The day before Lily and Steven’s wedding in Italy we headed out to the Siena countryside to capture their Tuscany pre-wedding session. While I researched different locations to visit I knew I wanted to find something that looked unequivocally Italian. Located not far from their wedding venue is the Abbey of San Galgano. I knew as soon as I discovered this venue that this would be the perfect spot for Lily and Steven’s photos. Dating back to the 13th century, this gothic styled monastery set the perfect backdrop for us to capture their portraits.
Upon stepping foot onto the grounds, we felt like we were transported back in time. There’s just something about classic architecture that brings joy and inspiration. Luckily for us, it was quite empty that day so we took our time exploring the property. We walked through the ancient halls and under the stone archways supported by the massive pillars. We imagined what it was like for the monks who lived and worked here so many hundreds of years ago. It was truly a humbling experience for us all.
Lily stunned in a green strapless dress and Steven rocked a navy suit minus the tie for a truly relaxed European look. After exploring all of the areas inside of the abbey we headed to the back side where the sun was doing some truly magical things. In a field just beyond the abbey was a spotlight in the grass where the sun passed through an old broken window. Lily and Steven took a step into the beam and were enveloped in the most beautiful warm light.
After the sun dipped behind the abbey we headed back to our cars and were on our way to greet family and friends back at Conti Di San Bonifacio for their welcome dinner.