Emotional Elopement In Italien: Elena + Alessia

Elena and Alessia got married in a beautiful building in the small town of Brignano Gera D'Adda, Italy. They chose to keep the wedding day small-scale with each other and their closest family. With them they also had the wedding photographer Dario Dusio, who tells us that they chose to hold a small elopement for the ceremony itself in 2018 and now invites to a larger wedding party 2019 for their friends. It became an emotional elopement for everyone involved, with lots of love and joy.

In Italy, non-religious marriage was approved between same-sex couples in June 2016, but due to strong right wing changes in the political climate in Italy, Elena and Alessia were worried that the law would change back. They therefore decided to make use of their rights while they could. It hurts our hearts to think about how other peoples opinions is allowed to stand in the way of love, regardless of gender. It is strange that this should even be a subject for people to focus and think about in 2019. Everyone's right to love and marriage should be obvious, but sadly we still have a long way to go. Let’s keep fighting for everyone’s rights, okay?!

The photographer Dario Dusio tells more about the couple below and about how much the day meant for him, the bride and all the people involved:

I met Elena at a photography convention: She is a wedding photographer, like myself. The next year I was staying at her studio for another convention, and I meet Alessia, too: She was moving to Italy from abroad, to live with Elena. So it's like I've seen their love starting from a close perspective!

Their wedding was so emotional and full of pride and joy that everyone, including me, started to cry. During the ceremony, when Elena sung a song for Alessia, myself and everyone cried. I usually get involved with feelings at weddings, but not this much - This was the first time for me that I felt so close to someone I photographed, that during the ceremony I needed to wipe away my tears in order to keep on shooting. They are an amazing couple and their love is so strong.

Another nice thing was that the mayor wanted to be present to read all the laws involved because it felt it was very important that an institution did it because it was the first gay marriage in Brignano Gera D'Adda. Usually in Italy, a friend can read the laws as long as the friend has a permit from the mayor. But this day, the mayor felt it was so important, that she wanted to do it herself.

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Alessia: When I woke up everything was like being in a bubble. I remember that we shot some photos with Dario on the roof at dawn the night before, and when I saw that sun so hot I understood I was going to say YES to the Elena - the most important person in my life. During the preparation I was calm and quiet. It was strange, because I felt so emotional. My heart exploded with love when I reached the municipality with my father, and I saw Elena's eyes full of tears and joy!

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Elena: I'm a methodical person, so I usually keep my emotions under control while organizing. We have done everything by us, and I wanted everything to be perfect. The truth is, it was helping me keeping my feelings under control, but also my heart that was racing like crazy from all the emotions. Alessia was calm while I made a mess of everything. At the end, when I saw her walking towards me with her father, I cried. I couldn’t stop because I realized we were going to be a couple - forever.

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We send great love and congratulations to Elena and Alessia, and hope that they will have a fantastic celebration with friends and family during their second wedding this year!

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Photographer: Dario Dusio