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.
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.
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.
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.
Razvan was bringing the wedding dress to the villa Madalina was preparing in for the day. Lots of tattoes and good time.
More selfies along the way.
It's time for Razvan to get ready with friends and family.
Finally Madalina and Razvan get to meet as bride and groom. Emotions flowing around.
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.
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?
How can you not love these wonderful cheerful people? Although respectful, their joy was always showing on their faces.
Outside the church, after the wedding ceremony, just before the party.
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.
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 :)
Girls fooling around with the camera :)
Family pictures are always important!
Bride's shoes can be seen without setting up some clever product shot.
People were coming to the party, first dance soon.
Some really nice arrangements for the party were chosen. The whole location was designed to look elegant but not so formal.
And party started. Madalina and Razvan danced like every couple should dance: elegantly, unposed, laughing, feeling good about themselves.
Playing with lights and movement pays-off sometimes.
Wedding cake arrived but party is far from finish.
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.
We stayed the next day for the after-party. The couple went to church again in good old orthodox tradition.
Some old guys from the village having some home-made cookies after the religious Sunday ceremony.
Some kitties were wondering around during lunch.
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.