Belmond Hotel Caruso, Amalfi | Italy
The Amalfi Coast is one of the best wedding destinations in Italy! For all the right reasons. As a photographer, I’ll start with the most important. The light is magical, the landscape is captivating, the views are so impressive and the options available for wedding venues are simply fantastic! When Carmela & Derek chose me as their wedding photographer, I was so excited to visit the Amalfi Coast and especially Ravello which is one of my beloved places. I’ve photographed two weddings already in the renowned Villa Cimbrone and the feeling of visiting this part of Italy was a mix of joy and sweet nostalgia. The wedding venue, this time would be the greatly sought after, Belmond Hotel Caruso. This venue is well known for its infinity pool, where land and sky become one! The wedding planner that brought it all together was Brenda Babcock, an extremely talented and professional lady, who also was a true pleasure to work with. Her attention to detail and open-mindedness are what set her apart from her competition. There are many things I loved in this wedding at the Belmond Hotel Caruso, the couple that are so kind and generous, the views and the little streets of Ravello and also the impeccable styling. Gorgeous flower installations by the talented florist Armando Malafronte! It’s always fantastic to work with such a talented team of wedding professionals! As a quick parenthesis, please allow me to elaborate on this matter. Having a strong team of vendors will make you feel assured and stress-free on your wedding day, allowing you to enjoy the day and actually make the investment worth it. The close collaboration of the wedding planner and the photographer are of high significance.
The following pictures are from the day before the wedding in Amalfi. The couple opted-in for an engagement session which was very much enjoyed. We had the time to roam around the streets of Ravello and take pictures at the most iconic spots, like the street in front of the Palazzo Avino and the Belvedere Principesa di Piemonte. This way, the couple was familiarized with the process and definitely helped them with posing on their special day.
~ KIND WORDS ~
Elias is a truly exceptional photographer and a kind, thoughtful, fun person with whom to work! We are from the US, but planned a destination wedding in Ravello, Italy on relatively short notice and were so lucky and delighted that our wedding planner, Brenda Babcock, recommended Elias and that he and his great assistant, George, were available to photograph our wedding in August 2019. We were thrilled that Elias was able and offered to do both a photoshoot in non-wedding clothes the day before the wedding, as well as the wedding photography on the big day. Although we are far from photoshoot professionals, Elias made us comfortable with various styles of natural poses and we all kept each other laughing so that the photo sessions went by quickly. Elias shot both digital and film photography and we were so excited and pleased when the final images were promptly delivered to us via a well-organized web gallery after the wedding! Elias worked beautifully with the tricky light on the Ravello coastline, scouted unique and gorgeous photo locations, and the photos capture our range of emotions. Working with Elias was both professional and enjoyable and he makes you so comfortable that he even was able to convince me (with his help over to the edge) to take a big risk and capture a priceless photo of us on the edge of the famous cliffside infinity pool at Hotel Caruso. We are so glad we had the opportunity to work with Elias and will treasure all of our photos for the rest of our lives! We would highly recommend him to anyone.
~ Carmela & Derek