The 28th of June is one of those days I will remember forever thanks to the Polish-Italian wedding of Maria and Christian. The idea for an Italian wedding came suddenly, far into the preparations. The ceremony was originally supposed to take place in Bydgoszcz, Poland, however, my lovebirds got the delightful idea to have themselves a very special project – an Italian Wedding and Reception. They decided to invite the guests to Christian’s hometown in Sicily – to sunny Palermo. It’s no surprise to me why people from all around the world travel there for their dream wedding. Sicily is the heart of southern Italy – an incredible place full of breathtaking views, sandy coastlines, delicious food and, of course, the history. But let’s focus now. First, we had a quick ‘engagement session’ by the sea, you can read about it HERE. The very next day was the magical, long-awaited Big Day we were all so excited for.

A WEDDING IN SICILY

Christian prepared in his childhood home, surrounded by his friends and family. Maria on the other hand prepared outside of the city, in a picturesque cabin with a gorgeous garden. The wedding ceremony itself took place in The Santuario di Santa Rosalia – The Sanctuary of Saint Rosalia. It is a deeply spiritual place, this temple carved inside a cave, located almost at the very top of mount Monte Pellegrino. After the wedding, we did climb up to that peak, where we enjoyed some tasty snacks and frosty beer. The open-air reception took place in Sea Club in Terrasini, where we partied well into the night. Our newlyweds arrived by boat during a truly romantic sunset, cuddled cheek to cheek all the way to their party.
And while the newlyweds and the guests all had a blast, the party ended for me on a rather low note. While I was putting my camera back into its pouch, I twisted my ankle. I’ll say this – the return home was not easy nor pleasant.

A WEDDING AND RECEPTION ABROAD

Weddings abroad have one thing in common – the guests often take a few days off and take the family for a short relaxing trip – you can feel the chillax in the air. And while the overall vibe and food was brilliant, I do believe that Maria and Christian’s day was one of the more touching weddings I had the privilege of shooting. I can still remember the myriad of tiny moments and “snapshots” I both saw and experienced, and I feel truly honored to have met the families and friends of the newlyweds. It was a real pleasure to accompany them on this incredible day. Grazie.

Suit – Lavard
Reception: Sea Club