anthony messina was an incredible violinist & an italian gentleman & the most wonderful grandfather.

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my grandmother & grandfather were married for sixty years….after my grandmother passed away, anthony was set up on a blind date with mae through his church….a couple of years later mae & anthony were married in new mexico…it was such a honor to photograph my grandfather’s wedding and this very sweet and intimate part of my family’s lives….you are never too old to fall in love….

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this beautiful wedding was featured in martha stewart weddings several years ago…and will be a feature on junebug very soon…so keep an eye out….junebug will be showing many more images….

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my grandfather is no longer with us…these photos will always be near & dear to my heart…
love is limitless…..xoxoxo

a little more sweetness...

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  1. May 31-2009 , 07:42AM
    E. I've always loved these photos... I remember when they first were published in MSW. So happy to see them again. They are wonderful! xo
  2. May 31-2009 , 08:35AM
    Wow, I check your blog a lot and am so inspired and impressed by your imagery. But this post made me have to comment! Beautiful photos and a touching, beautiful story. First time I've seen it so thanks for sharing it again.
  3. May 31-2009 , 09:02AM
    sooooo lovely!!!
  4. May 31-2009 , 10:33AM
    Oh Elizabeth! What a beautiful man... I love these pics so much, his shoes, the overalls, the cross on his wall... and Mae's time-worn hands on her stole... Oh my goodness - these make me happy :) What a grandfather, indeed! xo, Christa
  5. May 31-2009 , 10:34AM
    ps. I meant suspenders not overalls! lol! gotta love these details :) xoxo
  6. May 31-2009 , 11:08AM
    Awww, this is the sweetest post, my eyes got all teary! (I have such a soft spot for grandparents, even if they're not mine!) I love these photos! :)
  7. May 31-2009 , 11:28AM
    These are so beautiful and timeless - and a wonderful story as well!
  8. May 31-2009 , 03:13PM
    what a lovely, sweet story! :)
  9. jonathan canlas:
    May 31-2009 , 06:38PM
    there is something so intimate about this whole affair. by far my most favorite images of your work. can't wait to see the rest! i hope all is well!
  10. Jun 01-2009 , 05:22AM
    that actually made me tear up - what a beautiful and special event, and what lovely photos
  11. Jun 01-2009 , 07:32AM
    This post made me cry. You are so wonderful, as a person and as that person, it shines straight through your work. Beautiful and touching.
  12. Jun 01-2009 , 06:46PM
    Elizabeth, these photos really tug at the heart. Thanks so much for sharing. Such an inspiration.
  13. Eowyn:
    Jun 02-2009 , 05:34AM
    This set of photos, this wonderful man and his loving bride, and hope that all of us will find our partners regardless of age is incredibly inspirational. I am getting married this August to my perfect partner. We are both 40ish and feel lucky to be marrying for the first time. I have no grandparents remaining, and lost my mother 10 years ago, and as a result I felt such a warmth for your family photos above.
    thank you
  14. Jun 02-2009 , 10:21AM
    Wow, this is so beautiful. I am almost tearing up at my computer right now... Thanks for sharing.
  15. Raquel:
    Jun 02-2009 , 06:59PM
    Thank you for sharing your grandfather's wedding. The love and beauty depicted in your photography is so inspiring.
  16. Jun 03-2009 , 06:55AM
    this is SO sweet. i nearly cried looking at the photographs - they are absolutely beautiful (the photos and the subjects!)
  17. Jun 03-2009 , 01:09PM
    oh my god so sweet :) i just got watery eyed
  18. Jun 04-2009 , 10:13AM
    oh my god, lovely pictures, cute ones <3

    and it made me cry because too many grandpas and grandmas have already gone :( mine too.

    but it's so so great you have these gorgeous pictures and memories <3
  19. Jun 06-2009 , 05:56AM
    oh my. this is beautiful. i got very teary looking at these. What a gentleman! What elegance. Oh what a classy classy couple. Beautiful photos. Thanks.
  20. Feb 04-2010 , 05:02AM
    [...] Elizabeth Messina photographed the sweet, timeless wedding of her grandfather several years ago. From her website: “my grandmother & grandfather were married for sixty years….after my grandmother passed away, anthony was set up on a blind date with mae through his church….a couple of years later mae & anthony were married in new mexico…it was such a honor to photograph my grandfather’s wedding and this very sweet and intimate part of my family’s lives….you are never too old to fall in love…” [...]