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Italian Wedding Photographer|How to choose the right one?

Your wedding day will without a doubt be one of the happiest days of your life.

Declaring your commitment to the one that you love, whether alone or surrounded by family and friends, they are moments that you will want immortalized forever. You will look back on those images for years to come as they remind you of the blissful elation, deep love and absolute joy that you felt on that day, even after your memories fade.

When it comes to choosing the right photographer it is absolutely crucial to select someone who you feel can capture those magical moments from your special day. With the latest technology almost anyone can take a decent picture, but this is your wedding day and you deserve to have stunning images that take your breath away.

Far too many people look back on their wedding photographs with regret. Perhaps in an effort to save money they have opted for a low budget photographer, who has produced devastatingly low quality images. Poor lighting, unflattering angles, missed crucial moments. Any of these can contribute towards a post-wedding heartbreak. You need to be sure that you select a photographer that treats your special day as if it were their very own.

Choosing an Italian wedding photographer or a photographer for any destination wedding can be especially tricky if you factor in that there may be a language barrier. Many photographers in Italy are unable to speak fluent English, and with compromised communication how can you be certain that your requirements are understood and interpreted correctly? I highly advocate selecting one of the few photographers who can communicate in fluent English and as such can be trusted to capture some of the most important images of your life.

Here are some of my other top tips for selecting the right Italian wedding photographer.

  • Start looking in plenty of time. You don’t want to feel rushed into making an impulsive decision, not do you want to miss out on your first choice of photographer because he is already booked.

 

  • Do your research. Any good photographer will have an extensive portfolio that demonstrates the quality and style of their work. Shortlist those which have portfolios that contain photographs that fit with the style and approach that appeals to you.

 

  • Don’t be afraid to ask questions – as many as you like! Getting to know your photographer is essential and a great photographer will happily answer any questions that you may have. Any quality wedding photographer will also ask you questions about you and your vision for the day in order to provide exquisite images that reflect your essence and personalities both as individuals and as a couple.

 

  • Discuss your specific requirements. Every wedding is unique and your photographer will need to know every single element of your day that you would like captured in order to ensure that your expectations are not only met, but exceeded. Many photographers offer timed packages – 4 hours/6 hours/8 hours, but these may not fit in with your requirements. If they don’t, ask for a bespoke package to be created that is tailored for your specific requirements and ensures that you have the coverage that you need, whether that is for one hour or twelve.

 

  • If you plan on displaying your photographs in an album, on canvas or presented in any other way, arrange a time where you can see samples in person to inspect their quality. This way you can rest assured that however you choose to present your images they will be breathtaking.

 

  • Pay attention to how a photographer behaves. You can gauge how professional a photographer is by how they respond. A great photographer should reply promptly, courteously and make you feel valued and important. As photographers, it is a real privilege to be able to capture some of the happiest moments in peoples’ lives. If your photographer doesn’t make you feel like that, then they may not be the right choice for you.

 

I am always honoured to be able to photograph a wedding and contribute towards making those precious memories that last a lifetime. If you would like to talk to me about photographing your Italian wedding, please contact me HERE

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Wedding venues in Italy

 Italy the perfect choice for your wedding day…

Italy, with its beaches, historical buildings, luxury villas and vineyards, is the ideal choice for the wedding. Well, what else do you expect to hear from the Italian? My opinion is totally biased, but as a local, I can share with you valuable information. Italy offers many interesting places. Therefore, decide exactly where your wedding will take place, – indeed a difficult choice.

 

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Wedding on the Amalfi Coast

The Amalfi Coast is probably the most “hot” destination weddings in Italy. Many couples come here just to get married, thanks to the beautiful species of the ocean, the beautiful old town, and because of the outstanding cuisine. In the summer, there is very little rain, so the chances to catch the good weather is very large. Ravello, Amalfi, Positano, and do not forget Capri – one of the most popular wedding venues in the Amalfi Coast. But the options do not end there – the region has so many beautiful cities that their names difficult to enumerate. Naples Airport is only 1 hour away, and Rome is a 3-hour drive from the Amalfi Coast.

 

Wedding in Sorrento

If you are in love with the Amalfi Coast, but are worried that your guests will have nothing to do, select a location near Sorrento. It is a small town with a unique character, where there are many craft shops, beautiful gardens and, of course, bars and restaurants. Museo Correale di Terranova, with its beautiful collection of Neapolitan paintings, is also worth a visit if you or some of your guests are staying longer than a couple of days. In addition, you can take a trip to the ancient city of Pompeii, Vesuvius, or to another Bay of Naples. All of these places are located quite close. In addition, there are also boat trips to nearby islands romantic.

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Wedding in Rome

Rome, crowded with ancient treasures, masterpieces of art and architecture, is another great place for your wedding. If you are looking for an option for the official wedding ceremony in Rome, you can choose one of three urban wedding halls Capitol or Caracalla or Villa Lais. Capitol is located next to the old church and is the perfect backdrop for photos of your Italian wedding. At Villa Lais is not so much space, and it can be the best choice if you plan a small celebration. Caracalla is famous for excellent acoustics, and is perhaps the musical accompaniment during the ceremony. The choice of entertainment and wedding venues here in Italy’s capital is enormous. So do not worry about that, would it be an affordable place for your marriage.

 

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Venice Wedding

And what about the ceremony in one of the most romantic cities in the world? Venice is widely known for its unique canals, art and architecture. This is a fairly expensive city, but it’s worth it. In reality, Venice even more romantic than you could have imagined from photographs and films you may have seen. The fabulous churches and palaces, delicious seafood and breathtaking attractions make Venice the perfect place to get married.

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Wedding on Lake Garda

If you prefer a wedding at the lake, the Lake Garda will be your good choice. It is the largest lake in Italy, with numerous beaches and scenic spots. Venice and Milan are two hours away, and provides almost daily trips to both cities. Official wedding ceremony can be performed in many small towns surrounding the lake, and even charming castles Malcesine and Torri del Benaco. While you are here, you can also visit Verona – the city of Romeo and Juliet.

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Wedding in Tuscany

Another popular wedding venue – a Tuscany region of art and culture. Birthplace of the Renaissance, Tuscany is also known for its excellent wines, so be sure to try the local vineyards to visit while you are here. High season lasts from April to November, but the use of the outdoor swimming pool can be a bit cold until June-July. The choice for wedding venues in Florence, one of the most beautiful cities of Tuscany, is almost limitless. Therefore, you will find a good choice for a wedding of any scale.

In fact, almost any small town in Italy offers many beautiful places for your wedding ceremony, banquet and, of course, for your wedding photo shoot.

If would like some help choosing your wedding venues in Italy don’t hesitate to drop me a line below…

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Destination wedding photography Italy

 

6 Reasons Why You Should Have a Destination Wedding photography in Italy

 

Italy has always been a crowd-favorite when it comes to destination weddings even before celebrities and high-profile couples have ever made a trend out of it. If you are hesitating on booking your destination wedding in Italy or if you still aren’t quite convinced on how perfect your wedding day will look on the Italian coast, here are 6 reasons why Italy is simply the destination for you and your future spouse.

 

  1. Soak up on the history

    As home to the Greeks and the Romans, Italy has a colorful and powerful history that continues to be a part of the modern Italy we know and love today. From the towering castles to the breath-taking cathedrals, the bride and the groom would definitely stand out in their wedding photos simply just for the background. Wedding guests, on the other hand, can enjoy historical tours and city exploration to further enrich their stay in Italy and to get a better grasp of the history of Rome itself from the massive Pantheon, the impressive Colosseum, to the well-preserved Roman town of Pompeii.

 

  1. Marvel at the sights and scenes

    From the breath-taking Amalfi coast to the magnificent Venetian canals, Italy as a backdrop for your destination wedding is simply exquisite. With the diverse landscape of the Italian peninsula, there is surely something in store for everyone. For couples who would love the architecture, the art, and even the centuries-old structures, Italy is filled with remnants of the past that housed the Greeks and the Romans. For couples that are more of the outdoorsy type, the rolling hills of the Tuscany countryside and the overlooking villages by the Capri coast can never disappoint. The only issue is to book a great wedding photographer, one who is able to capture the picturesque sights and the unforgettable moments from the day as well.

 

  1. Immerse in the culture and the people.

    Known for their being passionate, romantic, and highly social, the Italians are such a delight to visit and to engage with. The entire wedding party can surely enjoy an authentic experience of “la bella vita” while celebrating the bride and the groom’s special day. Learn the lingo and understand the Italian way of living as you get a first-hand knowledge of when la passeggiata can be enjoyed and on how to properly drink your espresso.

 

  1. Enjoy the outdoors

    Most people would think that a destination wedding in Italy would involve the mainland attractions, but little is known about the archipelago’s paradise havens and secret island beaches. Explore the natural side of Italy, with its long coastlines, clear blue Mediterranean waters, and its astonishing islands. Get that dream destination wedding scene of exchanging vows right by the beach as the sun sets and party with your loved ones under the beautiful night sky. Not only will you get to have the best wedding photos to bring back home, but you’ll also get sand in your shoes, tan lines, and incredible memories to cherish together with your new spouse.

 

  1. Indulge in the cuisine

    The pizza, the pasta, the wine, and the all of the glorious bounty – Italian food cannot be taken lightly as the Italians take their food seriously. Each meal or course is certainly made fresh, made by hand, and made with love. From the appetizers up to the wedding cake, Italy can whip up an entire cornucopia of everything scrumptious and delicious that’s sure to make each wedding guest want more and more. Imagine being able to serve authentic Italian dishes and toasting to Italian wine during the wedding reception, what a divine treat for the newlyweds and the wedding guests!

 

  1. Fall in love over and over again

    From Venice being known to be the City of Love to the passion that is embodied in the people, food, and culture, Italy will simply make you fall in love with itself. With great food, beautiful surroundings, and good company, destination weddings are perfect to be held in Italy. Wedding photographers would love shooting frame after frame of the wedding party enjoying themselves during the reception and of the newlyweds blissfully reveling in the magical day they have just had in one of the most romantic places in the world.

 

Be it a big and traditional or small and intimate, destination weddings can have a perfect spot in Italy. With the abundance of hearty and gratifying food, breath-taking landscapes, and fascinating historical spots, no bride and groom can ever go wrong in picking Italy as their wedding destination. So go ahead, pick a date, book your flights, and choose a wedding photographer and come to Italy to celebrate love, life, and new beginnings.

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Wedding in Puglia

For your perfect wedding day

Once you get to see Puglia with your own eyes you fall in love with this region forever. Apulia, or Puglia in Italian, with it’s amazing sea-to-sky views, clear blue water and stunning white-sand beaches is also rich in local flavour. Scenic landscapes and pristine nature blend here with the traces of beautiful baroque history and truly Italian spirit. Located at the heel of Italy’s boot, this southern region is stretched along the Mediterranean sea. There are many comfortable villas and hotels that can accommodate any number of guests. If you prefer celebrity-style chic wedding, you may want to explore the Borgo Egnazia Resort, where Jessica Biel and Justin Timberlake tied the knot. But no matter which venue you choose, your guests will remember your wedding in Puglia as the wonderful vacation, the time for which they said goodbye to their daily lives and dived into beautiful Italian culture and laid-back lifestyle.

Beach Wedding

There is a good chance you are already inspired by the romantic beach wedding photos, just think for a moment that you and your fiancee could get even better ones. How beautiful would it look and how incredible will you feel when repeating your vows standing so close to the sea!Italian law requires couples to get married in church or in city hall, but because Puglia is not yet crowded by tourists, you may be able to arrange an additional symbolic ceremony on the beach after the official marriage procedure.Another good reason to choose Puglia for your wedding is the weather. It gets warm early in the southern part of Italy. The average temperature in March is around 20 degrees.

Wedding in Puglia – Gastronomy

Apulia is famous for its’ wine and olive oil. This region is actually called “wine cellar of Europe”. While you are here you and your guests will enjoy Italian kitchen, which means not only pizza and pasta, but also seafood, lasagna, cheeses, local fruits… the list can go on and on. Make sure to drink plenty of local coffee and eat a lot of ice cream too.

Wedding in Puglia – Attractions

Perfect white-sand beaches are located in Salento Area. But although they are beautiful, this is not the only reason to opt for wedding in Puglia. Puglia is still developing as a tourist destination, but for a curious traveller this region has a lot to offer. Trulli zone, the area in the city of Alberobello, has even been declared UNESCO World Heritage site. Trullis are unique conical houses that you won’t find anywhere else. Bari is another town that deserves attention, it is the biggest town in Puglia and has a lot to amaze you. There is very interesting historic centre with narrow streets, and also a lot of bars, restaurants and shops, not to mention scenic promenade, old castle and the Church of Saint Nicolas. The Castel Del Monte is also a must-see attraction in Puglia. It was build in 13th century and has unusual octagonal shape. The Baroque city of Lecce is a place in southern Puglia that deserves attention as well as the small seaside towns.

Puglia which still can be called undiscovered region is great for a very special and very Italian-styled celebration. Couples come here to feel the enchanting atmosphere of Puglia, discover stunning postcard-like views of the sea, taste delicious gastronomy and wine, and enjoy visiting ancient cities. Your guests will keep perfect memories of your Wedding and so will you and your fiancé.

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Wedding in Italy — a step-by-step guide for US citizens

If you are looking for something more interesting than traditional wedding at your local church, Italy is a perfect destination. The country of amore with it’s scenic locations is a popular choice among American celebrities. George Clooney & Amal Alamuddin, Tom Cruise & Katie Holmes, Emily Blunt & John Krasinski, Jessica Biel & Justin Timberlake — they all chose romantic Italian cities for the wedding ceremony. But you don’t have to be a Movie Star to tie the knot in Italy. I’m going to tell you what exactly do you need to do.

  1. Choose a destination

Whether you prefer scenic lake view, beach wedding or romantic historical landscapes, you are able to find all of that in Italy. So your first step is to decide in which city you would like to get married. Next, contact the authorities of the city or talk to the Priest who will marry you. Although most rules are the same state-wide, there are some differences between city laws. Double check the list of required documents and ask if the banns posting requirement can be waived. There is a provision that once Italian couple decides to get married, the announcement should be posted in the town hall for a certain period of time (from several days to two consecutive weeks). But since you and your spouse-to-be are not Italian residents this rule may be waived.

  1. Gather your documents 

In the US

First of all, you need to have passports and birth certificates with you. If this is not a first marriage for you or your spouse, then an evidence of termination of the previous marriage is also required. All the documents need to be translated into Italian by a certified translator and verified by Italian Consulate. You will also need an Atto Notorio from both the bride and the groom — an oath sworn that you are allowed to get married under US law. The sworn has to be made in front of two witnesses and Italian consul if made in the USA. If you have any questions, consular employees might be able to help you. They usually are very friendly and respond to emails well, so locate your nearest consulate and don’t be shy to ask.

Your last step in the US is to get an Apostile stamp on your original documents and translations in order for your documents to be legally valid in Italy. The Apostile can be obtained from the Secretary of State in the State the documents were issued.

In Italy

Other documents required by Italian law are Nulla Osta Form, this form confirms that you are free to get married, and Declaration of Intentions. After arriving in Italy you will have to visit the nearest Consular Section and sign the Nulla Osta form in front of the Consul. The Declaration of Intention to Marry is usually required by Civil Registrar and needs to be signed at least two days before the wedding.

  1. Enjoy the wedding of your dreams!

Italian landscapes and city views are perfect for an amazing wedding photoshoot, these are the memories to be kept forever! Whether you choose a classic church ceremony for your nuptials or prefer a civil marriage, both are fairly easy to arrange here in Italy. Italian law requires that you bring two witnesses to the ceremony. If no one in your group speaks Italian, an interpreter is mandatory.

Here is a tip: if you don’t want to bring witnesses with you and your dream is to run away with your future spouse and have a quiet marriage, you can ask your interpreter and a photographer to witness at the ceremony.

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Destination Wedding Italy

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Italy, with its beaches, historical buildings, luxury villas and vineyards, is a perfect choice for a destination wedding. Well, would you expect to hear anything else from an Italian? I’m absolutely biased, but as a local I can share a lot of valuable information with you. Italy offers plenty of interesting locations, so deciding where exactly your wedding will take place might actually be a tough choice.

Amalfi Coast Wedding

The Amalfi Coast Wikipedia is probably the hottest wedding destination in Italy. Many couples come here to get married because of the scenic ocean views, beautiful old towns and outstanding gastronomy. There is very little rain in the summer, so the chances of great weather on your wedding day are high. There are Ravello, Amalfi, Positano and not to forget Capri among the most popular wedding destinations on the Amalfi Coast. But your options don’t end there — this region has so many beautiful little towns that it is hard to name them all. Naples Airport is just within 1 hour drive and Rome is within 3 hours from the Amalfi coast.

Sorrento Wedding

If you’re in love with Amalfi Coast but worried about whether your guests will find enough things to do, choose a venue near Sorrento Wikipedia. It is a small town with a unique spirit and there are many artisan stores, beautiful gardens and, of course, bars and restaurants. Museo Correale di Terranova, with its collection of beautiful Neapolitan paintings, is well worth checking out and if you or some of your guests are staying longer than a couple of days, you can take a trip to the ancient town of Pompeii, Vesuvius or the other Bay of Naples, all of which are fairly close. There are also boat excursions to the nearby romantic islands.

Rome Wedding

Rome is full of ancient treasuries and masterpieces of Roman art and architecture and is another great location for your wedding. If you’re looking for a civil wedding ceremony in Rome, you can choose between three town halls: Campidoglio or Caracalla wedding halls and Villa Lais. Campidoglio is located next to an old church and is the perfect backdrop for your Italian wedding photographs. Villa Lais is a smaller place and may be the best choice if you don’t want to have a big wedding. Caracalla is famous for great acoustics and it is possible to have music during your wedding ceremony. The choice of entertainment and wedding venues here in the capital of Italy is huge, so the availability of a great place to get married shouldn’t be something to stress about.

Venice Wedding

What about getting married in one of the most romantic cities in the world? Venice is widely known for its unique canals, art and architechture. It is a fairly expensive city, but it is totally worth it. In reality Venice is even more romantic than you could imagine from photos and movies you might have seen. Fabulous churches and palaces, delicious seafood and spectacular landmarks make Venice a perfect wedding destination.

Lake Garda Wedding

If you prefer a lakeside wedding, Lake Garda is a good choice. It is the biggest lake in Italy with many beaches and scenic locations. Venice and Milan are within two hours’ drive and there are excursions to both cities almost every day. Civil wedding ceremonies can be held in many small towns surrounding the lake and even at the charming Malcesine and Torri Del Benaco castles. While you are here, you can also visit Verona, the town of Romeo and Juliet.

Tuscan Wedding

Another popular wedding destination is Tuscany Wikepedia, the region of arts and culture. The birthplace of the Renaissance, Tuscany is also known for its great wine, so make sure to visit local vineyards while you are here. The high season lasts from April to November, but it may still be a little chilly for using an outdoor pool until June or July. The choice for wedding venues in Florence, one of the most beautiful Tuscan cities, is nearly limitless, so you should be able to find a good place for any size of wedding.

In fact, nearly any small town in Italy offers plenty of scenic locations for your wedding ceremony, reception and, of course, your wedding photoshoot.