Il Toscanini, Reggio Emilia, Italy Elopement Photo Story Award

The bride and groom at a reception venue table sitting as wedding guests arrive

The bride and groom chatted at a table at the reception venue restaurant

The couple arrived at Il Toscanini reception venue a bit ahead of time, and since the tables weren't set up yet, they took the chance to mingle in the sheltered area prior to the room preparation. They chatted about their day, and then some guests entered through the revolving door.

Tiziano and Laura's day was certainly an exciting and unique event, as was the moment of the first meeting. I met Laura during a photo session at the company where she works. During a break, she revealed to me that in a few days she will get married, an intimate event with very few guests who will share her union with her partner Tiziano.

They hadn't thought of a photographer, for many reasons, few people, the month of December, the now long coexistence with an already grown-up son and the thought that in the end the memories remain in the heart and mind. I expressed my thoughts to her trying to make known, with my experience, the importance of stopping in time all those moments full of emotion using photography, emphasizing that you can build a good story of the day even if everything was organized to be lived with few people.

After a couple of days the couple, together with their son, came to visit me in my studio. Laura revealed to me that she had talked about it with her partner and that my words had convinced them to also include the presence of a photographer in their day.

Reaffirming that I would have been one of their guests and that what I was asking from them was simply to enjoy the day, without forcing it.

We greet each other with a handshake and a thank you from them, which I reciprocated by capturing their unique moments.

The groom gets ready for wedding with son at home of the couple in Pegognaga, Mantova, IT

At the house of the couple in Pegognaga, Mantova, Italy: Groom gets ready for the wedding

The couple, who have been living together for some time and have an older child, choose to get ready in two different places. It is the groom and his son who choose to get ready in the family home.

BW pic of bride at boutique putting on her dress in Cerese, Mantova, Italy

The bride proceeded to the boutique to put on her dress in Cerese, Mantova, Italy

Once the bride was finished with her hair and makeup, she proceeded to the boutique where she purchased her dress to get ready for the big day. She stepped out of the dressing room and the storeowner fastened the dressfor her.  Laura looked in the mirror and expressed all of her emotions, always an intense moment to capture. The emotions continue when her sister came to help her put on a small cloak to protect her from the cold and humidity of that December day.

Bride and groom make entrance to room of civil wedding ceremony in Pegognaga, Mantova, IT

The bride and groom makes the entrance into the room for the civil wedding ceremony

The couple makes their entrance into the room where the civil ceremony was held. A few guests already filled the small room, including the son who sits with the cushion of rings, awaiting. The bride's first gesture upon entering was directed toward her son, a sweet motherly caress.

Ritratti wedding portraits in Reggiolo, Reggio Emila of bride and groom on porch with soft light

Italian bride and groom gave smiles and gestures during a quick wedding portrait session

Twenty minutes, no more, was the agreement with the couple to take some portrait photos. The location chosen was a porch that provided great light. Starting with a pose, the bride and groom relaxed and gave me spontaneous smiles and gestures.

Before arriving at Italian Restaurant Wedding Reception, bride, groom, and son walking on streets

The bride with her husband and son hurried when walking to Italian Restaurant Wedding Reception

At the end of the portraits, they walked towards the place of the small reception, it was the bride who preceded her husband and son and encouraged them to hurry up, perhaps also to warm up a little before lunch.

Italy Wedding Venue Detail picture of grooms hand on brides dress

At the Reggio Emilia reception venue, beautiful light from windows helped this detail shot

The beautiful light coming from the windows gave me the opportunity to take a good detail shot to give to the newlyweds.

Reggio Emilia wedding reception party guests are singing karaoke at lunch

Owner of the tavern (Il Toscanini) joined in the karaoke performance during the wedding reception party

As they waited for the wedding cake, the guests entertained themselves by singing karaoke. There was a nice atmosphere among everyone, even the owner of the tavern (Il Toscanini) joined in the performance with the guests.

Italian bride groom and wedding guests at tavern enjoying coffee at reception party

Wedding guests at the tavern counter enjoy some coffee with the Italian bride and groom

After the lunch was over, coffee was served at the counter. I was looking for this particular perspective to highlight even more the intimacy of this simple but beautiful event.