This Hotel Eden Roc wedding takes place on the northern shores of Lake Maggiore. Ascona is a pretty lakeside town that attracts many tourists and visitors, both for its character and also a lovely position with access to the lake and mountains. It is a real pleasure for me to present this wedding the clients are some of the nicest people I have met. I would also like to make a special mention to the hotel staff, they were stellar in the assistance and making this Hotel Eden Roc Ascona wedding fabulous.
I start the day at Hotel Eden Roc with some photos of the lake and surroundings. These give me a chance to gather some thoughts and ideas for the day, the hotel is large and covers quite a lot of ground. The interiors are constantly changing design and style and this will also make the wedding a little more challenging to storyboard together in terms of its style and theme. After 5 mins I have a game plan and so it is time to get stuck in.
My first thing to do is to take a few pictures of the groom’s accessories. Next, I photograph him getting ready with his best men. They all look very sharp in their black-tie. Instead, the groom is wearing a deep blue tuxedo by Ermenegildo Zegna. They help each other with their cuff-links, bow ties and boutonnieres. Once ready, we move to the bar, a great spot for some photos and a good whisky-sour. There are plenty of jokes and great camaraderie between the four of them. Outside the bar area, there is a wall with a funky floral/maritime theme that I just can’t resist. I take some portraits of the groom against this wall and love the way the colours pop out. Finally, it is time for them to go to the church. Exiting the hotel they look more like the ensemble to Ocean’s Eleven… super cool!
In the meantime, the bride is now ready after her hair and makeup. We meet on the lake shore, I take some photos as she collects her thoughts as she walks to her room to put the dress on. The weather is perfect, the sun glistens off the smooth lake surface and we are all extra excited for the great day ahead.
Obviously, her dress is stunning, and so are her shoes and accessories. I photograph all of these things together with the beautiful stationery. She effortlessly puts the dress on with her mother’s help. Her shoes are by Sergio Rossi, perfume by Dior, and bag by Dolce & Gabbana. The motif for their wedding is Maiolica design, this is present in the stationery and in the bag and the theme will recur throughout the day. On completing her getting ready photos she exits the hotel and it is time for the wedding!
Straightaway, we are on the road climbing the hills to the church. This is a famous location, Il Sacro Monte della Madonna del Sasso di Orselina. Many people come to visit this special place that sits on an outcrop of rock and has incredible views of the lake and mountains.
Waiting outside the church is the bride’s father. When he sees her for the first time he is overjoyed. Within a few moments, the processional starts and the wedding ceremony is underway. A lovely joyous mass with an entertaining priest and beautiful music too. They exchange rings and a kiss and before they know it they are married.
Afterwards, everyone makes their way to one of the courtyards where there are some refreshments and a lot of congratulations.
With the family photos done we jump in our car and the chauffeur takes us back to Hotel Eden Roc. A speedboat awaits to take us to Isola di Brissago. The groom pilots the boat and we are soon back on land. The gardens on the island are unique and provide some unusual locations for photos including a rainforest and a towering bamboo plantation. Our time on the island is all to brief but we still have many things left to do. We jump back in the boat and we are soon back at the hotel.
As the happy couple walk off the boat an onto the pier their friends fire gold glitter confetti canons to welcome them to the party. The drinks reception takes place on the edge of the lake and everyone enjoys the sunshine, scenery and refreshments. In the car park at their in an amazing photo booth inside a Volkswagen van, all the newlyweds friends are having a great time being silly and taking fun pictures inside it.
At this point, the sun has long set behind the mountains. As the guests move to the dinner on the terrace overlooking the lake I have a moment to take a dusky image of the couple by one of the Eden Roc’s swimming pools. I love the warmth of the colours and the serenity of this image. As soon we have the shot we move to dinner. Dinner starts with some great speeches and then the excellent food follows. Later on, there are more speeches and some singing and slideshows. All in all, an amazing evening by the tranquil Lake Maggiore.
Eventually, the cake with Maiolica design is brought out and cut. Finally everyone moves inside and a DJ takes the party on into the night.
This Eden Roc wedding in Ascona was a lot of work but great fun… check it out!