An Italian wedding at Bellagio, Lake Como

The opportunity to photograph a wedding in such glorious surrounds as Bellagio, Lake Como in Italy doesn’t often present itself. So it was with much excitement that I undertook this wedding with such a brilliant crowd of fun-loving friends of Bex and Phil!  First came the journey – everyone met at Manchester for the flight to Milan before a short coach trip to Bellagio and then a ferry trip to the hotels.  Bex and Phil’s friends really know how to party and enjoy themselves; ‘life is for living’ would certainly be a mantra adopted by this circle of friends as they gathered together to celebrate the marriage of two very in love people.  A day of socialising including clubbing up the local hills and diving in the water pools followed by some fine wine tasting was the perfect forerunner of the wedding celebration itself.  Hangovers cleared and nerves steadied, the day soon arrived for the wedding in the seductive grounds of Villa del Balbianello, just a short hop across the lake by boat.  This is a location of astonishing beauty, frequented by the stars and a feature of Hollywood movies – no expense spared here!  The weather started out beautifully sunny and warm but with dark clouds hanging over the nearby mountains which fortunately stayed away for the duration of the wedding.  The ceremony was blissful and filled with love, tears and laughter as this perfect couple became man and wife.  The following celebrations of food and speeches continued within the villa grounds before leaving by boat back across the lake to the hotels – a truly wonderful time had by all!