Becoming legally bound to someone at the time when most of us have been in social isolation
or a lockdown is just so positively rebellious. Despite the worldwide pandemic and a lot of stress
and pressure around us, people still find ways to get married and have any version of the wedding they can - for richer or for poorer, in sickness and in health…
Someone might call it a cliché, some unnecessary luxury, but behind all that wedding fuss,
it is about something much deeper. It is about having someone to reach for…
Something to be excited about… And to glaze into the future with an enormous smile on the face.
When 2020 happened and plans were simply not going towards the direction you had aimed for,
you can either sit in despair, or you can make the best out of the situation.
What Marianna and Giancarlo did was an exquisite example of ‘When life hands you lemons,
you make a lemonade’ kind of situation. Not being able to have a beach wedding with their family
as they had planned, they still found a way to truly enjoy the big day. Stuck in the Middle East without any chance for their loved ones to travel from Crete and South America, they gathered a couple of their best friends in an apartment, invited the priest, made a Zoom video for the rest, and had the most heartwarming wedding ceremony ever, right in their living room.
A beautiful wedding day in Doha, Qatar is a showcase true love knows no boundaries.
During that warm day in 2020, I just had to remind myself on the importance of celebrating small wins. Being a destination wedding photographer in Qatar reminded me that life is not just about the end goal, but the journey is just as important! No matter how insignificant you think something is,
it is so important to celebrate every small accomplishment along your journey!
Therefore Marianna chose an olive branch to be a symbol of their wedding day - a true memento
of all the challenges this couple had in front of them, but never stopped fighting, knowing that together nothing is impossible to overcome. Olive tree has been a symbol of victory ever since the glorious days of Ancient Greece. 2,500 years later, it decorated their most important day in the life, combining the symbol of eternal love and dedication with the one of peace.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
I hope their story will inspire you not to give up in front of any challenge, knowing that whatever difficulties there are, they are only an opportunity for growth and becoming stronger than before.