Robert and Maria, Lake Maggiore Italy

‘I think this is the happiest I’ve ever been’ Colette said simply. We were waiting at the hotel rooftop bar, killing time before we started Robert and Maria’s pre-wedding portraits.

And when I say waiting, picture us and our gear sprawled out on lounges, mojitos in hand, under a mellow summer sun. We were in Italy, just getting over our jet lag and watching the light fall – it falls slowly in Italy in summer, sending the clouds gold and purple and the water a deep turquoise. Over the lake was the palace gardens on Isola Bella. Wedding photography is not really a glamorous job… except for this precise moment. Thinking back to it makes me smile, especially when I’m working like a crazed mofo hunched over my computer in the studio. That day, that moment, literally a world away, but yep… it happened.

This wedding defied belief, and looking back at it now, I almost can’t believe it wasn’t all a dream. Except here are the photos:

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