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Wendy & Damion | Venice Engagement Shoot {Part 1}


In January 2011 Damion got down on one knee in a gondola in Venice and asked Wendy to be his wife. She said yes. When I met with Wendy & Damion to chat about their wedding photography, and we talked about the engagement shoot, I mentioned that sometimes we go back to the place where you got engaged to do the shoot… and an exciting plan was hatched :) We have relatives near Venice so Dev and Sophie came along for the ride too, and one ridiculously early morning in January the five of us flew to Venice. The morning of the shoot dawned misty and cold, with the most delicious light, turning already-beautiful Venice into a dreamy pastel paradise. Wendy and Damion braved sub-zero temperatures (with their coats off at times!), kissed til their lips fell off, walked til their legs fell off and were a photographer’s dream to shoot. We had SO much fun that when the following day the sun was shining and the light completely different, we met up again for another go ;)   (see part 2!) Wendy and Damion are a super-lovely couple, so much fun to spend time with and I genuinely felt like I came back with two new friends :) So here’s day 1; the dreamy set:

We found a cosy trattoria to warm up in at lunchtime, and of course sample some Italian culinery delights. As is the norm in Italy, lunch was a leisurely affair, and we were somewhat surprised to find the glow of golden hour upon us already. When we turned the corner into St Mark’s Square to be greeted with this, I was a very happy photographer indeed :)

As the sun dipped behind the buildings we had a little natural light left to shoot in the arches next to the Doges Palace, where another couple seemed to think it was their turn to kiss for the camera. Ahem, I know Venice is a romantic city but please, get a room!

More sunset shots…

It would’ve been rude not to…

After haggling with a number of unscruplous gondoliers (there is a standard price set and they are not meant to go above it!) we found one that was ready to do his last trip of the day for the right price. Although my begging to go down the Grand Canal towards the fast-fading light fell on deaf (well, foreign!) ears, and we headed into the dark inner canals. At least we got to go under the Bridge of Sighs, and popped out further along to see the Rialto Bridge.

Sigh… so romantic. And aren’t Wendy and Damion such an adorable couple?! Pop back soon for part 2!

  • April 27, 2012 - 11:00 pm

    Juliet - Oh Katy this is such a beautiful shoot, the location has been used completely, the light is intensely beautiful, especially in the sunset shots, and your couple so relaxed. Great work.ReplyCancel

  • April 28, 2012 - 4:38 am

    Dasha - Wow, such a beautiful shoot! And what a backdrop! My dream to go to Venice! Love the light, amazingReplyCancel

  • April 28, 2012 - 11:41 am

    Naomi - This is just beautiful – love the hazy shapes of the buildings in the background, love the sunset shots, lovely couple too, such an amazing place to go for a shoot xReplyCancel

  • April 28, 2012 - 6:15 pm

    Boo - Wow Katy! What a dream location!! And the gondolas too!! They’re superb pics!! Love them xxReplyCancel

  • April 28, 2012 - 9:38 pm

    Wendy & Damion | Venice Engagement Shoot {Part 2} » Katy Lunsford Photography - […] had spent most of Friday shooting around Venice, in the gorgeous misty light and amazing sunset. (See part 1 here). We probably had plenty of great pictures… But Saturday morning dawned bright and clear, the […]ReplyCancel

  • April 29, 2012 - 6:45 am

    Jane Packard - Oh my!! These are stunning!ReplyCancel

  • May 9, 2012 - 11:59 am

    Jacqui - Fabulous photos.ReplyCancel

  • June 7, 2012 - 5:34 pm

    Anneli Marinovich - Love the St Marks Sq shots – gorgeous light beautifully captured and the gondola shots are so romantic :-)ReplyCancel

  • January 2, 2013 - 1:01 pm

    The Best of 2012 | Wedding Photography » Katy Lunsford Photography - […] lakes, snowstorms and sunsets; in Edinburgh, Northumberland, the Lake District, Cheshire, London, Venice and Madrid. Whew – no wonder I’m tired! It has been amazing and a real privilege to be […]ReplyCancel

  • February 9, 2013 - 3:10 pm

    Wendy & Damion | Pretty Vintage-inspired Lancashire Wedding » Katy Lunsford Photography - […] Last January we spent a wonderful weekend in Venice getting to know each other and shooting their engagement session; a weekend we will remember fondly for a long time. Wendy & Damion are actually aspiring […]ReplyCancel

  • May 20, 2016 - 1:25 am

    Maryellen - This is the perfect way to break down this inrtomafion.ReplyCancel

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