I don’t think a single wedding goes by without me getting a little choked up at one point or another. At Allie and Sam’s wedding, it was the moment when, escorted by her parents, Allie began her walk down the aisle to the beautiful, powerful voices of an opera group. Sam is a big fan of the opera, and having these singers for both their processional and recessional was his only request for their wedding day. For Allie, these powerful moments of emotion occurred all through the day, and I just loved watching emotion wash over her. She bowed her head and closed her eyes as Sam read the vows he had written for her, taking every word in, and she laughed and shook her head slowly in disbelief the first time someone used the word “husband” to refer to him. She lived her wedding day one moment at a time, savouring every one individually. And Sam, well, Sam was a rock. He was on top of things; a man of action, yet calm and collected. The perfect groom, really. And when it came time to talk about Allie – or every time he looked at her, really – everyone could see him melt a little. And who could blame him? Allie channelled the glamour of an old fashioned movie star in her fitted wedding gown and her mother’s 1970s repurposed veil.
The entire day unfolded perfectly, a string of special moments, flowing organically from the moment Allie slipped into her wedding dress, to the last dance of the night. Thank you, Allie and Sam; we are so grateful to be the ones selected to document it all.
If Chatti and TJ’s story were a fairytale, it would go something like this: Once upon a time, there was a boy and there was a girl. He was of Italian ancestry and she was Cambodian. They lived 5 miles from each other in Colorado, yet their paths never crossed there. One day, the boy decided to pursue new career opportunities in the far away land of Cambodia. A few miles away, she was breaking the same news to her family. It was in this far away land that boy finally met girl and – you guessed it! – they fell in love. They decided to marry in another far away land, Italy, where she had always dreamed of having her wedding and where he had family history. It was an event filled with love, laughter, and song. And, of course, they lived happily ever after.
When Chatti, a wedding photographer herself, asked if we would photograph her wedding in Italy, we could not say “yes” fast enough. Luckily Chatti and TJ shared our enthusiasm, and less than a day after her initial email, we officially became their wedding photographers. They chose a classic Italian villa, nestled in the hills just outside the historical town of Cortona, as the setting for their wedding week. Since the two have travelled extensively and lived abroad throughout most of their relationship, they have built up an international group of friends who have become a family. A dozen of these family members not only joined Chatti and TJ in their wedding festivities, but rallied together to arrange flowers, hang banners, and even officiate the ceremony. It was a true labor of love.
Speaking of love, we also fell in love with these two sweet individuals, as well as their incredible group of guests. It was with open arms (literally!) that they greeted us on the first day and they never made us feel like we were any less than family. Despite a bit of rain during dinner that forced everyone to retreat to the dining room, the day truly did unfold, appropriately enough, like a fairytale.
Thank you Chatti and TJ for including us in your wedding plans. We loved every moment of our time in Tuscany with you and your wonderful family.
It probably comes to no surprise that Daniel and I love to travel. As destination wedding photographers, we have had to opportunity to photograph weddings in close to 20 countries; and we sincerely loved every one of them. We have dreamed of photographing a wedding in Italy for years now (we both visited the country separately many years ago), and we recently had that opportunity. My parents insisted on coming along with us, so we made a vacation out of it. 3 weeks, from the Amalfi coast, to Tuscany, to the Italian Riviera, to Venice. We drove on tiny, windy roads, walked through ancient ruins, sped around on boats… We ate, ate, ate, and drank, drank, drank. And it was incredible.
There is so much to say about this gorgeous, delicious country, yet words escape me. We loved it all so much, we thought we’d share some of our images from that trip (wedding photos are coming soon!). All of these images were taken with our favorite everyday cameras: our iphones and our Fuji x100s ,and posted throughout our trip on both my and Daniel’s instagram account.
Iceland and India top our current wanderlust list… where do you want to travel to?