Wedding photography in Italy is our bread and butter! We very often photograph weddings in Italy due to our provenience from Vicenza, in the North East of Italy, our studio is in fact based just outside Vicenza, not far from Venice.
…how do I describe it?!
Well let’s start from the beginning: I met Caroline one and half year ago on a fashion photoshoot for a magazine and I was so glad that happened. Caroline is such a special person, very nice, polite, elegant and just a beautiful person- inside and outside. Caroline and her – at the time – fiancèè, Gareth, are both from New Zealand and they both live in London, but they decided to get married in Italy as Gareth works for Lamborghini in Bologna. A while ago Caroline mentioned she was looking for a wedding photographer as they were going to get married in Italy- here I am! what an amazing opportunity as I had never photographed a wedding at Palazzo del Vignola which looked such a stunning location for a wedding. I got everything ready and luckily met Caroline and Gareth at Gatwick airport before getting my flight to Italy on the same day. They looked just tired and stressed out like all the other couples before their wedding day, but I knew they were going to be madly happy in few days. I left Vicenza early morning on the 25th of May with my assistant Chiara and earlier than we thought we were at the Savoia Regency when Caroline and her friends and families spent the last few days. I couldn’t wait to go and say Hi to Caroline and see how she was feeling. The room where she got ready was the 304, the gold suite, and as I got there I felt that excitement in the air, Caroline’s friends hanging around her while she was having her make up done, of course she had sheets with pictures of the make up and hair she wanted done etc. like a proper photoshoot. She said she woke up at 5 as she was too excited to sleep! She introduced me to all her bridesmaids, seven all together: Christina, Aimee, Alicia, Alice, Caroline, Georgina and Adele who was the one in charge. The beautiful flower girl was Martha and she happy to have her nails painted especially for the day.
The girls had drinks on the terrace and they all got ready on time thanks to Adele who had the timing schedule written down with all the details- well done Adele! Caroline designed her own dress and she had it made by her friend Erin Carroll, and it was the perfect dress for her. The colour theme was silver and burgundy and all the bridesmaids looked great in their dresses.
Time to go the boys to take some pictures taken…of course they were not ready!! There were some issues going on about a couple of shirts missing and Scott was wearing a shirt which was a couple of sizes bigger than his, I remember somebody told him “Tuck the shirt in” and the answer was…something like: “No, it’s too big for me, it’s not my size”..just he said it with a different expression…he he he, I still laugh thinking about the boys room, Gareth trying to get ready himself, Sam – the best man- trying to organize everybody and me snapping around pictures which I knew Caroline would have been happy to see after.
I was lucky I had 5 minutes to get some shots if Gareth’s Dad, Pat and then with Sam as Gareth was so excited he was running around between one room and another to make sure everybody was ok.The boys left first, the I left to be there at the moment when the bridesmaid were arriving with the car followed by Caroline.
The weather was just perfect and the location beautiful with the Villa as background and the garden which was set with all the chairs and gazebo for the ceremony. The black limousine arrived first and then Caroline, stunning and with a smile on her face; she walked down the aisle with her mum Heather and her dad Jeff until she got to the gazebo where Gareth was waiting for her. The ceremony was special to me as they went for the “Wine box and Love letter” ceremony where the couple write to each other a love letter which will be sealed and meant to be shared in a future date. It was very romantic and of course I love romantic weddings…
The time was flying and was already time for group shots- Sam was helping out with names and make sure we had all pictures that bride and groom requested. I have to say Scott was my favourite guest on the day, so funny!! And then finally my favourite time with bride and groom: romantic pictures in the garden, under the weeping willow and with the villa as background.
Time for the wedding breakfast, the room upstairs was beautiful and well decorated by the wedding planner Patrizia under Caroline’s guidance, a Polaroid camera was left by the C&G table so that the friends could take some shots as memory. The food was lovely and I was glad to see Caroline and Gareth so relaxed, happy and enjoying their wedding day. At the end of the meal we all went downstairs to watch the cutting of the cake and the fireworks before getting back inside again for the first dance.
Around 11 pm I left with Chiara to go back to the hotel, I said goodbye to Caroline and Gareth and left them to carry on with their night. I’m so glad I was there on such an amazing day and I hope Caroline and Gareth will have the most wonderful life together as I know they make a very special couple and I can only cherish them and wish them all the best.