Couple getting married in a deserted Vernazza, Italy before tourists would be out - an intimate beach wedding
The Cinque Terre ferry making its unplanned and unforeseen entrance in the wedding ceremony. The ferry crowd cheered for the newlyweds.
This lovely couple flew in from Seattle, WA, USA to get married in beautiful Vernazza, Cinque Terre on a summer morning. I was asked by the couple to show up very early at the agreed spot as they had in mind to get married in a deserted Vernazza, before the crowd of tourists would be out on the streets and theirs would no longer be an intimate wedding. So I had to wake up extremely early in order to drive my 2+ hours to Vernazza, hope to find a parking spot in the only parking anywhere close to the town with extremely few spots available (anybody familiar with the place knows what I'm talking about) then walk approx. 20 minutes to finally reach the Vernazza bay and pier. Where they were planning to have their ceremony.
I'm totally aware that showing up on time for the job is part of the job, as much as it is taking the pictures. Living and working in Liguria, Italy, depending on the venue this can sometimes be even more challenging than the picture-taking itself! But nevertheless, I did show up about 30 minutes early. You never know, so better be safe than sorry.
Vernazza very early in the morning during summer is a treat. This small, fishermen village represents the quintessential Ligurian landscape. There was silence in the empty streets that are usually crowded and loud, you could only hear the sea, some sparse early wakers here and there (someone enjoying an early morning swim in the bay) and the seagulls. The air was dry, the sky was clear and it was not too warm (yet). Just fabulous. So I waited and waited only to find out my clients had problems checking out of their B&B and for other assorted reasons they were late on the agreed schedule. Not a problem for me, but as the minutes went by, I began to grow the awareness that their ceremony was not going to be as intimate as they were hoping for. And as a matter of fact, they found that out when the Cinque Terre ferry arrived at the pier and made its grand entrance amid their ceremony. So their intimate wedding was saluted and cheered by the 100+ tourists that embarked and disembarked as the ferry made its stop in Vernazza. Not exactly the ceremony they planned, but I'm sure they will cherish this beautiful and very much Italian memory. As much as they enjoyed the gelato that closed their elopement story.
The bride taking a short walk on the shoreline in Vernazza on a summer morning, before reaching the ceremony spot in the small, fishermen village.
The groom waiting for his bride on the pier in Vernazza, Cinque Terre.
The bride about to show up at the ceremony in Vernazza, Cinque Terre.
The bride and maid of honor approaching the pier in Vernazza, as the usual morning tourists enjoy their day.
Bride and bridesmaid have arrived at the ceremony spot on the village pier.
A very intimate ceremony on the pier of Vernazza. A close friend (and bridesmaid's husband) is officiating the ceremony.
The rings exchange in Vernazza, Cinque Terre, following the wedding vows. The final sentence was in Italian.
The end of the ceremony was celebrated with a delicious Italian gelato.