Wedding Worthy Destinations

August 15, 2022

As a destination photographer, I get to visit some pretty amazing places around the world. I’ve seen beautiful architecture, gorgeous gardens, and wedding venues that look like they belong in a storybook. 

And while I love each and every one of them, a few stand out in my mind. Villa San Giacomo in Italy and Montage Palmetto Bluff in South Carolina are two of my favorite places I’ve photographed for weddings.

Today, I’d love to give you a peek at these stunning places. Once you see the photographs, I think you’ll see why they’re among my favorites! 

Villa San Giacomo in Positano, Italy

The Villa San Giacomo in Positano is a luxury landmark home built in 1741 and restored in 2013. Wealthy merchants built the residence as a place to discuss business and watch their ships at sea. 

The villa sits at the highest point of Positano, giving guests breathtaking views of the coast and the islands of Li Galli. And the home itself is a sumptuous feast for the eyes. Flowering vines and plants adorn the exterior walls, while antiques and period paintings decorate the indoors. 

There are 12 double rooms, 19 bathrooms, frescoed halls, a library, a living room, and a fully equipped kitchen. And this historic property is one of the only on the Amalfi Coast that can be booked exclusively for weddings.

The Villa San Giacomo was an amazing experience for my couple and their guests. Hosting at the villa created an intimate weekend getaway. Guests all stayed on the property and shared gourmet meals and wine while overlooking the gorgeous Mediterranean views. 

Another great thing about the villa is that it is centrally located, and guests could enjoy a full weekend of events. The property is within walking distance of things to do, but it also offers guests activities within the villa, so they don’t have to venture out on their own if they choose not to.

Montage Palmetto Bluff in South Carolina

The Montage Palmetto Bluff, set in South Carolina’s Lowcountry, is perfect for an elegant Southern wedding. This coastal resort community features a nature preserve, a riverfront marina, the Jack Nicklaus Signature Golf Course, excellent culinary offerings, and 12 gorgeous venue spaces to choose from.  

There is the romantic May River Chapel with its arched windows and views of the waters and marshes. And the magical Somerset Chapel that provides streams of beautiful light through its windows. There are also two versatile ballrooms, a pavilion, and spacious lawn areas for ceremonies and receptions. 

Montage Palmetto Bluff also offers rooms, suites, cottages, and homes so you and your guests can stay on the property during your wedding weekend. The couple I photographed booked their guests rooms at the hotel and hosted a welcome party and morning clay shoot. 

The unique thing about Montage is that even though it’s located within the Lowcountry, it provides a different experience since it’s within a small, secluded community. It allows you and your loved ones a chance to enjoy a getaway. I loved photographing the wedding there and seeing how all of the guests became friends. They truly enjoyed their time exploring the area and fellowshipping together.  

Book Your Destination Photographer Whether you envision yourself at one of these venues or somewhere else entirely different, I would be happy to photograph your destination wedding. Let me know where you would like to go, and let’s get planning!


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