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In July 2017 I had the absolute pleasure of attending a destination wedding in Sorrento, Italy.

Having shot Rosa and Shane’s UK wedding at Wyboston Lakes Hotel and Spa a couple of weeks before jetting of on this destination wedding, I just knew that their Italian wedding in Sorrento was going to be something very special.

Here’s my write-up on the wedding in Sorrento.

Destination weddings always scare me a little, but they excite me even more.  Although I’d visited Positano and The Amalfi Coats previously, shooting a destination wedding in Sorrento was going to be different.  So I arrived a day before the wedding to visit some of the locations of the wedding (and to eat some ice-cream at the Foreigner’s Club).

Bridal prep took place at Rosa’s family home, in Sorrento, where I was made to feel so welcome.

The service was held in a typically unassuming (from the outside) church, just across the street from Rosa’s family home.  Only when you entered this church did you instantly know that you were in Italy, the church was absolutely stunning, imposing and full of art.

The wedding banquet was to be held at The Foreigner’s Club, in Sorrento… This venue looks over the Bay of Naples and has possibly the best views I’ve seen during my destination wedding adventures. And I have to say that the wedding breakfast was perfect, all 11 courses of it.

Rosa’s relaxed day started with bridal prep, a lot of laughter… and a Martini (or two – thank you Rosa).

Bride having her hair done, wedding in Sorrento.

I shot this image moments before we left for the church, the family home was in total chaos, Aunts were laughing/talking/crying, Rosa’s parents were running around and there were loads of other guests coming and going during the last moments.  Through all this chaos I saw Rosa looking completely respondent, calm and elegant, and I shot one of my favourite wedding images.

Bride in her house surrounded by guests

Someone had laid a huge, meandering red carpet to the church, and Rosa’s father walked her proudly to the church.  It was clear by the amount of well wishes that Rosa’s family was held in high regard in their community.

The service was long, and although I didn’t understand every word, it was beautiful, especially as the service was punctuated by the most amazing signing from the organ pitt.

I was so impressed that Shane recited his vows to Rosa in (near) perfect Italian, and among the grandeur and art of their family church, Rosa and Shane shared vows and got married.

As all the guests made their way to the Foreigner’s Club, Rosa, shane and I were driven to a gorgeous villa where we had permission to do take some formal images, with the villa and Sorrento and the Amalfi Coast as a back drop.  And then, the treat continued as the driver suggested we drive towards Positano, and we travelled along the amazingly beautiful coastal road to the entrance to one of thee most magical towns I’ve ever seen.

I honestly didn’t want the day to end, and again, I grew more and more impressed with Shane.  Although Rosa had modelled before, being the centre of attention and being photographed was not within Shane’s comfort zone.  Yet, he relaxed into his role, smiled constantly and despite the heat and sun, Shane look cool and completely happy and in love with his new bride.

So, a note to the Grooms… Yep, I get no one likes being photographed, but just for one day, go for it.  I promise you’ll won’t regret it!

As Rosa and Shane’s car pulled though the elegant gate of The Foreigner’s Club, Sorrento, I jumped out and continued to document their wedding day all the way through to the very end.  I got to see the most stunning sunset, I got to eat the most amazing food, and I got to share their day and photograph some truly epic celebrations.

And then, just as we were coming to the end, Rosa, Shane and I went for a walk through Sorrento’s centre, just to grab a few more shots.

Thank you to Shane, Rosa and all the family and friends that made me feel so welcome and to Sorrento as well, you are truly a wonderful city.  Grazie mille per aver permesso di condividere il tuo meraviglioso matrimony Italiano.

If you are planning a wedding here in the UK or a destination wedding, then please do get in contact and let’s discuss your plans.

Wedding in Sorrento. Couple standing by a balcony looking over the bay

Venue:  The Foreigner’s Club, Via Luigi de Maio, 35, 80067 Sorrento NA, Italy.

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Click here to read about Rosa and Shane’s UK wedding at Wyboston Lakes.

I’m Juan Muino and I’m a wedding photographer based in Cambridge, UK, and undertaking weddings throughout the UK as well as destination weddings.
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