The part of your wedding that Italians love best is when it’s time to kiss the bride! Here’s how to get the best kiss on camera at your wedding in Italy.

Clear the way from photobombers

Your very first kiss will be at the end of your ceremony when the Italian wedding celebrant says those magical words, “You may now seal your bond with a kiss!”
Make sure your celebrant knows to step aside for your first kiss so your photographer can get a full shot of you two under your magnificent arch of flowers.
There will be lots more pictures of the two of you kissing from this point on, so keep an eye out for random photobombers like venue staff or service staff during the reception.

Beautiful Italian backdrop

Add beauty to that special moment by picking a backdrop that will paint your kissing canvas and make it frame-worthy.  A world-famous monument, stunning Tuscan landscape, an amazing frescoed ceiling, a stone farmhouse wall, an ancient door, an ivy-clad fence  …  Italian backdrops embrace your smooches with love and lasting memories. Scout out ahead of time for the different places at your ceremony venue where you want to freeze those special Italian elements or better yet, hire a local Italian wedding photographer who will already know where the best spots are.

Pick a side

 Any actor will tell you that we all have a good side and a better side, so pick your camera-worthy side and make sure that is the one facing the photographer as much as possible.  Girls, If your wedding dress is strapless, spaghetti straps or short sleeved, be sure to check your arms:  putting your hands around his neck helps stretch out any loose or puckered skin. If there’s too much to stretch just ask your photographer to make adjustments in post-production or simply focus on your faces and take more shots from a distance.
Boys, inspect your best side too, look where your beard is more uniform and maybe your hair combs over a receding hairline.  Also, when you shave up for the wedding day remember noses and ears grow hair, too.

Hold that kiss

Your Italian photography team shoots at least 1,000 frames to be sure they get you at your best, so give them a chance to get multiple shots of your kisses by looking into each other’s eyes and holding each kiss just a little bit longer than you normally would.  Avoid sloppy make-outs as well as passionless pecks.  You may want to practice some of your favorite kisses before the wedding day … just to be sure you get it right … right?  😉

Appoint a set director

If your maid of honor is following you for hair and make up touch ups during your photoshoot, let her tag along with you and check the surroundings to preview your picture to your liking.  If you are doing bridal prep shots, she can get housekeeping in to clean up before the photographers get there and take out your accessories like shoes, wedding gown and veil, garter, jewelry, and any special trinkets you may pin to your bouquet.  She will be right next to you for your first kiss so she can make sure the celebrant moves over at pronouncement.  She can check out good backdrops at your wedding venue with you before the ceremony.  She can protect you from photobombers by kindly asking them to wait or step aside.  Lastly, she’ll give you an honest opinion on which your best side and she can help you help you relax by making sure you always look your best.
photo credits:
Andrea di Giampasquale