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some squares, some color. but not too much.

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.
Bride searching for something
the couple and some relative looking at their interaction
Father and his brother trying to wrap up some gifts - customary in Romanian weddings
fathers trying to wrap some gifts
bride getting the dress
relatives hugging and telling stories
Mother and godmother making some final touches to the veil
veil final touches
Mother being proud of her son.
mother proud of her son getting married
mother proud of her son getting married
Bride getting ready
bride getting ready looking emotional
Bride and godmother
bride asking for some things
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.
final touches before couple is leaving for ceremony
final touches before couple is leaving for ceremony
final touches before couple is leaving for ceremony
final touches before couple is leaving for ceremony
Upon leaving the house, bride and groom are greeted with a glass of wine. She is throwing the glass behind - luck is summoned.
groom looking for help
bride throwing a glass of wine
The ceremony took place in a small rural orthodox church. Everyone was relaxed, nothing formal. The priests knew the two families quite well .
bride arriving to church
bridal party going to ceremony
couple during ceremony
bride looking to her husband
orthodox ceremony
orthodox ceremony
parents looking to their children
Some church assistant looking a little bored.
church assistant looking bored
orthodox church freshly painted
friends of the couple
young boy during the ceremony
It is something usual for the bride and groom to kiss the hand of their godparents.
groom kissing hand of godfather
bride kissing hand of godfather
After the ceremony, guests were invited to have sweets and cold water. Apparently the sweets were good.
sweets offered after ceremony
couple getting emotional
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.
couple's first dance
couple's first dance
people dancing Hora: romanian popular dance at weddings
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.
bride's aunt dancing
family looking to the dancers
bridal party
bride and groom hugging
Some guest just took my hat and danced with it.
thesquare hat
guests having fun
looking to the bride

wedding party
Remember the auntie? She's really having fun.
bride's aunt having fun
bride's aunt having fun
bride's aunt having fun
wedding party
wedding party
wedding party
Wedding cake was good. Everyone wants a piece of it.
wedding cake
Party going on strong.
wedding party