LAUREN + RYAN || COLORADO SPRINGS, CO

There is such a special place in our hearts for close-knit, intimate wedding days. We kicked off the weekend bowling with Lauren + Ryan and their family and friends -- we got competitive and laughed a whole lot. The wedding day itself was spent at The Broadmoor moving from one sweet moment to the next in that crisp, summer Colorado weather. The rain met us right after Lauren made her day down the aisle and made for such a unique + nostalgic ceremony. 

Everyone gathered at the long, farm table for dinner. The soft candlelight glow, bellows of laughter, a selfie stick appearance, and makeshift limbo with several ties were all so memorable. This was one amazing wedding weekend!

Stefanie + JJ // Castiglion Fiorentino, Italy

We're truly having a hard time putting to words the amazing adventure of capturing Stefanie + JJ's intimate wedding in the Tuscany region of Italy.  We arrived to this small town, by train, a few days before the wedding began! The next few days were spent on a vineyard and exploring the town where the wedding took place (Castiglion Fiorentino). We experienced some of the best tasting food of our lives with Stefanie, JJ, and the small group of family that make the journey over. Also note - mass volumes of gelato was consumed.

It was refreshing for Grant and I to be apart of capturing a wedding day at a much slower pace than normal. The morning of the wedding began with a tour of the organic vineyard (the home on the property was built in the 1800's). After the tour, a gradual anticipation increased as Stefanie + JJ started getting ready and preparing for the moment when they would see each other for the first time. Following their first look, the four of us ventured into town for an extended portrait session (and were stared at + cheered for by Castiglion locals), then drove throughout the countryside to hit up a few other pre-scouted locations. Grant got pooped on by a bird. We were almost hit by a bus. It was an adventure to remember.

The day was sweet, relaxed, and filled with joy. After the ceremony ended we took Stefanie + JJ out again and we captured some very lovely moments in the vineyard as the sun set over the Tuscan hills. Afterwards, we were rewarded with a jaw dropping assortment of appetizers + a  several course dinner in the private candlelit cellar. We shared a long wooden table together, food, conversation, some tears, and laughter. 

We are so grateful to Stefanie + JJ for getting to Italy to capture their intimate wedding! Also, photos from our personal trip will be up on the blog soon as well!