Lake Como Wedding | Villa Balbianello

the couple embrace in the gardens with an old clock tower in the background


“Oh my gosh they are absolutely stunning!!! We’re totally over the moon and literally in tears looking through them, you have captured the day perfectly!! You are a genius, thank you so so much.”


You know that wedding photography is important to a couple when they drive for a good few hours to meet you prior to booking. I’d always wanted to shoot a wedding at the Italian Lakes and just talking to Gemma and Mike about their Lake Como wedding got me super excited. It’s such an incredibly beautiful and romantic place to begin with and then to find out the ceremony would be held at the amazing Villa del Balbianello was simply the icing on the cake! If you’re an 80’s child like myself, then you’ll totally understand the extra appeal of it being the backdrop of many films including Star Wars and Bond movies. Say no more!! Luckily they decided to book me!

Looking back at the wedding, there’s no question that it must have been everything they’d imagined and more – simply a perfect day! I’m not sure how best to express quite how good it was, so I’ll try and let the photos do the talking from here. I hope you enjoy the show!

Gemma and Mike, it was such an honour to photograph your day! Thank you!

lake como, italyThe backstreets of Laglio on the Italian Lakesdaisies growing behind a metal gate and ducks swimming in a line on the waterVilla Regina Teodelinda in Lagliowedding dress hanging in a rustic italian villa window with shutterslooking through old doors at bridesmaids sitting on ballustrade with lake como in the backgroundA shadow on the wall show revealing bridesmaids chinking champagne glassesspeedboat in the background of bride and bridesmaids drinking champagne in their dressing gownsFour bridesmaids in dressing gowns chinking champagne glassesBridal prep in Regina Teodelindajimmy choos in a patch of sunlightBridesmaid removing dress from an old rustic wardrobebridesmaid holding a veilbrides dress being laced upbridesmaid smiles and gushes after seeing the bride for the first timea fingertip holds the veilbride getting into her dressbride getting into her dress framed through a dark doorwaybeautiful bridal portrait as she plays with her veil in window lightbride having makeup appliedItalian bride putting lipstick on in an oval mirrorbeautiful bridal portrait in front of shuttered italian villa doorswalking down teracotta steps to the speedboatthe bridal party make their way to the jetty holding umbrellas in the italian sunshinethe bridal party wait on the jetty for their taxi boat to arrivethe taxi boat approaches the jettythe bridal party board the boatthe bridal party sitting in the back of a luxurious taxi boat travelling across the lakeamazing view from the boat of the lake and hillsfather of the bride looking ahead in the taxi boatincredible view of lake como from wedding taxi boatmother of the bride on the way to wedding ceremony in boatbridesmaids travelling to the ceremony in the taxi boatItalian flag on the back of speeding taxi boatView from the water as the boat approaches Villa Balbiabello in LennoBoat docks at the jetty at Villa Balbiabello, LennoThe bride arrives for her wedding at Villa Balbiabellothe bride arrives for her wedding at villa balbiabelloThe bride gathers herself before the ceremony against an incredible backdrop of Lake comoChildren watch from above as the bride makes her way up the slope to the weddingGreen vines covering the archways at Villa BalbiabelloVilla BalbiabelloGreen vines covering the walls at Villa Balbiabelloflowers and fans on seatsguests making their way up the villa stairs to the ceremonywedding guests finding their seatsthe bride walking up the beautiful garden path to the ceremonybridal party walking up the villa stairs to the weddingthe groom awaits his bride and smilesthe bride walks down the aislethe ceremony beginsa bridesmaid giving a reading whilst guests look on and smileguests laughingbride and groom exhange vowsmother of the bride sheds a tear during the ceremony, guests lovingly hold handsWedding at Villa BalbiabelloThe exchanging of ringsthe first kiss as everybody cheers in the background!wedding guests all applaud!a happy moment as the couple are declared man and wife. Guests cheer!amazing villa balbiabello wedding photographera guitar player plays a les paulThe recessional as everyone moves into the gardens at Villa Balbiabelloguests mingle in the shade under the trees at the villahugs and congratulationsguests congratulate the happy coupleguests congratulate the happy couple outside rustic italian villaincredible wedding photograph of couple looking out over the back of Villa BalbiabelloRomantic photo of couple underneath the vine covered archways overlooking the lakeNewlyweds taking their first stroll as husband and wife together.romantic portraits overlooking the lakenatural wedding portraitnewlyweds stroll through the lush green lakeside gardensuperb wedding photo of couple in the gardens of surrounded by the trees, rocks and waterthe couple embrace in the gardens with an old clock tower in the backgroundcouple cuddle and kiss in the beautiful gardenscouple walk back down to board the boatbride boards the boat to join the other guestsguest taking a photo on his phone as the boat speeds offGuests having a drink on wedding boatGuests having a drink and chatting on wedding boatGuests having a drink and laughing on wedding boatbrides veil flying away in the windGuests having a drink and laughing inside lake boatthe boys having a laugh inside the boatnatural photo of guest laughingthe view of a lakeside town look out from inside the boatcouple sitting on the back of a speeding wedding boat in the sunshinethe nose of the boat pointing towards the shoretrying to take a selfie as hair blows in the winda man in a canoe paddles past in the backgroundpeople mingling, chatting and having funthe bride is helped off the boata hand is clutched as a lady is assisted off the boatall the wedding guests disembark at the jettyguests arriving on the terrace at the reception venuethe reception begins as guests enjoy music and canapesold wooden table with a spread of food on itsliced pastrami on a log and vine tomatoes in a bucketa banquet of mozarella, olives and other dishes sit on a tableA Bartender serves drinks under a canopydrinks being poured, guests chattinga jazz trio band play under a treedrummer playing and close up of sheet music entitel'the girl from ipanema'wedding guests sitting around eatingtwo ushers looking and laughingwedding guests sitting around patio tables eatinglaughing and joking around the tableguest laughsmingling and chattinga formal photograph of the bridesmaids and ushers in front of the lakecreative table plan - engraved bronzed plaques set in wine bottlesTable settings all ready for the wedding breakfastflowers decorating the tableflowers, candles and shots decorating the tablebride and groom about to be announced into the wedding breakfastthe rooms cheers and applauds the entrance of the bride and groomfather of the bride give his speechfather of the bride give his speech and guests laughguests laughing at speechesguests laughing at father of the brides funny speechthe groom stands up to deliver his speechmore laughter at the grooms speechguests toast the grooms speechA tearful moment during the speeches as the groom makes the bride cryparents of the bride crying during emotional speechesthe best mans speechhysterical laughter at the best mans speecheverybody joins glasses in a big toastemotional hugs between the bride and her fatherLake como wedding photo of bride and groom standing on the end of a jettybride and groom snuggling closelyromantic portrait of bride and groombride and groom sit on a wall in the garden overlooking the lakeportraits in the rustic backstreets of Lagliounique wedding photo taken in an underground tunnel in italybride and groom walking up the cobbled backstreets of Laglioguests mill about in the dark under beautiful tree lightsMagical tree lights illuminate the villa terracecutting the cake outside with the lake as a stunning backdropguests watching the cake cuttingthe first dance takes place as family and friends watch onfamily and friends watching the newlyweds dancingcouple embrace during their first dance, guests then join inthe party begins!everybody dancingguests stoops low during dance moveeverybody gathers outside the villaguests light sparklers from a candleguests having fun with sparklersdancingeverybody gets down on the dancefloorman limbo dances on the dancefloormore limbo-ing and partyingdancefloor action as guests boogiefun and merriment as the wedding guests partyeveryone gathers in a circle and surrounds the bride and groombride and groom kiss in the middle of their circle of friends and familylights on the hillside towns reflected in Lake Como at night

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  • Off the charts, ridiculously good work Alex!!!ReplyCancel

  • Ian France

    Exceptional.ReplyCancel

  • Awesome wedding! You have beautifully captured some really special moments. Fantastic work as always Alex.ReplyCancel

  • Robin Horton

    Oh my word Alex, I have been looking forward to seeing the images from this wedding since you posted the single shot some time ago. The shot of the bridesmaids shadows, brilliant, and some clever logistics going on with you in the speedboat then not in it, and top shots of the first dance, followed by brilliand work in the small alley-ways. Top work mate.ReplyCancel

  • Wow – amazing coverage dude. Particularly like the couple shot in that far off doorway – incredible!ReplyCancel

  • This is next level Alex! Every single image in this set is a winner, well done!ReplyCancel

  • Beautiful people, stunning scenery and great weather – not at all jealous!
    Fantastic set of frames mate – kudos!ReplyCancel

  • Freaking incredible and very inspiring.ReplyCancel

  • Amazing job at capturing both the storytelling moments of the wedding day as well as the beautiful surroundings and backdrops of Lake Como.ReplyCancel

  • Beautiful story,stunning stuff.ReplyCancel

  • Brett Symes

    just incredible, every last frame of it. Inspiring work AlexReplyCancel

  • What a location! Beautiful photographs and what a way to enter a wedding!ReplyCancel

  • Love it! So beautiful!!ReplyCancel

  • Stunninng blog post! What scenery to work with and a fab night shots too. Keep up the good work 🙂ReplyCancel

  • Waw! Very impressive and stunning photos! Love! A photographer myself was looking on the worldwide web for wedding photos ideas and inspiration. I am very happy to find these beautiful images and great storytelling. Congratz for sharing and I love your work.ReplyCancel