Though I live on Cape Cod, I work as a destination wedding photographer and travel the world to capture the magic of special locations. I’ve visited Italy for weddings many times as it’s the most popular destination for the couples I work with. Weddings in Italy are a photographer’s dream. Sunny skies and spectacular views make for vivid photographs. And of course, the great food makes everyone feel at home, which translates into happy images.
Last June, I had the honor to photograph a wonderful couple from England as they getting married in Italy. Bride Daniella’s family hails from Italy, and the wedding took place in Le Case Gialle , a rustic yet elegant villa two hour’s drive from Naples. The clear and sunny day also boasted record high temperatures. Bridesmaids fanned themselves with gossip magazines as they prepped the bride, then switched to fans that coordinated with their dresses during the ceremony. Jackets came off quickly and even a few zippers were left open on the dance floor, all details that created interesting touches in photos and really captured the joy and warmth of the day.
We were saved by the fact that the Daniella and Gregory’s ceremony took place in a small and cool stone chapel. With an arched ceiling and white linens decorating the space, the chapel evoked a relaxed and quiet atmosphere. Since in the shade it was 40 degrees Celsius (104 degrees Fahrenheit), family and portrait photos were left for the evening, when the heat subsided. I did capture a bright image of the couple exiting the chapel to a shower of petals and leaves thrown by the sunny wedding guests. Le Case Gialle provided so many beautiful backdrops for photos of a wedding in Italy. From the greenery of the gardens to the tasteful white and natural brown hues of the buildings, backdrops were classy and complimented the happy people at this wedding. I’m looking forward to visiting this magical spot again next summer for another “getting married in Italy”!