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Heather & Nick // Married in Italy // Part One

My little Tuscan babies. Heather and Nick...and their whole gang of loved ones.

Sometimes, it's impossible to defy fate.  Heather, one of my first clients when I started my business four years ago, coincidentally started dating one of my best friend's brother a year later.  We were meant to be, they were meant to be, it was all meant to be.  A year after, she was engaged to him and asked if I would photograph their wedding.  I fell off my chair.

// I've been on this photography journey for four years now and I have to say, it's opened my eyes to so many things.  Not just with myself, but with the kind of weddings I want to consistently document and relish in the goodness.  The kind of weddings that require me showing up days before the big day to enjoy learning more about them over a glass of wine (or several) and laughing until I feel like I'm going to pee my pants.

The opportunity to not only spend time with my couple, but also their people.  Warm, hilarious, genuine people that so clearly love them so much that they would fly across the world for them.  All 18 of us traveling around together then apart and then back together again.  We formed a little bond that no one can take away.  It changed me for the better and changed the way I document my couples.

At the end of our travels we had the best part waiting for us.  A beautiful three days in Tuscany where a gorgeous villa greeted us in the majestic town of Trequanda. Fresh food, Prosecco for days and green fields as far as the eye could see. Dancing, staying up until 3am every night, long walks and so much laughter.  An experience none of us will ever forget.  The best part is, we have these photos to prove it. 

// Heather and Nick.  I give you part one of your love in Italy. \\

Cali to Paris // Solo Travel

When I was 14 years old I became obsessed with two things.  Frank Sinatra and Parisian culture.  I poured over books on Frank and how he got his start and of course bought every album he's ever made (that's a lie.  My dad bought me one every Christmas).  However, what I think had an even bigger impact on me was the way people lived in France, especially Paris. The pace of every day life // the language // the passion // the architecture // the sophistication and pride in how they carry themselves.  I fell in love with all of it.

I would sit in my teenage room and spend hours reading about what there is to do there, the history behind the Eiffel Tower and obsessed over the incredible fashion.  I just loved how looking like your Sunday best is a part of every day life.  Something I feel we lack in the states.  People wearing pajamas to the grocery store hurts my soul.  I'm sorry, please don't send me poison in the mail.

I vowed to myself that as soon as I could, I would go to Paris and walk the streets I had read about late in the night.  I would drink every cappuccino and eat every croissant and ride every bike and create every picnic imaginable and photograph every bridge I came across.  What can I say, the romantic in me can't be controlled.

So, the day has come.  I leave in a couple hours.  A COUPLE HOURS.  I will take a direct flight and step foot on that magical land.  I always thought I would go with the man in my life or a close friend, but as it turns out, I've decided to go alone.  There is something that happens to you when you take a trip solo.  There's nothing like it and i'll be experiencing it in a matter of hours.  Sleep deprivation here I come.  Give it to me.

And that my friends is my eat pray love chat for the day.  I'll see you on Instagram with updates on all things Paris!!  #frenchingwithliz

 

// A few photos from my trip to Italy four years ago.  A trip that time stamped so much growth for me, brought me closer to a friend and taught me to slow the f down.  I've been wearing lipstick, buying flowers every weekend and never get annoyed when the waiter takes longer than expected since then.  

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