Destination Wedding – Venice Italy

Destination Wedding Workshop

In early February I attended a Destination Wedding Photography workshop ran by The Cwtch Workshop. 

The workshop is run by Rachel Lambert and Sian Owen who are both established destination wedding photographers here in Wales.

I could not resist when I saw the workshop was being held in Venice! Being part Italian and always wanting to visit Venice this was the perfect opportunity for me. To not only learn about photographing destination weddings and have the chance to photograph a newly married couple in such a beautiful setting, but to also explore this wonderful and unusual city. The added bonus was that we would be in Venice during the carnival! Even more exciting!

The Courtyard Shoot

On the first morning I walked from my hotel to meet Rachel and Sian at their apartment. The other attendees arrived and we got to know each other over a cup of tea. They were a great bunch of ladies and we were all very excited about shooting in Venice!

Our first shoot was in a beautiful courtyard below the apartment. It had been styled by Lola of Walnut & Willow and the bouquets and table arrangements were just stunning.
The newlyweds Jude and Neil were a dream to photograph and the light this afternoon created some great opportunities.
I loved the setting of the courtyard and there were so many areas that made for great shots. The light varied in each one giving different tones to the images.

I always prefer to photograph real couples during workshops as their real feelings show in the images. Models are great but I always prefer to show authentic moments. Having got married just last October Jude and Neil are newlyweds and still very much in the honeymoon period!

Piazza San Marco

On day 2 we met in Piazza San Marco at 6.45am! It was still dark and there were just us and the pigeons!

A pretty lit walkway with stunning marble pillars was the scene for our first shot of the morning. This was the prefect opportunity for some silhouete images. (I could see these in black and white) Then I took some closer images of Jude and Neil in the dim morning light. I love the moody feel to them.
The sun rose pretty quickly from there and we moved to the moorings of the gondolas and Doge’s Palace. Now THIS was the shot I wanted most of all!
The setting was incredible and the light was outstanding! I always talk about how excited I get when I see “perfect light” and I think this was the more stunning light I have ever photographed in. Morning light has a beautiful softness to it and today it was a soft gold which lit Jude and Neil beautifully.

As the shoot was going on and the square became busier Jude and Neil caused quite a stir! They became the subjects of so many tourists taking photos around the Carnival! We were surrounded by people wearing incredible costumes and masks so there was constantly something to shoot and I felt in my element!

One of my favorite images of the day was when I saw Neil take out his phone to get a quick selfie of him and Jude with the pigeons flying around them in Piazza San Marco. It’s candid moments like this that I look for and I need to act fast to capture them. I’m so glad I got this shot! It’s a real moment and one that brings a smile to the face.

Destination Weddings

Being in a foreign country felt so refreshing. Hearing the Italian language all around me made me smile the whole time and made me think of my lovely Nonna who came from Florence. This was the first time I have visited Italy in several years and I loved being back. I think Italy is the perfect place for a destination wedding with so much beauty and seriously amazing light!

If you are considering a destination wedding then I don’t think you would be disappointed with Venice. And if you are looking for a wedding photographer I would love you to get in touch!

I was honoured to be asked by SIGMA to document my experience of using the SIGMA 24-70mm F2.8 DG OS HSM | Art Lens during my trip. Read about my experience of shooting with the lens on the SIGMA Lounge blog!

Oh, and I recommend Venice to anyone who hasn’t been, I simply fell in love with it!