Final touches of hairspray before the bride leaves for the wedding ceremony in Penha Longa Resort.

Last details of the bride


Final touches of hairspray before the bride leaves for the wedding ceremony in Penha Longa Resort.

I think I wrote here, before, about the great serenity that the wedding photographer finds in the brides in the first part of the preparation, the make-up and hair. It is a fact. Because the bride is a woman and it is part of the woman that ability to suffer, well at least seeing it by the eyes of a man, with stretching the hair time after time, at the hands of a fast and diligent hairdresser, eternities in the hot hair drier or the great patience with the twist and twirl too, in the end, find the most beautiful hair to the important moment some hours ahead. Ah…and high heels.

I may say that I am amazed at that calm and, even, joy at those moments, that for me it was a torture, but the brides live that, and when in groups, with a great sense of party. But my job is not to participate and my photographer side finds in those moments only motifs to use my cameras to bring those joyful times registered to the future.

 But that state of mind changes drastically when the dress comes out of the clothes hangar and the bride starts to go to the last stage of the transformation. In some moments ahead she will be no bride anymore after those lips, carefully painted some moments ago will blow a very intense and meaningful yes.

In this part of the process, my dear brides start a speedy process, the serenity changes to anxiety, and do not forget the rings, where is the bouquet? The shoes are not so tight? where is the retouching lipstick? The car is already there? Well, those exquisite things are so, but so, good to the wedding photographer. You do not even imagine. 

Friend of the bride putting on the bracelet.
The bride puts on earrings.
Hands, in the mirror, help the bride with her hair.
The bride gets into the car that will take her to the ceremony at Penha Longa Resort.
Sitting in the car, the bride tucks in her dress.

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