Wedding Photographer: Villa Balbianello & Lido di Lenno, Lake Como: Toni & Justine

Amy was the wedding photographer at Villa Balbianello & Lido di Lenno, Lake Como, Italy for Toni & Justine’s wedding.

Lucky old me – back to Lake Como again just a week after the wedding of Dick & Shia. This time it was for the beautiful wedding of Toni & Justine and was at two of my all-time favourite venues – Villa Balbianello and Lido di Lenno. Told you I was lucky!

Both Toni & Justine got ready at Albergo Lenno, just across the bay from the Lido di Lenno. Lenno’s a great little town as it allows you to get onto the Lake front and away from the main road. Villa Balbianello is only accessible by boat and so whilst Toni and the guests enjoyed their boat-ride, half an hour later, Justine, her Mum and I enjoyed our trip on a lovely speed boat. The climb to the Loggia at Villa Balbianello is quite steep but so worth it. This is one of the most spectacular spots to get married in the world – it must be! The immaculate surroundings of the Villa and the incredible blossoming flowers add to the 360 degree views over Lake Como. Stunning.

Boats took us back around the bay to the Lido di Lenno. A funky little place with a really chilled-out atmosphere. Confetti and aperitivi were enjoyed by all but unfortunately, Justine’s Nan wasn’t too well during the meal and had to take a trip to hospital. A worry for all involved but just a few hours later Nan came back with a big smile on her face and the evening could continue with vigour.

Take a peek:

Beautiful Lake Como, taken from Lenno.

Lake Como

Final touches for Toni.


Beautiful Justine, just ready.


Love this one of Toni with his Mum & Dad.

Groom & Parents

Really love this one.


Justine and her Mum wandered along the Lake front to meet the speed boat.

Bride & Mother

Villa Balbianello comes into view.

Bride & Mother on Boat

Villa Balbianello – breathtaking.

Villa Balbianello

Toni waits.

Groom & Best Man


Ceremony, Villa Balbianello

An emotional ceremony.

Ceremony, Villa Balbianello

What a place to say ‘I do!’

Ceremony, Villa Balbianello

Just Married!!

Bride, Groom & Guests

The guests went for a tour of the Lake whilst we stayed at Villa Balbianello for photographs.

Bride & Groom

Beautiful flowers.

Bride & Groom


Bride & Groom

Not set-up – promise! Too cool.

Shoes on Boat

Confetti was launched as Toni & Justine got off the boat.


Such a laugh!

Bride & Guest

Fair to say the Italians know how to make things look pretty!

Food Detail

Stunning setting at the Lido di Lenno.

Aperitivi, Lido di Lenno


Reception, Lido di Lenno


Bride & Groom, Lido di Lenno

Eventful and stunning all rolled into one. Thank you for being fabulous and for looking after me so attentively. I’ll be in touch VERY soon!! – Amyx

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


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: Cadenabbia & Lido di Lenno, Lake Como, Italy: Rick & Lucy

Andy & Amy were the wedding photographers at Cadenabbia & Lido di Lenno, Lake Como, Italy for the wedding of Rick & Lucy.

A beautiful hot day greeted us in Lake Como for Rick & Lucy’s wedding on the 31st August.  They were married in the stunning Church of the Ascension at Cadenabbia and then we all hopped onto boats (some a fair bit faster than others!) to their reception venue at the Lido di Lenno.  It’s a tough life being a wedding photographer sometimes eh?

Here are some of the highlights:

If you’re looking for an intimate reception venue – seriously consider this place.  It’s stunning – and a little bit different ;)

Wedding photographers Italy - Lido di Lenno

For some reason, ties are often a drama for the guys – certainly to get them all looking the same ;)

Wedding photographers Italy - Groom & Groomsmen

A hint of the beautiful dress

Wedding photographers Italy - Dress

Lucy’s parents have an amazing apartment.  Check out the view from the balcony!

Wedding photographers Italy - Bride

The girls outside the Church.  I took this whilst we were all waiting for Lucy to arrive.

Wedding photographers Italy - Bridesmaids

Just married

Wedding photographers Italy - Bride & Groom leaving church

Lucy’s grandmother had a fantastic time!  She stole the show later on the dancefloor :)

Wedding photographers Italy - Wedding Guests

Amy took this whilst travelling at some speed over the wake of other boats (I’m on the one in the background with half of the guests).  Trying to stay standing, travelling into full, bright sun makes it a difficult shot to pull off.  I think she had a few attempts at it, got this one and then had to sit down!  Italians drive boats like they drive cars :)

Wedding photographers Italy - Bride & Groom

When we have the opportunity, we love to do something different with the wedding party.  Before everyone asks us to do this, consider that we need the right balance of guys/girls, a decent location with space and great light and a little bit of time.  Finally, everyone has to be willing!  We love how this one turned out  :)

Wedding photographers Italy - Wedding Party

As I said earlier, it’s a great venue with lots of interesting spaces!

Wedding photographers UK - Bride & Groom

Thanks everyone for being so hospitable and kind on the day – it makes our job a genuine pleasure.  We’ll be back with the next wedding which was in the UK shortly afterwards:  stand by Andrew & Fiona :) – Andy