Matthew & Maria

MSSP Oratory Church, Birkirkara & Palazzo Parisio, Naxxar, Malta

Photographing Matthew & Maria's was actually like meeting old friends again as I had met both of them while photographing Maria's sisters wedding the year earlier in Mosta.

The day Started at Matthews residence in Hamrun which is near Valletta. On my arrival I was surprised to find that the whole of the grooms party were fully dressed in their wedding clothes. The plan was to record all the preparations of everyone getting ready. I find that this is a great time to capture everyone naturally as they are focused on other things and are less aware of me and my camera. Traditionally in Malta the photographer would arrive to do some posed group family shots in both homes before they all leave for the ceremony. As I had to adapt to the situation and I asked if everyone was intending to stay in their wedding clothes for the rest of the day as the wedding ceremony wasn't for another 4.5 hours time. Everyone said once the photos where done they would get changed back into more comfortable clothing until it was time to get ready later. I asked everyone if they could get changed and so I could capture as reverse 'getting ready' which all worked out perfectly.

Maria's residence everything ran very smoothly but I still don't understand how that was as there was so many family members and children all getting ready in a few small rooms.

The ceremony was beautiful and held within the MSSP Oratory church which is very modern building and one which I wasn't familiar with photographing inside previously. It is creatively light with up and down lighters with very little natural light. I found this particularly challenging as this created focused hotspots of light with dramatic shadows and highlights. 

The wedding reception was at the amazing Palazzo Parisio in Naxxar. I can't rave on about this venue in Malta enough - its was a perfect setting for Matthew and Maria's dream wedding.

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Groom and bestman getting ready wedding suit bowtie
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father of the bride with his daughter on her wedding day
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gold tiles at the MSSP Oratory Church, Birkirkara
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Bride and groom during their wedding church ceremony 
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Palazzo Parisio garden wedding reception naxxar malta
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