International wedding photographer, in Italy.
What do you say when two beautiful people ask you to photograph their wedding day in Italy? I say “Yes”… even if I don’t speak any Italian and they don’t speak English…You might thinks it’s madness to trust someone with your wedding day when you can’t even speak to each other properly (emoji language has never been put to a more rigorous test before!!)
Well, there were at least two really good reasons why we thought that it will be a brilliant idea. Firstly, most of my wedding photography is done in a beautiful, elegant documentary style. Documentary wedding photography is perfect for Italian weddings – they are relaxed, informal with lots of things going on all day. They don’t have time for a photographer who will be styling and adjusting things. They have lots of Prosecco to drink, lots of hugs to give, lots of food to eat and lots of dancing to do! Secondly, I have photographed Magda and Pietro before and they loved my pictures… It was last year, when I came to a wonderful Photography Retreat together with a fantastic group of 25 ladies. When I received the phone call from Magda, asking me to photograph their wedding, I was absolutely over the moon!
Agropoli is an unspoilt town in Cilento area of the province of Salerno, Campania, Italy. Like a nearby Amalfi coast, it sits on spectacular plunging cliffs, lapped by the mesmerising blue of the Tyrrhenian sea (well, I didn’t know that until I looked this up today…but apparently this is the proper name for this part of Mediterranean. You learn something new every day!). It always surprises me, that when you look to the horizon from the high cliffs you can see the curvature of the earth.
Like at any new place, the newcomer’s eyes see the true beauty of the place, all the details which the locals have got used to and unsurprisingly take for granted. This is also true when a wedding photographer comes to work in a new venue… Fresh pair of eyes sees every detail and new opportunities! I had Gione with me for a day – usually filming weddings, he came to photograph with me on this occasion. Between the two of us, we loved absorbing the new sights of this beautiful part of the world.
Back to Magda and Pietro, oh what a wedding and what kind and generous people they are! With a fantastic group of friends, I must add. From early morning preparations at their parents’ house throughout the whole day Magda and Pietro were surrounded by most genuine smiles, hugs, help, songs, toasts, dedications and all that attention which every bride dreams about for her wedding day and only the kindest and most sincere friends will be able to lavish on each other.
I was thrilled to be caught in this whirlwind of events… From the late night serenading the night before the wedding (that’s another story!!) to the very end of the wedding day when Magda’s brother kindly drove me back to my hotel all giddy with excitement of the day…and some Prosecco! I am used to driving in Europe (even on the twisty French Cornish!). However, Magda insisted that her friends and family will give me a lift between all the venues. One of those short drives reminded me that the good old tradition of “driving like a flipping Italian” is alive and well!!
…to Paestum Esplanade Boutique Hotel
The Bride was one hour late to the church. Can you imagine this at Cheshire wedding? We raced through the streets of Agropoli in my new friend’s Smart car joining the beeping choir of the inevitable Italian traffic jam. Luckily, no one was remotely stressed.
And then it was the Italian wedding ceremony. The most relaxed church wedding ceremony I have ever seen. Guests walking, filming, taking pictures, praying, crying, laughing, having a little smoke outside or a bite to eat… Like a large Italian family meal… Beautiful!
The drinks reception took place overlooking the Mediterranean sea and even if the sun wasn’t quite up to it’s usual strength, the view really made up for it. We drove to the splendid Paestum Esplanade Hotel where all of 250 guests were waiting for Magda and Pietro. The rest of the day was occupied with plenty of laughter, singing, dancing, eating and Prosecco… lots of Prosecco!
Enjoy the pictures!