These days, weddings are seen by the majority as a day to show off beautiful and expensive wedding dresses and to eat two or three times more that you would on a normal day. Having shot over 150 weddings and having been a Bride myself, I can say that a wedding is not only about outward appearances. I am used to spending the entire day beside the Bride and Groom. I can tell you that the most profound moment of the day is not when the Bride jumps into her dream dress, but when her Dad sees his daughter turn into a real little Bride, when her best friend appears at the door, when she sees her Grandma crying and wishing her all the best. This is LIFE!
Silvia and Roberto’s wedding was the first one that I had shot after attending the wedding summit ‘Way Up North’ in Stockholm last October. Jonas Peterson’s speech for me was like a wake up call! His key word was ‘story’ and the way he explained how important our job is and how important it is to tell the real story of the wedding was for me a great treasure to bring back.
As soon as I arrived at the Church, I saw a hospital bed beside the altar. Perhaps before hearing Jonas’ speech, I would have stayed far from it, hesitant and afraid to disturb, but after his valuable lesson, I understood that if she was there, even on a hospital bed, that meant that she must have been a very important person for the Bride and Groom, so I tried to be discrete and I did my best to photograph Roberto’s Aunt beside them. While I was doing this, I noticed how loved she was that the story of this wedding is that of a big beautiful family that takes care of each other in a very warm way, a family that everybody should have.
PS. I can say that this was one of the most elegant weddings of the season and there was one of the most AMAZING bands that I have ever heard! They played Daft Punk!
THE BEST WEDDING PARTY EVER!
Here are some photos:
© Francesca Floris Storytelling Wedding Photographer Sardinia
© second shooter Walter Melas