Wedding Photographer: Cadenabbia, Bellagio & Vassena, Lake Como: Dick & Shia

Amy was the wedding photographer in Cadenabbia, Bellagio & Vassena, Lake Como, Italy for Dick & Shia’s wedding.

I always get excited about going to Lake Como. I know it so well having photographed many weddings all around the Lake and was super-excited to be going twice over the next two weekends. The first trip was for the wedding of Dick & Shia and in order to fit it in I had to fly from Naples to Milan having only just photographed the Sorrento wedding.

Dick & Shia are the most fabulous Dutch couple who had planned a wonderful day around the Lake. After getting ready in Bellagio, they hopped across the Lake on boats for the ceremony in the Anglican Church of Cadenabbia: a church with an impressive golden altar that I know so well. Dutch tradition means that the cake cutting comes immediately after the ceremony, then we jumped on the ferry and I had some time with Dick & Shia in Bellagio. After photographs, 10 minutes drive to the little village of Vassena and to the reception which took place in a family member’s private home – and what a home! Incredible views of the Lake and a perfectly placed terrace and swimming pool. Sheer luxury!

Take a look:

Lake Como taken from Bellagio.

Lake Como

Gorgeous Shia.

Bride

Shia’s proud Mum.

Bride's Mother

Dick and the guests jumping on the boat that took them to Cadenabbia on the other side of the Lake where the ceremony took place.

Lake Como Boatride

A relaxed vicar who performed a wonderful heart-felt ceremony – he was even warm to the photographer!

Ceremony

Look at that fabulous alter!

Ceremony

Cheers!

Toasting the Bride & Groom

Taken from the boat heading back to Bellagio, one of my all-time favourite towns.

Bellagio, Lake Como

Lovely.

Bride & Groom, Lake Como

Bellagio is so colourful.

Bride & Groom, Bellagio

You’ve been bubbled!

Bride & Groom & Bubbles!

Not a bad backdrop for the group shots ;-)

Group Shot

The first speech. Unfortunately I couldn’t understand a word of them!

Speeches

People had put together some lovely memories for Dick & Shia.

Bride & Groom

Shia’s crazy about Christmas and so every guest gave her a homemade decoration! Dick got cigars instead.

Guests

Huge smiles all day long.

Bride

Just chilling out.

Guests

Breath-taking.

Bride & Groom, Lake Como

Shia and her brother reminisce.

Bride & Brother

Too stunning for words.

Table Decorations

The children were taken out for a ride in the family speed boat.

Lake Como

Last shot of the day.

Bride & Groom

Loved it loved it loved it. Thank you so much for being so welcoming and for the fabulous experience. I’ll be in touch very soon with your complete gallery details. Amy x

Wedding Photographer: Varenna, Bellagio & Veleso, Lake Como: Stevie & Rachel

Amy was the wedding photographer in Varenna, Bellagio & Veleso, Lake Como, Italy for Stevie & Rachel’s wedding.

The weather on the 1st of October was absolutely beautiful. Bright blue, not a cloud in the sky and almost as hot as a mid-summer’s day but without the bugs! I’m not sure that there is anywhere quite like Lake Como when the weather is perfect like that and the treat of going way up high above the Lake to a little place called Veleso was outstanding.

Rachel got ready in a lovely apartment directly opposite George Clooney’s house in Pognana Lario and then jumped on a boat for a half hour journey to Varenna for the ceremony. The Old Church of San Giorgio in Varenna is gorgeous and the religious ceremony provided the perfect contrast to the rest of the day which was relaxed and fun.

After the ceremony, Rachel, Stevie and I jumped back on the speed boat to get ahead of the guests so we could get some time for photographs in Bellagio. After that it was up the 4 mile windy, steep road to Veleso where the views across the mountains blew everyone away. Take a look:

Gorgeous bouquet.

Bride's Bouquet

I love this photograph of Rachel being helped into the boat.

Bride gets into boat

Varenna, Lake Como

Varenna, Lake Como

And here she gets off the boat!

Bride gets off boat

The handsome groom awaits.

Groom

Readers during the ceremony in the beautiful ‘Old Church of San Giorgio’ in Varenna

Ceremony

One of my favourites – Stevie shows off his new ring in the background.

Bridesmaid signs register

We did it!!

Bride & Groom leave church

Guests greet Rachel & Stevie as they exit the church and grab a handful of confetti.

Bride & Guests

They line up ready to launch!

Guests get ready to throw confetti

Love this.

Bride, Groom & Guests

Rachel & Stevie get off the speed boat at Bellagio for a quick photo shoot.

Bride & Groom

One of the results.

Bride & Groom

The terrace at Albergo Bella Vista in Veleso. Breath-taking.

Reception Detail

Rachel with Mum & Dad. (PS Thanks for the lift Kevin.)

Bride & Parents

Fun group shot.

Bride, Groom & Bridal party

The models model :-)

Bride & Groom

Stunning.

Veleso, Lake Como

A beautiful day, a beautiful couple – thank you for having me. -Amy x

Wedding Photographer: Villa Cipressi, Lake Como: David & Anna

Amy was the wedding photographer at Villa Cipressi, Lake Como, Italy for David & Anna’s wedding.

One day to travel from Malcesine on Lake Garda to Tremezzo on Lake Como for wedding number 3 of the week. David & Anna’s wedding was at Villa Cipressi, Varenna which is on the opposite side of the Lake to Tremezzo. The ferries however are brilliant and reliable and so it was that we took the boat to work. Whilst the ferries on Lake Como are always reliable, the weather is not so. When it rains, boy-oh-boy, does it rain and the 7th of July turned out to be rather a wet & thundery day.

Villa Cipressi was as beautiful as I remembered it from Frank & Katherine’s wedding there back in 2009. Luckily the options for marrying and eating inside are as beautiful as the options outside. In fact, despite looking as though it might just tip-down for the entire day, it did brighten up for long enough for us to enjoy a boat ride across the Lake and a stop-off at the exquisite Villa Balbianello.

Here’s a little taster of what’s to come:

Villa Cipressi, Varenna, Lake Como

Villa Cipressi, Lake Como

One of my favourite things to photograph: the hanging dress.

Bride's Dress

I love this image: check out the steam coming off Anna’s hair as it’s ironed!

Bride Preparing

Pretty flower-girl.

Bridesmaid

My very favourite ‘type’ of image. Look closely: a bridesmaid on the right is pouring champagne, another is spraying her hair. The Bride makes any final adjustments in the mirror whilst the flower-girl checks that her petals are correctly placed. A true moment in time.

Bride & Bridesmaids Preparing

Stunning.

Bride

David with his proud parents in the background.

Groom & Parents

Guests await the arrival of the bride.

Guests

A lovely moment during the ceremony.

Ceremony

Yipppeeee, we’re married!

Bride, Groom & Bridesmaids

One of my favourites from the day.

Bride, Groom & Guests

After a short hop across the Lake, we arrived at Villa Balbianello. A stunning place that is a must-see if you ever pay a visit to Lake Como.

Villa Balbianello, Lake Como

More posing. More smiling.

Bride & Groom

Time for photographs of David & Anna at Villa Balbianello.

Bride & Groom

The Best Man that got the cream!

Best man & Bridesmaids

One of our signature shots. What do you think?

Bridal Party

Well, the heavens opened again as we arrived back at Villa Cipressi for dinner but wedding planner Jeremy from Affinita Weddings, did a grand job of making the room look beautiful (with a little help from the photographers!) Thanks to Jeremy for being great on the day, to David & Anna for being so easy to photograph and a special mention to Roger, Anna’s Dad, who helped the day run so smoothly and for making sure that we were so well looked-after. Your gallery will be online VERY soon guys – I’ll be back! Amy x

Wedding Photographer: Lake Como – Villa del Balbianello & Lido di Lenno, Italy: Karl & Sarah-Louise

Amy was the wedding photographer at Villa del Balbianello & Lido di Lenno, Lake Como, Italy for the wedding of Karl & Sarah-Louise.

I am so, so lucky to visit the beautiful places that wedding photography takes me to and to be witness to some of the most magical, romantic moments in some of the most magical, romantic settings on earth. It’s almost impossible to choose my favourite venue given that a Castle in Tuscany differs so much from a Villa on the Amalfi Coast, a top Hotel in Rome and the stunning gardens alongside the Italian Lakes. However, if I was forced to choose my favourite wedding venue then this would be it: Villa del Balbianello, Lenno, Lake Como.

Karl & Sarah-Louise married underneath the stunning ivy-covered loggia on the 9th of September. Since Villa del Balbianello is on a peninsula, we accessed it by boat and it offers all-round views up and down Lake Como. Each blade of grass looks like it has been cut individually with a pair of scissors and the Villa itself is nothing short of breath-taking.

After the ceremony at Villa del Balbianello we had a fun boat-ride around the ‘corner’ to the Lido di Lenno: a funky, little Moroccan-style bar with its own beach and marquee.

Sarah-Louise got ready at The Grand Hotel Brittania Excelsior in Cadenabbia. Having just her Mum & Dad there made for a very relaxed pre-ceremony time:

Wedding Photographer Italy - Bride & Parents, The Grand Hotel Brittania Excelsior in Cadenabbia, Lake Como

Gorgeous:

Wedding Photographer Italy - Bride, The Grand Hotel Brittania Excelsior in Cadenabbia, Lake Como

Villa del Balbianello from the boat:

Wedding Photographer Italy - Villa del Balbianello, Lake Como

A romantic ceremony under the ivy-covered loggia at Villa del Balbianello:

Wedding Photographer Italy - Wedding Scene, Villa del Balbianello, Lake Como

A couple of guests who we have photographed before! Here are Pete & Simone whose wedding we photographed in August 2007 just across Lake Como in Bellaggio. Great to see you two again folks.

Wedding Photographer Italy - Guests, Villa del Balbianello, Lake Como

Karl with Mum & Dad:

Wedding Photographer Italy - Groom & Parents, Villa del Balbianello, Lake Como

Sarah-Louise and Nyah:

Wedding Photographer Italy - Bride & Bridesmaid, Villa del Balbianello, Lake Como

I had a really fun shoot with Karl & Sarah-Louise around the Villa del Balbianello grounds – here’s one of my favourites.

Wedding Photographer Italy - Bride & Groom, Villa del Balbianello, Lake Como

And another.

Wedding Photographer Italy - Bride & Groom, Villa del Balbianello, Lake Como

Confetti – not just ordinary confetti however! Sarah-Louise’s mum had saved this from her own wedding 30-odd years ago. She’d decided back then that if she ever had a daughter, she would throw this confetti for her on her own wedding day! Here we go:

Wedding Photographer Italy - confetti, Lido di Lenno, Lake Como

I was so pleased that the weather behaved after such a couple of stormy days prior to the wedding. As always I thoroughly enjoyed my visit to the Lake and can’t wait to start processing the rest of the images. If you’re looking for a Lake Como wedding photographer check out the Italian Lakes guide on my main site. Next stop – Tuscany for Tom & Claire!

Wedding photographer: Bellagio & Varenna, Lake Como, Italy: Frank & Katherine

Andy & Amy were the Wedding Photographers at Bellagio; Villa Carlotta in Tremezzo & Villa Cipressi in Varenna, Lake Como, Italy for the wedding of Frank & Katherine.

Frank & Katherine married at the Comune of Bellagio on the 11th September. Another beautiful, sunny day; we were lucky to travel to ‘work’ by boat from Varenna to Bellagio to photograph the bride and groom getting ready and the ceremony. The wedding ceremony was light-hearted and fun due to a wonderful translator and a very chilled-out group of mainly Kiwi and Irish guests.

After the ceremony and a few drinks we headed over to Villa Carlotta on the west shore of the Lake in Tremezzo. After an hour or so in the grounds, which included some drinks at a small cafe-bar, we were back on the boat by-passing Bellagio to the East shore of the Lake and the stunning little town of Varenna. The reception was held in Villa Cipressi; an absolutely gorgeous setting and neighbour to Villa Monastero. Enormous thanks to Frank and Katherine and their wonderful group of family and friends for taking extra-special care of us and treating us to a beautiful meal after we had finished.

On with the images:

Beautiful.

Wedding photographers Italy - Bride

A fun moment during the ceremony.

Wedding photographers Italy - Ceremony

Frank made Katherine laugh non-stop!

Wedding photographers Italy - Bride & Groom

Villa Carlotta in Tremezzo where the cafe-bar had been reserved for the guests.

Wedding photographers Italy - Guests

The front of Villa Carlotta is very impressive. Well worth a trip if you’re in the area.

Wedding photographers Italy - Villa Carlotta

A moment whilst wandering through the villa’s gardens.

Wedding photographers Italy - Villa Carlotta

Andy’s jokes make people laugh (sometimes).

Wedding photographers Italy - Guests

Heart-shaped ravioli :-)

Wedding photographers Italy - Food

In front of Villa Monastero, Varenna.

Wedding photographers Italy - Bride & Groom, Villa Monastero

Villa Cipressi, Varenna – a fabulous wedding venue.

Wedding photographers Italy - Villa Cipressi

Hilarious speeches!

Wedding photographers Italy - Speeches

Thanks again folks for looking after us so much; we thoroughly enjoyed our day. Stand-by Louise & Chris – you’re next! – Amy.