Time of Year: August
Preparations: Private Villa
Hair+Makeup: Vania
Venue: Malcesine Castle
Reception: Al Cervo


I meet up with Antipodean engineer Brendan and Leeds lawyer Elizabeth (Lil) at Bar Castello on the evening before their Malcesine wedding. It’s safe to say that they are the most laid back couple I’ve ever spent time with. The complete plan consisted of getting married at 5pm, and the reception meal at Al Cervo. The rest we made up as we went along.

Lil prepared for the day with her family and best friend in a private villa just outside the main town, which meant a run down the hill for me (36 degree temperatures) to catch up with Lucca in the new white tuc tuc. A very relaxed ceremony followed by informal group pictures and portraits of the couple around the castle.

Then it was off to the bus stop to catch the new Malcesine land train that Sergio, Al Cervo’s owner, has arranged to take us all to his restaurant. After a beautiful meal with free flowing wine and conversation, the Malcesine cake man arrived to complete with evening with his spectacular creation of fireworks and fruit.


Jon was really friendly and felt like part of the wedding party from the start, which was great for such a small group. He took everything in his stride, including photographing the wedding preparations in a chaotic house full of toddlers, a baby and a variety of family members. His interaction with every member of the party was great, which has resulted in amazing, natural pictures of each and every one of them.

We love our wedding pictures – Jon has really captured the relaxed, slightly haphazard feel of the day as well as the beautiful light and surroundings. We would definitely recommend him as a wedding photographer!