Hello, all! The last couple of weeks have been insane over here. As a lot of you probably know, I was asked by this sweet couple to come to Italy with them and photograph their wedding. I have a lot to say about the experience, but I’ll keep it short and sweet. I met Chris and Janice as they were looking for a photographer to bring on this crazy trip. We instantly connected on many levels. Janice likes to tell the story about how she hugged me when we met up at a little coffee shop in Winter Hill and how I might have thought that was weird since we had only just met, but I wanted to hug her too! I got the phone call that they were picking me 3 days after we had met and I was just floored. Not only was I excited to go to Italy for a week, but I knew that we were going to be friends for a really long time. Since we were going to be spending a week in a house together, we made a point to hang out a few times just to get to know each other better. They had Danny and me over for dinner/game night many times after that. I was even invited to her bachelorette party, which totally made me cry. I love these two, they are some of the most special people I have ever met and I look forward to more fun times that we will have together.

The following images are from the first three or so days of the trip and part 1 of I am guessing 3 part series of this wedding in Tuscany. Enjoy.

I’m going to start out by showing you where we stayed. Quite the dump, eh? I think Chris’s mum’s expression says it all:

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Most evenings were spent poolside, overlooking the gorgeous hills where we were surrounded by wineries. This came in handy when we ran out of wine and brought our bottles to be refilled for 2 euro each (Thanks, Kevin!)
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A few details from the villa…
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The second day we were there, we went into Lucca just to hang around and unwind. Lucca is surrounded by a huge wall that is really fun to ride bikes around (so I hear!). A few guests spent the day riding around Lucca while we ran a few errands and Janice carted more people back to the villa as they arrived in Italy.
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Day three, we had to run to Florence to go to the US consulate and meet up with Jackie, the wedding planner (who, by the way, if any of you are thinking about getting married in Italy, contact her. She was our translator, bestie, and comic relief. Nothing would have been accomplished without her!). I of course got yelled at for having a camera within 2 miles of the consulate. =D
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Janice hired a chef to come in and teach everyone how to make pasta from scratch, how fab is she? Marco, who was also the chef for the 6 course wedding dinner, is unbelievable. The food he created for everyone was just incredible! He studied English in Australia which means he has an Australian/Italian accent. Yeah, just try to imagine that one for a sec, knees melt? I thought so.
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Thank you for looking at part 1 of this crazy adventure. Next up is the wedding day!

xoxo