we were a little bit jealous on Mădălina and Răzvan

They are brilliant. Truly amazing couple. And their friends? Awesome too. Chic, dressed like champs, feeling good and expressing that all the time. No inhibitions, no restraints.

But first things first. Their civil ceremony. I was waiting for them to arrive and keeping our fingers crossed because on site there was already a family grouping. How to put it mildly: I hoped it wasn't 'my party'. And it wasn't.

Also, I have to confess it was the first wedding where I've used exclusively the small, cute and powerful Olympus Pen F. Not a toy for professionals some would say. But a camera that allowed me to be accepted as party people not photographers. Nobody turned around camera shy. Because no big lens hung from the neck. What a treat, I am free at last.

hugs and tears of joy happy after the civil ceremony she laughs all the time, beautiful smile are selfies a good idea? bride hugging a baby As you can see, happiness is all around. We had to take some pictures before the ceremony. Engagement session sounds a little bit communist in Romanian, we prefer to call this a walk in the city with friends.
engagement session in the city, just walking and talking spontaneous laughs when the session is not posed stories during a coffee break phone is ringing during the session some more laughs during the engagement session involuntary fashion shoot we found a nice wall poster during the engagement session some workers in scary costumes we had to have some water flowing I arrived late at night to their parents' place a day before the wedding. Campulung is a beautiful city in the mountains. They were having a small party in the garden. Lots of țuica (think home-made really good alcohol), grill steak, wine and friends.
split second hug hanging out with family and friends Morning was like vaccation time. Coffee, breakfast, more laughs. Oh man, Madalina was a joy, she was laughing almost all the time. Her presence was plain good energy for everyone else.
this small dog was jumping all around, begging for attention coffee with her best friend and god-mother god-father and Razvan, planning the day some quality time before make-up and hair styling along with mom, sharing a good talk beautiful weather in September just outside the small hotel onions with bacon and țuica sandwiches at breakfast, cheese from the farm last minute planning and preparations bride playing with the veil more selfies during the hair styling does the hair look good? emotions of the big day start to kick in does the hair look fine? Razvan is not concerned at all Razvan was bringing the wedding dress to the villa Madalina was preparing in for the day. Lots of tattoes and good time.
groom carrying the wedding dress guys, suits, shoes and tattoes god father looking good in silhuette More selfies along the way.
more selfies with bride and god mother It's time for Razvan to get ready with friends and family.
groom getting ready upstairs in his parents' house friends helping groom to get ready before the ceremony nice color match between pants and old door groom's friends having fun groom getting hair done girls chatting while getting ready time for a quick gesture for the image bride getting dressed by god mother and bridesmaids bride getting dressed by bridesmaids, your wedding photographer another selfie time together bridesmaids, ear rings, bride and smiles all around bride putting on the ear rings bride in the mirror putting on the lipstick bride and friends making final make-up touches gentle hug between bride and god mother Finally Madalina and Razvan get to meet as bride and groom. Emotions flowing around.
bride being nervous and emotional before groom arrives everybody awaits for the groom to arrive groom sees the bride for the first time bride cries and laughs seeing the groom bride and groom leaving together for the ceremony bride getting in the car, leaving for the ceremony Ceremony was in the small village next to Campulung, where Razvan grew-up. Small church, Razvan's father was waiting. Along was this cute boy from the family. You will see him often in the next images.
father of the groom waiting in front of the church small kid serious and dressed up for the ceremony small kid a little bored by the ceremony people waiting in front of the church for the wedding ceremony to begin cute flower girls during the ceremony Finally the ceremony begun. Smiles, tears, hugs, family, friends. All this wonderful energy flowing. How can a photographer not create beautiful memories during these moments? How can a wedding photographer think about posing and artificial imagery when people offer the most beautiful scene to be photographed?
christian wedding ceremony starts, serious people in the front row flower girls posing for the camera wedding rings on the finger, priest and god-father helping the groom during the ceremony bride's ring on the finger bride and god-mother putting on the wedding ring bride showing the wedding ring to the groom small kids playing during the wedding ceremony kids making faces during the wedding ceremony kids having a good time during the wedding ceremony small kid being hugged by his sister during the wedding ceremony larger view of the wedding ceremony kids running around during the wedding ceremony tired hair dresser sleeping during the wedding ceremony How can you not love these wonderful cheerful people? Although respectful, their joy was always showing on their faces.
bride kissing her god-mother hand during the wedding ceremony laughs during the wedding ceremony, priest telling funny stories Outside the church, after the wedding ceremony, just before the party.
kids waiting outside the church for the bride and groom to come groom holding god-father's hand outside the church funny faces outside the church Sun was setting, people were arriving at the party. Location was beautiful, a place just outside the Campulung city. 'Evenimentul Visat' (Dreamed-of Event) was a wonderful choice, providing not only the right staff for the job, but a beautiful garden where we had the chance to grab some pictures with the couple, family and friends.
bride hugging her best girlfriends bride making faces during a selfie Madalina and Razvan weren't keen about a photo session. Exactly our view also. It was enough to follow them greeting friends and family and having some quiet time together and we had enough photos to be called a night :)
bride and groom greeting friends and family quiet time with bride and groom before the party bride and groom next to each other, sun setting, beautiful light bride's wonderful bouquet, groom hugging her nicely bride and groom taking a few steps on the grass bride arranging her veil bride with the friend talking Girls fooling around with the camera :)
god-mother having fun during the photo session bride making kiss-face to the camera friends kissing in the sun setting light bride marvellous bouquet Madalina laughing in the beautiful sun light bride laughing bride laughing with friends and god-father Family pictures are always important!
bride and her mother hugging bride, groom and his family for a picture groom's parents little girl kissing the bride groom and best men together groom and best men together having fun Bride's shoes can be seen without setting up some clever product shot.
bride's shoes bride and her god-mother People were coming to the party, first dance soon.
guests coming to the party family greeting the guests to the wedding Some really nice arrangements for the party were chosen. The whole location was designed to look elegant but not so formal.
table arrangements for the wedding flowers on the table large flower arrangement on the tables beautiful flowers on the wedding tables wedding flowers wedding bouquet wedding table arrangements girls playing before the first dance And party started. Madalina and Razvan danced like every couple should dance: elegantly, unposed, laughing, feeling good about themselves.
first dance bride and groom first dance wedding couple first dance wedding couple hair light first dance bride and groom, with band behind kids dancing during the wedding party bride dancing among friends bride and friends making funny faces in front of the photo booth Playing with lights and movement pays-off sometimes.
light, dance and movement bride dancing like crazy dance and light on the dance floor groom's chair and god-father bride singing with her girlfriends Wedding cake arrived but party is far from finish.
wedding cake, couple and applauses cutting the wedding cake laughing on the dance floor crazy dancing during the wedding party bride throwing the bouquet bridesmaids catching the bouquet bride hugging one of her friends bride laughing on the dance floor table reflection of the wedding party Guests left, it was almost morning, but Madalina, Razvan and a handful of friends continued to dance and party. These are the moments when a wedding photographer should continue to hunt for moments. Because opportunities will always appear.
party almost finished girl upside-down and flowers waiters waiting for the party to finish flowers after the reception flowers, table, party finished We stayed the next day for the after-party. The couple went to church again in good old orthodox tradition.
wedding flowers and sport shoes orthodox church full of old women Some old guys from the village having some home-made cookies after the religious Sunday ceremony.
old villagers having some home made cookies after orthodox ceremony grou shot with kids and the couple Some kitties were wondering around during lunch.
lunch with family and friends and a small girl If you reached so far, tell us something: is this a story or what? We feel proud that Madalina and Razvan invited us to create their wedding memories. And we feel that is one of the best stories we created so far. Stay tuned for the next wedding blog post on theSquare.