Saying “I do” in Italy.

Last October, I was honored to be the wedding photographer for the marriage of the daughter of some very dear friends from North Carolina. I had an amazing time being in “artist mode”, constantly on the move to capture key moments (often furtively). I also felt incredibly privileged to be included in a ceremony and celebration of love between two radiant, loving souls. The wedding itself was an intimate affair with maybe two dozen people – mostly family and close friends who had made the journey from the States to be part of this important event.

The wedding ceremony and the reception and dinner afterwards was held at my favorite restaurant and agriturismo, Calagrana, here in Umbria, in the Niccone Valley. They are masters at orchestrating events and delivering some of the most amazing wines and foods you’ll find in Umbria. The bride and groom were married under a verdant gazebo with graceful wrought-iron swirls. The bride’s father, a minister, officiated.

After the ceremony, prosecco and appetizers were served on the terrace overlooking the valley. A long sit-down dinner came next. Nothing was hurried or orchestrated on a strict time schedule. For me, it was almost as if Italy’s “Slow Food” movement had extended to the wedding venue.

As the photographer, I loved witnessing the many wonderful emotions flowing through the course of the afternoon and evening. At times I felt guilty – like I was some kind of voyeur or intruder into very personal and intimate moments. One of my favorite images is of the embrace between the new husband and wife when they slipped out on the terrace to have a moment alone.

I have attended two other weddings here in Umbria. Both were Italian weddings and they were much larger affairs (hundreds of guests). I’ll write about them in another posts. But, whether it is a wedding of Americans or of Italians, tying the knot in Italy is a magical experience.


By |2015-11-11T16:58:43+01:00August 4th, 2015|Art & Photography, Black & White, Wedding Photography|2 Comments

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I’m an American expat living in Italy!


  1. Kathleen LaRusso August 12, 2015 at 5:48 pm - Reply

    Hi Jed, I just read your most recent post “Perils and Pitfalls of Speaking Italian” and loved it. I forwarded parts of it and referred your site to a friend here in SF who studies Italian and just spent 10 days in Rome.

    I did not respond to your “I Do in Italy” when you posted it, so here it is: Wow, I immediately thought that it was you and Simone “tying the knot”!!! Even though that was not the case, I love that your amazing photography talents are coming to good use in Italy! Lucky bride and groom! xoxo Kathy

    • Jed August 12, 2015 at 11:55 pm - Reply

      Always great to hear from you Kathy! I hope your friend enjoys the snippets from my recent post. I welcome any and all feedback as to what people would like to hear more of! Thank you for your compliments on the wedding photography. I had a great time doing the shots and being part of the event! Baci, Jed

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