Language of Love – Rosalia and Rosario

She sat on the 9 hour flight speaking to him in a broken Italian accent while he spoke to her in English. She was heading home after a vacation in Sicily, and he was leaving his folks and heading to the states to start a new life of opportunity.  Little did he know that that conversation was the ‘opportunity’ of a lifetime.

I am smitten with them.

I love how they look at each other. I love how they laugh with one another. I adore how in sync everything about them is.

They are Rosario and Rosalia. Yes, even their names are cute.


Everyone has their own secret language. Ways to communicate beyond words, beyond looks…beyond having to explain what they mean. Our tone, and our actions speak volumes…maybe not to all…but most certainly to our significant other.

We know before they say a word what kind of mood they are in. We know how they will most likely respond to a question before hearing their answer. We anticipate.

I think it’s a bit like the way a photographer observes.  They anticipate.

I love to know what makes someone tick. Especially if I hope to document an event and subjects authentically. Stories need to resonate with me. If not, it would feel as if I’m looking through the camera viewfinder at a movie with no words. I want the narration in my head to make me feel the moment even more .

I’m curious. I  want to know.  I want to know that while Rosario and Rosalia traveled the Sicilian countryside that he sang to Rosalia “nicuzza”  – the same song that would be playing in the background a couple of years later when he proposed.

As we talk and share tid-bits in passing – those words will come to mind when I’m photographing. I hope that perhaps it makes me anticipate a moment maybe a few seconds quicker.

A photograph could be made in one thousandth (give or take) of a second. One thousandth of a second of your life will live on forever in a still image. An image that once you see it…it can never be un-seen.

It’s important to me that there is a connection. A connection with the couple, with me, with the story, and finally with the image. There needs to be a reason for me. A cause. Essentially the cause is…the effect.

Being around people who you have a connection with, not just a professional one, is relaxing. There is a certain ease and flow to the conversations, to the day, to demeanor’s…to even the tension in the shoulders and jawline. I believe the experience you have will be reflected in every single picture.  Pictures don’t lie.

After the connection is made and a photograph is taken, some how words cease to exist. As they say ‘a picture can say a thousand words’…ironically without really uttering a single one.

Here is hoping we all have the same effect as Rosario and Rosalia had on each other when it comes to the language of love.







The light was ahhhmazing…








A great little spot…






The prettiest lips ever.




Everything about them…sighhhh…


They are so relaxed together…




Hey pretty!




A quick outfit change so they could have a bit of fun!




Rosalia took a running start and did the Jennifer Gray move. Rosario didn’t skip a beat.




How cute are they!?




There is nothing better than laughter…




A fave!




As I was going to expose for a silhouette –




And the end to our play-date…




Thank you Rosario and Rosalia for booking me with a Skype call. I loved getting to know you both before even meeting.  By the time we did, I felt like we were old friends. Thank you for being SO fabulous!

September is right around the corner…eeeee!!


Before you go, leave your thoughts below!

20 comments =  complimentary gift for the couple

  1. Rosalia Mannino says:

    Ahhh I love them!! Thank you so much for capturing the excitement and anticipation of our upcoming wedding! And thank you for helping me pick the location – it was the perfect setting!! Can’t wait for the big day…EEEEEEEE is right!
    Ro & Ro

    • Stacey says:

      I’m so glad you were happy with the location. No gonna lie – you had me sweatin’ a little bit over it. lol I love your love, and I’m thrilled that I’m the lucky photographer that will be there on your happy day. Almost two months away, ahhhh!

  2. Maxcely Xavier says:

    Congrats Rosalia, the pictures look so beautiful. You are going to be such a gorgeous bride! And you have a great photographer! So well captured!! <3 NEVER CHANGE, STAY FUN AND CRAZY AND FOREVER GORGEOUS 🙂

  3. Priscilla Martillo says:

    The photos look amazing! The location was perfect and the soon to be Mr. & Mrs. look happy and beautiful.

  4. Charlie Mannino says:

    Although I do not approve of the spacing between this couple…a big brother never loses his stripes…these pictures are exceptional…My beautiful little sister, and her handsome husband to be..As I’ve said, match made in heaven!

  5. Jess macdowell says:

    oh my goodness… no words. Who says Fairy tales don’t really happen!? Rosalia you are going to be a BEAUTIFUL BRIDE! xoxox

  6. M&M says:

    R&R: Lovely all around. We love them and we love you.

  7. mena says:

    You both look so in love and happy! What a beautiful memory to cherish forever! Love, Health and Happiness!!!

  8. Raina Morice says:

    My dear cousin Rosalia, Stacey took the most beautiful, amazing pictures of you and Rosario. Your truly meant for each other. I wish you all the happiness in the world. Love your favorite cousin ever, Ray Ray

  9. Joan LaRock says:

    Congratulations Rosalia & Rosario the perfect couple . God Bless You Both, Love these pictures…

  10. Micaela Cruz says:

    I am simply in awe of the beauty that you were able to convey in these photos. Rosario and Rosalia are beautiful people inside and out and I can’t believe how well that was captured. I can’t wait for the wedding!!!!

  11. Christina Morice Khamo says:

    These are amazing photos of a gorgeous couple!! Congrats, cugini!!

  12. Bryan says:

    These look so great! So excited for September.

  13. Fran Casson says:

    I love everything about weddings and the moments leading up to them. These photos reflect the love they have for each other but also the ease with which it comes! So looking forward to the wedding. My cousin is going to be a beautiful bride. My favorite shot is the Dirty Dancing one. MUST be up on a wall!!
    love you both

  14. Kerry says:

    First of all, these two look absolutely gorgeous together – what a match! These pictures are fabulous! I hope they’re always as happy together as is captured in these precious moments. 🙂 Secondly, I would like to thank them both from the bottom of my heart, being that they moved this beautiful engagement shoot which was originally scheduled for my wedding day, to accommodate me and my husband. Thank you so much, Rosalia and Rosario, for freeing Stacey up that day so that she could be there for us – I truly and deeply appreciate your kindness!! I wish you both a lifetime of bliss!

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