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: Positano: Mat & Pia

Amy was the wedding photographer at Positano Town Hall, Amalfi Coast for Mat & Pia’s wedding.

When Mat & Pia first contacted me, they planned to elope. To come to beautiful Positano on the Amalfi Coast from their home in Australia and get married – just the two of them. In fact, as their big day approached, their parents chose to join them and so it was that Pia & Mat got married with just their Mums and Dads there to witness. How special.

After a heartfelt ceremony at Positano Town Hall and a quick photo shoot at a look-out point high above Positano we headed off for the most amazing boat ride of all time. From Positano, we went around Li Galli islands, privately owned and just totally beautiful. As the sun went down over the water, the light was golden and the views across the sea where sensational. A trip that I will certainly never forget.

Once back on dry land, Positano came alive as tourists came down to the sea front to eat whilst we went up high to the luxurious boutique hotel, Le Sirenuse. Finally, I have photographed a Bride & Groom in a hotel featured in my Hip Hotels coffee-table book!

Mat & Pia got ready together at Hotel Marincanto. Their room had an indoor pool in it!! Here is a photograph of the hotel’s beautiful terrace.

Hotel Marincanto, Positano

And this, the view from Mat & Pia’s room.

Hotel Marincanto, Positano

The girl that did Pia’s make-up was a fellow Australian but living nearby to Positano in Salerno.

Bride Getting Ready

Mat did a grand job of getting Pia into her dress. Here’s Mum doing a few last minute tweaks.

Bride & Groom Getting Ready

Mat manages his own final tweaks!

Groom

A very personal, private ceremony on the terrace at Positano Town Hall.

Ceremony

The display of flowers at the ceremony was gorgeous.

Flowers

Just married!

Ceremony

Mat & Pia wondered through Positano’s colourful streets, down to the sea-front for the boat ride.

Bride & Groom

They met Dad on their way!

Bride & Groom

Look at these chillies!!! They’re everywhere on the Amalfi Coast.

Amalfi Coast Detail

Happy times.

Bride & Groom

Pia looks like Angelina Jolie! Stunning.

Bride & Groom

Beautiful landscapes from the boat.

Li Galli

So photogenic. I absolutely love this image.

Bride & Groom

I love this one too! The boat docks and we headed up to Le Sirenuse.

Boat Ride from Positano

Time for a handful of family photographs as we pass through vibrant Positano town centre.

Bride, Groom & Parents

But I think I’ve saved the best ’til last. One of my favourites of all-time.

Bride & Groom

Thanks to everyone involved: to Mat, Pia, Mums and Dads for making me feel so welcome and to Jacquie Coppola from The Amalfi Experience for being the only planner worth contacting if you’re getting married down there :-) – Amy x

Wedding Photographer: Church of St Abbondio in Mezzegra & Villa d’Este, Lake Como: Mark & Henrietta

Amy was the wedding photographer at the Church of St Abbondio in Mezzegra and Villa d’Este, Lake Como for Mark & Henrietta’s wedding.

When the sun is shining at Lake Como and the sky is deep blue, there is nowhere quite like it. Mark & Henrietta were so lucky with the fabulous weather. It was a perfect day in more ways than one however. I have photographed weddings at the Church of St Abbondio in Mezzegra before – what a setting! The church sits high above the Lake, the views are magnificent and the interior of the church isn’t bad neither! The 4 singers on the balcony that sang throughout the ceremony reminded me of the last 10 minutes of Sister Act. Hasten to add, I had a few ‘tingly’ moments.

About half an hour south along the Lake from Mezzegra sits Villa d’Este. Wow, Wow, Wow – there are no words to describe this place. Read about its history and impressive guests list but first, take a look at the images below:

Dress detail on the lovely little flower girls.

Dress Detail

I love the excited / proud / nervous / happy look on Mark’s face.

Ceremony

An hour later and Just Married!

Ceremony

Guests enjoy the view from the front of the Church of St Abbondio.

Church of St Abbondio, Mezzegra

Mark & Henrietta arrived at Villa d’Este by car whilst their guests enjoyed a boat ride past George’s place! This gave us some extra time to take some photographs of the couple in the beautiful gardens.

Bride & Groom

Simple and elegant.

Bride & Groom

More than 100 fountains line this avenue of trees.

Bride & Groom

Jaw-dropping place.

Bride & Groom

The guests joined us and an evening of fun and entertainment followed.

Bride & Groom

Attached at the fascinator!

Bride & Groom

!!

Bride & Groom

Isn’t this room beautiful? I absolutely LOVED it!

Bride & Groom

Sneaky peek.

Bride & Groom

Lots of tears and lots of laughter during the speeches.

Bride & Groom

Salute!

Bride & Groom

As the glasses were clinked, Mark & Henrietta kissed.

Bride & Groom

I loved the rich light in this room. Lovely.

Bride & Groom

It really was a perfect day. Mark & Henrietta; thank you for the experience :-) – 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