Amidst family members throwing flower petals at them, the bride and groom embrace in joy at the end of the wedding ceremony, in a moment captured by the Lisbon wedding photographer.

The whirlwind of the end of the ceremony and the wedding photographer in Lisbon

A WEDDING CEREMONY, CHAPTER 11, by LISBON WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHER

Amidst family members throwing flower petals at them, the bride and groom embrace in joy at the end of the wedding ceremony, in a moment captured by the Lisbon wedding photographer.

There. The wedding ceremony is over and they are married, the state representative has already saved the documents and, she too, congratulates Rita and Dylan, now husband and wife documented and approved for registration that will go down in the annals of history.

The wedding photographer enjoys the pictures that come out of those happy faces and fulfills their purpose before the family and guests take over with their kisses and hugs laden with wishes for happily ever after. There is always another point of view or, even, to resume one of them with, now, different photographs because life has already changed, fulfilling what was long wished for there.

Between the smiles of already done and the relief for the end of the formal ceremony, the wedding photographs don’t stop changing each time my lens notices them.

Then, well, it’s the euphoria. The restraint gives way to loose and festive joy, those who love them want to show them in kisses and hugs how much they want and wish them to be happy and have good lives, in such a way that they don’t even realize that the wedding photographer is there taking all those emotions with him, in copies that will become, in time, the only reality that remained of those moments, except in the memories of each one, but from completely different points of view.

It’s funny because I realized, even now, that any of the visual memories that each of the intervenients has, or will have, exclude themselves. In the memories that each one takes of that day, including the bride and groom, none see themselves, only what was appearing before their eyes, that is, the others. That’s the only certainty they have that they were there.

To solve this, the wedding photographer was invented, but I never found out by whom. He is, among all those present, the only one capable of gathering on the same plane of memory, the photograph, all those who throughout the day are acting in counterpoint or filling in scenographies necessary to the context of the day.

Without it, that event may, one day, be no more than a certainty of date but only a faded memory in the memory of most of those who were there. Without it, the photographs that could have been taken would never see the light that shows them to all the eyes that look at them.

Only he can transform moments composed by those at the wedding into photos that he knew, at the right time, to take so that they will be shown whenever necessary to bring them back to the memories.

At least that’s what this wedding photographer thinks, unless I am wrong and must redo my theory.

The bride and groom still sitting at the ceremonial table with the conservator, after the end of the ceremony, seen by the wedding photographer in Lisbon.

The bride was framed by the blurred branches of an olive tree as soon as the wedding ceremony in Lisbon ended.

The groom is framed by a small transparent cloud originating from the blurred branches of an olive tree, in a composition by the Lisbon wedding photographer.

Seen through an aperture of light between two guests, the bride, is still seated, when the ceremony ended, as seen by the Lisbon wedding photographer.

The bride's sister and her husband, embrace the bride as they congratulate her on her wedding, as soon as the ceremony ended, the Lisbon wedding photographer.

Among family members, the bride picks up her nephew who smiles at her, as the wedding ceremony ended and everyone wants to congratulate her, in a moment by the wedding photographer in Lisbon.

The groom laughs with joy as he holds the bride by the arm when a friend, out of focus, takes her picture, in a moment captured by the wedding photographer in Lisbon.

Hand in hand, the bride and groom facing each other laugh with great joy for ending the ceremony, as captured by the wedding photographer in Lisbon.

The bride and groom embrace as they celebrate the end of the wedding ceremony, captured by the wedding photographer in Lisbon.

The groom's father and the bride's mother throw flowers at the bride and groom as they embrace, happy to have finished the wedding ceremony, seen by the wedding photographer in Lisbon.

The bride, next to the groom who looks away, laughs hard at someone in front of her, surrounded by the family members who were with them at the wedding ceremony, as confirmed by the Lisbon wedding photographer.

The groom's sister talks to the bride, from the back and blurred, already after the wedding ceremony is over, as seen by the Lisbon wedding photographer.

The groom, in front of the blurry bride, looks at her with happy eyes, at the moment that the Lisbon wedding photographer saw them.

The groom's father wipes away an emotional tear, next to his wife and groom's mother as they look at the already married bride and groom, seen by the wedding photographer in Portugal.

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