Lake Lure Wedding Photography – An Italian Wedding at the Lake Lure Inn


“La vita e bella”  – Life is beautiful.  This Italian phrase is a thread running through Cindy and Anthony’s lives.  It is such a fitting statement to the joy and beauty that they have found in each other.

I adored working with Cindy and Anthony capturing their Lake Lure Inn wedding on a perfect day with Carolina blue skies.  Cindy’s choice of bright oranges and deep reds were the perfect accents to their classically inspired day.  The bold floral arrangements were so unique and I especially loved the hanging vases on the wedding arbor by the English Flower Cottage!!  The couple had the most beautiful first look near the gazebo before their poolside ceremony.  Cindy wore a stunning lace overlay gown and Anthony was dressed in a classic black tux.   After their picture perfect ceremony, we gathered everyone for family photos, their guests filled the steps of the inn for an awesome photo with all their guests before dinner.  It was a fun time as everyone ate, drank and danced to Italian songs.  Of course, ‘That’s Amore’ filled the dance floor with everyone encircling the newlyweds, serenading them.  I loved being a part of their day, and truly felt like one of their family by the end of the night.

Cindy and Anthony’s wedding day personified ‘la vita e bella’.  At the end of the wedding day, each guest was given three candied almonds as traditional wedding gift to bestow a blessing on the newlyweds.  The couple upped this tradition by adding a little ceramic dish bearing that wonderful phrase.  Congrats to Cindy and Anthony!  Thank you for all the wonderful reminders of how beautiful life is.  🙂

I happened to be at the Inn photographing another wedding the night before and had to include this custom groom’s cake.  The groom is a huge Nascar fan, Patriots fan, and of course loves Italian spaghetti too.  Have to point out that the edible, sweet confection spaghetti is is plated beautifully on a white tablecloth, silverware that has the couple’s names and wedding date on them.  Can you believe how creative this was?!?  Michelle Fountain with Icing on the cake did a fabulous job for this couple!  The wedding day cake was a perfect vintage inspired replica of the bride’s parent’s wedding cake.


Had to share – now onto their spectacular wedding day!!

Photography: Camilla Calnan Photography

Venue: Lake Lure Inn, Lake Lure, NC

Florist: An English Flower Cottage

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