I always LOVE heading to Lake Garda for weddings! Over the past five years, I’ve documented over a dozen weddings throughout the lake, including the two towns that Sarah and Oliver decided to use for their celebrations; Malcesine and Riva del Garda. Sarah and Oliver’s wedding provided the first opportunity for me to shoot within the Captains Palace in Malcesine for their legal vows, and also the first time documenting a wedding reception at the Grand Hotel Liberty in Riva del Garda, but they weren’t the only unique factors, oh no! Sarah and Oliver also arranged a marching band in Riva del Garda and a beautiful private boat tour between Malcesine and Riva del Garda.
Enough from me though; here are some words from Sarah…
“Italy was the perfect choice for Oliver and I. Having lived in Lake Garda after university, I grew hugely fond of the area… and Oliver had been sailing on the Lake yearly since he was young! When we met, it was an area we visited yearly as it’s such a beautiful place – the locals are friendly, the food is delicious and the Hugos (cocktail) are amazing!
Riva Del Garda is an area of the lake Oli introduced me to when we started dating… the views are incredible… it doesn’t look real to look at! We went to view about 10 venues on the Lake and fell in love with the Grand Hotel Liberty – a typical Italian family run hotel… Allesandro made us feel welcome from the first moment we met him. It felt special to us and he has since become more like a friend to us.
The views are insane on the Lake and made such a perfect backdrop to Barney’s perfectly captured moments.
Our three top priories for the day were food, music and capturing the day… we had a seven-course banquet of what only can be described as the most insanely delicious food I’ve ever had… I want to do it all again just to eat all of those courses again! Thomas De Gobbi, our saxophonist was just out of this world… he was on ‘Italia’s Got Talent’ funnily enough… he absolutely rocked the house and got everyone dancing through the meal! I love a rowdy wedding and we certainly had one.
I love photos, and capturing moments… after finding Barney on social media – I fell in love with his work and the way he captures the day in a story. The story shows a wonderful collection of natural photos showing the happiness of all of our guests and us!
The best surprise is just how amazing everyone is – I never expected to feel so much love from suppliers, friends and family!”
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“The one thing I wouldn’t change is the location, an abroad wedding extends the celebrations… we had an inflatable Lake party the day prior to the wedding and 50 of our friends went paddle boarding the day after the wedding…followed by sparklers, prosecco and cake into the evening. Everyone is in high spirits on holiday mode and you can talk to everyone for more than just a few minutes.
I can honestly say I wouldn’t change a thing about our wedding, I have no regrets… or wishes to change a thing – I had the most amazing day with all of our closest friends and family! Looking around at moments such as our friend’s happy faces, the pretend skipping ropes from my sister in laws dads, the amazing supplier’s enjoyment, my Nanna throwing confetti into my face, my parents joining in on our first dance and seeing all of our wonderful friends dancing and having the best time! Nothing else matters the small details do not even cross your mind… it’s the pleasure and enjoyment of the best day of your life!” – Sarah (bride)
Full Supplier List:
Wedding Photography by Barney
Ceremony Venue: Captains Palace, Malcesine
Reception Venue: Grand Hotel Liberty, Riva Del Garda
Planner: My Italian Wedding
Videographer: Friend – Ashley Moran
MUA and Hair: Yasmin Sanchez
Band: Enola Grey
Sax/DJ: Thomas De Gobbi
Other Entertainment: (surprise – Riva Wind Band)
Florist: Maid of Honour, Ella Carter
Cake: Captain Cake, Verona
Dress Designer: Michelle Ann May, Devon – now closed
Shoe Designer: Charlotte Mills
Bracelet – Marie Canning
Necklace – Molly and Pearl
Boat – Garda Excursions
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