In my opinion, George and Amal Clooney didn’t really enjoy their Venice Wedding. Celebrating the ceremony indoors, under an arch of flowers leaning against a wall, when you’re in one of the most beautiful cities in the world, is not the top of the world. Thinking about a wedding in Venice, there are many ideas that come to my mind! A civil ceremony at Palazzo Cavalli, for example, which is right outside the Hotel Amman. In this beautiful place, home of the municipal hall, ceremonies are celebrated with a view on the Rialto Bridge and the Grand Canal.
Those looking for a ceremony in a church will be spoiled for choice. The church Santa Maria Della Salute is one of the most beautiful, but unfortunately accessible to few. The Church of San Giorgio Maggiore, on the namesake island, is the one most in demand, with a view on Piazza San Marco and Palazzo Ducale. Moving your guests between the ceremony and the reception could be a problem in Venice. Not for George and Amal, that’s for sure! Venice is beautiful, no doubt. But if the comfort of your guests comes before anything else, you might consider a nice symbolic ceremony in a garden. Many think that in Venice there aren’t gardens. It isn’t so. They are hidden, such as the one of the Hotel Boscolo dei Dogi, the location of the wedding reception of Cristina and Carlo. But let’s step back.
Cristina and Carlo wanted a religious wedding in a beautiful church in Venice, the birthplace of the groom. A church among the historical ones, where you can breathe centuries of incense and burnt wax of the lamps. One of those with a lot of great frescoes on the walls painted by the best Venetian artists. They chose the church of the Madonna dell’Orto, which is located in Cannareggio, a less touristic area of Venice, still beautiful. There you can still feel the atmosphere of the past, with many shops and small inns that overlook the boardwalk that runs along the canals.
Many small fishing boats and gondoliers are moving on the water; the deafening silence that regenerates after a day in the Venetian chaos. Although it is a residential area, I immediately understood why Cristina and Carlo have decided to get married here. The Boscolo Hotel Dei Dogi was the perfect place for the preparation of the couple and the reception. Off the beaten path, it is just a few steps away from the church, on the usual bank of the canal, and offers all the amenities necessary to organise a fairytale reception. Inside, there is a beautiful and large garden, that really recalls the atmosphere of The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett.
A lush and refreshing garden, with tall trees and narrow paths leading from the lobby to the docking of the boats, preceded by a beautiful lawn and flower beds of roses in bloom. Here was hosted the aperitif. The interior of this charming hotel is in Venetian style. Three huge Murano chandeliers welcome the entrance. Old world charm with all the new world amenities. The rooms are large and very bright. Even the common areas are lovely. It was a pleasure to make portraits of the bride before she wore the wedding gown. The Make-up Artist, Stefania Bon, actually put all her talent to create what looks like a work of art.
What to say about a photo shoot in Venice? Although I live in Tuscany, it is always a pleasure to take photographs here. There are so many locations and works of architecture that in planning the shooting, I’m always spoiled for choice. After the ceremony, we made a few pictures under Palazzo Ducale in Piazza San Marco. A romantic walk under the arches, a kiss in front of the Bridge of Sighs before moving to the Island of San Giorgio to avoid the onslaught of tourists armed with cameras.
From a climatic point of view, Cristina and Carlo were super lucky. On my arrival in Venice, the thermometer was 25 degrees, and everything looked absolutely too perfect. A fresh and sunny day after days of the storm. Venice wore its best dress, without the extreme heat that distinguishes it in summer days. After a few photos inside the beautiful garden of the hotel, it’s time to say goodbye. Cristina and Carlo have organised a simple but classy wedding. A terrific location, a lovely garden and a few guests with which to enjoy the infinite beauty of Venice. George & Amal should have done so too! With the infinite solutions to organise a beautiful wedding on the lagoon, they had to choose a wedding indoors! I would not have been their photographer!