Becky & James came to me and asked if would consider shooting their wedding at Scalliger Castle in Malcesine, Lake Garda, let me think, erm ok!! Its not often I get asked to shoot a wedding overseas, so when the opportunity came up I was absolutley buzzing at the chance.
We flew out a few days before their Friday ceremony to soak up the late summer sunshine, have a good look round and get our bearings in the old town of Malcesine. I have never been to this part of Italy before and it wont be the last time we visit, within a couple of days Karley uttered the words holiday home! So after a few days of sunbathing and swimming in the lake the big day arrived.
I started my day with Steve, the brides Dad, who I met at New Look Tiziani Malcesine, he needed a trim, according to Becky. The ladies arrived soon after, the bride, bridesmaids, both Mum's and both Grandmothers. After all the finishing touches we headed to the Castle to find James and the guests enjoying a pre wedding drink in a little cafe at the bottom of the Castle steps. Becky & James were married atop the castle ramparts with the most stunning views over Lake Garda. The day continued with everyone clapping and throwing confetti as they left the castle to a huge cheer and into the cobbled streets of the town amid the cries of locals calling "bacio, bacio - kiss" The newlyweds jumped into a Tuk Tuk to make their way down to a little harbour, the rest of us followed on foot to La Pace. Here we had a quick nibble and drinks amongst the olive trees whilst one of the guests got a group of students to do the mexican wave, a bit random!
The reception was reached by boat, so after another quick stroll along the cobbles with a few stops for photos we all boarded the boat and headed around the bay to La Voglia. With some emotional speeches and impromtu toasts the reception started and we realised we had been given places at the table with their guests. We were told to take a seat and put the cameras away and enjoy a bit of Italian hospitalty. We had amazing time with the family and friends of the couple, everyone was so warm and welcoming, like we were old friends. The night drew in and the dancing started, it was a good night. I finally relented and put my gear away about 10pm after many times being told off by Becky "we want you to enjoy yourself too!"
I'd like to thank Annabel of Lake Garda Weddings for all of her help on the wedding day and Sergio at La Pace for his driving skills and some amazing food whilst we were in town, we visited his restaurant 3 or four times during our stay, the steaks and seafood are to die for. And last but by no means least thank you to my beautiful wife Karley for carrying all my gear and actually taking some pretty good photos, ti amo bellissima.
Thank you both again for inviting Karley/wife/bag lady/lighting assistant and I to be part of your Italian adventure, we had a great time too, ciao.