Ottawa Destination Wedding Photographer| Saying “I do” on the Italian Riviera

June 7, 2011

Jerilyn and Nils met in college when she was a diver and he was a swimmer. They thought that because they met in the water, they should be married by the water. The water that they chose was the Italian Riviera!

I could write a novel about this couple and about how lucky I am that I got to travel to Italy with them to photograph their wedding. Jerilyn got in touch with me last year after I overheard her sister chatting at work about how she was going to be in a wedding in Italy. I made a “joke” about being a photographer who loved to travel and thought that was the end of the story. Well, a couple of emails and phone calls later, I was going to Italy!

As a photographer who loves to tell a story, it was fabulous to get to spend a week surrounded by Jerily and Nils’s friends and family. I got to learn a lot about this couple. The thing that stood out the most for me is just how much they are loved. Their guests came from the US, Sweden, Canada, England, Norway, and a number of other countries to spend a week with them on a cruise to celebrate this (long awaited!) marriage ceremony. Everyone was very happy to recount funny stories and talk about how important it was for them to be there. There were a lot of laughs had and way more (happy!) tears than I expected!

I can see why they are so loved – this is a couple who lives life fully. It was fun to capture their story.

Jerilyn and Nils, thank you so much for  having me along as your wedding photographer. You are both such wonderful people and so much fun to be around. Enjoy your sneak peek…your full gallery will be coming shortly!

I loved the details……

Nils and the boys got ready on the boat as we were coming into port.

All of the guests had to take a tender from the boat to get to shore for the ceremony.

Jerilyn and the girls got ready at the Grand Hotel Miramere in Santa Margherita.

Jerilyn and Nils planned a 2 hour cocktail reception after their ceremony and there were people that travelled from all over Europe to see them for 3 hours. They wanted to see each other and do couple photos before the ceremony so they could spend as much time as possible with their guests. This was their first look. I love Nils’ expression.

One of the girls…

A little down time before the ceremony. I love this one.

The ceremony was filled with a lot of laughs and tears! Jerilyn referred to herself as Nils when saying her vows and Nils’ sister sang a beautiful Swedish song that left most of us misty eyed (even though a good majority of us had no idea what she was saying!).

After the ceremony there was a champagne toast and a cocktail reception (with amazing food). Again, there were many laughs and tears! My favourite speeches are those that roast the couple a little bit, and there was plenty of roasting this evening (and a lot of nice things were said too….but the roasting was more fun!)

We had a few minutes to capture some more couple photos before heading back to the boat. I could have shot here all day – it was gorgeous!



We then headed back to the boat for the pre-dinner reception and dinner. The food was incredible!  There were more speeches, a visit from Darth Vader, a special video recorded message from Jerilyn’s grandfather and some dancing. The evening finished off with am amazing dinner at the Pinnacle grill.

And we’ll end with one of  my favourite images from the day.

Sarah Costa posted the following on June 7, 2011 at 6:26 pm.

These are so gorgeous! What a great combination of beautiful couple and location to go with a phenomenally talented photographer!

Sarah posted the following on June 7, 2011 at 6:30 pm.

Just STUNNING Jenn! My favorite images are the “sweet little moments” that you always do such an amazing job capturing! The bride playing with her ring, the groom kissing his wife’s hand, and the shot of them at the bar just so much in love after a beautiful day! Such amazing moments captured! You are one incredibly talented photographer – and Italy! wow! Just a little jealous! I know they are going to be beyond thrilled!

Nils posted the following on June 7, 2011 at 6:46 pm.

This is amazing! Such a nice job and I love the comments. I cannot tell you how happy I am with the pictures Jenn and for having the pleasure of getting to know you and Bruce. You were so easy to work with and normally I do not like taking pictures but you made it a breeze… Thats says a lot.

Foster posted the following on June 7, 2011 at 6:53 pm.

Jennifer, these are absolutely amazing, as are you :) They knew who to go to for beautiful photographs!

sophie posted the following on June 7, 2011 at 6:55 pm.

What a beautiful couple, wedding, location – amazing!!! I am sure they must be over the moon with these images that you have captured.

Shelley posted the following on June 7, 2011 at 7:53 pm.

LOVE the ones of the rings, Jenn!! Gorgeous!! Also love the bar shot….the balcony is beautiful.

Sarah posted the following on June 7, 2011 at 9:20 pm.

Wow – A-MA-ZING! I love the connections you showed – and the scenery is superb – what a wonderful place to get married!

CJ Wilkes posted the following on June 7, 2011 at 9:27 pm.

Fabulous and Amazing work! Love it all!

Heather S posted the following on June 7, 2011 at 11:06 pm.

My only disappoint was when i reached the last picture – i wanted to see MORE!!!! Love these jen – you. are. phenomenal!!!

Julie Kraai posted the following on June 7, 2011 at 11:38 pm.

In one word: perfection.

I loved loved loved your images that documented this wonderfully momentous occasion. you did such a stellar job at this!!!! And the location and couple … WOW. STUNNING!

Elle posted the following on June 8, 2011 at 12:52 am.

I have to agree – Stunning!!! What an amazing job you did! Gorgeous wedding!!

Corine Tran posted the following on June 8, 2011 at 11:35 am.

Gorgeous wedding and couple. You rocked it!

Nicki b posted the following on June 8, 2011 at 11:49 am.

Oh wow! What an amazing job you did! The images are fantastic!!!

Jaidean posted the following on June 8, 2011 at 12:24 pm.

Oh wow…these are stunning!

Evelyn posted the following on June 8, 2011 at 12:55 pm.

Wow – they are all great!! Such a beautiful wedding. Awesome work!

Amber posted the following on June 8, 2011 at 1:23 pm.

Wow. These are incredible!!! Absolutely love your work Jenn.

aimee Reynolds posted the following on June 8, 2011 at 3:59 pm.

Oh my goodness! Jennifer Boggett…your talent truly blows my mind and takes my breath away! These are soooo stunning! My favorite has to be the last one but I also love how he is looking at her while they are sitting and he is fidgeting with his new wedding band. You did an awesome job!!! As always!

Julie kraai posted the following on June 8, 2011 at 5:04 pm.

These = perfection in every sense of the word. Love love love.

kelsey {las vegas wedding photography} posted the following on June 8, 2011 at 11:41 pm.

beautiful details!

Conni posted the following on June 9, 2011 at 11:50 am.

Beautiful work Jenn – the lighting is breathtaking! You did a phenomenal job with everything!

Kim F. posted the following on June 9, 2011 at 12:27 pm.

WOW, these are amazing! Beautiful wedding, beautiful couple and beautiful photos! You captured the day perfectly! I felt like I was there!! Such talent!

Rebecca Mitchell {FreshFromGod Photography} posted the following on June 9, 2011 at 5:09 pm.

SIMPLY STUNNING! Oh my goodness they are all just beautiful and the Bride and Groom and beautiful too! Nice work!

Kara posted the following on June 11, 2011 at 4:02 pm.

What a fun and beautiful wedding! Wonderful images Jennifer!

Amanda posted the following on June 12, 2011 at 3:59 pm.

Phew….stunning captures…Goodness. My fav…the last one. So real, so lovely!

Tori Piercy posted the following on June 14, 2011 at 11:48 pm.

Oh wow, these are gorgeous! How fun you got to go to Italy to photograph such a beautiful couple on their wedding day! I adore the shot of him kissing her hand *swoon* Great job!

Sean posted the following on June 19, 2011 at 10:00 pm.

Amazing captures..these are just wonderful..loved you captures..

Megan Vaughan posted the following on January 6, 2013 at 3:15 pm.

Love this wedding! Nice shoot!

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