Chatti + TJ

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.

The Vendors Venue: Villa Ruffignano Catering: Marcella of Villa Ruffignano Dress: Marisa Styling: By the bride and executed by her wonderful friends Florals: Annalisa Banelli of La Bottega delle Idee

Nathalie + Ryan

You would think that planning not one but two separate wedding celebrations would make a bride and groom complete stress cases, but not Nathalie and Ryan. These two had their priorities all straightened out. They were excited to get married, eat good food, and party... and that's exactly what they did. Their two-day event began at Nathalie's parents' house, where they had their traditional Cambodian ceremony. Daniel and I love Cambodian traditions and we even incorporated one, the string ceremony, into our own wedding. I just love how the ceremony includes all of the most important people in the couple's life, from having them primp and prep them (and "cut" Ryan's non-existant hair), to whispering their wishes and advice. I also enjoy the several outfit changes that are involved, but that's a different matter!

The second day honoured Ryan's Filipino background with a church ceremony, followed by portraits in an enchanted forest, and, as promised, a rocking reception. With an exclusive menu, late night McDonald's buffet, and Krispy Kreme donut spread on top of a dance party so good that even we eventually had to join in, we were truly spoiled with these guys. So spoiled, in fact, that even the next day they treated us to Montreal's Oyster Fest where we feasted some more.

Nat and Ryan, thank you for an incredible weekend. You were a joy to photograph... and to dine with!