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One Amazing Couple Follow Their Dreams + Say “I Do” in Tuscany

We never know what life might throw our way, and this amazing couple decided, despite challenges, to still follow their dreams, and that meant saying “I do” in the hills of Tuscany. Surrounded by family and friend, they celebrated all they’ve overcome together and toasted to a beautiful future. Peter & Veronika captured it all and this love story is not one to be missed – more this way!

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From Bride… Evan and I met seven years ago when we were both working at a restaurant – Evan was working as a bartender temporarily and I was paying my way through university. We were friends first and then quickly became more.. after eight months we moved to the city and got our first apartment downtown. We both began our careers doing what we love: Evan as a Construction Manager and myself in Marketing and graphic design. Over the next few years we grew as a couple and as people – we went through great times and some intense personal struggles, but kept the focus on our life together and each other. We would always come out strong no matter what life through at us. Little did we know that it was this mentality that would prove to be extremely helpful when the biggest challenge we would face yet was thrown at us unexpectedly…

Two years ago while working in his dream job as a Construction Superintendent, Evan broke his neck when an improperly secured load of flooring weighing 3500lbs fell off of a delivery truck onto his head and neck. Evan was instantly paralyzed from the shoulders down, and was left without full use of his arms and no use of his hands or legs. He was lucky to have survived his accident without any head trauma. After five months in the hospital and intensive rehabilitation, we began our new life together – although very, very different, nothing changed our outlook on life or how much we love each other. Evan is now confined to a wheelchair and needs 24 hour care and assistance, all of which I do myself as we decided early on we didn’t want to live with nurses and care aids – we wanted to lead normal, private lives!

After Evan returned home from the hospital we packed up our life and moved temporarily to Southern California to attend a world renowned rehabilitation facility for five months in order to help him gain his strength and focus. While we were there, Evan proposed to me at our favourite restaurant in San Diego called Juniper and Ivy – completely by surprise! He had designed my ring himself with Dino at Harlings Jewellers in Vancouver while he was in California – he even had it shipped to California without me knowing with help from his therapist!

We decided to have our wedding in Florence because we had planned a trip to Europe BEFORE his accident happened that we had never been able to do – and we did not want his injury to stop us from visiting all the places we want to go. Our passion together is great food and wine and Florence, Italy was at the top of our list for destinations. We found an amazing wheelchair accessible seven bedroom villa located 45 minutes outside of Florence in the Tuscan countryside called Castel D’Acone, and the rest just fell into place! Our wedding was intimate as we decided to turn the whole thing into a group European vacation with our closest family and friends for the week. The wedding was perfect and our entire week there was like a dream. For our honeymoon we decided to stay in Europe and visited Rome, Barcelona, The South of France and Amsterdam.. and enjoyed every minute of our travels.

We hope to meet other couples from around the world who are going through similar situations as us. We are soon launching a new website soon as a vessel to connect with people we can help, and let others know that you CAN live your life to the fullest as a happy couple – even after devastation and loss.

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Photography: Peter & Veronika | Floral Design: Marco Nocchi at Il Giardino Del Re Florist | Wedding Dress: Kathryn Bass Bridal | Bride's Shoes: Aquazzura | Rings: Harlings | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Plum Pretty Sugar | Catering: Giulia Panzariello and Angela Lamarra of Delizia Ricevimenti in Florence | Lighting: Castel D'Acone in Pontassieve | Groom's Attire: Canali | Officiant: Silvia Todini | Wedding Venue: Castel D'Acone in Pontassieve | Decor: Giulia Panzariello and Angela Lamarra of Delizia Ricevimenti in Florence

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Romantically Roaming The Italian Streets…

Everything has a way of working out… just sometimes on its own time schedule. But fate proved its point for this sweet couple by bringing them to Italy, a destination that they had only dreamed off. And while there, Rebecca Yale was able to capture anniversary pics to guarantee that these memories are never forgotten. Pretty amazing, right? If these pics don’t make you want to book a trip ASAP, it’s time to have your pulse checked dear friends – see them all right this way!

From Rebecca YaleI had the pleasure of photographing Lotta and her husband Marcos’ first year anniversary photos around the charming cobblestone streets of Ravello, Italy. Lotta and I were in town working on a wedding together and fell in love with the beautiful town on the Amalfi coast known for its ceramics and limoncello and knew it would be the perfect spot for an anniversary session with her husband. We spent a beautiful fall morning exploring the 9th Century pedestrian-only town set into the mountains above the Amalfi Coast.

From Lotta of Mint DesignFate is a funny thing. Since the time we got engaged, Marcos and I were set on going to Italy for our honeymoon. Both so in love with everything Italian – the views, the culture, the history, the food, the wine, the endless possibilities of exploring. Italy was our ideal place. As life has it, we were thrown an unbelievable curveball and just shy of our one year wedding anniversary, we found the home of our dreams. But, what comes along with the home of your dreams, are financial obstacles. First thing to go was our dream honeymoon in Italy. Although we were sad, we were extremely grateful for this new chapter in our lives.

Fast forward a few months, we were finally settled in our new home and I was in the midst of planning and designing three big fall weddings. One day I received a text message from my dear friend Rebecca Yale. We had met via Instagram and had collaborated on a photoshoot a few years back. Rebecca’s text came completely out of the blue. “Hey what are you doing the week of October 17th?” I wrote her back and we quickly decided to chat on the phone. Rebecca had recruited me to floral design a rehearsal dinner and wedding in Ravello, Italy. Mind blown. After many details were mulled over, I found myself booking flights for my husband and I to Italy. A dream come true. To work and enjoy Italy for a business trip was something I never imagined would happen. Truly such a blessing.

Fast forward to the days right before the trip to Italy, Rebecca and I texted and texted and texted some more. We threw out the idea of an impromptu anniversary session while we were already in the most romantic place on earth. The morning of the rehearsal dinner, we put on our outfits we had brought with us all the way from California – hubby looked quite dapper! I, however, was excited and nervous and stressed about timing and the rehearsal dinner florals. But once Rebecca had us in front of the camera, all the nerves went away and we were able to just be us. Ravello will always have a very special place in our hearts.

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Photography: Rebecca Yale Photography | Styling: Mint Design | Dress: BHLDN | Photo Lab: Richard Photo Lab

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Inspiration for a Florence-Set Wedding

Florence is easily one of the most romantic cities in the world, so it only made sense when European-based vendors Sandra Aberg PhotographyA Very Beloved WeddingSequence Five and an entire team of talent chose it as the setting for their dreamy bridal shoot. They fully embraced the colors, the rich history, the very essence of Florence and the gallery is filled to the brim with must-see inspiration.

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From A Very Beloved WeddingThis love story between Lisa and Francesco in inspired on their story and love for Florence. Getting engaged and married in Florence is embracing the colors of the city, it´s Renaissance and artful history. With the bridal shoot we portrayed a lighthearted, joyful and still enigmatic woman in Florence, who found her true love and bonding experience with her husband to be. This story is a visual representation of what happiness means and an illusion that seduces us to become part of Lisa’s and Francesco’s story.

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Photography: Sandra Aberg Photography | Cinematography: Sequence Five | Event Design: A Very Beloved Wedding | Floral Design: A Very Beloved Bloom | Wedding Dress: Vera Wang | Cake: Roland's | Stationery : Michaela McBride Calligraphy | Bride's Shoes: Rene Caovilla | Jewelry: O.Schoen | Groom's Attire: Hugo Boss Red Label | Engagement Dress: Maria Fekih | Event Production + Creative Direction + Styling: A Very Beloved Wedding | Furniture Rentals: Roland's | Getting Ready Dress: Vera Wang | Groom's Shoes: Wolfgang Joop | Headpieces: Jannie Baltzer | Make-up and Hair: Lara Navarrini | Make-up and Hair: Antonella Macaluso | Partners: Tuscany for Weddings | Props: A Very Beloved Wedding | Stationery Prayer: Post Calligraphy | Villa Le Fontanelle: Villa Le Fontanelle

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