Karoline and Andrew. Married in Rome. The experience of a lifetime. For them, and for me too, obvs.
We showed up to the small hotel at first to meet the bride. She was excited. But relaxed. Ready.
But not really ready, duh. She is a woman on her wedding day, after all. So Liz (my fabulous sidekick shooter) and I decided to scope out the sitch. So out on the cobblestone streets we found ourselves, checking out the hotel (reception), the centuries-old basilica (ceremony), and then the Colosseum (portraits). No big deal. Just a typical day at work in Rome.
Then we met up with Andrew, his brothers and Karoline’s and now his son. They all looked dashing in their snazzy suits, although a little hot. ‘I don’t know how these Italian men do it everyday!’ Andrew said, wiping sweat from his brow. They were all excited though and ready to rock this Roma nozze.
The time finally came and Karoline’s father walked her down the aisle towards her grinning groom, standing at the most beautiful altar I’d ever seen. Old Roman Catholic art adorned every inch of that House and you could just feel God’s presence as Karoline and Andrew entered together into Holy Matrimony, a stunning sacrament that took on an entirely new meaning within those historic walls.
The reception was a candlelit dinner with their 25 closest family and friends on a rooftop overlooking ancient ruins. Intimate. Romantic. Beautifully bonding for us all.
During dinner, Karoline’s maid of honor told me a story about when Karoline and Andrew were first dating. Karoline was ready to ask her son, Alexis, what he thought of ‘her friend’ Andrew. Alexis, 6 at the time, responded with ‘I want to call him Dad!’ My heart melted and I was so happy to have documented such a special union for such an incredible family.
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