There is so much planning and preparation that go into an average wedding that it makes it difficult to think very much about what your life will be like 40 or 50 years after the wedding. I understand that the average age of brides and grooms here in the UK is 28-32, about a decade older than the fifties or sixties. Even so, the wedding marks the start of your life as a couple. A major new chapter in the story of your lives that will last forever.
Gemma and Matteo had got married a few hours earlier in the beautiful town of Torri del Benaco on the shores of Lake Garda in Italy. The wedding party had made their way by boat to Bardolino, a short way down the coast, and walked through the town to the hotel.
On the way I saw an older couple watching the newlyweds and the bridal party making their way through the narrow backstreets and I noticed that they watched fondly, arms around each other. I like to think they thought of the own, long distant wedding day. They were clearly still in love, this older couple, and for me it formed a nice pictorial link between how you feel on your wedding day and how you feel looking back over decades to the same event. I originally made this photograph in black and white but colour suits it better I think. The soft warm Italian sunlight in the late afternoon gives the image a gentle feel that I like.
Genuine, natural wedding photography is all about evoking memories and emotions of the wedding of course and is one of the main reasons I love the documentary approach to photography. Real moments like this can’t be organised, they just happen in front of you and add an extra depth to a photograph. If you’re interested in this kind of photography for your own wedding, please get in touch to check if your date is free.