Since I am back in Europe again (Bonjour, Paris!), I figured there was no time like the present to press publish on this gorgeous Italian wedding!
Kiki and Marvin had the most incredible destination wedding in Florence, Italy. It felt like one of those opportunities that was nothing short of a dream come true! A girl from Utah, flying to Florence to shoot a wedding?! HECK TO THE YES. Lucky for me, I have known Kiki since she was in Junior High, so it felt like shooting my little sister’s wedding. I should also mention that I shot her older sister Dani’s Wedding at The Ronald Reagan Library in CA, so really this was one glorious reunion!
I would be lying if I did not disclose that I was TOTALLY crossing my fingers, my toes and throwing coins into fountains WISHING this day would come. I knew Kiki had found HER man (he had been in attendance at a few weddings I was shooting) and when I saw their engagement (he surprised her IN ITALY), I was hoping and praying I would get the phone call. However, since they got engaged in Italy, I wasn’t entirely sure a destination wedding would happen. But really, who can pass up FLORENCE?? It was a once in a lifetime opportunity and I am SO glad they went for it….along with 100+ of their closest friends and family!
Fast forward from their engagement in Italy, to their engagement pictures on the beaches of Malibu, to their wedding day in Florence!
I arrive at the Villa with butterflies in my stomach (yes, even after 9 years of shooting, I still get nervous), and my jaw drops because it is truly breathtaking! It overlooks the city and the ambiance is just perfect. Kiki is going to marry her very best friend in the most glorious place surrounded by so much LOVE. I was beaming from ear to ear.
Just walking the property, I felt inspired with every turn. Honestly, I have never loved my job more. Kiki had just the right amount of details, but also kept things simple. I love how she leaned into the candid moments and let me steal a few fleeting moments of her alone before walking down the aisle. Their ceremony was absolutely perfect. Austin (Kiki’s brother-in-law and my past groom!) officiated and married them. Their ceremony was filled with love, laughter and the perfect amount of sweet sentiment. Austin nailed it (just like I knew he would!). From there it was one giant celebration! The toasts were amazing! Kiki’s mom and dad did an incredible job of toasting and roasting their daughter. I was crying from laughing so hard! Dani sang/rapped a hilarious parody toasting the bride and groom and I was in complete awe of just how much love this family has for one another and for the friends they keep around them.
Every detail was simple and sweet and honestly, I couldn’t imagine a better day for this incredible couple.
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Okay, okay- I’m going to stop talking now so you can start enjoying!! Ciao!