Multi-talented Shasta Bell has recently captured a romantic autumn celebration for love, among the dreamlike setting of Tuscany and is looking forward to sharing her great images with us today.
For the photographer, it was not just any assignment. The personal connection to the enchanting couple in front of her camera made this trip to the popular wine and wedding region something very special, as she told us: „I was so delighted when Silke and her husband invited me to spend a day or two with them at their beautiful Tuscan Villa Montanare just outside of Cortona. Tuscany really is as sublime as it seems and I was so excited to capture it on film.“
A few years ago, Silke, better known as wedding planner Weddings by Silke, and her husband Andreas bought a precious gem from the 17th century and restored it with great care and attention to detail since then. Meanwhile, this place is perfect for anniversaries, small breaks from stressful everyday life or unforgettable getaways with friends and acquaintances like Shasta.
„We were very pleased to welcome the talented Shasta to Cortona. We have had the pleasure of working on various projects in the past, designing beautiful stationery. At the time, we did not know what a gifted photographer hid behind Shasta.“ Silke raves.
The two colleagues still enjoy indulging in reminiscences of this time. „It was a very warm day in late October so we decided to have an al fresco dinner on our great patio in front of our stables – with breathtaking views of the valley and our beautiful villa, built in 1640 and restored by us in recent years.“ she recalls.
And also for Shasta it feels like it was yesterday when she visited the two in Tuscany: As Silke and Andreas showed me around their property, the sun shown through their olive grove and we got to know one another over the best pasta of my life. Ending our evening with a beautifully laid autumn table by Silke, celebrating their years together was a perfect finish to the day.“ she wallows in memories.
For the said table decoration, Weddings by Silke has made a lot of effort to adapt it to the cuddly season in terms of color and material, thus creating a harmonious setting for incomparable photos.
„For the dinner table, I decided to match the season for a simple autumnal design with natural and mustard-colored accents. Fineartflowers Tuscany conjured up a stunning centerpiece, which I supplemented with elements of wood, chestnuts and walnuts from our own garden. The great olive wood bowls were a gift from our friend NikaArts. The simple menus were designed by Shasta Bell Calligraphy and increased the anticipation of our delicious dinner. The cozy rattan armchairs complete the picture perfectly. Here we could stay for hours and have good conversation with delicious wine from the region.“
But before that happened, the love between Silke and Andreas had to be caught in the golden light of the Tuscan autumn sun and immortalized on soulful pictures. Dreamy corners and evocative motifs were finally more than enough to find at Villa Montanare that day…
Let’s take a look at the exciting imagery of Shasta Bell, who impressed both Silke and us deeply with her skills...