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Francesco Cito

Francesco Cito discovers that photographing a wedding in Naples has more in a common with a Hollywood film shoot than a family gathering.Photographing a wedding in Naples has more in a common with a Hollywood film shoot than a family affair. Although bride and groom are the leading 'actors', family members are drafted in to act as extras evoking the Roman Empire. Centurions, armour, historic locations, pages and manservants will feature in the picture to complement the bride’s ludicrously expensive dress. Often bride and groom will go so far as to pose with a photogenic stranger, rather than their new spouse, to gain a more dramatic impact. The poorer the couple the more extravagant the ceremony, with some building up huge debts which take years to pay off.

 

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      The newly married couple poses for the last picture...

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      The house of the Godfather of Forcella, a major...

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      The bride and her father walking to church down...

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      Newly married couple on a boat trip across the...

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      The bride is swept off her feet during a photo shoot...

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      The sister of the bride steals some of the limelight.

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      Miss Maria Rosaria Lembo wearing a wedding dress...

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      The girl from Forcella Street wears a wedding dress...

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      A newly married couple lying on the floor of the...

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      The wedding of two sisters with two brothers.

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      Roman Centurions hired for a wedding photo shoot...

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      Piazza del Plebiscito, the square with the old Royal...

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      Happy neighbours clapping the bride.

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      Salvatore ‘Old Face’ and his bride pose for...

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      The bride and her father.

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      Miss Maria Rosaria Lembo arrives at church wearing a...

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      Maria and her groom emerge from the church after the...

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      Maria receives the congratulations of her neighbours...

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      A bride from Forcella Street, a notorious camorra...

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      The marriage of Anna, who is seven months pregnant.

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      Inside the church; the bride is from Forcella Street,...

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      A final photo for Maria at her home before she goes...

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      A Rolls Royce wedding car passing through the old...

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      Piazza Plebiscito. The kiss.

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      A newly married couple posing surrounded by pages and...

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      Bridesmaids at the wedding of Miss Maria Rosaria...

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      The marriage festivities adjoin to a restaurant...

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      The bride and her father are given a spectacular...

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      A wedding photo shoot with Roman centurions among the...

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      A wedding party posing for photographs in the 167...

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      The kiss and the cake.

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      The photographer and the sister of the bride.

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      Bride and groom in a narrow street in the old town.

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      Rosaria posing at the window of her home in a typical...

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      The bride tries to remain dignified as she and her...

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      The curiosity of a boy in the atelier of the stylist...

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