Taking wedding photos at the Cinque Terre is the aspiration of many photographers. The Cinque Terre are in fact one of the most visited tourist destinations in Italy. Undoubtedly the most requested by professional photographers and enthusiasts for a holiday in the Bel Paese.
Well connected with the main Italian cities, Riomaggiore, Manarola, Corniglia, Vernazza and Monterosso are located above a strip of coast overlooking the Ligurian Riviera. These five villages are perched on the dark rock above the turquoise sea. Behind them, green hills covered with vineyards and olive trees. Although very different from each other, the houses of all the villages are painted in pastel colours.
It’s easy to meet other photographers on the paths that connect the villages, or in the most beautiful spots, as they wait for the right light to take a picture of the sunset. Having the opportunity to photograph beautiful couples on their Cinque Terre elopements fills my heart with joy and enthusiasm.
The biggest dream of this couple of the day was an intimate elopement, with only the two of them, in front of the breathtaking scenery of Manarola. And so they did. The bride and the groom exchanged promises and rings at sunset on a harbour in a cove sheltered from prying eyes. All around them, a few curious tourists and the silence, broken only by the sound of waves crashing on the sand. Some loving couples, there to watch the sunset, took part in a moving ceremony.
After the ceremony, I took many couple portraits of them in the most beautiful spots of the village. Some bridal portraits in front of the breathtaking view of Manarola, others among the rocks on the sea, others among the narrow streets and colourful houses with laundry hanging. It was amazing to see these two young Canadians, thousands of kilometres from home, thanking the people of the villages who congratulated them for the marriage. Surprised by so much warmth, their eyes were happily beaming.
What can be more romantic than walking hand in hand with the love of your life, on the other side of the world, after the wedding? This is the Dolce Vita, darling!