This wedding was something else. To be honest, all weddings have some distinctive features, even if cultural experience brings some sort of monotony to the events. It's always the people who make the atmosphere, not the location, not the money.
I was saying that this wedding was quite different: I didn't meet the bride and groom prior to the day. I was second-shooting for my friend Jimmy. I was prepared to have fun and experiment. And I did.
Preparations took place in a small apartment in the little town I was born. Everyone was invited so it was just a little crowded :) But this environment allows the curious photographer to search for opportunities, to invent things that cover what needs to be covered, to constantly hunt the good light.
Father and his brother trying to wrap up some gifts - customary in Romanian weddings
Mother and godmother making some final touches to the veil
Mother being proud of her son.
Bride getting ready
Traditions ask for some 'demonstrative' final touches. The two 'spiritual parents' are supposed to adjust hairstyling, make-up and jewellery before leaving to the ceremony.
Upon leaving the house, bride and groom are greeted with a glass of wine. She is throwing the glass behind - luck is summoned.
The ceremony took place in a small rural orthodox church. Everyone was relaxed, nothing formal. The priests knew the two families quite well .
Some church assistant looking a little bored.
It is something usual for the bride and groom to kiss the hand of their godparents.
After the ceremony, guests were invited to have sweets and cold water. Apparently the sweets were good.
The party took place in a small venue, in the mountains. It's called Durau and it is located in one of the most beautiful area of the country.
She was the most energetic person invited. She is bride's aunt and she is an amazing cook. I couldn't have enough of the cookies she made for the wedding.
Some guest just took my hat and danced with it.
Remember the auntie? She's really having fun.
Wedding cake was good. Everyone wants a piece of it.
Party going on strong.