Two weeks ago Michael and I left for a trip to photograph our first European destination wedding in France! It was a dream come true!! However, our adventure didn’t end there! Our good friends Jordan and Amy were also in Europe for a shoot and we planned to meet up after our work was done!! I’ll be honest, when we have a destination wedding… or really ANY wedding… that’s my only focus. Michael gets us there and I shoot my little heart out. So, when people asked me where we were going in Europe… I honestly had no idea. Michael and Jordan planned the entire trip and Amy and I just followed them around!
They did an amazing job. They drove us from central France to the coast… which was close to SIX HOURS! Our first stop was Marseille. We loved this stop and we did a little exploring on day one! Then we walked back to the hotel and I helped Amy get ready for their vow renewal!! Click HERE to view those images! It was a dream!! After driving back from the lavender fields near Provence, we went to bed so that we could get up and drive to Saint Tropez the next day. St. Tropez was beautiful. There was one restaurant where we tried to grab lunch but it was PACKED… and we’re prettyyyy sure that there were some celebrities in there because we spotted some paparazzi! That was our queue that we should probably leave and just grab food from a food stand instead of spending $200 on lunch!! I can’t speak for the rest of the crew but I felt a little out of my element in that place…. and that feeling continued as we drove down to Monaco!
Because I don’t know very much about cities in the south of France, I asked what Monaco was known for and Jordan told me that it was nicknamed “The Millionaire’s Playground”. Amy and I laughed and semi-seriously said “So, what are we going to do there??!” haha We pulled up to the casino area and it was like we had walked into a different WORLD. These people were driving cars that cost more than our house!! It was insane! We paid more for a half a bowl of semi-decent spaghetti than we did for ANY other meal the entire trip. It was just ridiculous!! It was a really cool experience to SEE that world but unless you’re driving a Porsche, Bentley, or Maserati…. you don’t feel like you fit in there!!
After leaving the Millionaire’s playground, you can imagine how relieved we were to enter Italy and find cheap but amazing PIZZA!!!! We also invested 100 Euros and rented a little speed boat for 2 hours and toured Lake Como! This was probably one of the BEST decisions of the entire trip! We had a blast and we only hit one small log that got jammed in the motor. Luckily, all we had to do was stop and pull it out and to our knowledge…. it didn’t hurt anything!!! We made it back to the dock in one piece and that was quite an accomplishment!
After Lake Como, we started our trek through the Swiss Alps and it was breathtaking. I’ve decided that it’s really not accurate saying that we have “mountains” in Virginia after you see the Swiss Alps! Wow!! They are just rolling hills!! We loved ending the trip with such an impressive change of scenery and even though I lost my Swiss Alp pictures…. Amy took some gorgeous ones and I’m SO THANKFUL!!!!
Enjoy this recap of our time away and if there is ANY advice I can give you… it’s to avoid the spaghetti in Monaco and DEFINITELY head to Italy for the PIZZA!!!! 😃
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Ah! It’s our FINAL STUDENT SPOTLIGHT!!! This July post has been a long time coming but it’s HERE and it’s LIVE and I want you to help me celebrate these amazing photographers who are making their dreams happen!!!
This six month update feels like it’s weirdly disproportionate compared to other monthly updates! Why is that? Well, last month I posted a couple of sets of images that were actually at the beginning of his sixth month and THEN we photographed multiple weddings, had several trips away from home for a few days and the dads were for several days!
Hope and Jesse are the sweetest couple. You can just feel it when you’re with them! You can see it when you watch them interact. You can hear it in the stories that their family members and best friends shared about them. They are truly soulmates and best friends. They have an undeniable love for one another and that is why even a rainy, misty wedding day could be incredibly vibrant, warm and joyful!!
Rhett’s fifth month was full of fun. It’s crazy to me that I know I only take my big camera to about 10% of the things we do in a month and yet each month is SO full.
This beautiful wedding day took place in the rolling hills of West Virginia, just past the Virginia state line. Wild Goose Farm is a venue that I’ve never photographed before and let me tell you, it was a treat! We didn’t even have the sun join us for most of the day and yet we were able to capture beautiful portraits! Between the horses, old fences, stunning estate home, lily pad covered pond, old stone walls, rustic barn, open fields and a historic stone arch, I was in photographer heaven!
This session was just as sweet as it looks. We spent the evening with Megan and Tim in the country outside of Harrisonburg, Virginia. We were tucked away in the rolling hills in between beautiful fields and family farms. It reminded me all over again why I just love Virginia. We really have it all… beaches, mountains, history, and great schools! JMU, while it did play a role in Tim and Megan’s story, isn’t actually where it started!