I couldn’t expect nothing better than starting the season photographing a wedding in Venice!
When it comes to shooting an elopement, a wedding or whatever; in Venice, Florence or wherever, the first thing that really matters to me (and probably to all the other photographers, of course), at which I immediately look, is LIGHT. Light has a super-power: it can dramatically impact on the mood of the shooting. So – just before to start – what I really really want (!!) to say is: the light you can see in the photographs below is DEFINITELY the best light I ever saw in Venice. The best light. Definitely. And I want to underline this because shooting with this kind of light is better than bringing me to the amusement park!
That said, let me introduce to you Alicia and Ryan. The first person I met there was Ryan – the groom to be – that immediately told me: “as soon as Alicia stumbled over your website she decided that you were the one. No way Fra, you had to be our wedding photographer in Venice!” (“No pressure…“, I thought!) . Oh, but let’s rewind for a second, please. To be honest, the very first person I met was their wedding planner Gemma (from Italy2Weds) that helped me to reach the hotel Giorgione, where Alicia and Ryan were staying; and she did it despite the “High Water“, that was giving us few hilarious moments! There is also a second thing where Gemma helped me, and it was the second thing I saw for the first time in Venice. She found for Alicia and Ryan the taxi-boat with the most glossy rooftop I ever saw there. Scroll down and verify yourself!
These two soul-birds had their first look in one of the Venice’s “calle” (that’s the name of the tiny alleys which Venice is full), in front of their hotel. Then we walked together through other Venetian alleys to reach the glossy-boat, with which they had a romantic trip immersed in the beautiful ancient buildings around the Canal Grande, before to get to the Scuola Grande dei Carmini where their intimate ceremony has been held (and where they had their first dance; I have another interesting story about this, but I’ll keep this private!). Another boat trip followed the ceremony, with which we reached San Giorgio Maggiore Church, a 16th-century church on the island of the same name that dominates the bay and offers the most amazing cityscape of Venice and Piazza San Marco (and usually it’s almost empty! Take note if you’re searching for some intimacy on your Wedding-Day!). What is still missing to be done? Of course another walk through Venice and some masks!
I think I wrote to much…let’s see what we did together!
Photography – Francesco Spighi; Event Planning – Gemma from Italy2Weds; Venue – hotel Giorgione; Ceremony Venue – Scuola Grande dei Carmini; Floral Design –Fioreria Fantin; Taxi-boat: Erik Tommasini (Taxi 221 –Rossella)