• Sarah Horton

A relaxed castle wedding on Lake Garda, Italy

Updated: Jan 22, 2020


views of hotel Castello and malcesine castle on lake Garda, Italy

Lake Garda Wedding Photography

I dont even know where to start with this one! I've been beside myself with excitement in the run up to Laura & David's wedding at Malcesine Castle in Lake Garda and it was everything I'd hoped for! Its somewhere I've always wanted to visit and being able to shoot a beautiful wedding while I was there was a total dream. We met for a pre-wedding/family session at the end of last year and for a chat over their plans for the trip where I learned they'd be married the top of Scaliger Castle overlooking Lake Garda, followed by drinks, ice creams and an afternoon trip out on the lake, on the 1926 sailing boat Siora Veronica.

We travelled out a few days ahead of the wedding for a little break (I don't often get chance for holidays in wedding season so totally made the most of a few quiet days of pizza & aperol in the sun!) which also meant we were able to catch up with Laura & David for a walk through the locations and to meet some of their friends and family who had travelled out for the wedding.

Malcesine Wedding Photographer


Laura & David both get ready on the morning of the wedding in seperate rooms at the top of the beautiful Hotel Castello which has incredible views out across the lake and of the castle grounds on the edge of the hillside. The rooms are perfect for photographing in - so light and airy! Laura & her dad walked through the steep but pretty cobbled streets of Malcesine to the ceremony on the roof of the castle. Scaliger Castle dates back to the 5th century and boasts 360 degree views of the lake and Monte Baldo - a totally incredible location for a wedding ceremony. Despite some worrying weather during the week the clouds cleared for the ceremony and the weather was amazing for the rest of the day! We headed back through the streets for an ice cream stop before boarding the Siora Veronica for a drinks reception.

After enjoying a beautiful tour of the lake guests made their way back to Hotel Castello for an amazing 5 course dinner, speeches and dancing, and we made the most of the scenery and the weather before the sunshine gave way to torrential rain and insane thunderstorms!

I could hardly narrow down my faves so here are wayyyy too many pics! <3 I'm totally chuffed to have won Bride Magazine's Wedding Image of the Week & a Wedisson award from this gallery too!

miss dior perform set against lilac bridal bouquet

mother of the bride hugs bride at hotel costello, lake Garda

grooms bue asos suit hangs on the wall

views of lake Garda from hotel Castello, malcesine

wedding party talk across balconies at hotel Castello

groomsmen read out wedding card

groomsmen look out over lake garda in malcesine

bridal shoes surrounded by lace wedding dress

groomsmen walk up steep malcesine street

father of bride pops champagne

groomsmen stand for relaxed picture infront of lake garda

groom walks off jetty on lake garda with groomsmen

engagement ring sits on edge of veil

hotel castello marchesine

bride gets ready in hotel bathroom

groom heads up steps at malcesine castle wedding

bride and bridesmaid smile on bed at hotel Castello

groom waves from the roof of malcesine castle wedding

bridesmaid buttons up wedding dress

brides hand on lace wedding dress

rooftop wedding at malcesine castle, lake garda

bride looks out over lake garda

bride walks with dad through cobbled malcesine streets

malcesine wedding photography bride walks with dad

bridal party walk up steps at malcesine castle wedding

bridesmaid walks up castle steps with flower girl

bride and groom at malcesine castle wedding, lake garda

wedding taking place on malcesine castle rooftop

bride and groom hold hands during ceremony

bride smiles during malcesine castle rooftop ceremony

bride and groom are married under canopy at malcesine castle wedding

view over malcesine from malcesine castle wedding

couple kiss at malcesine castle, lake garda wedding

happy couple leave wedding ceremony at lake garda

wedding party walk down cobbled steps at malcesine castle, lake garda

couple smile against Italian castle walls

bridesmaids group photo against italian castle walls in malcesine

bride and smiling flower girls at malcesine castle
bride and groom against lake garda from malcesine castle rooftop

bride and groom against castle walls at lake garda wedding

views from lake garda wedding