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Positano Spring Engagement Session

With National Proposal Day coming up tomorrow, we’re getting in the spirit with some sweet stories, starting with this darling duo. If their proposal – at the bottom of the Grand Canyon – is any indication, they’re bound for endless adventures together, kicking off with this epic Positano engagement shoot. Kay English captured not only their love but the beauty of this area and we just can’t get enough.

From the Bride… Jason and I met our freshman year of college at Seton Hall University. He was a computer graphics major, and I was a journalism student. We lived in the same dorm and quickly became friends. But it wasn’t until halfway through our junior year that we realized there was a spark between us. We went on our first date in Central Park, and have been together ever since! We both love to travel and have been to Italy, Iceland and all over the Caribbean together. We love immersing ourselves in the beauty and history of new places.

After dating for over five years, Jason was finally ready to pop the question during a trip to the Grand Canyon. Though I’d always imagined we’d get engaged while on vacation, I hadn’t realized Jason had already bought a ring. So when our plane took off I was totally unaware that he had secretly stashed the most gorgeous ring in his backpack. Once we arrived at the Bright Angel trailhead, our backpacks loaded and cameras in hand, we started hiking down to the bottom of the canyon. By late afternoon, we unpacked and soaked in the gorgeous campsite near the river. The next day, we rested up at the bottom in the warm, sunny weather. All afternoon, Jason had been asking if we could take a walk together. I was exhausted, but finally agreed. He took me down to Boat Beach, a sandy shore along the Colorado River. There, he dropped to one knee and asked me to marry him! I was so excited and surprised that I burst into tears. The next day, we had a grueling hike back to the top of the canyon before we could finally celebrate with a nice dinner (and cell phone reception to tell our family and friends the good news!).

It wasn’t long after we got engaged that we decided to get married in Italy. Since we both love to travel, we knew we wanted to invite our loved ones on a trip to somewhere beautiful – full of history, amazing food and stunning vistas. We’d been to Italy before, but never to Positano. Yet as soon as I saw photos of the beachy town built into the cliffside on the Amalfi Coast, I knew it was the perfect place for us. We never got to visit Positano in person before the wedding, but when we arrived it was just as incredible as we hoped it’d be. The weather was especially warm, the water was crystal clear and everyone we met was so friendly. The night before our wedding, we hosted a welcome dinner for our 30 friends and family as a way of saying “thank you” for flying across the world to be with us.

Before an evening spent dining on the best Italian pizza and wine, we walked through the town and onto the beach for a destination engagement shoot. We visited the church where we’d be getting married the next day, strolled along the beach and walked through the small cobblestone streets lined with gelaterias and cute little shops. Just as the sun began to set, we sat down for dinner with everyone as we looked out over the Tyrrhenian Sea and sparkling cliffside of Positano. It was a night filled with so much love and laughter – a special memory we’ll always treasure!

Photography: Kay English Photography | Planner: The Amalfi Experience | Planner: The Amalfi Coast

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Ravello Engagement Session at Hotel Caruso

I love weddings, I do. But engagement sessions are my jam. Strip down all the details and give me that raw love paired with gorgeous backdrops and I’m one happy lady. Case in point? These utterly beautiful captures from Alicia Swedenborg set amongst the breathtaking scenery at Ravello’s Belmond Hotel Caruso. Dreamy, I tell you, just dreamy.

From Alicia SwedenborgSarah & Jerome had a destination wedding in Ravello, Amalfi Coast, Italy planned by the extraordinary wedding planner Brenda at Italia Celebrations. She’s an american wedding planner who lives in Italy so she knows the language and culture of both the countries! I also specialize in destination weddings, and have been to this area several times before. They flew me in to photograph both their wedding and rehearsal dinner. I also did an engagement session with them at the Caruso Hotel, the venue of the wedding. It’s views are just breathtaking overlooking the Amalfi Coast and a picture perfect infinity pool. My assistant Melissa and I had the best time photographing Sarah & Jerome in the gorgeous sunset light and it’s also a perfect opportunity for the couple to get relaxed infront of the camera before the big day (and get used to me getting way to excited when we nail an awesome photo together!)

Photography: Alicia Swedenborg | Wedding Planner: Brenda Babcock | Dress: Herve Leger | Shoes: Christian Louboutin | Wedding Venue: Belmond Hotel Caruso | Photography Assistant: Melissa Schollaert

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Intimate and Charming Wedding in Tuscany

You know those weddings that are so romantic you’ll remember them for years to come? Well, this Tuscany fete from Greg Finck Photography is certainly one of them. Opting to wed amongst grapevines, this Irish duo paired up with Italy Weddings and Inspired By Love to plan one irresistibly elegant affair. Sweet and intimate, guests dined al fresco toasting to love and it’s all right here!

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From Greg Finck Ciara and Mark are an Irish couple from Belfast, Ireland, and had chosen sunny Tuscany for their wedding. When you’re used to grey sky and pouring rain, it’s hard not to totally fall for Tuscany, that fabulous part of Italy calling for bathing sun, easy lifestyle and awesome food and wine.

At the very first contact, Ciara and Mark explained me that they wanted a very intimate wedding, with just forty guests, to focus on the essential, and enjoy their loved ones. They had chosen a magnificent historical Villa – Villa Piaggia – in the heart of Tuscany, to tie the knot. This venue is ideally located, surrounded by square miles of Chianti vineyards and breath-taking landscapes. All of their forty guests had met there for 4 days of celebration, and spend time together.

The d-day has been perfectly planned and designed by Ben Singleton, from Italy Weddings, an American who has been based in Tuscany for years, organizing weddings there. A simple table enhanced by a giant flower garland and fairy lights created a very charming and warm atmosphere. Floral design made of pastel peonies was everywhere, from the Bride’s bouquet to the church decoration.

To keep on that pastel theme, we decided to do the couple session in the middle of olive trees, surrounded by tall grass and a magnificent sun. The couple and their guests then enjoyed a typical Italian meal made of handmade pasta with figs, beef with brunello sauce and rosemary roast potatoes. This beautiful summer day ended with the cutting of a giant millefoglie wedding cake.

Photography: Greg Finck | Wedding Dress: Anna Campbell | Jewelry: Tiffany & Co. | Event Planning And Design: Italy Weddings | Photography - Assistance: Inspired By Love | Villa: Villa Piaggia

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Romantic Lake Como Bridal Session

Having made the trek all the way from Hong Kong for their pre-wedding bridal session, these two love birds were meant for Lake Como and for the magic of Greg Finck and his lovely lens. Scenic mountains and the quaint villages of Bellagio and Varena served as the beautiful backdrop for every breathtaking capture, which pair beautifully with the moments in motion from Naz Films.

Greg Finck PhotographySylvester and Rachel had travelled all the way from Hong-Kong to do their engagement session on breath-taking Lake Como. I remember the first email when they enquire and asked me suggestions fif they should choose Paris, the Alps, or Lake Como for their engagement. I answered without a doubt, as Lake Como is such a wonderful location. Surrounded by mountains the Lake stretches as far as the eye can see. On its shores, the beautiful villages of Bellagio and Varena are the key touristic attractions. There are marvelous places and you need to take a boat to get there. Everything is preserved, and beauty is everywhere.

As it was a beautiful and sunny summer day, we decided to start shooting very early, meaning 6am. We had the most amazing sunrise on the lake and started to shoot with the first rays of sun backlighting the couple. We had a walk in Varena, and then took a boat trip on the Lake to reach the fabulous Villa Balbianello. This amazing venue held the movies James Bond’s Casino Royale, Ocean’s 13, and Star Wars.

This was undoubtedly a memorable day for our lovers. My friend Naz, from Naz Films, realized a great 8mm movie which translates, along with the photographs, the beauty of that day.

Photography: Greg Finck Photography | Videography: Naz Films | Bride's Shoes: Christian Louboutin | Private Villa: Villa Balbianello

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Ischia Waterfront Engagement Session

Upon poring over these stunning images from Taylor Barnes, this stylish duo’s anticipation, excitement and pure love was immediately apparent. Ear-to-ear grins, sweet forehead kisses and gorgeous views filled the moments leading up to their rehearsal dinner—and if you ask me? A pre-wedding day engagement sesh should be the next new thing, because it doesn’t get any better than this.

From Taylor Barnes PhotographyOur effortlessly stylish couple walked through the streets in Natalie in her Jimmy Choo‘s and Mark effortlessly in head to toe J.Crew and greater locals as they sauntered to their rehearsal dinner at the beautiful Coco Mare restaurant where they joined their family and friends.

Its always special to spend time with a couple just before their wedding day you can feel their anticipation and tremendous love they have between them about their up coming nuptials. I think in this instance the feeling was heightened since so much work had gone into planning their destination wedding and it was all their plans had pulled off so beautifully.

Natalie and Mark wanted me not just to focus on them during the shoot but also the natural beauty and rich culture of this special island. Capturing street life, people talking and the social buzz of the locals.

Photography: Taylor Barnes Photography | Grooms Attire: J. Crew | Venue: Ischia | Bride Dress: Miu Miu | Bride Shoes: Jimmy Choo

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Romantic Tuscany Wedding in Val d’Orcia

Can you even imagine hosting a wedding in Tuscany? It simply doesn’t get more romantic, and this beautiful soiree captured by Amy Turner and planned to perfection by Super Tuscan Wedding Planners paints that picture perfectly. Because when you pair those stunning sights with a madly in love couple, it simply doesn’t get better. See more here


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From Super Tuscan Wedding PlannersA nice smile on her face and the eyes that get lost over the Tuscan rolling hills. This is our bright bride Ashleigh staring at an amazing panorama outside a beautiful rustic villa before her dreamy weding day. Matthew, her handsome husband is instead already waiting for her at the altar in the midst of the most stunning valley of Tuscany, the world heritage Val d’Orcia. This is just the beginning of a wonderful wedding day for our bride and groom Ashleigh and Matthew!!

Photography: Amy Turner | Event Designer: Super Tuscan Wedding Planners | Wedding Planner: Super Tuscan Wedding Planners | Wedding Dress: Casey Jeanne | Bridesmaids Dresses: Zara | Catering: Preludio | Celebrant: Tuscan Pledges | Wedding Venue: Villa Rombolino | Bridal shoes: House of Harlow 1960 | Equipments and marquee rental: Preludio Noleggi | Groom Suit: Thom Sweeney | Hair Dresser: Fratini | Wedding Rings: Keith White Rings

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