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An Umbria, Italy Wedding of a Couple from Ireland

Ruth and Muiris both from Ireland decided to get married in Assisi having a Catholic ceremony in one of the local churches.

They felt in love with Umbria due to the romantic and peaceful landscapes, surrounded by grass and trees everywhere and with plenty of medieval towns, with narrow streets where time seems to have stopped.

For their reception, they decided to rent a wonderful castle able to accommodate mostly all their family and friends.

They fell in love with the stunning views over the valley and Assisi city.

They opt for pretty and girly blooms all in white having a whimsical and romantic touch. They enjoyed a magical atmosphere made with olive branches, white roses, candles and fairy lights everywhere.

And they had an Italian group who played mandolin and banjo creating a typical Italian party.

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Beautiful Wedding at Masseria Montenapoleone in South Puglia, Italy

Everything was about Family at this blissful wedding in one of the most beautiful Masserias in South Puglia. In late summer 2015, Amara & Lee fell in love with the place at first sight. A year later, a careful planning has made their wedding weekend a unique experience for everybody. Country setting with love!

  • Wedding Planner: Weddings in Ostuni, Giusy D’Ambrosio
  • Venue: Masseria Montenapoleone, Pezze di Greco
  • Flower Design: Annalori Blasi
  • Music: Spaghetti Brothers
  • Photography: Francesco Gravina – Fotogravina

Wedding in Portugal in Penha Longa Golf Resort

It was Penha Longa Golf Resort that hosted the Portugal Destination wedding of Aditi and Jerónimo, a lovely couple that has their life settled in busy New York but decided to tie the knot in Portugal- the groom´s hometown. The bride is from India, and so her side of the family had to fly over, but they thoroughly enjoyed the venture which allowed them to get to know beautiful Portugal.

For the last four years together they spent time living in three different cities. Their love for families, celebration, sharing, and togetherness, was an inspiration for how they wanted their wedding to be. Something about being in a with their friends and families makes them completely present with each other.

And so their Portugal Wedding had to be with all their loved ones cherishing and sharing those special moments. Many Indian culture touches had made the wedding extra special, and as Portugal wedding photographer it brought up so much vividness and exotic feel that the pictures speak for themselves. There are a lot of great Portugal Wedding Venues, and Penha Longa Golf Resort is one of the great places where couples can enjoy their wedding day in an elegant yet intimistic fashion.

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Photography by: Fabio Azanha

Candid wedding reportage in Naples, Italy.

Shot in May 2016, this wedding reportage is an example of my current approach to wedding photography, candid and structured, with stylistic elements taken from photojournalism and street photography. Find out more about layered scenes, composition and street photography applied to weddings on my website: www.alessandroavenali.com

Venue: Tenuta San Domenico, Sant’Angelo in Formis, Napoli.

Elopement photoshoot in Santorini

Who says impulsive decisions can’t be great? Here is a beautiful story to prove that this isn’t necessarily true.

Valerie and Chad are one of the loveliest couples I have come across in my career as a destination wedding photographer. They are young and sweet and so much in love! When they left the Windy City to go on a romantic cruise that would eventually take them to the Greek islands, little did they know that they would return to the States married! But this is exactly what happened. Because the moment they saw before them the breathtaking scenery of Santorini, with the whitewashed Cycladic villages perched on the imposing volcanic cliffs against the backdrop of the merging colors of the Greek sky and the Aegean Sea, they instantly fell in love with the island. And they decided that this was the ideal place to elope!

There is undoubtedly something irresistibly exciting and adventurous about an elopement wedding; and it takes heart and courage to defy convention, abandon customs and forget that the rest of the world exists to pledge your love and devotion to your soul mate in an intimate ceremony at an idyllic place of your choice. No guests, no crazy parties or carefully preplanned group events and activities, no time-consuming preparations and, what is more, zero stress! That’s why more and more couples consider this the best way to tie the knot. The next big decision is the choice of the ideal place. And I believe Santorini qualifies as one of the best wedding destinations not only in Greece but worldwide too. It’s the stuff dreams are made of. And Valerie and Chad were determined to have a dream wedding.

Apart from determination, however, spur-of-the-moment weddings require the fastest possible coordination of all sorts of minor details: venue choice, bride and groom attire, make-up, hairstylist, ordering a wedding cake, finding the photographer who will capture these unique moments forever. But where there is a will, there is a way; and eventually, all practical details were taken care of. The wedding preparations were made in record time, and the wonderfully simple private ceremony took place outside the little chapel of St. Irene, under glorious sunshine, with the infinite blue sea as a background and a symbol of unending love.

The newly-weds, absolutely free from stress and distractions, were able to enjoy every moment, and the absence of haste and pressure guaranteed a smooth and relaxed shooting that was more fun than work. Their happiness and tranquillity are reflected in the photos, most of which were taken in the winding cobbled streets, among the dazzling white traditional houses, since Valerie, as a designer, was particularly interested in Cycladic architecture.

All in all, it was a wonderful, unforgettable wedding, and I feel fortunate and honored to have been there to immortalize the memories of Valerie and Chad’s big day.

Photography by Thanasis Kaiafas