This wedding we photographed in Italy was one of those you had to pinch yourself the entire time you were shooting to make sure it was really happening. The wedding and reception were held at Casale di Polline, high on a hillside overlooking beautiful Lake Bracciano and the surrounding mountains just south of Tuscany. The day before the wedding the bride and flower girl gathered all the olive and eucalyptus clippings they would use for flower crowns and table decorations right from the grounds of the Villa we all stayed in- it was surreal. And the food… the food was quite possibly the highlight of the whole trip. Just writing about it makes me want to book another flight to Roma! I could go on and on about this amazing location and this cool couple from Dubai who flew me half way around the world to shoot one of the prettiest (and delicious) weddings I’ve ever been a part of. Kate and Rico- you both are awesome… where are we going next?? (I’m still holding out for a lifestyle shoot somewhere in the United Arab Emirates)
From the Bride:
Growing up I always pretended to be British and spoke with a fake British accent. So it was only fitting when I was introduced to this handsome man who called himself Rico and spoke with a British accent. I was immediately smitten. It became clear that our initial sparks would quickly prove us to be lifelong soulmates. I’ll never forget my sister’s response when I told her about him, “Oh my gosh, Hazel (her daughter) is going to have an Uncle Rico.” (Napoleon Dynamite)
We have been very fortunate and have lived and traveled in many countries. Rico is Italian (it’s confusing, the British accent; he moved to the UK as a teenager) and I am American, and with all the places we’ve experienced together, we knew we would have a tough time choosing a destination for our wedding. We had finally gotten it down to either Gloucester, MA or somewhere (anywhere!) in Italy. We reached out to Rico’s friend, Alfredo, who owns Cantine Silvestri Vineyards just outside Rome. He told us that we didn’t have to look any further, we just needed to fly to Rome and see one venue, Casale di Polline.
Well, we did. And we fell in love with it. The owner, Gloria, was instrumental in coordinating everything, right down to the last detail. Unlike my fluent husband, I barely speak Italian. It was very difficult to plan a wedding in another country, let alone in another language! Gloria was paramount in making our wedding day perfect. She suggested caterers, make up, florist, everything. I am forever grateful.
To this day, we look back at our incredible day and the photos Eric took. We are so thankful we were able to spend our weekend with someone who captured all the moments we would so easily forget. Not to mention all the delicious food I never got to try!
My advice for future brides: Let the little things go. Even the big ones! In the end, no one even realizes if something didn’t go as planned. And, it flies by. At the end of the night you look back and say, wait how is it all over!? Slow down and record it in your memory. Remember every second.
Venue: Casale di Polline
Dress and veil: Custom dress using The Bridal Room in Jumeirah Plaza, Dubai, UAE. (The owner, Anne, worked with me through every step and detail. She turned my vision into reality.)
Shoes: Dune London
Bridesmaid Dresses: J.Crew
Groom’s Suit: Tailor made suit using City Land Tailors, Dubai, UAE
Florist: Dordas Flowers
Caterer: Lincei Catering
Cake: Lincei Catering
Make up artist: Sata Lorenzetti Make Up
Cynthia and James’ downtown Wilmington wedding, held at 128 South, was total perfection. This couple and their crew had so much fun all day long and wanted everyone to join in on the party… Special thanks to all the groomsmen who kept me laughing throughout the day, and to the top notch vendors that made this day run smoothly from start to finish (see below)!
Venue: 128 South
Design: Design Perfection
Coordination: Belle Ame Events
Transportation: Azalea Limosine
Entertainment: Port City Shakedown
Cake: Imaginary Cakes
Hair and Makeup: Adrianne Terzian
Rentals: Party Suppliers
Desserts: Duck Donuts
I had the honor of photographing Carrie and Derricks Brooklyn Arts Center Wedding and it couldn’t have been more beautiful! These two were so much fun to work with- from the first time I got to meet them, through their engagement session and entire wedding day. And actually even before our first official meeting, my wife and I were taking a walk on the beach one evening when we saw this handsome guy down on one knee proposing. It wasn’t until later that night that I saw on facebook one of my past wedding clients saying how excited she was that her little sister just got engaged and posted a picture. Sure enough it was Carrie and Derrick… Fast forward a few months and I saw an email in my inbox with a familiar last name asking about wedding photography… and the rest is history! They are one class act couple. Big congratulations and many blessings to everything in front of you both!
Amazing vendors who helped make this day perfect:
Venue: Brooklyn Arts Center
Coordination: Orchid Island Events
Florals: Eco Chic Blossoms
Video: The Good Life Film Co.
Dress and Veil: The Wedding Dress Shoppe
Cake: One Belle Bakery
Rentals: L and L Tent
Entertainment: Active Entertainment
I don’t even know where to start to explain just how much fun this wedding at was. Weddings at Wrightsville Manor are always a blast, but this one was one of my favorites. The whole day was such a great celebration of Sarah and Mary Thomas’ wedding and it was an honor to be a part of it. It didn’t hurt to have the beautiful Wrightsville Manor as the backdrop, and we used every inch of the grounds to make these gorgeous photos (and then a few secret spots around the venue to get the rest) With the help of some amazing Wilmington wedding vendors (listed below) this incredible day was made possible. With clients like this, you can’t not love your job!
If you’ve ever wondered what a perfect beach wedding on St. John in the Virgin Islands looks like, than look no further. This day was beautiful and so much fun to photograph. Leona and Kelly were so in love, and it shows in every picture. She looked amazing in BHLDN, which is Anthropologie’s wedding line. Special thanks go out to Michelle with Paradise Planning, make up artistry by Kristina, Passion Flower, and all the staff at Asolare for making this amazing day go off perfectly… Enjoy!
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This Bakery 105 wedding in Downtown Wilmington was a real stunner, and it was an honor to be a part of this day! Elisa and Erik were the cutest bride and groom and couldn’t have been more in love on their big day! The exposed brick, high ceilings and outdoor courtyard make Bakery 105 weddings some of our favorite downtown wedding to shoot- not to mention it’s proximity to the river, beautiful little cobblestone alleys as well as after party hot spots 🙂 Let us know what you think in the comments below!