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Rest with your dream in my dream.
Love and pain and work should all sleep, now.
The night turns on its invisible wheels,
and you are pure beside me as a sleeping ember...

"Love Sonnet 81" - P. Neruda

 

WEDDING IN VENICE

Over the waters of time

This is a destination wedding film of a beautiful couple that I have had the chance to film as a Venice Wedding Videographer in Italy. The couple came all the way from Greece to tie the knot in the amazing city of Venice, together with their closest friends and family.

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Italy Wedding Videographer Cinema of Poetry: Sailing over the waters of time in Venice

Venice is a dream location to get married

Venice, the capital of northern Italy’s Veneto region, is built on more than 100 small islands in a lagoon in the Adriatic Sea. It has no roads, just canals – including the Grand Canal thoroughfare – lined with Renaissance and Gothic palaces and linked by over 400 bridges.

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The Gran Canal in Venice is impressive from every aspect

Parts of Venice are renowned for the beauty of their settings, their architecture, and artwork. Venice is known for several important artistic movements – especially during the Renaissance period- has played an important role in the history of symphonic music, and is the birthplace of Antonio Vivaldi.

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Parking for gondolas in Venice

The central square, Piazza San Marco, features the stunning St. Mark’s Basilica, which is tiled with Byzantine mosaics, and the Campanile bell tower offering panoramic views of the city’s red roofs.

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Impressive view of San Marco square in Venice

Venice remains a very popular tourist destination, a major cultural centre, and has been ranked many times the most beautiful city in the world. It is definitely one of the most romantic places and a much sought after destination for couples planning to get married in Italy. Indeed Venice is a dream destination to get married or to plan an elopement.

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Italy Wedding Videographer Cinema of Poetry: Although busy, Venice is always so cinematic

Venice Wedding Videography: The Story

Mari is a designer and I already knew her from previous shootings that we have done together. From the first moment that I met Efthimis -her boyfriend at that time- and saw them together, I understood that they are a well thought and matching couple and that they are meant for each other. Together for many years, they have both adventurous souls and like to travel. In fact they often travel together with their close friends.

This group of close friends travel the world together and keep with them a piece from each journey, so that they can recall the exact memories and emotions that they have experienced in that particular place, once they are back. Venice has a very distinct place in their heart.

A love story in Venice

This wedding could not have happened anywhere else in the world. Venice is their preferred place in Italy. So Mari and Efthimis decided in a glance to get married there. As a Venice Destination Wedding Videographer I am delighted to tell their story through this visual poetry.

Being a designer, Mari decided to design her own wedding dress. A crazy task! Their wedding invites were in form of passports and airtickets in order to underline the nomadic character of their lives and their travelling souls. All these custom touches and diy made the event and their special day so unique and different than anything else. I could not have done differently with their wedding film!

Wedding video in Venice

I always suggest to the couples that plan their elopement or wedding to book a Venice Wedding Videographer as the Cinema of Poetry. Not only will we have the necessary paperwork and legal authorization to provide services in northern Italy, we will also be able to suggest the best spots to shoot photos and video in Venice. Hence, you can relax and enjoy the journey.

Bridal preparations

The couple got prepared together in a small cosy appartment in the heart of Venice. Their friends and family assisted them during the whole process of getting ready, as is the tradition in Greece.

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The bride is getting ready for this Venice wedding
Venice wedding videographer filming bride getting ready
Touching up the make up
Bride getting ready in Venice
As a Wedding videographer in Italy I feel blessed to film such destination weddings

We all had pizzas and beers in the appartment while Mari got her hair done by her good friend and best man Christos. Away from the cheesy cookie-cutter wedding traditions, they are a simple, honest and laid back couple. This is exactly the type of couples that I like to work with as a wedding videographer in Venice, because we can all focus on the essential. Which is the authentic story and the people.

Wedding ceremony

The groom left the appartment together with his friends. The whole group of around 40 people waited at the church for the bride.

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The groom is going to the ceremony in Venice
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The bride is sailing to the ceremony in Venice

Mari sailed to the church having the company of her brother. He is also the one that accompanied her to the altar for the wedding. There is a deep connection between them as brother and sister.

Wedding in Venice
The bride arrives at the church with her brother

The wedding ceremony took place in the church of San Giorgio dei Greci, the Greek Orthodox church of Venice under a beautiful afternoon light and in a very respectful and emotional atmosphere by the 40 guests.

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Italy Wedding Videographer Cinema of Poetry: Ceremony in Venice

A delicious dinner followed at the La Cupola Restaurant in the Carlton Hotel on the Grand Canal.

Wedding Video in Venice: Inspiration

Instead of a guest book, the couple chose to have a white globe and the guests had to pick a place in the world and write their wishes on that particular place in the globe. Inspired by the concept of the couple being in constant movement and travelling around the world, I have tried to incorporate this element in their wedding film.

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Sailing near the iconic Ponte Rialto

The image of this turning globe helped me create a visual symbol in the evolution of the story. I have further built into this concept of rotation and endless swirl by using moments of the orthodox ceremony that were reminiscent of moving around in a circle. As well as moments of the couple dancing in circle.

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Kiss under a bridge in Venice
Venice wedding videographer filming couple in San Marco
Venice vibe and mystery

Tourbillon, or Tour De Manège, love is always a beautiful mystery. Love and life always evolve in circle. So the cyclical movement in the film also represent these circles.

As for the spoken word, I have created a female-male dialogue between two people. I have used parts of the Sonnet 81 by P. Neruda and of the poetry “Of being Numerous” by G. Oppen.

Destination Wedding Film Awards

This wedding film has won the Best Wedding Film Award in the 24th Edition of Inspiration Awards by Inspiration Photographers. It has also obtained a Silver Award in the Second Half 2019 Filmmaking Competition by WPPI.

All the pictures and video thumbnails featured in this article were shot by me. Although I am not a destination wedding photographer, I always love to use a combination of frames from my videos, thumbnails and my own pictures to tell a story.

Wedding video in Venice

As a Venice Destination Wedding Videographer I feel really blessed to travel to iconic places in the north of Italy to tell love stories of amazing couples like the couple of Mari and Eythymis here, for whom I have created this original destination wedding film.

Venice wedding videographer filming couple
Italy Wedding Videographer Cinema of Poetry: Love in Venice

Are you getting married in Venice? Are you planning your elopement in Italy? Get in touch with me today! I would love to be your Venice Destination wedding or elopement videographer. Italy is like my second home, I speak Italian fluently, I have many friends there and I travel there several times during the year. I cannot wait to meet you! Let’s start planning your wedding in Venice, Tuscany, Lake Como, Umbria, Positano or Capri in Costiera Amalfitana or in Taormina in Sicily.

Don’t forget to have a look in some of my other destination wedding films, and go through their stories. I can ensure you that your own wedding film will be the best I’ve ever done so far. Let’s start planning this today!

Awards and screenings

Comments

The wedding film and these photos are incredibly gorgeous. Your work is stunning my friend

Thank you from heart my friend Tieu. Filming a wedding video in Venice is an amazing experience. One of the most inspiring ones…

You captured them PERFECTLY! Venice looks like the perfect place to get married!

Lauren, thanks so much. Venice is a dream place to plan a wedding indeed.

Getting married in Venice would be so incredible! These photos and video are beautiful!

Thank you so much Stephanie. Indeed weddings in Venice are so inspiring to create a dinstinct wedding film!

So pretty! This film makes me want to visit Venice so badly!!!

Thank you Sheena. You should absolutely visit Venice. It is one of the most romantic, singular and moody places in the world. The perfect backdrop to get married, to write a piece, or to create a film…

Holy cow, this is BEAUTIFUL!

Oh my goodness this is so gorgeous! I love the colors 😍

Thank you! Moody colors for a moody city!

Congratulations on the awards for your gorgeous film of this couple’s wedding in Venice! It reminds me of a high-end product commercial. The scene with her veil in the wind is my favourite!

Thank you so much Jessica for your kind words. Venice is one of my favorite cities in the whole world and an ever ending source of inspiration. I really appreciate you saying that this wedding film in Venice can be reminiscent of a high-end commercial!

Every still is stunning, and the wedding film itself makes me nostalgic for a place I haven’t even been to before! Stunning job.

Anna Claire thank you so much. I really appreciate it. And I really think that the feeling of nostalgia, generally speaking, is a great source of inspiration.

Absolutely beautiful! The film is amazing and these tones are everything… so dreamy. Makes me want to get married in Venice too!

Thank you for your kind words Caitlin. It is definitely a romantic and moody place with lots of character and I really enjoy shooting wedding films in Venice.

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