Lucy & Jason's destination wedding in 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.