Wedding Photographer: The Grand Hotel, Gardone Riviera, Lake Garda, Italy: Ian & Chloe

Amy was the Wedding Photographer in Gardone Riviera, Lake Garda, Italy for the wedding of Ian & Chloe.

It was a baking-hot July day when Ian & Chloe tied the knot in the beautiful little town of Gardone Riviera on the western shores of Lake Garda, Italy. Since I first became a wedding photographer, Lake Garda has become the place where I have photographed more weddings than anywhere else. Normally Malcesine plays host, but the town of Gardone Riviera is also beautiful and was actually the first town on the Lake that Andy & I ever visited together.

The ‘Comune’ building is lovely – perched up high with wonderful views over Lake Garda and the reception venue, The Grand Hotel, is perfectly positioned. What I especially loved about the Grand Hotel is that it is in the centre of the little town which meant that it was easy for me to get some lovely shots of Ian & Chloe meandering through the pretty streets of Gardone Riviera. Such a fun couple: Chloe and her bridesmaids couldn’t stop laughing all day long whilst I think Ian rather enjoyed the ‘modelling!’

Colour! The Grand Hotel viewed from the Lake-side. This time of year at Lake Garda is especially colourful with the geraniums and oleander in full bloom.
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Chloe was wondering if Ian would notice if she drank the bottle of Champagne, given as a gift, before the wedding.
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Here come the guys. Light-coloured suits definitely suit the baking-hot temperatures.
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Chloe – ready to leave.
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A moment during the ceremony in Gardone Riviera’s Comune building (Town Hall.)
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This was taken directly outside the Comune in the lovely garden there.
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Chloe and the bridesmaids.
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Chloe & Ian had decided to walk down the hill to the hotel – which was a great idea & offered me the chance for more beautiful images.
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The setting for dinner. Hard to beat eh?
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The stunning little streets of Gardone Riviera close to the Grand Hotel.
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Beautiful location, lovely, lovely couple, great weather…being a wedding photographer in Italy can really be tough sometimes eh? ;)

Your album won’t be long folks – keep an eye on your email!

Wedding Photographer: Malcesine Castle, Lake Garda, Italy: James & Amber

Amy was the Wedding Photographer at Malcesine Castle, Lake Garda, Italy for the wedding of James & Amber.

It doesn’t matter how many times I visit the Italian Lakes, the scenery and beautiful towns always blow me away. Malcesine is one of my favourite places of all time to visit and to photograph weddings in the magical Malcesine Castle is nothing short of a privilege. A boat ride after the ceremony was great fun and the weather was gorgeous all day – perhaps a little too hot even!

Every detail – flowers, button holes, head-dresses, even the bridesmaid’s dresses had been hand-made by the same lady. A brilliant idea on a hot day as the flowers don’t wilt but look lovely all day long:

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Every Bride knows how quickly that last hour passes when you’re getting ready! It was all hands on deck to finish off Amber’s hair:

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Whilst James patiently waited:

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The Girls:

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Malcesine Castle is great for post-ceremony photographs:

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Love this:

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Taken from the boat, the town of Malcesine on Lake Garda. Malcesine Castle dominates the town from this view:

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The bridal party wander through town. Look at the colours of the buildings in the background:

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After the boat ride, aperitivi were served on the Lake’s edge:

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Love this too:

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Great day folks! Enjoy the rest of your time in Italy, I hope the weather stays as good for you :-)

Wedding photographer: Malcesine Castle, Lake Garda, Italy: Dave & Sarah

Andy & Amy were the wedding photographers at Malcesine Castle, Lake Garda, Italy for the wedding of Dave & Sarah.

On the 10th September we were lucky enough to be back in one of our favourite parts of the world – The Italian Lakes, having only left Lake Como a few days before. This time we were at Malcesine Castle at Lake Garda for the wedding of Dave & Sarah. A venue we know well, Malcesine Castle boasts one of the most fantastic spots to get married and one of very few outdoor places where you can marry in Italy. The Excelsior Bay Hotel played host for the couples’ reception. We love to go walk about with the Bride and Groom and when the guests come along too it’s a bonus. A 20 minute walk with the entire wedding party from the Castle to the Hotel is a wedding photographers dream scenario!

Here goes:

Malcesine; the Excelsior bay Hotel is the white building on the right. Malcesine Castle is just out of shot around the far corner.

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Dave – almost ready.

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Some family & friends managed a quick tipple prior to leaving for the castle.

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A lovely moment between Sarah and her Mum.

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A fun, light-hearted ceremony.

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The back-drop to the ceremony. Stunning.

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You do have to be fairly fit to get married at Malcesine Castle however – so many steps!

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Wondering through the Malcesine streets; Andy had spotted this beautifully-lit spot the evening before the wedding.

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Some of the wedding party as they made their way to the Excelsior Bay Hotel for the reception.

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Once we finished, we jumped into our car and drove the 3 hours to Varenna on the eastern shores of Lake Como for the wedding of Frank & Katharine – images to follow soon :-) I know I keep saying this but, to all of our August and September Brides and Grooms, THANK YOU for your patience. – Amy

Wedding photographer: Malcesine Castle, Lake Garda, Italy: Ross & Debra

Amy & Andy were the Wedding Photographers at Malcesine Castle, Lake Garda, Italy for the wedding of Ross & Debra.

We were lucky enough to go back to one of our favourite wedding locations last week for the wedding of Ross and Debra; Malcesine on Lake Garda. Malcesine Castle is one of the most spectacular places imaginable to get married at and one of the few places in Italy where the legal ceremony may take place outdoors.

The guests had travelled far and wide (Australia – Canada) to join them for their special day. After the ceremony, everyone wandered through the beautiful town of Malcesine and along the Lake front to the stunning Hotel Excelsior Bay.

Here’s a few tasters:

Ross with Mum and Dad in the background.

It’s quite a climb to the platform where the ceremony takes place but it’s more than worth the effort!

Isn’t it?

Whilst Andy is photographing the whole group from above, I sneaked down and shot this from below :)

Love this shot. What a happy bride!

Debra can model too! The most simple images always stand out.

Walking through the town of Malcesine is such a fabulous photography opportunity – you just can’t point your camera in the wrong direction!

Fabulous colours in the sunshine.

Hotel Excelsior Bay stands pride of place along Lake Garda’s edge.

Lovely moment during the speeches.

The light at dusk was beautiful.

Sorry that this post is a wee bit late in coming; we had our European road trip to hack before we could get back in front of the computer. I’m knuckling down to the album now and it’s looking rather good! – Amy.

Wedding photographer: Malcesine Castle, Lake Garda, Italy: James & Hayley

Andy & Amy were the wedding photographers at Malcesine Castle, Lake Garda, Italy for the wedding of James & Hayley.

Do we or do we not have just about the best job in the world? From the beautiful Hassler Hotel in Rome up to the breath-taking scenery of Lake Garda and, in particular, the stunning town of Malcesine.

James and Hayley travelled from their home in Dubai to marry at this magical spot on Monday along with around 70 of their friends and family from the UK. There simply aren’t enough superlatives to describe the setting for their wedding in Malcesine Castle, which dominates the town and sits on the edge of Lake Garda. The ceremony took place on an open-air terrace with some of the best views of Lake Garda – a wedding photographers’ dream. After the ceremony, the couple were taken in a fab little tuk-tuk to the waters edge. Guests strolled through the beautiful streets to join them there for aperitifs and canapes. The reception took place at ‘La Vecchia Malcesine’ – a restaurant which is featured in many of the good food guides including this year’s Michelin Guide. James and Hayley are so fun-loving, they laughed all day and partied the night away to a great live band. Thanks for a great day folks!

Where to start with some images – we’ve got sooooo many lovely shots, here’s just a tiny selection:

Bridesmaids on the terrace sporting their new parasols.

Move over Brad Pitt, make space for James!

Hayley on the terrace of her suite – now that’s what I call a room with a view!

The narrow, colourful streets of Malcesine.

Hayley and her dad just before walking down the aisle.

The setting for the wedding ceremony on Malcesine Castle’s terrace.

A lovely moment during the ceremony.

Just married! Love the wide angle and lens flare on this.

In beautiful light, one of the guests enjoying the lake-side setting.

James and Hayley arriving at La Vecchia Malcesine.

Hayley’s Dad’s speech was hilarious, although there were a few tears shed too.

Breath-taking! Thanks folks for making us feel so special even though it was your big day! Thanks also must go to Pam from Lake Garda Weddings who did a wonderful job of keeping everything on schedule and the guests informed of what was happening & when.