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ball and groom: wedding day

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choosing words to explain how special and romantic this day was, is really hard.  intimate ... stunning ... dreamy ... loving ... cozy all come to mind, but certainly don't do it any justice. the morning-of was relaxed and pleasant. we had a typical italian breakfast and all the girls gathered in the villa to gossip and such before we started to get ready. we sipped more champagne, ate chocolate croissants [which seemed appropriate before putting on evening gowns], threw on robes, had our hair and make up crafted by some italian babes, listened to tunes, took more photos with magnus, laughed a lot and all of a sudden it was time for D & E to get HITCHED.   

it rained the entire day in the most romantic and moody way that i'll never forget. there is something so special about seeing a bride gathering up her dress underneath an umbrella, hopping into a vintage fiat with her dad and driving off to the chapel. i cried the entire way down the aisle and afterwards the sky opened up to give everyone a dry stroll to the reception. the rest of the evening was spent drinking delicious wine, swooning over the FOB and brotherOB's speeches, dancing a LOT,  watching the craziest fireworks show i've ever seen,  swimming in our gowns, packing into the sauna and tucking into bed at 4:30am. this bride and groom know how to party, and i can't wait to share some of the profesh photos...


^^ these last two are scenes from the day after. beers and rosé were the only things to help us get through the sadness of leaving. take me back! 


an italian wedding weekend at il borro toscana

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as i mentioned in this post, our main reason for visiting italy was for my BFF's wedding in tuscany. this was something we had been looking forward to for months and it exceeded my already very high expectations for an epic and beautiful experience. the whole weekend felt like a dream. after a relaxing week in the dolomites & florence, we were ready to party with friends and family at the insanely gorgeous il borro toscana. this place's beauty and coziness honestly cannot be put into words. set on a 1,000 year old castle estate, this 1800 acre farmstay has been owned by the ferragamo family since 1993, and consists of elegant villas, farmhouses and a small medieval village [which is where we stayed]. they have horseback riding, wine tasting, spa treatments, cooking classes, delicious food and and all around  good vibes. a true step back in time and we immediately dreaded leaving when we arrived, which is always a good sign.

the wedding crew consisted of about 65 people, all of which were staying on the property and were bus'ed in from florence & rome, where we sipped champagne and started the celebration early. 

once we arrived we quickly found ourselves surrounding the bride & groom over more champagne and much needed catching up. the rest of our first couple days here were spent: getting acquainted at the welcome dinner right outside the village in one of the most beautiful settings i've ever seen. we ate pizza, drank spritz's, sang along to classical italian tunes, ate gelato and laughed until i cried [literally]. we watched the dudes play tennis, shot cool pre-wedding stuff with the oh-so-talented magnus, picnicked by the pool, rehearsal dinner'ed, danced [a lot], cried [some more], laughed and... well, so much more. 

i cannot believe this weekend already came and went, but i am so grateful to have been included to celebrate one of my favorite families. a few favorite photos from pre-wedding-day ...


meet the bayhams: a desert wedding at the colony palms

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back in october our dear friends j & j got hitched down in palm springs at the colony palms hotel... this place! it's an absolute dream. i felt like we had all stepped back into some epic scene from an old movie. we didn't leave the property once and i was 100% ok with that. being that the entire wedding crew took over the hotel, it felt like one giant party that lasted over an entire weekend. we spent our days poolside, racking up a questionably high [but worth it] bar tab full of cocktails and fish tacos. our nights were spent celebrating one of the cutest couples out there. looking at these pictures makes me so excited to get back to the desert one day [perhaps for their anniversary?] to explore all of the other cool spots this town as to offer. 


the images below here are via their awesome wedding photographer and friend, justin yee


our wedding: ceremony & cocktail hour

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i know everyone says this, but our wedding day was really just the best day ever. having all of the people you love gather in a place that you love [amongst the redwoods!], to celebrate your love, is the most special feeling in the entire world. i am so grateful that gretchen and vanessa captured so many wonderful moments, and i love sharing them with you all – here are a few [well actually quite a few] of my favorites from the ceremony and cocktail hour. 

our other wedding posts can be found here and here