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Kathleen and Pete – two of the sweetest souls on the planet – were married in Darien, CT this June!

I first met these guys for an awesome fall engagement session Dorset, VT last year – you’ll remember their fantastic flannel outfits! Well, I knew then that their wedding was going to share that sweet, down-to-earth, romantic elegance they seem to exude when they’re together (and of course a good dose of rock star dance moves as well!). It was a perfect day all around, and the Darien Community Association such a pretty backdrop for a wedding! Golden doodle Lilly was all too ready for her important job as well!

Kathleen’s dress was one of my most favorite styles ever, and her earrings and shoes a gorgeous match. I was also so excited to finally work with Paloma’s Nest, who made the ring-bearer dishes below!

So many beautiful details, from bird cages at the centerpiece to coffee bean favors. I’m always a sucker for some succulent decorations as well!

Kathleen & Pete (and Lilly!), you guys truly deserve all the beauty and joy that surrounded you on your wedding day, and for many years to come! I’ve had such a blast getting to know you, and I’d love to share another yummy winter cocktail when we’re both in Vermont this year again!

Venue: Darien Community Association | Flowers: Sofie Kirk | Invitations: Ink Fine Stationers | Catering: Marcia Selden Catering | Cake & Dessert: Cake Suite of Westport | Hair & Make-Up: A New Beginning Salon and Spa | Officiant: Dave Erwin | Ceremony Music: Golden Scrolls Soloists | DJ: Scratch Weddings DJ | Dressmaker: Watters | Shoes: Rachel Simpson Shoes | Suit: Jos. A. Bank | Bridemaid Necklaces: Dana Castle | Bridemaid Earrings: DanaCastle and LoveShineBridal | Junior Bridemaid Necklace: ElliesButton | Flower Girl Necklaces & Earrings: GiGisPetals | Guest Book: SweetLoveFun | Mom and Dad Handkerchief Gift: elegantmonogramming | Ring Bearer & Junior Usher Bowties and Ties: DivineDomestication | Groomsmen & Groom Ties: MeandMatilda | Flower Girls Hair Clips: flowerbucketboutique | Ring Bearer Bowls: http://palomasnest.com/ | Personalized Stamps: terbearco

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Joel and Meghan are engaged to be married at a gorgeous castle in Ireland next year! They are sweethearts originally from North Carolina, and their careers have brought them to California and now Boston. Since they love the active lifestyle of the ocean and the mountains the same, it was tough deciding on the perfect spot for their together session – but I think we figured it out!

The Sandwich Boardwalk is always my top favorite, particularly when couples are traveling from Boston. We shared a cocktail (or two?) at Hemisphere’s Restaurant, overlooking the Cape Cod Canal, and then set off for the beach!

Coming soon, Mr. & Mrs. :-)

Joel and Meghan rocked these photos, letting loose, laughing a ton and just generally being up for anything together! The kind of playfulness that sure makes my job easy!

Huge congrats to you both!

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Breathtaking. The idea of taking, or losing, one’s breath.

When something as gorgeous as Cinque Terre pops out of the Mediterranean in front of you, it takes your breath. I hope these photos can share just a bit of that with you!

“The Five Lands” is composed of five villages: Monterosso al Mare, Vernazza, Corniglia, Manarola, and Riomaggiore. The coastline, the five villages, and the surrounding hillsides are all part of the Cinque Terre National Park and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site (trust me, Wikipedia says so ;-))

Julie, Melissa and I hopped a boat from La Spezia – a gorgeous city in its own right! We explored the adorable harbor and yummy seafood with local friends, and we gawked at the massive black boats belonging to Armani. And then we were off to adventure!

We enjoyed the boat ride all the way to the farthest village of Monterosso, and then we hiked about an hour and a half along THIS coastline back to the village of Vernazza.   b r e a t h  t a k i n g . . .

Vernazza is so full of color and life, even as it still recovers from a massive flood in 2011. Truly a magical place to wander and photograph.

We hopped the regional train for our ride back to LaSpezia, and eventually back to our apartment in Florence. It was a short weekend, and I was just getting over a stretch of migraine headaches, but Cinque Terre leaves a most beautiful mark on my time spent in Italy this spring. A place that takes your breath away, and inspires you to breathe all at the same time!

I will come back in a separate post to tell you about a special little place called Porto Venere as well…

Thanks, as always, to my lovely travel companions, friends, and fellow photographers, Melissa and Julie!

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  • June 27, 2013 - 10:28 am

    Lauren @ Every Last Detail - Love love love. I could just stare at these all day. In fact, I think I’m just going to leave this post up so I can peek every now and then… ;)

  • June 27, 2013 - 4:10 pm

    Ruth - Stacey I LOVE seeing these photos of Italy! I remember you telling me way ahead of time about this trip you’d be taking, and it’s so neat to see it all unfolding “in real life” ;)

  • June 28, 2013 - 11:36 am

    Jody Atkinson - Breathtaking is right! I wish I were there right now.

  • July 1, 2013 - 1:41 pm

    Betty White - I visited Cinque Terre once and fell in love with it. Your photos are breathtaking. I have always wanted to return and your photos have awakened that urge and brought it to the forefront of my mind. Love them all! thank you for sharing.