”We had the most amazing destination wedding earlier this year in Italy and capturing the day was very important to us. We completed a lot of research on photographers abroad which the venue recommended etc but decided to take our own photographer, which is where we found the GingerBeard!

Before the wedding Paul was great, very approachable whilst always providing his professional opinion.

During the wedding he and his second shooter Nick were perfect, very subtle making guests feel at ease but when needed to be, very vocal which helped to get those all important shots.

Post wedding Paul has again, over delivered. We knew he was very busy but he kept us informed and would send little “teaser” photos, to my wife, which would build the excitement.

Our photos had been edited and were ready 8 weeks after the wedding and we were quite simply blown away.

We have already recommended Paul to friends and can’t thank him enough!”

Jen & Tom Brennan.


Ceremony:  Bellagio Town Hall

Venue:  Hotel Royal Victoria

Dress:  Penny Gray Bridal Boutique

Suit:  NEXT

Hair:  Victoria Lecoustre

Flowers:  Inspirations 

How did you meet?

Our paths crossed in our local, your old place of work, The 3 Stags : )

How did you propose?  

I decided to ask the question during a surprise trip for Jens 30th birthday.

Having completed hours of research trying to find the perfect destination I finally decided on Bellagio, Lake Como, Italy.

On the second day of our trip and the day before Jens 30th birthday I had a day exploring the lake planned, finishing at Villa Melzi as Bellagio, which is situated with the most amazing views over the lake.

After a short walk admiring the gardens at Villa Melzi we found the perfect spot to take a few pictures or so Jen thought! So the GoPro was set up and with Jen completely unaware, enjoying the views, she turned to find me on one knee with a ring in hand!

Why did you choose your venue?

We decided to return to the place of the proposal, Bellagio, Lake Como and found a venue which allowed our wedding party to enjoy the picturesque views over the lake from early afternoon till late at night.

What did you love about your dress, suit & accessory choices?

Dress – It took some time but the saying “you know as soon as you put in on” was correct for me. I felt like it suited our destination and just loved the detail on the dress.

Suit – We kept is casual. With both outfits we wanted to be comfortable and ourselves. A smart shirt and blazer was the perfect ‘suit’ for the groom. Not forgetting the pocket square for that extra touch!

Where did your ideas for your theme come from?

We didn’t have a particular theme but focused on keeping things simple.

Why did you choose your first dance song and where did it come from?

We had a silent disco which we created the playlists for and whilst high with excitement and element of surprise we both came out dancing to different songs… which we cant quite remember! : )

What was your favourite part of the day?

Our favourite part of the day was when we took a moment to ourselves. All of our guests had headed to be seated for some food and we both stayed with our acoustic guitarist while he played ‘all you need is love’ by the Beatles. We simply looked at each other, looked at the view and smiled. A moment we will never forget.

What made you choose Ginger Beard Weddings to capture your day?

Paul filled us with confidence and we knew we made the right decision from the moment we had our first consultation. We were not disappointed as Paul went above and beyond

What advice would you give to couples planning their wedding day?

It’s your day, remember that everything you do, plan and pay for is for yourselves, don’t be afraid to surprise, enjoy and take a moment to reflect on your wonderful day.

TAGS: Bellagio Wedding, destination wedding, ITALIAN WEDDING, Lake Como, Lake Como Wedding,


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