Today I would like to introduce you to something different than what you are used to reading on this blog, but which is always about Weddings and, of course, Photography.
During the past year I have been involved by Mary de La Sposa degli Alberi (meaning The Bride of the Trees) in a very exciting project: the creation of a Wedding Ideas Magazine!
But let's start from the beginning: for those who don't know her, Mary is a talented Wedding Designer, as well as being my wife. A semi-unknown profession here in Italy and often confused with that of a Wedding Planner, a Wedding Designer takes care of designing the stylistic side of the event: from invitations to setting table, from scenic design to centerpieces, from ceremony to seating table, every little detail takes shape after a meticulous analysis of the couple and the place where the event will be celebrated.
After ten years of business and about 200 weddings, Mary has decided to get involved with a new idea, being a creative who never succeeds to stop.
She then thought about how to channel her creativity in order to make it available to those looking for inspiration and ideas for their wedding.
The result was this amazing photographic book, Il Libro delle Idee – idee e scenografie per matrimoni (The Book of Ideas - ideas and scenographies for weddings), of which I would like to tell you my point of view, that of who made the over 230 photographs that tell and describe the 12 original scenographies created by La Sposa degli Alberi.
The Book of Ideas: the cover and the inner pages
A few days ago I received an e-mail request for information for a wedding photo shoot, of the kind I rarely get: containing very little information, no phone number and with a immediate request for a quote.
I already know how these requests usually turn out (spoiler: bad). I already know that I should reply that I am already booked for that date, but I always have that underlying optimism that does not allow me to do so and I can only respond politely by explaining that, no, I cannot send a quote under those conditions.
I also know that there is never any nastiness or disrespect behind such a request, so I always try to explain my point of view.
My point of view is that IstantiSenzaTempo does not offer only material goods, as can be the printing of a photograph. IstantiSenzaTempo offers an experience, which begins before the contract is signed and ends (if it ends) long after the event.
You can read the testimonials from our customers, which tell that. And it's evidenced by the WhatsApp groups with "our" couples, that are still alive, fresh and sparkling (however, we keep them for ourselves and do not make them public).
Because we are not machines that assemble a car and take out the bill based on the chosen extra. Our working method is very difficult to include in a list of options and their cost.
Our goal is to give you the freedom to be yourselves and recognize yourselves in the photos we will deliver to you
Delivering of the wedding photographs is always a great emotion for you couples. After waiting my creative process and post-production work to be completed, you are finally ready to relive those moments that literally flew by, despite having lasted a whole day.
But trust me, in delivering your wedding pictures I also feel a great emotion, albeit different from yours.
The result of my work, imbued with everything I experienced with you that day, is finally ready. You still don't know what your photographs look like, because my editing is, every time, different from the previous ones. My editing process is in fact linked to how you are and to the sensations it gave me living on your wedding day: I will always be different, so the final result will always be totally different from the other weddings.
You do not yet know how I portrayed you, you do not yet know where and how I stopped my gaze. You trusted me blindly.
So I can't help but be excited, I'd like to be there with you to witness your reactions to every single shot. Instead, I usually deliver the pictures in electronic format, basically for three reasons:
Surely you have to be together, but the place and the time dedicated to fruition must also be the right ones.
Unfortunately there have been very few cases in which I have been able to be the spectator of my clients looking at their photographs.
So I thought about how to solve this "problem", to be close to you as during the entire journey that we traveled together until the delivery of the photographs, but at the same time without being intrusive.
And I found a solution, which also allowed me to improve your "first view"!
Read on if you're curious to see a practical example of what I've accomplished!
How do you plan to look at your wedding photos for the first time?
If you are a couple who want to get married with a civil ceremony in Rome, know that the official possibilities offered by the Municipality of Rome are not exactly the best to aim for: we wrote about it in this previous blog article, which we invite you to read if you haven't already done so.
At the time of writing this article, there are only three options to choose from:
Since there is always a lot of difficulty for you couples (especially if you're foreigners) in knowing which are the Civil Ceremony Venues in Rome where to celebrate an Outdoor Wedding, we decided to draw up a practical list of all those venues we have selected, in Rome and its surroundings, where it is possible to do it. You may not expect it, but there are so many if only you are willing to move a few kilometers away from the Eternal City!
Each venue will be presented to you in the form of a card containing some general information which also includes the complete address, the website and, where possible, some accompanying images.
For convenience, the venuws are strictly listed in alphabetical order to avoid favoritism (any article at the beginning of the name will not be considered).
The list of Civil Ceremony Venues in Rome and its surroundings is certainly not exhaustive, but this page will be often updated with new cards, so save this address so you can easily find it again if you need!
A day in early autumn of 2020, when the aftermath of summer is still there. A sudden drizzle gives way to a clear sky and a sun that warms us.
The Eternal City devoid of the usual crowd of tourists due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
Two lovers, me and a few citizens wandering the streets of the city.
Alice and Fabrizio will get married in a few days but, knowing that we will not have much time for couple portraits after the ceremony, which will be held close to sunset, we organized a couple shooting in the center of Rome.
They chose the place: as Romans who have now settled in Germany, they wanted a memory that could tell together their love and that for their hometown. We have therefore organized a pleasant walk which begins at the Capitol and then unfolds like a ribbon between the narrowest streets of the center, the Tiber Island and Trastevere.
We have no limits of time or space: we have decided to be together for the right time, we will surely realize when the time to say goodbye has come.
As usual, before I start shooting I give them some suggestions in case they don't know what to do in front of the lens. But they are amazing from the very first photographs and it is truly a pleasure to watch their pure love shown without any kind of embarrassment towards me. Glances, smiles, hugs, kisses, caresses: everything seems to wrap around them, Rome itself seems to be there to embrace them, no longer caput mundi but just a witness and a frame of a feeling so strong that goes beyond time and space.
So, while walking and chatting, I learn that Alice is pregnant: this photo shoot takes on an even more tender shade. But I often begin to ask Alice if she is tired of walking in heels on the cobblestones of Rome! But I must admit that she really has a lot of stamina, since she walks for miles without saying a word.
Absorbed as we are from our activities, we don't even think about stopping for a coffee, while the afternoon slowly fades into sunset. The light softens, the shadows are less clear, but I'm not looking for the perfect light: I don't want to ruin such a magical moment, the important thing is the very moment, freezing the memory of that delicacy, that complicity, that happiness that we seek so much and that sometimes, in times of difficulty, we forget that we are so close to it.
The following is part of the story of that day in early autumn 2020. A couple photo shooting in Rome that becomes the story of a love.