Wedding Photography Corte Francesco Lake Garda
I am not going to lie I was so excited to be asked to photograph Hannah & Stephens destination wedding at Corte Francesco, Lake Garda and on visiting the venue with them a few days before their big day it was clear to me why they had chosen to take their closest friends and family to this stunning location. If anyone of their guests were questioning why they were traveling so far for the wedding there was no doubting the decision once they arrived.
Set 20 minutes from the lake in stunning grounds Corte Francesco is a beautiful family villa with stunning grounds and Italian architecture.
Our day started at hotel where both Hannah and Stephen were getting ready along with their guests, this allowed me to visit both of them in the morning as they were getting ready. All the guests were bused to Corte Francesco where they awaited the arrival of the bridal party.
The Ceremony took place in the gardens and although it was a little warmer and less in the shade than we had expected it was a beautiful ceremony.
We took the opportunity to photograph the large group photographs by the fountain before heading up to the terrace for drinks and pre-dinner food.
Hannah & Stephen love Lake Garda so it would have been a miss of us not to take the short car ride down to the lake side for some beautiful bridal portraits.
Now if there is only one reason to get married in Italy it is by far for the wedding breakfast, the attention to detail is second to none and the quality not to mention the quantity was the best I have ever had and all the guests agreed.
With the evening still beautiful warm we enjoyed a evening of dancing under the stars and a stunning fireworks set for a big bang to end the evening.
Planning a wedding is a challenge but planing one in a different country brings a whole different set of challenges Hannah and Stephen have kindly shared with me people who helped them create their dream wedding in Italy, we hope through their experience if you are planning a destination wedding these may help.
I had the time of my life with Hannah and Stephen and I thank them for inviting me to share their amazing day with them and the warm and friendliness of their friends and family. Below are just a few of the many amazing photographs I hope their will inspire others to follow their dreams.
Brides Dress – Geneva by Diane Harbridge from Brides of Berkhamsted www.bridesofberkhamsted.com
Shoes – LK Bennett (from www.johnlewis.com)
Details – Hairpiece from Ivory & Co (my ‘something old’ as it was from eBay!)
Hair – Jean Louis David, Desenzano del Garda www.jeanlouisdavid.it
Make up – Georgina Worthington from The Beauty Bank www.thebeautybankmytholmroyd.co.uk
Bridesmaids dress – Coast Juliette Dress in Yellow (from www.johnlewis.com)
Flowers – Nadia Fiori, Montichiari www.nadiafioridibellandimichela.it
Mens Suits – Impeccable Wear www.impeccablewear.co.uk
Details – Page Boy outfit – Marks and Spencer
Wedding co-ordinator Roberta Sabbatini www.robertasabbatini.com
Wedding Venue Corte Francesco www.cortefrancesco.it
Why did you choose to get married in Italy?
We wanted a small, intimate wedding with close friends and family, and getting married abroad was something we’d always talked about. Aside from the amazing food, beautiful scenery and guaranteed good weather in Italy, a marriage there is also legally binding in the UK and we liked the fact that this meant everybody would be travelling out for the ‘real thing’.
Any tips you would give to brides looking to get married abroad
Unless you speak the language, a wedding planner is essential. Take the time to research and speak to different planners to make sure you find the right one for you and feel comfortable that they understand your vision of your perfect day and your budget. Also do some research on the area around your venue, so you can advise your guests on airports, hotels and restaurants etc to make them feel reassured about travelling to your wedding and help them to make the most of their time out there.
What was your most memorable part of your dayThere are too many moments to choose from, but those that especially stand out are seeing Steve’s face when I walked down the aisle, as well as our incredible cake and the amazing fireworks.
If you could do it all again what would you change? I wouldn’t have booked an Italian make-up artist! Luckily I had a trial beforehand, but it was a disaster and I decided to find someone back in the UK instead and fly them out, which was expensive at short notice, but definitely worth it!
Why did you choose Julia to photograph your wedding? We met Julia at the St Alban’s wedding fair and the quality and style of her work really stood out, especially all the natural shots of people which is exactly what we were looking for. When we spoke to her she was friendly and reassuring, we just ‘clicked’!
How was Julia on the day and how did she fit in with your wedding and guests?She was like one of the family! In the run up to the wedding she was a great support, offering much-appreciated advice above and beyond the photography. On the day she was perfect – not at all intrusive, and great at organising everyone for the group shots.