Lucy & Jason's destination wedding in Malta.

Ceremony venue: - Parish Church of St Peter's Chains, Birzebbuga, Malta.

Reception Venue: - Palazzo Parisio, Naxxar, Malta.

Lucy & Jason from Stafford, UK, chose one of their favourite holiday locations as their dream wedding destination. The couple had been coming with their family to the tiny island of Malta for years and the village that has the biggest tie for them was the seaside town of Birzebbuga which means "well of olives" in Maltese. 

With Malta enjoying the Mediterranean climate, around 3,000 hours of sunlight per year and according to some saying it has the best climate in the world, it was no surprise to feel the hot sun on us when arriving in the morning to photography Lucy, 8 bridesmaids and her bridal party getting ready. But what was a surprise what was to happen after the wedding ceremony on the way to the Reception venue - the craziest unexpected torrential downpour I've seen in years especially in mid June.

Thankfully, it went as quickly as it came and didn't cause too much disruption apart for the excitement of it all as everyone was travelling from Birzebbuga to Naxxar during the storm.

Rain on your wedding day is good luck because… Rain represents many things in different cultures – most of which include fertility, cleansing, unity, renewal, and tears of joy. The notion that rain on the wedding day is a symbol of fertility is related to the fact that rain waters the ground, allowing plants to grow. The idea that rain signifies renewal relates to the rain washing away all the sorrow and struggle in one's life and providing the ability to start fresh; rain's cleansing qualities wash away sadness and hard times.

The expression "tying the knot" is derived from rainy wedding day lore. Since a wet knot is more difficult to undo, rain on a wedding day means the marriage is likely to remain strong.

The images below are a few highlights from Lucy and Jason's wedding at St Peter's in chains church and Palazzo Parisio in Malta.

Bride with the makeup artist on the morning of her wedding day.
8 bridesmaids positioned on stairs reflected in a mirror in Malta.
brides wedding shoes positioned on the banastar on a staircase
Bride in mirror having her hair styled
Flower girl getting a hug while she gets ready for the wedding
Bride having her shoes put on by her bridesmaids 
Groom and Groomsmen waiting outside St Peter's Church, Birzebbuga, Malta
Grooms suit detail
Groom and his groomsmen waiting outside St Peters Church, Birzebbuga, Malta
Interior of St Peter's Parish Church, Birzebbuga, Malta
Bridesmaids and flower girl arrive outside St Peter's Parish Church in Birzebbuga, Malta.
Flower girl with bridesmaids outside St Peters Parish Church, Birzebbuga, Malta
Bride arrives at church in a vintage Rolls Royce in Malta
Brides wedding party arrives outside the church in Birzebbuga, Malta 
bride walks to the church under her veil
Bride enters the Parish Church of St Peter in Birzebbuga, Malta with her father and bridesmaids.
Flower girl in the wedding procession arrives at the altar
Emotional Bridesmaid sheds tears as bride reaches the alter with her father during the wedding ceremony in Malta.
Bride and Groom during the church wedding ceremony in Birzebbuga, Malta.
Wedding guest performs a reading during the church wedding ceremony, Malta.
Bride and Groom smiling at eachother during the church wedding ceremony in Malta.
young wedding guest watches the wedding ceremony
exchanging the wedding rings during the wedding ceremony
Wedding ceremony in St Peters Parish Church in Birzebbuga, Malta
Happy bride and groom leave the church
Newlyweds leave St Peters Parish Church in Birzebbuga under a shower of confetti.
Bride outside the church reflected in wedding guests sunglasses
bride with her bouquet and children
Candid photo of the Groom at the wedding reception
wedding guests talking at the wedding reception
bride and groom open a bottle of champagne together
wedding venue the Palazzo Parisio, Naxxar, Malta.
wedding cake detail
wedding reception sitdown meal setup at the Palazzo Parisio, Naxxar in Malta
Groom and his bestman on the Palazzo Parisio balcony terrace.
Bride in her wedding dress at the Palazzo Parisio, Naxxar, Malta
Bar set up in the red room at the Palazzo Parisio, Naxxar, Malta
Bride and Groom posing for photos with guests
Bride and Groom kissing one the Palazzo Parisio terrace in Malta
bridesmaids chatting in the red room at Palazzo Parisio, Malta
newlyweds kissing my the wedding cake 
Bride, Groom and Bestman posing for a selfie
Mr and Mrs signs on the head wedding table
Bride and Groom make their entrance in the Palazzo Parisio's ballroom for their wedding reception meal
wedding speeches in the Ballroom at the Palazzo Parisio, Malta
groom laughing during the wedding speeches
Bride and Groom kissing on the top table in the Palazzo Parisio's Ballroom.
wedding guests gathering on the Palazzo Parisio Terrace, Malta
wedding guests on the Palazzo Parisio terrace while the sun sets over Malta.
Groom kisses his bride during the first dance
Wedding guests partying during the wedding reception
wedding reception partying
wedding party at the palazzo parisio

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