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Vintage wedding in Ragusa Ibla

A famous Sicilian writer, Gesualdo Bufalino, once said that to come to Ibla someone should be smart, should like the narrow streets, the windows closed where someone inside is hiding spying on everyone.

For Bufalino Ibla was like a beautiful woman. Her beauty is not shown but is hidden in little details that not anyone can see.

For Marco, the groom, was love at first sight: Ibla was so magical and he carries with him sweet memories of this town. He and Noemi, the bride, decided to get married in this baroque and magic location. Few days before the wedding they invited me for an aperitif. Marco brought the famous Vespa, so I took a few shoots.

On the wedding day Marco arrived at the hotel with his Vespa. He was a “vacanze romane” moment and I had to catch it. Noemi was at her house. She was a little bit nervous, but her family and friends were there to support the bride. The “I do” was pronounced in one of the oldest church in Ragusa Ibla: Sant’Agata. In the altar there is a painting of Pietro Novelli that dates to 1600. Marco and Noemi enjoyed every moment of their wedding day. The vintage theme was a perfect match for this couple, so in love with the history of this part of the Sicily.

We took few shoots around Ibla. They were themselves: smiling, talking. In the hidden corner of what seems to be a place lost in time, they hugged and kissed, they were finally husband and wife. Everything was perfect, but the weather had a little surprise form them: rain. As far as I am concerned, I liked this surprise. It gave me the opportunity to refresh a little bit, but also to take a few amazing pictures.

The reception was in an ancient monastery, restored and partially rebuilt. A typical Sicilian dinner was served to the guests who enjoyed the real essence of Sicily.

Marco and Noemi become my friends, and with the groom I share the same interest for photography. When you can call friends the couples you have worked for, you know that there will not be something more rewarding.

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Ceremony: Chiesa di Sant’Agata, Ragusa Ibla

Venue: Antico Convento dei Cappuccini

Florist: Le officine di Leonardo