Off to Venice for day 2 of Emma & Andrew’s amazing destination wedding.
After a beautiful intimate wedding in Verona (La Finestra Sul Fiume Wedding Day 1), we got up early the following day and drove to Venice for some portraits, with my Venice Wedding Photographer hat on I was so looking forward to this experience. Emma & Andrew were still on cloud nine and eager to get back into their wedding outfits. We were lucky enough to have an excellent guide in Enrico, Andrews good friend from back home in Australia. Jason was a fantastic assistant, carrying and setting up lights, thanks man, you saved my back.
Getting lost as a Venice Wedding Photographer
The narrow streets of Venice are a thrill to get lost in. Not advisable if you are walking the streets of a city you are not familiar with. But honestly, this is the best way to discover some of the magic of Venice.
But the best things was to get off the beaten track, losing the tourists and just wandering around. Some of the little streets looked completely deserted, and you’d be less than 2 mins from the main streets. It was important to be courteous to the locals, walking around quietly and not taking pictures of the locals, being respectful is so important.
We had to take a Gondola ride when we were there. Emma and Enrico negotiated a good rate for us as we wanted to short but specific route on the waterways. Emma wanted a photo of her and Andrew from above with me photographing them from below as they passed under a bridge. Honestly, there were so many Venice Portrait Photography choices we were completely spoiled.
Tips for couples getting married in Venice
Location location location – book your accommodation in a good location, not too far away from the tourist places, and not too far from the water. You have to walk with your luggage once you’re dropped off by your river taxi.
Guides – Do not take tours, it’s best to hire a local guide that can quickly navigate you through the busy streets to some hidden gems. With large tours, you’ll be held up in large queues, slow, and you’ll not experience the real Venice.
Being careful – Watch your valuables, leave your hotel with minimum essentials. Having large backpacks will draw attention to yourselves. Leave your passport with your hotel, carry a photocopy of your passport with you. Take water and a map!
Enjoy yourselves – It’s one of the most romantic cities on Earth. Get organised, but don’t be afraid to get lost, it’s the best way to explore this beautiful city.
If you are getting married in Venice and are looking for a Venice Wedding Photographer please get in touch, we would love to hear from you.
First stop was St. Mark’s Square (Piazza San Marco) for some portraits
Quick coffee stop and back to it
When in Venice you got to take a Gondola ride
End of the fleeting day trip, time to get a few presents before heading to Tuscany.
Right, Venice done, let’s drive to Tuscany!! Coming in Pt 3.