Destination Wedding Malcesine Italy
Lauren and Craig’s family had been visiting Lake Garda and in particular, Malcesine for many years. For them it was the most beautiful place they knew to get married and somewhere that held many romantic memories for them.
Malcesine’s most prominent landmark is the 13th century Castello Scaligero, and the location for their wedding ceremony.
Lauren and Craig had booked someone local for their destination wedding photography but didn’t warm to the more formulaic approach of someone who frequently shoots at the same venue. A search led them to me and after viewing my portfolio, a meeting.
Their needs and my approach fitted to together well; a natural, documentary approach to the day, with a few portraits to add depth and variety to the coverage. They saw the small extra expense of taking a photographer they’d both met and trusted, as a price worth paying to ensure the photography they wanted.
A quick flight into Verona followed by a hire car journey took me to Malcesine in time for lunch, the day before the wedding. I’ve had harder commutes in and out of London to be honest. I always try and fly with BA to ensure that all my camera gear (and resulting images) stays with me as ‘carry on’ luggage. It’s no use arriving at a wedding and saying that your cameras are in another country, and many airlines insist of photographers equipment being check in.
My goal is to be a problem solver for couples and offer a stress free service.
The day started as Lauren got ready in her hotel room with the help of family and bridesmaids.. All outside of course and accompanied by a splendid view. A short taxi ride into town and I was able to walk through the streets and up to the castle where Craig and the guys where gathering.
The official conducting the service was the local police chief, looking super smart in full dress uniform. He was incredibly friendly and polite, even giving them unexpected gifts after the ceremony.
Following the service Lauren and Craig walked through the streets to much cheering and congratulations. At the harbour everyone went out on the lake on one of the only two full sailboats still working the lake. It made a change from the traditional wedding car to the venue for the wedding breakfast.
The reception was at a family restaurant right by the lakeshore and close to the castle.
Malcesine is beautiful location indeed. (I know wedding photographers always say that, but I’m not given to overuse superlatives).
I will be blogging more from this Italian wedding, so check back if you’re planning something similar yourself.
If you are considering a destination wedding and are interested in finding out more about my approach to wedding photography, don’t hesitate to contact me here.