Many couples dream of running away to warmer climates to get married, and what better place than Lake Como in Italy. Known for love, romance, stunning architecture, beautiful soft light and fresh evening breezes.

Sam & James’ wedding was the most beautiful and personal weddings I have had the pleasure and honour of photographing. It was intimate and incredibly special with only their closest family by their sides.

The official wedding took place in Kent a few days earlier. Close friends and family attended the small country church ceremony with drinks in Sam & James’ garden after. They ended the evening with a delicious dinner at a nearby restaurant.

A few days later, Sam, James, their parents, two brothers and Sam’s uncle flew out to Lake Como. Staying at the beautiful Grand Hotel Tremezzo with its stunning views across the lake, the family believed the black tie wedding was to take place in the hotel grounds the following day. But Sam & James had other plans! A boat arrived at the jetty to take the party the short journey to the tip of a small woodland peninsula where the majestic Villa Balbianello stands. Famed for its appearances in movies such as Casino Royale and Star Wars, the villa dates back to 1787 and is simply awe-inspiring. The most romantic location to bless your wedding.

After a short and beautiful ceremony conducted by Sam’s uncle, the party enjoyed full access of all Villa Balbianello’s nooks and crannies for the afternoon before returning by boat to Grand Hotel Tremezzo for a candle-lit dinner.

I loved every second of it!