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Municipality of Tagliacozzo - Giardino Resta Restaurant and Cocktail Bar, Italy Elopement Photo Story Award

GIARDINO RESTA Restaurant Wedding Venue photography of The bride and groom having just opened the tent reception with their guests

Municipality of Tagliacozzo - GIARDINO RESTA Restaurant Elopement Venue Image | The bride and groom have just opened the reception and meet with their guests on the terrace

The bride and groom have just opened the reception and meet with their guests on the terrace that the manager of the restaurant has made available to them for aperitifs. The location, Giardino Resta Restaurant and Cocktail Bar, carefully evaluated by the couple, was chosen for the food but also for the splendid position in the village, intimate but at the same time with a unique view over the roofs of the surrounding houses.

A truly intimate party. This was the choice of Cristiano and Ketty, to share their day with their closest relatives and a few close friends, on a sunny morning in mid-September in the Municipality of Tagliacozzo, a location that has rightfully entered the Italian association of the most beautiful villages in Italy.

We are about six hundred kilometers from the house of the couple, getting married so far away was an essential decision by the couple who wanted to get married in the place where the bride's brother's family resides.

The opportunities to meet during the year are very few, the distance and above all the work of the brother who is divided between Italy and the United States, so what better opportunity to meet and celebrate together.

The light is fantastic, the ideal temperature, a unique place, the prerequisites for good photographic documentation are all there, now it's my turn to capture them. 

Avezzano L Aquila Italy wedding photo of The bride listening to makeup advice

Avezzano - L'Aquila - Italy Elopement Prep Image | The bride, who usually does not use make-up products, listens to her sister-in-law's advice

The bride, who usually does not use make-up products, listens to her sister-in-law's advice on the need to have a light thread on her face, which is also useful for photographs. The beautiful morning light coming through the window enhances the eyes that pay attention. 

Municipality of Tagliacozzo wedding image of The groom in front of the Town Hall before the first guests

Municipality of Tagliacozzo L'Aquila Italy Elopement Photo | The groom shows up in front of the Town Hall well in advance of the first guests

The groom shows up in front of the Town Hall well in advance, the first guests arrive and the smallest of the event throws himself into his arms to be the first to be hugged, this under the excited eyes of his mother. 

Town Hall of Italy wedding picture of an important moment of the children of the bride giving flowers

Town Hall Elopement Photo from Tagliacozzo - L'Aquila - Italy | an important and also unusual moment in wedding ceremonies, the children of the bride

This image contains an important and also unusual moment in wedding ceremonies, the children of the bride, unbeknownst to the mother, have to collect and deliver the official bouquet to the mother. I believe that the moment gains value, capturing a complicit and intimate expression between daughter and mother. 

Town Hall civil wedding ceremony photo from Tagliacozzo, L'Aquila, Italy with COVID rules imposed by the health emergency

Town Hall Elopements - Tagliacozzo, L'Aquila, Italy | The COVID-19 rules imposed by the health emergency do not undermine this moment of happiness

The rules imposed by the health emergency do not undermine this moment of happiness. The bride with a beautiful smile throws herself into a tender embrace, enhanced by the applause of the witnesses and the souvenir photos of the few people who were able to participate. 

Piazza Obelisco wedding image from L'Aquila, Italy of The bride and groom walking in the central square of the town

Piazza Obelisco Elopement Photography - L'Aquila - Italy | The bride and groom, with their guests in line, walk to the reception venue heading towards the central square of the town

The bride and groom, with their guests in line, walk to the reception venue heading towards the central square of the town. The people we meet do not hesitate to congratulate the couple, the groom thanks for the applause of the passer-by who, as a female custom, observes the bride's shoes. 

Italy terrace elopement Venue image - While waiting for the glass of wine, the bride listens to her sister-in-law

Giardino Resta Restaurant and Cocktail Bar, Italy Wedding Venue Picture | While waiting for the glass of wine, the bride listens to a moment of the day told by her sister-in-law

While waiting for the glass of wine, the bride listens to a moment of the day told by her sister-in-law. A sweet gesture and an eloquent expression underline the words and thoughts. 

Village Terrace Restaurant photography of the little wedding guests and young people present at the party in a corner of the garden

Giardino Resta Restaurant Elopement Venue Image | the little ones and young people present at the party go to a corner of the garden

Soon the sweets arrive, the little ones and young people present at the party go to a corner of the garden. They trick the wait with some games using smartphones. 

Wedding day portrait of the bride and groom who do not to want posed photographs

Giardino Resta Elopement Venue Photography | From the first moment the couple expressed the desire not to want posed photographs

From the first moment the couple expressed the desire not to want posed photographs being reluctant to photograph ... only stolen photos, this is their desire. Arriving at the entrance of the restaurant I point out to him how the midday light, in the old narrow villages, draws shadows and lights, enhancing the houses. I steal the only static image of the day, convinced to give them a good memory.