Boy grows up in Mauritius. Girl grows up in Italy. Both their worlds collide when their paths lead them both to Sydney.  They meet and fall in love.  After hundreds of phone calls and emails and all the joys and heartache that goes into a long distance relationship, it is their time to marry. This is the story of Jean-Maurice and Francesca.



I had the pleasure of spending time in Italy with Jean-Maurice and Francesca and document their wedding day in the hometown Francesca grew up in, Mantova. I had to pinch myself a few times when I was standing in the field of flowers photographing these two.

They say rain on a wedding day means good luck. Francesca and Jean-Maurice now have many buckets of luck in reserve as it absolutely poured down in the middle of dinner. We nervously watched the weather radar all day hoping the rain would somehow perfectly divert around Convento dell’annunciata. Dinner and dancing under the stars in Italy was too perfect of a evening to move the venue indoors. It was worth the risk. The staff at Convento dell’annunciata quickly ran to move all the tables undercover once it started raining. It was a fun guessing game to see where everyone’s half eaten entree ended up :)

  • Kirsty said:

    WOW now thats a wedding. HIGH FIVES Blakey

  • Allison said:

    Wow, incredible, Samm. You know I always love your work. But my favourite part? Spotting a Toronto Blue Jays shirt on one of the dudes in the 20th photo down ;) Love it!!!

  • Tasj said:

    yep. whatever! it's stunning.

  • Renee Blake said:

    Beautiful Sammy

  • Tracy said:

    Be still my beating heart....the location gave me goosebumps Samm! Gorgeous images and insanely stunning light and colour in those field shots.

  • alyda said:

    oh sammy, you capture weddings like no other. insanely beautiful x

  • Elisa said:

    Bellissime Samm !!! A woderfuf day, a fairy tale for Francesca and Jmo !!

  • Just utterly amazing, all of it. The portraits are very, very beautiful.

  • I love the intimacy of your images Samm. Beautiful captures :)

  • Francesco Caleffi said:

    Complimenti Samm! Foto assolutamente fuori dai soliti canoni ma molto originali e fedeli allo spirito della cerimonia religiosa prima e della festa poi. Francesca e Jean Maurice hanno fatto un'ottima scelta!

  • Scout said:

    Love these selection of images, awesome.

  • Wow. Beautiful captures in every image. I love the couple shots. Fantastic work.

  • Samm,
    Hope this is not late in coming. I sincerely don't think that this wedding has received the recognition that it deserves. Your coverage is utterly stunning.. I have seen a lot of wedding posts over 10years, this is one of the absolute best hands down.