I saw the groom a few times before the wedding and tried to understand his character and how he interacts with Natashia. After listing how the wedding would take place, he talked about how much his future wife would appreciate a non-invasive photographic presence. So, I brought into play my experience and my way of telling stories.
Trying to hold back her emotions, the bride watches the groom’s face as he puts on the ring.
At the small beauty salon, L’Autografo in Parma, Italy, the bride prepares in a room that looks larger than it is due to the vast mirrors. The bride was also provided with a room for changing clothes.
The couple is the first to arrive at the venue in Parma, a city in the northern Italian region of Emilia-Romagna, where the ceremony will take place. The groom, while inquiring about the arrival of the very few guests who were part of their small, intimate ceremony, holds the bride’s hand in thought as she sits in the passenger seat of a bright red car.
As the bride and groom wait for the ceremony to start, the two of them hold their rings in their hands, just itching to finally put them on.
During this beautiful blending of cultures and languages, the bride, along with the small party of guests, turns to the translator and listens to the translation of the rites from Italian into Russian.
After toasting with the other ten diners, the couple turn to me to dedicate a personal, private toast with one another during this intimate celebration.
Knowing the love the newlyweds share for their old Alfa Romeo, I looked for a small detail on this special car that I could use to show off the couple’s rings and that also showcased the beautiful light of that day.
The couple decided to take a break after their portraits for some iced tea and relaxed on a patch of green grass for half an hour, so I took this opportunity to sneak in some shots. Their position offered a unique point of view for a portrait, and they were photographed from above.
With all of the guests already gone, I decided to accompany the newlyweds to the Rocca to collect the bride’s suitcase that had been deposited in a room there upon her arrival. My decision gave me the opportunity to capture a final image—a story—suitable to end a small but intense day of love.