This lovely wedding was a day of two halves. Super-stylish couple Marco and Ilaria started their day with an elegant Hampstead Heath Pergola wedding ceremony, before moving on to the Hospital Club for some serious partying.

The Pergola on the Heath is one of those venues that sends little shivers up my spine, and it is bloody amazing! There’s something really special and slightly mysterious about this hidden oasis of green in the middle of the city. Even on a fairly grey day it’s a completely beautiful, calming space, and it suited Ilaria and Marco’s style down to a tee.

Talking of style, just feast your eyes on Ilaria’s gorgeous bridal look. I love the simple elegance of her dress. Dior and Georgio Armani? Yes please! What a partnership!

I’m so pleased Marco got in touch with me to shoot their big day. He’d spotted some pictures of an engagement shoot I’d done at the Pergola, and liked them so much he and Ilaria booked me pretty much on the spot. Queue much happy whoops from me!

Goes to show the power of social media – and here comes a top tip: If you’re planning your wedding and feeling a bit stuck finding the perfect suppliers to bring what’s in your head to life, get yourself on Instagram! You’ll find tons of inspiration and lots more images than you might see on the suppliers’ official websites and portfolios. It’s sure to give you a more rounded picture of what they can do, and you’ll get a clearer idea if they’re the right fit for you.

OK, back to Marco and Ilaria’s elegant Italian pretty-fest of a wedding day! After the ceremony we made a short pit-stop to make sure their beautiful golden Lab was all good and then moved things over to the Hospital Club in Covent Garden in a red double-decker London Bus. This urban venue just oozes style, and the couple added loads of fun touches to keep the party going all night long. Table football, ping pong and amazing tunes that ensured the dance floor was always jam packed. Such a fun day.

I left with aching feet, ringing ears, lots of renewed table tennis skillz under my belt and a massive smile on my face.

If you’d like to go and explore the Pergola or The Hospital Club together, you are planning your Italian wedding, or you just want to have a chat about your wedding photography, say hello! I can’t wait to hear from you…

Italian-Inspired Elegant Hampstead Heath Pergola Wedding Favourites

Ilaria's Dior gown and gold Armani shoes hang in front of a white brick wall A close up of Ilaria's gold Armani stiletto heels Ilaria's gold stilettos are draped over a black piano as she gets ready for her elegant Hampstead Heath pergola wedding Marco and Ilaria's order of service with an image from their couple's shoot is propped up on the piano Ilaria's bouquet of white calla lilies lies on the lid of the black piano The two flower girls hold calla lilies up to their noses and grin at each other. They wear white shift dresses and silver headbands with flower details. Groom Marco tightens his striped tie on the morning of his wedding Marco wears a navy suit and rainbow striped tie with matching pocket square Ilaria's bridesmaids fasten delicate silver bracelets around her wrist as she gets ready Ilaria shows off her finished bridal look in a simple Dior gown, pendant and loose up-do as she stands in front of a white brick wall Looking down over the ceremony venue - the pergola on Hampstead Heath A view through the arches at the pergola on Hampstead Heath Ilaria and her father climb the stairs to the ceremony venue on Hampstead Heath Marco looks out across the grass to where his bride is approaching for their ceremony The bride and her father cross to the Pergola, preceded by two flower girls in white dresses and red cardigans, carrying baskets of petals A close up of the oboe in the band playing for the ceremony Bride Ilaria signs the register The flower girls carry baskets of confetti cones for the guests Ilaria and Marco walk down the aisle in a shower of petals Wedding confetti getting stuck in the Groom's glasses at the Hampstead PergolaThe newlyweds share a kiss at the end of the aisle Ilaria laughs with female guests after her wedding ceremony, while holding her bouquet of calla lilies Ilaria throws her bouquet from a veranda at the Hampstead Heath pergola The bouquet is caught by a guest in a black dress while others applaud and cheer The flower girls hold hands standing at the edge of an ornamental pond A three-quarter length shot of Marco and Ilaria from the waist down, standing amid the petal confetti after their wedding ceremony That 'just married' feeling! Marco and Ilaria punch the air with excitement at the edge of the ornamental pond A black and white shot of the newlyweds kissing by the pond One of the children jumps in the air in a shower of confetti next to the couple, who laugh It's a surprise confetti attack from three young guests! The newlyweds shield their faces and laugh. Ilaria laughs as her new husband gazes fondly at her. The couple sit in an archway at the Hampstead Heath pergola The newlyweds kiss against a backdrop of red brick and dark green foliage The red routemaster bus that took guests from the ceremony to the reception in central London Ilaria and Marco grin joyfully at each other during their couple's shoot after the wedding ceremony Bride and groom hugging at their Hampstead Pergola wedding Groom holding the bride in his arms and interlacing his fingers at the back of her waist at the Hampstead PergolaThe couple are seated on a bench at the end of a walkway of decorative columns and climbing foliage. A shot from above. Marco holds his new bride tenderly as the couple sit on a spiral staircase Bride and groom laughing at their Hampstead Pergola Wedding Groom making the bride laugh at their Italian Hampstead Pergola WeddingThe bride pokes her tongue out at the camera Ilaria poses with her dog. She is wrapped up against the cold in a cashmere shawl. A close up of a cut-throat table football match being played at the reception venue A taxidermy fox wearing a fez decorates The Hospital Club in central London A red ping pong paddle sits on the blue table at Ilaria and Marco's wedding reception The wedding cake - naked chocolate cake decorated with berries - and ready to be cut The couple cut their chocolate wedding cake Let's dance! Marco spins his bride on the dancefloor at The Hospital Club in Covent Garden

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An amazing set of images and great storytelling.

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