MY EXPERIENCE AT SOPRARNO, AN ECLECTIC BOUTIQUE HOTEL IN FLORENCE

On March this year I had the opportunity of experiencing a side of Florence I had never experienced before. This world of guest-houses that are perfectly designed to make your stay feel like an extravagant version of your home life feels new and surreal to me. How can you possibly feel at home while staying in a centuries old palace, with painted ceilings and in-room bath tabs?

It turns out, it is possible. And Betty Soldi is the woman that made this magical experience possible for me when she offered me the opportunity to stay at her boutique hotels SoprArno Suites and Ad Astra, located in the Oltrarno area of Florence, on the occasion of one of Pitti’s Taste events.

So magical that last week I decided to spend my birthday in Florence at Soprarno with my better half, Marco.

Now, this is definitely my dream place.

 

SOPRARNO SUITES’ STYLE
There is something incredibly unique about SoprArno. Perhaps it’s the way industrial-meets-classic-meets-eclectic. The intimate 11 rooms are all furnished with the most unique decor elements - up-cycled and reclaimed pieces, found in markets and auctions, beautifully adorn rooms that would have otherwise felt just like any other hotel in Florence - opulent and “seen-it-all-before”. Except, there is nothing quite that classical about this boutique hotel - something that made my stay intriguing… I love the way reality is intertwined with mystery, so staying at SoprArno, a place where every room has its own style and where every piece of decor comes from an unknown past, was a real treat for me.

ANDCOMPANY SHOP

The beauty of Soprarno doesn’t end in the rooms, its library or kitchen… Because its owners, Betty and Matteo also own a delightful shop / workshop - AndCompany, a place where you can buy reclaimed furniture, lamps, industrial pieces and antiques, but also a creative space where you get to enjoy Betty’s craftsmanship and calligraphy skills applied to her own products - from tea cups to clothes, personalised cards and paper crafts.

AndCompany is a place where magic happens… 

If you’re thinking of going to Florence, SoprArno and Ad Astra are definitely at the top of my recommended places.

Experience the magic… I promise you that you won’t be disappointed.

A dreamy, outdoor destination wedding in Capri, Italy

Published on HELLO MAY Australia

There are couples that choose a destination for their wedding based on years of memories visiting that place. There are people that choose a certain destination because it was the setting of a memorable life event. And then there are couples, like Laura and Nick, who choose a wedding destination because they want to make memories in a place that is new to both of them…

When that happens, you can guarantee that your wedding will be an emotional, exciting adventure.

Full story/ Laura & Nick 3 days Wedding in Capri

 

Laura and Nick were no strangers to Italy. They both loved it, but with family coming from pretty much every continent, they decided that South Italy would be a place everyone would love to get to. And so, their adventure begun - a dreamy destination wedding with traditional Italian touches, in the most perfect of backdrops, the Island of Capri.

Think Italian millefoglie garnished and finished in front of guests; think dancing to traditional southern Italian “tarantella;” think an outdoor ceremony in the most idillic of places, a secret garden even, saying I Do surrounded by your closest and by nature; think antique gold votives, flower with warm shades of dusty pink and burgundy, finished with figs and cherries…

Laura and Nick’s Italian wedding dream fused fine art details with traditional mediterranean touches. And it was perfect. But in Laura’s words, what made it perfect was the real focus of their special day - to “help each other become the best humans possible.”

There are no words to describe the beauty that I experienced on their wedding day. Perhaps my pictures will be able to do that more eloquently than my words would ever be able to.

 

Thank you so much Nick and Laura for making me a part of your wedding day. And thank you, Hello May for featuring my work.

Photos Elisabetta Marzetti // Second shooter: Yeray Cruz // Cinematographer: Mediaidem // Event planner / Stylist: Infinity Weddings // Florist: Tuscany Flowers // Stationery: Walton Street Stationery // Ceremony: La Certosa di San Giacomo, Italy // Reception, catering and cake: Capri Palace Hotel & Spa, Italy // Entertainment: Scialapopolo Capri and DJ Davidbit // Rings: Cerrone Jewellers // Bridal gown designer, veil, robes and bridesmaids dresses: Philippa Galasso // Hair piece: Tuscany Flowers // Lingerie: Mimi Holliday // Shoes: Chanel // Hair: Rosanne Abell // Makeup: P and A Make Up // Bridesmaid shoes: ALDO // Suit: Hackett // Shoes: Stemar // Socks: Calvin Klein // Barber / grooming: Quisisana // Groomsmen suits: Boggi // Flower girl outfits: Philippa Galasso // Page boy outfits: John Lewis.

BETTY SOLDI’S NEW BOOK, INKSPIRED, THROUGH MY EYES

My work as a professional photographer gives me opportunities that sometimes blow my mind. I meet people that allow my camera to look straight into their eyes and bring out what’s in their soul.  I get to photograph couples that end up stealing a little piece of my heart. I visit places that I never knew existed, and those I do bring up new emotions each and every time. And sometimes, even when I work on commercial projects that you’d think have nothing to do with nature, with love, with emotions, I come away more inspired than I have ever been…  

There is some incredibly creative talent out there.  

One such talent is Betty Soldi. Betty is a calligrapher and graphic designer like no other. She intertwines the timeless lines of calligraphy with modern graphic design touches, to create work that is truly unique in its form.  

I have worked with her many times, and each and every time has felt exciting and inspiring. But being asked by Betty to photograph her new book, “Inkspired”, has felt like a true honour and a privilege.  

So much graciousness and poetry goes into every detail of what Betty does. I hope that through my pictures you will see how much bringing that poetry to life has meant to me…

WHAT’S “INKSPIRED" ABOUT?

Betty says: “My Inkspired book is about the power of words, those thought and unsaid, but written and expressed, and the white spaces in between.”

“Inkspired is about the beauty of how handwriting makes you feel (…). The aim of the book is, ultimately, to bring writing to life finding original ways to sprinkle personal touches into the everyday (…).”

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Published by Kyle Books, Inkspired is now out in the UK and can be purchased on Amazon and Kyle Books.

Thank you Betty Soldi for yet another opportunity to work with you and to be inspired by your art.

Elisabetta

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Image by Elisabetta Marzetti Photography of Inkspired
Betty Soldi’s calligraphy book

A retro, seaside wedding in Amalfi, Italy

PUBLISHED ON GRAZIA.IT

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I meet so many brides and grooms every year. Every wedding is different. Every wedding is beautiful in its own way. Every wedding is “sentito,” as we say in Italian - touching, emotional… But what’s even more beautiful is when a wedding is the perfect reflection of a couple’s personalities. That is when my heart races in excitement because I know I have the duty (and pleasure) to make sure I capture each and everyone of those details that my couple has poured their heart and soul into crafting.

Eleonora & Gianluca’s wedding in the stunning Amalfi coast is the epitome of what you’d call a “personal” wedding - every detail, studied to tell their story.

They wanted to get married somewhere by the sea, and after some research they chose a stunning villa in Vietri sul Mare, with a terrace with views of the Salerno Gulf to take your breath away!

Gianluca took care of all the aesthetic elements of their wedding, giving them retro accents with gentle nods to the 50s, highlighting everything they love about that bygone era. From a vinyl DJ set of Roxy Rose, to silver candelabra, a 1950s inspired wedding dress, and a bride’s entrance to the notes Elvis’ “Love Me Tender.”

Wanting to look after every detail, and with the fact that Gianluca and Eleonora live in Milan, they asked friends and family to help them finalising the plans for their Amalfi wedding. A dear friend took charge of their flowers - an abundance of white and lots of flowery plants, rather than individual flower compositions, dressed their ceremony and reception tables. Even the wedding favours were designed and made by Gianluca and Eleonora, to make sure that each and every aspect of their wedding was a perfect reflection of their taste.

 

GRAZIA Italy recently interviewed my bride and groom. At the question: “What’s the funniest and the most beautiful memory you have?” Eleonora replied: “On the morning of the wedding we went to our wedding venue to get ready together and keep an eye on the set up. As we were driving, it started raining, and it rained more and more as we got closer. By the time we arrived it was pouring so much that all we could do was laugh. It rained for hours… but just as the ceremony was due to start, the sun came out and from that moment onward all we have is the most beautiful memories. The best thing about our wedding is that we chose to invite only the most important people - we truly felt that they were there FOR us, and that was an incredible feeling.”

I can’t begin to tell you how much I love weddings with an intimate feel - Gianluca and Eleonora truly nailed it everything I love about weddings.

Thank you both for giving me an opportunity to be there and witness your love.