Italy is fantastico! My trip to Lake Como, 2016.
Whenever I am invited to visit a different country to shoot a destination wedding, I like to book an extra day or so for myself so I’m able to venture out into said country and see everything the area has to offer. It’s definitely a massive perk of my wonderful job and I will always consider myself very lucky to get these kinds of opportunities to see the world.
Recently I got to stay in a beautiful stone house in a tiny village called Blevio, overlooking Lake Como. The wedding venue was straight across the other side of the lake. To get to our stone house, we had to drive up a very narrow road that zig-zagged up the steep mountainside, into which numerous gothic style houses had been built. Our house was tightly packed amongst other 3/4 storey stone houses. Cars could only get so far up the hill before the pathway narrowed even further, after which we could only access the house on foot by following a winding path consisting of mostly stone steps.
AirBnB is my new best friend when it comes to travelling. I like hotels, don’t get me wrong; the sheer luxury of having your room tidied and cleaned every single day is definitely a bonus. But staying in a full house that you have rented out for yourself definitely makes you feel like you’re experiencing the country properly, as a local. The house I found in Blevio was a perfect mixture of old and new. The owners, Anna & George, had decorated it with white furniture, beautiful pieces of functional art and fascinating black ‘n’ white framed prints. I felt a special kin to the owners and the house when I saw 2 vintage, working Canon cameras on tripods in the bedroom.
Driving around Lake Como was left up to my boyfriend,Tom, who has been driving longer than I have. I had heard that Italian drivers were reckless, so I had Tom accompany me on this trip. I think he was surprised that the drivers were not as bad as they had been made out to be online, however some of the roads around Lake Como could very possibly be treacherous, with their steep inclines and vertical cliff faces. Two cars passing on a narrow street could cause severe scratches from the protruding rocks/houses on either side. Locals seem to be used to this, walking along narrow, busy roads without caution, even sitting at tables sipping espressos just inches from the road! I silently gripped the passenger seat every time we drew close to a car, house or rocky wall. Thankfully we only managed to slightly scratch the wing mirror and a hub cap. I was adamant at the airport we should take out the extra (albeit very expensive) insurance… which turned out to be the best idea I ever had. I would advise everyone travelling to Italy to do the same!
Venturing into Como town centre was one of my favourite parts of the trip (my other favourite part was eating, more on that later). I brought my camera along with me and snapped every piece of beautiful architecture I could find.
As for the food… well… I think we may have eaten ALL of the cheese, bread and balsamic vinegar in Italy. Not to mention drank all of the Prosecco. To save money on dining out, we went to the Carrefour supermarket on our first night and bought in a lot of food to eat at the stone house. It was such a joy to get up early every morning, swing the wooden shutters wide open to let in the morning sunshine, before popping a cafetiere on the hob and listening to the coffee bubbling up inside, as I prepared breakfast. We brought a lot of food back with us and still have some cheese to enjoy with bruschetta <3
I hope you enjoy my personal photography from this trip – when I have edited my wedding images, I will link them >here<