Monday, 9 June 2008

Rain on the bride's parade

There's an old saying in the Italian language which says: "Sposa bagnata, sposa fortunata", meaning "rain on the wedding day brings luck to the bride". The bride and groom of the wedding we went to yesterday got it all...!


Suzanne said...

We also have that saying in English. I guess it's to cheer up the hapless couple.
I love black and white photos. Colour wouldn't have captured the gloomy atmosphere of that scene in the same powerful way.

Diederick Wijmans said...

I agree with you, Suzanne. Black and white photos can bring out essentiallity so well.
Thanks for coming by.

(By the way, my first name is Diederick. I am from Holland originally, but after my stay in London for some years I came to Italy in 1970 and live there happily with my lovely wife and wonderful son-to-be-married shortly).

Rosie said...

They should come and get marry in England then! it rains most weekends!

alice said...

"Mariage pluvieux, mariage heureux", the same in French!

Diederick Wijmans said...

Thanks Rose!
Attention: climate is changing! Some TV programme has not so long ago forecasted that Italy will become more tropical (probably from next year onwards when the Nina-effect has passed) while England will produce excellent wines in "X" years time!

Thanks for stepping by, Alice! So many brides will be lucky this year with all the rain-fall every where.

Meead said...

Thanks for your notes. This is my first chance visiting your blog and I like it. Your photos looks artistic.

Diederick Wijmans said...

Thank you for your kind words, Meead. I have had the opportunity to visit Masshad and part of the beautiful Mosque, together with an Iranian friend, about eight years ago.

Bill said...

Well, it rained on my wife & I some 24 years ago, so it must be true :) I love cloud shots, nice shot!

Anonymous said...

I don't know if we that saying in Spanish (my native tongue), because in my city (Lima, Peru) it never rains... but a translation would sound very much alike: "Esposa bañada, esposa afortunada" ...Italian and Spanish have almost the same roots and are very similar sometimes.

And, yes, the B/W has a unique power for capturing the real essence, the real spirit of some moments... I love your blog!

Rob said...

Springtime Stormy Weather in Italy too?!

The black and white tones add so much more drama to storm clouds. Excellent photo! A lovely saying to the bride and groom, sounds prettier in Italian than in English.

Diederick Wijmans said...

Thank you for your kind words, Maria Isabel!

Yes, Spanish and Italian have the same roots. When I used to travel through South America (often) for my work, I used to speak Italian and my hosts Spanish and we had practically no problems in understanding eachother. I used to get along also in Brasil with my Portuguese speaking friends, although that was slightly more difficult. Then English resolved everything.

Diederick Wijmans said...

Thanks, Bill! You see that it works?

Thanks, Dusty Lens!!

Dina said...

Ah, but the saying does not say for how many years the fortuna will last.
Our wedding brought rain and even lightning that left us in the dark immediately after the ceremony, but . . .
Well, I can't complain, since we don't have that proverb in Israel.

Diederick Wijmans said...

You are right, Dina! Of course we all take these proverbs with a pinch of salt and only "believe" in them for conveniency.
I got married 36 years ago: buckets of water were thrown down from heaven the day before the wedding, while on the day itself the weather was absolutely magnificent. I can only speak for myself stating that the groom is very happy all the same...

Max-e said...

Mmmmmm........ I seem to remember by niece's wedding being rained out in a Zimbabwe and that we had to relocate to a hall... that was about six years ago and they are very happily married. Great photo.

Diederick Wijmans said...

Thanks for visiting my blog, Max!!

Fabrizio Zanelli said...

Diederick don't ask me why but I supposed you weren't Italian native (your absolutely excellent English? Or your unconditioned love for Italian wine?) ... :-)

I really hope that that bride will have all luck she deserves after a so wet wedding

Not last: wonderful photo !

Louis la Vache said...

As Suzanne wrote - the black and white is a great choice for this subject. "Louis" wishes the bride and groom all the best!

"Louis" noticed your comments at Portland Daily Photo about the Navy. Here's a little more information on the ships Lynette had in her photos and links to some recent posts by "Louis":

U.S.S. Kidd is a Guided Missile Destroyer (DDG). Her keel was laid on 1 March 2004; she was launched on 15 December 2004. She is 511' long and her maximum beam is 66'. Her crew is 348 enlisted and 32 officers. Her home port is San Diego.

U.S.S. Gary is a Guided Missile Frigate, also home ported in San Diego. She was launched on 19 November 1982. She is 453' long and has a maximum beam of 47'.

U.S.S. Lake Champlain is a Guided Missile Cruiser launched 3 April 1987. She is 567' long and has a maximum beam of 55'.

U.S.S. Preble, DDG 88, is a Guided Missile Destroyer launched on 1 June 2001. She is 511' long and her extreme beam is 66'.

"Louis" posted this on Memorial Day about four Navy Admirals.

All of the ships in Lynette's photos call San Diego "home".

"Louis's" posts about the World War II submarine U.S.S. Pampanito are here, here and here.

Diederick Wijmans said...

Grazie, Fabrizio! Hai ragione: I was born and raised in Holland, after a small interruption in Marocco and in France. Then I lived in London for some years and then decided to come to Italy. (One of my grandmothers has Italian origins). About the wines? I have always loved Italian wines, especially the ones coming from the smaller areas...
Grazie dei tuoi commenti!!

Thanks you for your best wishes to the wedded couple and for your information about the ships, Louis!!

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