On the 16th of July wasn’t at all the best day of the year to walk around following a newlywed couple and the couple also started to think the same, the sun noisily roared its rage, the sweat unfriendly sprinkled out the pores and the makeup was fighting a fierce battle hopelessly grasping itself to the last dry millimetre of skin.
106°f (41°c) were hard to bear. But I am a Wedding Photojournalist and my cameras… they are android they don’t feel anything they just work and work and work and sometime I hate them for their obstinacy.
Luckily this torture was going to end abruptly soon, in a few lines you’ll see how.
Everything started in Manfredonia, in the wonderful region of Puglia (Apulia), actually on the Gargano area, (the very same where Padre Pio worked his miracles) at Francesca’s house, she dressed and she put makeup on and had an hairdresser set her up; Carmelo just wore jacket and tie, he’s cool and had no time to loose, maybe just a little lingering with a hairdryer to tame that last wild nasty hair.
After everything was ready we headed for the cute little town of Monte Sant’Angelo, there we had a surprise that I am still undecided how to classified… the temperature dropped to 60°f (16°C), less than half… I mean somebody was lucky enough just to catch a mild form of cold, it could be worse: it could be cough.
In general the fresher temperature was well welcome so they proceed to the church celebration that was moving and very nice.
The dinner and the party were held at the gorgeous Casa Freda, 700ys old dwelling, that despite a brief period as an agricultural compound has always been used as holiday place by its various owners.
The exterior are lush but the southern Italian generous climate helps a lot and so the flowers and the other plant are totally thriving.
The interiors are rigorously coherent with the area, the furniture are from the Puglia’s cabinet-makers from XIX century and even the bricks come from an ancient local manufactory.
The Casa has its own kitchen and a good one, trust me. All the products are locals, and the choice of the recipes is deeply rooted in the traditional Puglia kitchen.
The Carmelo and Francesca relatives and friend were over happy but the most important thing of this day is that a replete Wedding Photojournalist is a happy Wedding Photojournalist.