Photographer Ricky Baillie reveals all about jetting off to Verona to capture Gaby and Stuart’s wedding
“I’ve known Gaby and Stuart for quite some time now, so naturally, I was delighted to be asked to capture their wedding and even better they decided on a destination wedding! Gaby has Italian roots on her father’s side, so it was no surprise they would be looking for venues in Italy.
Villa Zambonina is a gorgeous 17th-century Palladian villa, set on a farming estate near the city of Verona, and was the perfect place to celebrate this awesome couple and their commitment to each other.
The day started off slightly later due to the heat factor. Gaby and her girls had a blast whilst having their hair and makeup done, before slipping into their stunning dresses and finishing off some champagne. Gaby was in the most amazing gown by Halfpenny London and Aquazzura shoes. The Dannijo jewellery really was the cherry on top to complete the look. She was an absolutely beautiful bride!
Stuart and his boys looked great in their Charles Tyrwhitt suits. I loved hanging out with the guys as they were getting ready and helping each other tying ties and clipping cufflinks. The groomsmen’s cufflinks and the couple’s rings were all by local Edinburgh jeweller, Goodwins.
Sadly, Gaby’s father was not able to make the trip from Scotland due to health reasons, so her brother Pietro, was immensely honoured to walk his sister down the aisle.
The ceremony was beautiful and touching, a close friends and family affair that drew tears and laughs throughout. Fortunately, for all of their guests who were baking under the late afternoon sun, the ceremony was short but sweet.
Following the ceremony, we were treated to a delectable aperitvo, with canapés and champagne, before I took Gaby and Stuart away for some portraits. The textures and colours of the villa were just perfect and we got some relaxed, fun shots before heading over for the meal.
Emotional and hilarious speeches with incredible food were followed by a rather crazy cutting of the cake and champagne getting sprayed everywhere – thanks Stuart! Then it was on to the party by the pool. The evening was brilliant with everyone partying on until the early hours with cocktails, Cuban cigars and some terrible dancing (including me) and accidental swims.
What a truly unbelievable wedding and an absolute joy to be a part of.”