The ceremony is the highlight of the day. Finally those two people on the altar are declared husband and wife! yay!
The ceremony can be civil or religious. The religious one usually takes place in church. In Italy we have a huge amount of beautiful churches, full of frescoes and statues of important artists. And, for those who decide to get married in the summer, the church is certainly a cool place where guests can refresh themselves from the sultry heat.
Usually the religious ceremony lasts about an hour. It really depends on who says the mass. If the priest knows the bride and groom, it can happen that he goes on talking and having fun stories about the two newlyweds.
Photographing the religious ceremony has times and rhythms that the sacrament unfolds. There are moments, such as the blessing of hosts, for example, when photographers, out of respect for the spouses and the Church, stand still and listen to the mass. Usually it last about an hour.
The civil ceremony instead is much freer from all the rules of religious marriage. Often they are held outdoors, and to celebrate the wedding there is usually a close friend or relative of the two future spouses. Surely you can give free rein to the imagination in carrying out the ceremony, which in many cases lasts much less than the religious function.
Usually the foreign spouses who come to Italy to celebrate the wedding are already married previously in their hometown, so the ceremony is a purely symbolic moment in which the exchange of the wedding rings takes place, the spouses say their vows and the celebrant makes a nice speech about the two in front of him.
Surely this kind ceremony lasts much less than the religious one.
The shortest one I attended lasted 20 minutes!
Okay, with the ceremony we can say that we arrived about halfway through the day!
Read the next article to find out how many other emotions your wedding day will make you experience!
So thi article was about a typical wedding day pt.1. Read part 2 here!
All the photos were taken for Clementin Photo | Les Amis Photo | Joy Photographers | Laura Stramacchia