Liana & David
Wedding / Photographed by Chelsea Gray / Venice, Italy / Monday, June 26th 2012
This summer I had the opportunity to photograph a
gorgeous wedding luncheon on the rooftop of Venice's historic Hotel Danieli. The bride (a Montreal college professor) who frequently returns to Venice to research her doctoral dissertation on Venetian Art, crafted to a "T" her version of the perfect afternoon for her guests. The feast was impeccable, and the views of the Grand Canal and Adriatic Sea were absolutely breathtaking. Quite frankly, it was the most carefree afternoon wedding I'd ever attended!
We are currently submitting Liana+ David's wedding story to be published in print so for now, this is a little preview of the gorgeous details of the day- one of which was the dress. As Liana chose to wear her aunt's wedding gown from over 55 years ago, it added a truly nostalgic warmth to the event, and photos from the aunt's wedding were distributed to everyone
"The morning of our reception in Venice, we breakfasted at our wonderful hotel, La Calcina in Dorsoduro, where Ruskin wrote The Stones of Venice, before taking a water taxi along the Grand Canal and the Bacino di San Marco to the Danieli—a glamorous beginning to what would be a magical day. Arriving at the Danieli, we entered the fourteenth-century Palazzo Dandolo to be greeted by our guests, many of whom were already emotional since they had also attended my aunt’s wedding all those years ago. During their speeches, my parents expressed how moved they were that I, a daughter of immigrants, chose to return to the land of their birth to celebrate my wedding."
I would like to personally thank both families for their incredible hospitality and for showing me the wonders of Venice by foot and sea. I cannot begin to express just how special this trip was for me, and the best part of all was becoming friends with Liana and her darling sidekick, Ariel. We have many adventures ahead now, I'm sure!
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