beautiful every single detail was and I don’t think we’ll ever forget our time at the incredible #castangsamore wedding.

- The Pizza Party -

The evening before their wedding, Kate & Seb threw an awesome Pizza Party at Borgo Gallinaio, where most of their wedding guests were staying. The party was such a lovely way for family, friends and guests who'd never met before to mingle and get to know one another before the big day. The dress code for the evening was black & white, but as Kate would be wearing white the next day, she chose to go with a slightly different colour...

- The Big Day -

Kate & Seb’s wedding took place at the insanely beautiful Borgo Stomennano. This beautiful 17th Century villa is located in the province of Siena and is very close to Monteriggioni and it’s medieval fortress. I left a piece of my heart in this beautiful place and I think it’s so easy to see why Kate & Seb chose it as the backdrop for their celebration. It radiates beauty and a unique kind of ancient charm is revealed around every doorway. Blooming jasmine covers it’s sun burnt walls, magnificent cypress trees line it’s epic driveway and inside, every surface is a piece of art. You really do feel like you’re walking through a beautiful oil painting.

Kate & Seb run their own interior design business, Burrow & Hide. Their talent and passion for what they do could be seen in every detail and aesthetic of their day. They elevated the already beautiful villa into something truly stunning.

Photographing a couple so in love, surrounded by such supportive family & friends who loved them so much in return was an incredible honour. To be able to do so in such a magical place was a privilege we’ll always be so thankful for. Hopefully the photographs below capture some of that magic…

The morning after the night before… The BBQ Brunch

The following morning everyone gathered back at Borgo Stomennano for a beautiful BBQ brunch. This was such a lovely experience for Rich & I as usually we say goodbye to everyone the night of a wedding. It was so lovely to see everyone the next day and get to relive all the wonderful moments of the day before with them. That did feel very special.

Guest Awards Ceremony…

One last surprise…

It was an incredible honour to witness Kate & Seb announce to their family and friends that they are expecting their first child…

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So many congratulations to Mr & Mrs Castang! The wonderful couple at the heart of it all and the most gorgeous Bride & Groom in the world! We will never be able to thank you enough for trusting us to capture your wedding and for how welcome you made us feel over those beautiful days. Thank you xxx

- Suppliers -

Wedding Venue - Borgo Stomennano

Wedding Planner - Ben of Italy Weddings

Wedding Dress - Suzanne Neville from Anna Bridal

Veil & Tiara - Anna Bridal

Wedding Shoes - Jimmy Choo

Make-Up - Samantha Marchant

Florals - Le Petit Jardin

Stationary - Lauren, Kate’s Sister-in-Law

Videography - Razorblade Media

Photography - Lilly Sells Photography

Guest Residence - Borgo Gallinaio

Dear Lilly & Rich,

We’ve been struggling for the last few days to write this email... I’ll be honest, along with excitement & anticipation of seeing our wedding photos...there were also a lot of nerves. What will they be like? Will the capture the day as we wanted? ...as we remember it??

All we can honestly write, is that we are lost for words as to how to properly express our feelings as we sat and looked through all the many, MANY incredible pictures you took of our wedding weekend. The joy, the unending happiness we felt & the magic created by the venue, the guests and the styling have been captured so perfectly. There is so much life, movement & sincerity to them. We sat for hours pouring through them, laughing, welling up and smiling from ear to ear. We relived our weekend through your lens and got to enjoy and learn about the moments we were not present for too! What a wonderful job you’ve done at capturing our most precious memories with the people we treasure the most and all that is left to say is the biggest and most heartfelt, thank you.

Thank you for working so tirelessly all weekend and for sticking with us through each event with unwavering attention to detail and focus. We are so thrilled we chose you to be our wedding photography team and will cherish the photos you’ve given us for the rest of our lives. They feel like the ultimate gift & we cannot wait to show our family, friends and of course, our baby eventually too!

With deep, unending gratitude and love,

Kate & Seb (CASTANG!!)