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Destination Wedding at Villa Palazzola

By 19 September 2014February 5th, 2020Italy, Wedding

The bride preparation

The wedding photography coverage started with the bride preparation taking place at the beautiful Villa Palazzola Rocca di Papa just south of Rome Italy. With a very serene window view over the Castel Gandolfo lake. The photography approach was mainly documentary or reportage including all the wedding details like the bride’s dress and flowers. And everything that was happening in between!
When the bride was ready, she looked stunning! And so did her father dressed in traditional Scottish clothing! So we made our way down the stairs towards the Church where everyone awaited.

Wedding dress hanging from the window.

Villa Palazzola courtyard picture.

Getting ready for marriage. Preparations.

The closing of the bridal dress. Helping out during the preparation.

Reflection in the mirror.

Father accompanying the bride to the altar.

Stepping out into the light. Getting ready for the marriage.

The child ring bearer taken outside.

The ring bearer

The wedding celebration

We gathered just outside the Villa Palazzola Church to take a few pictures before making our entrance into the Church. The bride and groom met under the alter and the wedding ceremony began with a touching service which saw the participation of family and friends. The service concluded with awarding the best hat award! Then the newlyweds led the gathering outside the church to begin the festivities.

Father taking the bride to the alter to get married.

The exchange of the rings.

Castel Gandolfo lake view from above.

Bride and groom at the alter celebrating marriage.

Newlywed exiting Villa Palazzola Church in Italy.

Bride with a flower girl. Touching moment.

Flower girl portrait over the lake.

Portrait pictures and the wedding reception

After taking some candid pictures of guests and families we moved to the courtyard for refreshments and for the group photos. In the meantime the sky was threatening to rain. But it never really did and we were able to photograph all the groups as planned.
We sat down for dinner soon after and the characteristic Italian cuisine was exquisite. The speeches followed which were a beautiful roller coaster of emotions spanning from being really funny to really touching.

Newlyweds entering the reception area.

Fettuccine Italian food. Catering service. Typical local past dish.

Villa Palazzola internal courtyard.

Portrait picture of the bride sitting at the table.

Table disposition with guests and family during the villa reception.

The wedding cake on the tables.

Cutting of the cake.

Bride and groom photographed over lake Castel Gandolfo.

Wedding photography

Then it was time to capture some nice wedding photos of the bride and groom together. The sun was just about to set so we had very little time to capture everything but the light was just beautifully warm giving a truly summer feel over the lake.
The cake was so stylishly set up on different level plates with a long tail table cloth with rose pedals. The symbolic cut was celebrated among the joy of friends and family. Just behind the cutting of the cake a set of stars led to an interesting brick tunnel. Which inspired a few more wedding pictures with some interesting lighting effects!

Having fun with wedding photography.

Wedding photography service. Back light.

The first dance.

The first dance and the party

The sun had set leaving a thin layer of light in the distance which was a really nice background to have for the first dance. Then we it was time to set up the a really interesting Greek tradition. Pinning money on the bride and groom! This was very much fun to photograph leading all the guests to participate with donations and to dance together with the newlyweds. Congratulations!

Money dance. Pinning money onto the newlyweds. Greek wedding tradition.

Dancing while holding a handkerchief . Greek wedding tradition.

Greek wedding traditions. Dancing around the bride and groom.

Groom and Bride dancing together.

Married and in love.

Find out more information on Villa Palazzola or our wedding photography services.

Here is a selection of related posts from the Blog:
Symbolic wedding: eloping in Rome Italy.
Destination wedding photography from Tuscany
Beach resort wedding in the island of Capri
Getting married in Rome with a non tradition wedding

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One Comment

  • Denise says:

    Hi Andrea – you have captured the feeling of the wedding so well. Thank you so much for the beautiful photographs