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Cerimonia nuziale Italiana - an Italian wedding

Discussion in 'Formal Portraits and Weddings' started by Hacker, Sep 17, 2008.

  1. Last weekend I covered a wedding taking place in a village called Bellano on the eastern shore of Lake Como in Italy and as you can imagine I was looking forward to it! Unfortunately when we arrived three days before the weather was not good with lots of storms and rain but the forecast was good for the weekend.

    The service was taking place ina beautiful old Roman catholic church in the village with the reception at the Villa Stupenda Hotel - a place I can highly recommend if you ever visit the area.

    The couple, Peter and Anja, both live in the UK and about 70 guests had made the journey for the nuptials including many of Anja's family who are Dutch.

    Come the day of the wedding I was up early to be greeted with a clear blue sky and marvellous views of the lake with the Alps in the distance - perfect! Or so I thought but more of that later. here is a small collection of images from the day nearly all shot with the D3 and a 24-70mm f/2.8 lens I hired for the week.

    1. Anja enjoying a chat with a friend who couldn't make it to the wedding.
    NIKON D3    ---    70mm    f/4.5    1/60s    ISO 2500

    2.Getting ready. The couple had told me they wanted 'punchy' shots with a mixture of strong colour with some mono and other effects - this was to be left to me to decide so I had pretty extensive brief which I think can be seen in this one.
    NIKON D3    ---    70mm    f/4.0    1/25s    ISO 3200

    NIKON D3    ---    24mm    f/2.8    1/60s    ISO 2500

    4. Anja had also told me she wanted some dreamy shots but without going OTT. I have done four versions of this shot but this one is my favourite.
    NIKON D3    ---    24mm    f/4.0    1/200s    ISO 2500

    5. To get to the church Anja, her Dad and I caught a taxi to the jetty where we boarded a boat to take us to the ceremony. When we arrived a few people said it was very James Bond!
    NIKON D3    ---    31mm    f/6.3    1/800s    ISO 400

    6. Unfortunately as we arrived the blue skies had completely disappeared to be replaced by an approaching storm so the umbrellas came out. Note my assistant not paying attention.
    NIKON D3    ---    24mm    f/6.3    1/250s    ISO 400

    7. As I said before the church was very old and more importantly, very dark. there were three different types of lighting as well as some daylight coming in through the high windows above the altar. White balance was erm.....interesting!
    NIKON D3    ---    27mm    f/3.5    1/50s    ISO 3200

    8. The look of love having just been declared husband and wife. During the service we could hear the storm booming overhead and I was already getting apprehensive about the journey back.
    NIKON D3    ---    48mm    f/3.5    1/50s    ISO 3200

    9. Making our way back to the boat through the alleys
    NIKON D3    ---    24mm    f/6.3    1/30s    ISO 200

    10. Rain! The view from the boat.
    NIKON D300    ---    120mm    f/5.0    1/640s    ISO 400
  2. 11. As we arrived the rain stopped but unfortunately the taxi hadn't arrived so the decision was taken to walk back to the hotel. Unfortunately about two minutes after we set off the heavens opened and gues who didn't have an umbrella! This shot was taken on the jetty prior to the rain.
    NIKON D3    ---    26mm    f/7.1    1/80s    ISO 200

    12. I haven't finished all the shots but here are a couple from the reception. The pre-pubescent boys were very excited by this blonde eighteen year old and I thought that getting her to sit down with them would make a good picture. I turned away from them until she had sat down and I think the expressions speak for themselves. My youngest James is on the left and he thought it was highly amusing to see his older brother embarrassed.
    NIKON D3    ---    36mm    f/5.6    1/25s    ISO 200

    13. If you've ever been to an Italian wedding you will know the food is exquisite, the buffet lasted almost five hours and consisted of many different courses. When Peter and Anja asked about the wedding cake they were told that the traditional Italian wedding cake is flat flan, however she wanted tiers and the chef told her it wouldn't be a problem. Imagine our surprise when this behemoth appeared. The chef was so so proud of it and he was like a peacock with his chest bursting with pride.
    NIKON D3    ---    38mm    f/4.5    1/30s    ISO 800
  3. drdrew


    Dec 28, 2007
    nice lifestyle/photojournalistic feel. well done.
  4. Great work! Love the style of it all. Lake Como is absolutely gorgeous, brilliant place for a wedding.
  5. These are great! :smile:
  6. Thank you.

    I agree about Lake Como, one of my favourite places. Already planning a trip for next year.:biggrin:

    Thanks John!
  7. leahp26


    Apr 28, 2008
    Southern NH
    Beautiful series - I also like the one with the teen boys. You did a nice job in the church with the crazy lighting and with all the inclement weather!
  8. Nice series! I think you did well with the church images/WB.
  9. Gret image swith a wondeful dialog to match - thanks heeps Colin!!
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