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

Fashion Shoot

Last November, we had the privilege of traveling to Zanzibar, a beautiful island off the coast of Tanzania in East Africa, to photograph local designer Doreen Mashika's new line. Since 95% of what we shoot is wedding-related, fashion was something new and exciting for us and we did not hesitate to take on this challenge.

Doreen uses local fabrics and materials for her clothes and accessories, and her designs are highly inspired by local culture. In keeping with her style, she wanted the shoot to have local flavor, so we divided our time between the Mashariki hotel, the busy local market, the streets of Stone Town, and the beach.

Because we are not fashion photographers, we are used to relying on available light and unpredictable environments to make our photos, so this was actually right up our alley. We are very grateful that Doreen's vision included us, and we had an absolute blast. Special thanks to her, models Diana and Roweleen, and makeup and hair artist Sebastine Pepler for making a perfect team.

Doreen will be updating her website with all the photos soon, but in the meantime, here is a selection of our favorites.