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!