Belmond Hotel Cipriani wedding

Timeless romance and style at a Belmond Hotel Cipriani wedding

Bad weather threatens the start of this Belmond Hotel Cipriani wedding. The day starts with ominous dark grey clouds covering the skies, the temperature is mild and the air humid, after a long hot summer it is now the period when storms can arrive. So, I cross my fingers for the day and get on with taking a few photos of Venice as I walk from my apartment on Giudecca island to the Belmond Hotel Cipriani. The Cipriani is placed almost opposite the iconic Piazza San Marco. Its location means that it is quiet and exclusive. Affording its privileged guests the privacy they seek. However, just a short 5-minute ride in a water taxi and you can be in the bustling centre of Venice.

The bride is getting ready in her apartment that overlooks the water. As she is with her stylist I start with a few detail photos. She has a custom-made dress by Zuhair Murad. Shoes by Louboutin. A few carefully selected pieces of jewelry and of course their lovely bespoke design stationery. On completing the photos of the accessories I go to meet the groom and his parents. Consequently, I take a few photos of them finishing getting ready before they have to catch their water taxi to go to the church.

Next the bride. Her dress is large and contains multiple pieces, the bridesmaids all help her to get ready and as they help her I document the entire process. With all the guest already on their way to the church, it is now our turn to take a water taxi. It only takes 8 minutes to walk from the Belmond Hotel Cipriani to Il Redentore church. However, it is even faster for us by boat. On arrival, everyone is inside the church and eagerly awaiting the bride.

Catholic ceremony at Il Redentore Venice

Th processional is beautiful, the bridal party enters in couples. Finally, the bride enters, she is emotional, but rightly so. Her handsome groom awaits her and once united they take their place together in front of the altar. The ceremony follows and about an hour later they exit the church to petals and a large group photo on the steps of Il Redentore church.

After a very short rain shower, we take some photos in front of the church. The wind plays with the brides Zuhair Murad bespoke wedding gown. Next a couple of photos with their families before we take a water taxi. We have planned a short boat ride and photo session on our way back to the Belmond Hotel Cipriani wedding reception.

Belmond Hotel Cipriani wedding reception

The drinks reception takes place at the Cips Club. Everyone enjoys the refreshments and good company and of course, the location, as the San Marco backdrop is one of a kind! Inside the “Granaries” an opulent decor awaits to surprise the guests. As dusk falls the doors open and the guests enter inside. Many of them stop to take photos of the impressive decor. Once everyone is inside the bride and groom also make their entrance. Food, wine, and amusing and emotional speeches follow. After dinner, there is the cake cutting followed by the first dance and party. Outside there is a storm and pouring rain but that’s fine as everyone is having a great time.

I love to photograph weddings in Venice and this Belmond Hotel Cipriani wedding will be hard to top!

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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.

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