Civil wedding: tips of a professional photographer on how to get married in Venice with useful informations about the procedures, hotel and restaurant ideas, places for romantic pictures.

At first planning a civil wedding in Venice may seem to be intimidating, and after some consideration, well, it may definitely be intimidating. I’m trying to share a bit of my experience as a professional photographer in Venice in order to help couples that want to become a family here. I’ll talk briefly about the “paperwork” and then more about what I actually see in terms of timeline of the event, hotel and restaurants for the reception and places where to create wedding images.

Organising a civil wedding in Venice:
Palazzo Cavalli is the building of the city hall where most weddings are celebrated, this is their webpage in Italian with all the details for arranging a civil wedding and this is a page in English from the US consular service about getting married in Italy.
Probably availing of the service of a wedding planner may save a lot of work.

Ideas for a civil wedding in Venice: a photographer’s perspective:

Usually the storytelling start at the bride’s hotel with images or her make-up being finished and of the journey towards Palazzo Cavalli: walking or on a boat will anyway give many opportunities for nice images.
There relatives and guests will be waiting (or not if it is an elopement).
The actually wedding cerimony lasts around 25-30 minutes and then we would have time to move to the actual restaurant for celebrations and on the way we could realize amazing wedding portraits.

In differnt posts I’ll write more about hotels and restaurants.

Their big British-Italian wedding in Venice: a photo reportage

bride and groom in water taxi and guests on a brige during wedding photo reportage in Venice
Passion and joy for the bride and the groom, excitement for everyone. This is what you can expect from a wedding with many guests.

Some couples choose Venice as their destination of their wedding and make it a very intimate event, almost escaping (or postponing) the celebrations with relatives.

Other couples really enjoy sharing the magic and excitement of this special day with their dear ones. This was the case of Matt and Sarah, a British-Italian couple that lately chose me as their wedding photographer.

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Just (happily) engaged: engagement photos in Venice

couple hugging during engagement photo session
Passion, excitement and great expectations for a just-engaged couple

Is happiness a matter of a few, magic moments or is it rather a life-long blessing? When meeting this young, passionate couple, that hired me for an engagement photo service in Venice, I had the impression it could be both at the same time.

The wedding proposal had been delivered the day before and , thanks God, accepted. Therefore, I could only imagine the future bride struck with surprise and the would be husband first struggling against his nerves and, later on, overwhelmed with excitement, as it is usually the case in surprise wedding proposals.

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Beginning a bright life together: engagement photos in Venice

would-be bride smiles during engagement photo service in Venice
Venice was shining and so was this just-engaged couple who wanted to capture one of the most special moments of their life

Just-engaged couples seem to shine. It might be the expectation of a bright future ahead or just the sweet taste of beginning together a new chapter of their life, they always carry a special light with them. Sometimes they are able to light up a grey autumn day, sometimes they seem to shine together with the surrounding environment. Engagement photographers make the most of this unique situation.

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