A Dominican Republic Wedding | Alyssa + Chad

A Dominican Republic Wedding | Alyssa + Chad

It’s been such an honor to be part of Alyssa and Chad’s journey. I remember meeting Alyssa for the first time when Chad came down to Charleston for a visit, and I immediately liked her. She’s warm, has the greatest giggle, and loves adventure. Chad is her perfect complement. He’s goofy, loves to bring laughter to whoever he’s with, and is her go-to travel buddy! I was so happy to be able to photograph their proposal, engagement session with their new puppy, and finally, their Punta Cana wedding!

Their wedding day was a week of fun with their closest friends and family. We laid on the beach, drank out of coconuts, did water-aerobics, relaxed in the spa, and giggled over Michael Jackson dancers. Their wedding day was a culmination of all the joy throughout the week. I think Chad said it best when he said, “I feel blessed that we get to share this walk down the beach with amazing family and friends who have loved and supported our journey, but it is even more exciting to know that when all of the beach balls have been deflated, the sand has been kicked off our sandals, and the tan lines have faded – we will be together.”

Travels in Italy

Travels in Italy

This March, Drew and I took a quick trip to Italy. If you haven’t heard me say before, Drew is a travel genius, and always finds the most amazing deals. Besides the fact that he’s my best friend and favorite person to be with, he’s awesome to travel with because he has the BEST sense of direction. So basically I just follow along and enjoy the sights :) When we were in Florence, he told me that I had to guide us back to our AirBnb, and pretty much with every turn I second-guessed myself. We can’t all be as talented as him.

Cinque Terre was probably my favorite location we visited. I’d been to Rome and Florence before, and they certainly didn’t disappoint, but when I think of Italy I think of Cinque Terre. The beautifully colored houses built into cliffs on the Mediterranean, the tiny streets and gelato shops. When we walked up the MILLION steps to our AirBnb, I think I actually gasped at the view. It never ceases to amaze me that God created this beautiful, unique, stunning world for us. Talk about creativity. We hiked for hours, walked up more steps than I ever thought possible, but then ate enough pasta to make up for all the calories we burned :)

Firenze (Florence) and Tuscany were obviously a must. The first time I went to Italy I wasn’t a fan of wine, so I made sure that we did a wine tour of Tuscany since I actually appreciate wine this time :) Our AirBnb had an incredible view of the Duomo, and I forgot how absolutely stunning that church is. Apparently it was mocked when it was first built, because it was one of the first of it’s style. It was pretty cool going from Rome with it’s ancient buildings to Florence with it’s completely Renaissance style. I kept commenting on how many marble statues are everywhere. How did people have time to carve so many people out of marble?!

Rome was and is still my favorite city on earth. It’s just AMAZING. I can’t get over it. The Colosseum, the Vatican, the Roman Forum…there’s just an endless amount to see, and the scale and grandeur of everything blows my mind. Not to mention the fact that they built all these outrageous buildings before modern technology. One of my favorite parts about this city too is how easy it is to walk everywhere.

And finally, Lake Como, with it’s beautiful cities built right on the lake at the edges of the Swiss Alps. Just pure beauty.

I’ve added a few of these photographs to my Print Shop, but if there are any you would like to see there, just let me know and I’ll add them!

Cinque Terre

 

Firenze & Tuscany

 

Lago Como

 

And last but certainly not least…Roma