A wedding in Portovenere

Portovenere wedding Cinque Terre

This Portovenere wedding is spontaneous and lively. The day is split into two parts. A boat ride in the morning and the wedding in the afternoon. Portovenere is a part of the Cinque Terre, and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Wandering around this stunning seaside village it is easy to see why it is of such historical importance and so popular to visit.

Cinque Terre Boat Ride

In the morning there is a fun boat trip. The boat leaves Portovenere and goes up the coast passing Riomaggiore and Manarola. We don’t make it quite as far as Vernazza but the views of Riomaggiore and Manarola are lovely. As we drift along the coast everyone enjoys prosecco and nibbles. As we arrive back to Portovenere we go around the island in the port before returning to land.

Portovenere wedding at Castello Doria

The bride and groom are both getting ready at the Grand Hotel Portovenere. The preparations are quick and easy and there is a lot of excitement for the wedding. However, before we get to the castle for the wedding we have to make the walk up the hill!

The walk is beautiful as you get to pass the Catholic Church of Saint Peter (Chiesa di San Pietro), this is the famous restored church that dominates the landscape and gives Portovenere it’s famous view. Once we get to the castle the ceremony takes place. It is a brief but sweet civil ceremony. After there are some refreshments and on the way down I take the couple for some photos before we all return to the Grand Hotel Portovenere.

The wedding concludes with a romantic dinner on a private terrace overlooking the port of Portovenere.

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Jules Bower

Italian and destination wedding photographer Jules Bower photographs weddings in Italy, Europe and worldwide. His unique approach and expertise arrive from not only an obsession with photography but also because he owned one of the first and most successful wedding planning agencies in Italy.