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Rocca San Vitale, Parma Elopement Photo Story Award

Rocca San Vitale Fontanellato Parma Italy Wedding Ceremony Ring Picture

Parma, Italy Elopement Image Gallery - Trying to hold back her emotions, the bride watches the groom’s face as he puts on the ring.

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.

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Beauty salon L'Autografo - Parma - Italy - Preparation of the bride in a very small beauty salon, where the rooms are large due to the vast presence of mirrors. The bride is also provided with a room for changing clothes.

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.

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The spouses are the first to arrive at the place where the ceremony will take place. The groom, while inquiring about the arrival of the very few guests, holds the bride's hand visibly thoughtful. Arriving from the Soviet Union the day before.

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.

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Rocca San Vitale - Fontanellato - Parma - Italy - The bride and groom waiting for the start of the ceremony, make me observe the particularity of their faiths.

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.

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Rocca San Vitale - Fontanellato - Parma - Italy. The bride turns to the translator and listens, with everyone's attention, to the translation of the rite from Italian into Russian.

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.

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Pizzeria Càrme - Fontanellato - Parma - Italy. After toasting with the other ten diners, the couple turn to me dedicating a personal toast.

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.

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Fontanellato - Parma - Italy. Knowing the love of the spouses for their old Alfa Romeo, I look for a detail that can combine cars, rings and that also describes the beautiful light of that day.

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.

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Fontanellato - Parma - Italy. The stop continues for half an hour, their position offers me an unusual point of view for a portrait.

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.

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The guests are already gone, I decide to accompany the newlyweds to the Rocca to collect the bride's suitcase deposited in a room since her arrival. My decision gives me the opportunity to capture a final image ... a story ... suitable to end

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.