Wedding vows are something that most couples I’ve photographed spend quite some time thinking about in the lead up to their wedding.  But, as one who has been married past the 10 year mark now, I have to say that my wife & I don’t often think about the words we spoke that day anymore.   Marriage however is not about remembering those words, but about living them in each day.  “To have & to hold, from this day forward…”

Freda & Artemio Schiavo reminded me of this when they asked me to photograph their 50th wedding anniversary in December.   50 years and still in love!

Freda & Artemio celebrated with their friends & family at the Stamford Plaza Brisbane.   Congratulations and thank you for inviting me to part of this truly magical celebration.

These two images where captured straight after each other, expressing the moment for each of them.

One surprise on the night was the arrival of the Best Man and Matron of Honor from the wedding day.

The defining moment of the night. It will also be a moment that I will also personally always remember.

Freda & Artemio where presented with a special gift at the end of the night, a framed family portrait.  It is the words that Artemio said out loud when he held the frame up to view the image for the first time, “This is what life is all about…. my whole life is here between my hands”

It’s a moment that has been etched into my memory.

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For the photographers: The complete coverage was captured with only available light,  no flash or other light sources where used to capture any of these images.  This ensured that the family and guests could emmerse themselves in the moment and never felt like they where ever being photographed.

The result: moments that reflect the incredible relationships and love that this great family had for each other and for all of their friends.

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