«Turns, the world turns / In the endless space...»
As Jimmy Fontana sang, «the world never stopped a moment» and I didn't do it myself. For a wedding photographer working in Italy and abroad, the summer season is a real marathon. And before starting the summer, working in luxurious weddings in Italy, I made one last trip for a truly exclusive service: destination, Morocco.
The sun of this hot summer reminds me, now, of the sun of Marrakech: that's where I flew to fulfill the desire of Paulina, the bride protagonist of a fantastic wedding at Villa Cora, in Florence, which I photographed last year and who has been published in Brides (if you want, I've already talked about it in this post).
She wanted me to tell the story of her 30th birthday with images. I had not seen her for months, but she is still the same; with her white Yves Saint Laurent suit and her always present Louboutin, she runs towards me at dawn when we meet at the fabulous Amanjena Resort. Perhaps she is even more beautiful than the day of her wedding in Florence: getting married with Peter has made her even more beautiful.
We begin to start the shooting set with simplicity, we play with the lens; she still has the Vera Wang’s veil that she wore on her wedding day and wants to play with it. We went to see the Medina (the ancient district of the city) and in the deserted morning we took some photos, before leaving for our tented camp set up in the dunes where camels awaited us!
A camel ride (I’m going also!), mint tea served on our arrival, Berber dances in traditional costumes and a white tent waiting for us; all her best friends are there for her and I try to simply tell what I saw.
The food, the bright colors of the dresses and the tajines that contrast with the immaculate whiteness of the tent, other portraits; the service continues with Paulina and Peter in this non-place, in the harsh yet softened light of the landscape that surrounds us. We leave the desert before sunset to return to Marrakech; at Amanjena Resort a splendid Berber tent has been set up, red roses and brocades as a movie set. It's a journey inside the journey.
The day ends here, on the embroidered carpets and under the placid gaze of the camels; music, entertainment and the complicity of a small group of friends on a night in Marrakech was what was needed to close this fantastic story. Best wishes, Paulina!