Lake Como wedding in Italy – day one of a three day destination wedding in Italy.

Lake Como wedding in Italy

Welcome to beautiful Italy. I’m pleased to share this wonderful lake Como wedding I did earlier this summer. It was three amazing days spent together with an amazing couple from Paris – Catherine and Christophe. It was three days of pure joy and happiness. Being a wedding photographer has never been so rewarding.  Seems like Lake Como is a wonderful part of the world where to celebrate your big wedding. So if you’re looking for a wedding photographer in Lake Como then look no further, you’ve found me.

Three day wedding

So let me tell you about the wedding itself. So, as I said – it’s a three day wedding. Day one is a Christian ceremony. Also day two is a Persian ceremony and day three is a late brunch with a post wedding photoshoot. So let’s go through the event step by step. Day one here, day’s two and three will follow. Finally as this is my new blog I’m also publishing this post and many others to my previous blog, which will still be active for coming six months, so please see the post here: wedding in Lake Como

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View from my hotel in Cernobbio

lake como mussolini shot dead here

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Summer flowers in Italy
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Beautiful steam boat on the lake
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Dusk over the lake

“for destination weddings I usually arrive a day before to scout the surroundings”

Shots above are taken on the day of my arrival. For destination weddings I usually arrive a day before to scout the surroundings, look for locations, check the light so that I know what to expect on the main day. Photos below is the wedding day revealed, starting out at a villa in Cernobbio, that’s the town where we where based for all three days. For bridal hair and make-up Catherine had booked two guys from Paris. Wedding dress and all bridesmaids dresses where designed by Parisian fashion designer Claudine Ivari.

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Villa in Cernobbio

villas around lake Como

bride getting ready in her villa

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bride getting ready for the wedding
Bride getting ready for the wedding

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Bridal party getting ready
wedding dress designer Claudine Ivari
Designer Claudine Ivari at work.

amazing engagement ring cartier

sisters fitting the veil

Beautiful bride walking down the stairs
Bride walking down the stairs

father of the bride in a white Rolls Royce

Bride looking through the window
Bride – bit curious
bridal party dress design Claudine Ivari
Bridesmaids dresses by Claudine Ivari
chilled groom before the ceremony
Groom in fab suit

The church is located about 40 minutes drive from Chernobbio, it’s in Mezzegra – up in the mountain, called Parrocchia di S Abbondio – it was a very hot day outside so the church gave us all a nice cool shelter.

amazing wedding ceremony church Mezzegra
Wedding ceremony, church in Mezzegra.
Rolls Royce hire lake Como
White wedding car in front of the church
Parrocchia Di S Abbondio church
Bride entering the Parrocchia Di S Abbondio church
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Wedding ceremony

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groomsmen in Italian suits
Groomsmen during the service
serious father of the bride wedding service
Father of the bride
exchanging vows christian ceremony
Bride and groom exchanging vows
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First kiss
end of service
Guests leaving the church
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Confetti after the ceremony

“wedding photographer in Lake Como”

Right after the wedding ceremony we took the white vintage Rolls Royce limo and headed for the villa  for the reception. Venue for that – Villa Giuseppina. On our way to Giuseppina we had few stops for photos. Locals were kind enough to help us out with the veil, so thank you kind man Tiziano. Images below show us how being a wedding photographer in Lake Como is so rewarding – the light is amazing and scenery is a mazing, even the kid with the fishing rod fits in well.

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Wedding in Italy
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wedding photographer lake Como
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Bride in a town near lake Como
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Destination wedding in Italy.
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Short photoshoot on the way back to the venue.
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View from Rolls Royce limo, lake Como on the right side

Villa Giuseppina arrival Rolls Royce

Villa Giuseppina wedding venue Lake Como

amazing villa Giuseppina view over lake Como
Table setup with a view over lake Como
Villa lake Como infinity pool
View from Villa Giuseppina

Lake Como wedding – an amazing experience for everyone. If you’re thinking about having a destination wedding and can’t decide where to go for it, I definitely recommend having a wedding in Italy.

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Few candids
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Wedding reception at Villa Giuseppina

wedding celebrations in Italy

Persian wedding dance

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Open air wedding reception
crazy wedding party fisheye
fisheye party shots

fisheye shot of wedding party

bored kids at wedding

villa giuseppina night party
Party in the moonlight

That’s it for day one, day’s two and three will follow shortly. Meanwhile here are some credits – some of the people ho made this day behind the scenes:

wedding photographer – Janis Ratnieks –

wedding videographer – Cedric Bolluset –

dress designer – Claudine Ivari –

weding planner – Sabina Domenici –

florist – Clement Deymani

wedding venue – Villa Giuseppina


Dear Janis,
We are getting married at villa regina teodolinda, Lake Como, next june (13th) and are looking for a wedding photographer to catch our special day. We think your photography is beautiful!
Kindly, get back to us if you are available and the cost for your service.
Many thanks!

Kind regards,
Gabriela and Steven

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