When I flew from London to Naples for the first time, the weather here was horrible; the rain was pouring down when the cab driver dropped me in the middle of the street nearby Victoria Station.
I had forgotten what it’s like to wear summer clothes and still feeling the sun violently hitting your skin, so I felt a bit lost when I got off my plane in Naples in my heavy coat and the sunlight got me blind for a second.
It was the kind of hot temperature so friendly that it would allow you to either dry out completely or melt to the ground like butter on a freshly baked pancake.
I realised that the day after I would be running all around under the sun and that that would have had me transforming in some kind of monster. In fact, during the wedding I lost an earring, I had to tie up my carefully styled curls, the bracelet left a green stain on my forearm and the eye-liner melted down on my face, the loose blouse kept on getting stuck on my back and at the end of the day I looked like nothing more than a potato.
But I was way too happy of the day and the beautiful wedding I was shooting to worry about all the mess I was being even a tiny bit.
It was a beautiful, beautiful day.
Alessandra and Salvatore, both from Naples – Italy, have been ignoring each other for years and years.
Back when they were studying to become architects, Salvatore used to hang around the school grooming his (as Alessandra calls it) bohemian hair to impress the girls and she thought he was a bit of a phony.
Thanks to a pure coincidence they ended up working in the same office and Alessandra, as she says, realised after a couple of evenings working late together that he was the person she wanted to spend her life with.
He didn’t feel the same way and clearly stated he was not interested in dating her.
I find it incredibly inspiring that Alessandra did not give up her lifetime plan for one second. When he decided to move to London to settle here, she followed him. They shared a flat for a few months and during those few months Salvatore fell desperately in love with her.
He proposed to her during a romantic walk in Southbank in mid-December, when London is beautiful and all the Christmas lights reflect on the Thames.
He bought a simple ring at one of the stands that are usually open for the Christmas period and gave it to her showing off a you know what I mean smile and without saying a word.
A few months after they started to plan what I believe to be one of the most beautiful wedding I’ve ever seen.
Wedding Gown: “Nil”, Aire Barcelona 2011 Collection
Shoes: “Sweet Briar”, Diane Hassall, from the Bridal Rogue Gallery
Daisy Hair Pins: Marieanne Cavaciuti, Damson Tree Pottery
Venue: La Terra degli Aranci – Naples
Cake Topper: Cynthia Spencer, Red Light Studio