Are you planning a short-notice, small wedding or elopement?

Many couples don’t want to wait. They are planning to get married in the very near future, eloping, or rushing a small ceremony with their photographer, some close friends, and family but dispensing with or postponing the reception party. 

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Church of Santa Maria, Gradaro / Restaurant Dal Pescatore - Mantua, Italy Elopement Photo Story Award

Restaurant Dal Pescatore - Mantua, Italy wedding photo from when the bride, groom and friends reach a sitting area in the room

Restaurant Dal Pescatore - Mantua, Italy Elopement Photography | The spouses and friends reach a sitting area in the room

I met the bride and groom in their home, contacted by the bride only 20 days before the wedding date, and for this reason, I immediately realized that it was a special wedding.

The spouses, two professionals very busy in their work, had made known to me the organization of the day and their requests; document and enhance the wedding, without poses, a pure wedding reportage.

A nice challenge for my work, where the particularity of the places and that of having carte blanche would have enhanced it.

The date of the ceremony was a few days before Christmas, at a Gothic-style of the chosen church, Chiesa di Santa Maria del Gradaro.  But above all, the dinner was in one of the most starred restaurants in the world, Ristorante Dal Pescatore in Canneto sull'Oglio.  This was a Christmas gift from the spouses to themselves and to close friends and relatives.

In short, a special wedding.  The above image is from the dinner as it came to an end.  The spouses and friends reach a sitting area in the room, used for conversation and tasting of refined spirits. The bride also follows the advice to smell before drinking.

Mantova, Italy wedding image of the make-up about to complete the bridal session

Mantova, Italy Elopement Picture | The make-up artist is about to complete the bridal make-up session

The make-up artist is about to complete the make-up session. I went up to the second floor of the apartment, looking for a larger image that also describes the work table and the floor plan. I took advantage of the glass balustrade to create an interesting diagonal on the scene.

Mantua, IT wedding photo of the bride at the end of the preparation as she retrieves the dress

Mantua, IT Elopement Bridal Image | At the end of the preparation, the bride goes to the second floor to retrieve the dress

At the end of the preparation, the bride goes to the second floor to retrieve the dress to wear. I await its passage under the dormer window, which lets the last light of the day filter through, a natural light mixed with the artificial light coming from the floor below.

Church of Santa Maria, Mantua, Italy wedding image of The groom at the church

Church of Santa Maria, Gradaro, Mantua, Italy Elopement Photographer | The groom is the first at the church

The groom is the first at the church. He composes himself as the first guests begin to arrive.

Santa Maria Church, Mantua wedding photography of the priest collecting all the signatures of the witnesses

Santa Maria Church, Mantua, IT Elopement Ceremony Image | the priest collects all the data of the wedding witnesses

While the priest collects all the data of the witnesses, I focus on the spouses positioned on the side. While observing the rings, they comment on the ceremony.

Santa Maria wedding photo of the couple at the Church of Mantua, IT

Santa Maria Elopement Ceremony Photo - A Church of Mantua, IT | The newlyweds exit the church

It is now 6:30 in the afternoon and the natural light is gone, as the newlyweds exit the church. With a flash, I create a pleasant image by tilting the camera to document also the external decorations and the large crucifix on the wall of the back of the church.  These are two important details for the bride and groom, and also for the composition.

Italy wedding couple portrait from the Main Square, Piazza Sordello

Elopement photo from the Main Square of the city, Piazza Sordello | An image from the transfer from the church to the restaurant

During the transfer from the church to the restaurant, we stop in the main square of the city, Piazza Sordello, for some video footage. I take this opportunity to capture a moment when the spouses still had a spontaneous attitude.

Dal Pescatore Restaurant Mantua, Italy (from the fishermen) Photo of the bride and groom at their place at the table

Dal Pescatore Restaurant Elopement Venue Image - Mantua, Italy | The newlyweds and the few guests take their places at the tables

The newlyweds and the few guests take their places at the tables.  The menu had already been chosen previously. For the choice of wines, the sommelier approaches the newlyweds to indicate the best choice on how to approach the chosen menu.

Italy Christmas Wedding Venue of Dal Pescatore Restaurant - the bride dismisses the guests at the end of the night

The Italy Wedding Venue of Dal Pescatore Restaurant - Mantua Photos | the bride dismisses the guests, paying homage to the wedding favor

It is just past midnight and the bride dismisses the guests, paying homage to the wedding favor. I needed an image like this to end a special day, an image that told of Christmas, the couple, and the elegance and harmony that was breathed during dinner.