Amber & Everett // Florence, Italy Tuscany Destination Wedding

I'm embarrassed to say this is the first time I've blogged this year...but LIFE! Between moving, lots of traveling, a DIY bathroom renovation, and the recent loss of our sweet dog Stella, the first half of this year has been a whirlwind!

A few weeks ago, we had the privilege of traveling to Italy to document Amber & Everett's wedding celebration in Florence! I've known Amber & Everett for a few years now, but we only seem to meet in exotic places around the world like Greece, Austria, Germany...and now Italy! 

The wedding weekend started with a welcome dinner overlooking a perfect Florence sunset near the Piazza Michaelangelo. The next day, the wedding took place at the gorgeous Villa Le Fontanelle, an old Medici villa, now owned by a sweet family with three German Shepards who just roam the property (seriously the best)! Also overlooking Florence, the villa was more tucked away from the hustle of the city, boasting olive trees, vining roses, Italian Cyprus trees, a stunning garden...basically all my Italian dreams come true!

The entire day felt so relaxed and easy going, just like the bride & groom themselves. We did the first look in the original chapel on the property, and the ceremony backdrop was also the original fortress! Dinner was incredible at one long king's table for all the guests, complete with two courses of pasta and filet served with freshly shaved black truffles by their friend who is a professional chef. The layered cake was made right in front of the guests and was as delicious as it looked! 

The following Monday (needed a day to recover!) we did a sunrise session at the Ponte Vecchio and Duomo - it was so perfect because between 6-7am was pretty much the only time the city was packed with people! It was so lovely just to walk around and photograph the two of them around one of the most gorgeous churches in the world. Our photoshoot ended when I had them standing in front of the two grand doors of the church and a pigeon immediately pooped on both of their heads! Now they will have #GOODLUCKFOREVER.

Thank you so much Amber & Everett for being so amazing and taking us along this Italian adventure of a lifetime! Va bene!

 

Sunrise Session at the Duomo

AMAZING VENDORS:

Planning: VB Events

Florals: Jardin Divers

Dress: Madison James

Dress Boutique: I Do Bridal (Seattle, WA)

Shoes: Jimmy Choo

Cake & Catering: Galateo Ricevimenti

Hair & Makeup: The Tuscan Beauty

Groom's Suit: Nordstrom

Sound/Lighting: JD Events

DJ: Alma Project

BEST OF 2017

I know I say this every year, but I always look back wondering where the year went. And it's when I can truly appreciate the ability of photographs being able to bring us back to each place and time, and get to re-feel all those warm and fuzzy feelings over again. I seriously feel so lucky that each one of my couples is so sweet in their own way that inspires and reminds me that love is really the best thing we have in this world. Thank you to all my amazing clients for trusting me to capture your love and light. Looking forward to all the goodness of 2018! xo

Some of favorite moments, personal and professional, from this year:

I became an auntie to the cutest little boy Jordan!

Got my first magazine cover on Martha's Vineyard Magazine (Amanda + Pete!). 

We bought a house in Wexford!

We traveled to Morocco, Taiwan, LA, San Diego, Grand Tetons, Hudson, Phoenix, Sedona, and the Grand Canyon...all magical in their own way. The older I get, the more I love trips that revolve around nature :)

My parents moved cross country from PA to San Diego (hello winter visits!). 

We got to see HAMILTON! It made me laugh, cry, #allthefeels. 

And most importantly, this was not a specific moment but a feeling that I was lucky enough to find throughout the year...the feeling of BALANCE. It's something I've been working on a LOT for the past few years as an entrepreneur, going by the "it's a heck yes or it's a no" rule to make time and space for creativity, family, relationships, puppies, and self-care. It's something I'll always keep working on, but I'm so grateful to have found so much of it this year! 

Thanks for reflecting with me and I hope you enjoy some of these moments that inspired me this year (in no particular order and with some personal work sprinkled in!). 

You'll want to scroll to the very bottom for my favorite photo of 2017. 

And for my favorite photo of the year...

Beyond all the weddings and flowers and celebrations...there is Nora, the biggest inspiration. She is my friend Colby's two year old daughter who was diagnosed with brain cancer in August. Here, she's showing me where they put her 'magic' tube. I hope she can look back at this photo one day when she is older to remind herself of her all of her strength and grace, and how she inspired so many people along her journey. 

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