When Janice Di Joseph and photographer Lindsay Morris sat next to one another on a train, the two women struck up a lively conversation. Morris said she was drawn in by Di Joseph’s extrovert personality, but it was her daughter Ricchina who immediately caught Morris’ eye.
“She was so dreamy,” Morris recalled. “She had this air about her that was so soft and warm and welcoming.”
When Di Joseph, who was heading to Philadelphia where she lives, mentioned she was preparing to throw a surprise wedding-themed birthday party for Ricchina, Morris offered to photograph it and created a series, “Ricchina’s Wedding.”
Ricchina has Down syndrome and as she and Di Joseph began to attend more weddings over the years, Ricchina began to question her mother about why she wasn’t able to get married.
“I would die whenever she asked, because I didn’t know what to say,” Di Joseph said.
For Morris, photographing the party was another opportunity for her to create personal and intimate stories told through photography.
“I can’t stop looking at the pictures,” Di Joseph said. “It was just magnificent … she [Ricchina] talks about it all the time and she relives that moment and I can’t ever get anything better than that, it’s just priceless.”