An Italian Wedding from the movies!

Italy is one of the most beautiful places in the world for weddings and if you are thinking of having your wedding in Italy maybe this blog can give you some inspiration and ideas.

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Firstly since there is such a wealth of locations to choose I’ll put up another blog on places to get married in Italy and for the purposes of this one we can look at the different elements that make up your wedding day. As a wedding photographer I love the preparations, they make for some great shots.

Italian Italy wedding photographer-5And it’s not just for the girls, it’s a great chance to shoot the groom, best-man and the grooms side of the wedding party.

It’s also a chance to photograph some of the little details that make your day unique, the dresses, the shoes, the wedding favors.

However, more than anything it’s the perfect time to photograph the bride! Wedding photography in Italy is made somewhat easier when you have fantastic locations such as this to capture these images.


This wedding was on the shores of Lake Como, starting off in Varenna with Bellagio in the background on the opposite side of the lake.

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This was a truly multicultural wedding with one family from Ireland, the bride’s, and the other from New Zealand! Italy was the perfect midpoint for the wedding.


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With the bride ready and the groom safely departed and out of sight it was time to leave.

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The trip to Villa Balbianello is stunning as you turn around the peninisula of Bellagio, who could resist a selfie!

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Note that with weddings on Lake Como normal modes of wedding transport are not that practical!

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The ceremony takes place at the peak of the hill overlooking lake Como, you may well recognise this scene from many of the famous films set here including Star Wars and James Bond!

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After the ceremony the couple and the wedding party are allowed to enter the gardens of the Villa for a  private photo shoot.

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A boat trip back to the opposite shore took us to the reception venue just down from Varenna.

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As the sun dipped behind the mountains we headed inside for the speeches and the wedding breakfast.

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Followed of course by cake, sparklers and an evening of dancing.

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