Italy Honeymoon with Destination Wedding Photographer

Blogging about our amazing honeymoon in Italy is making me so happy! We had an amazing trip last August to celebrate getting married and it was the trip of a lifetime for sure! We love to travel together and always wanted to go to Italy and knew we had to save this trip for our honeymoon. We got to explore so many places in Italy that we had only dreamed of seeing and felt so lucky. Lou and I had an incredible time and we hope some of our experiences help you plan a great trip to Italy, too! A huge shout out to my friend and our travel planner, Mallory Weiss Planning for helping us create such a wonderful itinerary!

Florence

After a long flight and train ride from Rome to Florence. we were ready to eat, drink and explore the city! While we were there, we actually wound up watching the Medicis series on Netflix, which was awesome because it was all about the history of Florence. While we were there, we did all of the touristy stuff. We went to the Ponte Vecchio bridge where they sell tons of amazing gold jewelry and had beautiful views. We saw the infamous David statue, the Duomo, thousand year old churches, shopping markets and the Medici castles, chapels and crpyts (how could we miss that after watching the show?).

One of our favorite meals was the blueberry steak from Acqua Al 2, and we found a bakery, called Starbene Senza Glutine, down the street from our hotel with a TON of amazing gluten free goodies. They even had gluten free crescents which I’ve never had before and they were SO good. La Gisotra was another one of our favorite restaurants where they just kept sending food and prosecco out because we were celebrating our honeymoon! How amazing is that!

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Tuscany

While we were in Florence, we also did a wine tour over in Tuscany. We went to 2 Chianti vineyards for a tour and tasting (my new favorite wine) and explored a downtown where we had our favorite margarita pizza. I mean we didn’t have a bad meal while we there but this was by far our favorite pizza we had on the trip. The wine was so good and you can’t even begin to believe how incredible the views were! Ever seen the movie, Under the Tuscan Sun, yup, it was just like that!

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Rome

I thought we walked a lot in Florence, nope! We walked a ton in Rome but there was a lot more ground to cover, so we did take a few cabs here and there. Walking the streets of Rome is the best way to see the city. There are so many historical places, church and ruins to see so by foot is definitely the way to go. We saw the Colosseum (on the first Sunday of the month admission is free!), the Pantheon and the Vatican (I think our favorite place to see). After years of Catholic school for both Lou and I, seeing so much of what learned in person was amazing. I did get a photo in the Sistine Chapel and got angrily tapped on the shoulder by a guard because I was not aware that it is not permitted. Oops!

Our favorite area of Rome was Traverse. It is located south of Vatican City and we went a few times for dinner, and of course, gelato! The cobble stone streets were filled with life- restaurants, bars, shops, people dancing and creating art. Such an incredible area to be in. As we waited for our table at Grazia y Graziella, we sipped on prosecco and people watched all around us! We also found a tiny little gelato shop that happen to serve gluten free waffle cones topped with pistachio and hazelnut gelato. I still dream about it. I was shockingly surprised with how gluten free friendly Italy was, especially in Florence and Rome.

Our trip took place in the heart of the summer so it was definitely hot but good thing Italy has some amazing drinks to cool down with - I highly recommend an Aperol spritz and Apertivo! Although food everywhere is pretty good, it’s also really easy to get stuck in a few tourist traps.  To be honest though, even the food there was pretty good!

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Positano & Capri


After a week or so of exploring, eating, sweating most of the day and seeing as many touristy spots as we could in Rome and Florence, we were ready for a few days of relaxation. We spent the last 5 days of our trip in Positano on the Amalfi Coast, which was definitely our favorite part of the trip. I’ve dreamed about seeing the infamous Amalfi Coast view with all the colorful buildings along the hilll top.

We took a boat to the island of Capri which was filled with all of the most exclusive shops and infamous Blue Lagoon. As we were squeezed into a tiny boat with our italian singing rower, the blue lagoon was terrifying to get in and out of but absolutely beautiful. I did not have any idea of what to expect but I did not know the hole to get into the lagoon is so small! Everyone had to lie down inside the row boat with the rower laying on top of me as he pulled the boat in as the tide went in and out. 

Positano is not a big as Rome and Florence but boy, does it have hills!! All the streets are one way so unless you are an impeccable driver or from the area, I suggest not taking a car there. Just save yourself the stress because walking the streets to see the shops, restaurants and views is worth the workout up the hills. We went to the beach, sat poolside on the cliffside with the most amazing view in Positano and enjoyed relaxing the “art of doing nothing” (yes, from the movie Eat Pray Love).

We went to La Tagliatelle restaurant, which was a short shuttle ride to the top of the cliffside. This restaurant was a bit different! There was no menu! They just serve you whats fresh that night. Trust me, it’s more than enough food and the views are impeccable. We had tons of pizza, pasta, wine, and of course my new favorite drink- aperol spritz! Thankfully Italy was very gluten- free friendly but I did indulge a little here and there! I mean, it’s Italy of course I’m going to have a good old fashioned Margherita pizza and homemade pasta! And it was so worth it!

Our favorite part of Positano, besides the beach of course, was the cooking class we took. We cooked in the actual restaurant with this little Italian woman chef and we made everything from scratch! We made raviolis, fish, fettuccini, gluten free almond cookies and my favorite, ricotta stuffed zucchini flowers. Luckily we got to drink wine while we cooked which made it even better.

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While we were in Positano, we took a trip to Capri and saw the infamous Blue Lagoon! As we were squeezed into a tiny boat with our Italian singing rower, I had no idea what to expect. It turns out the Blue Lagoon was terrifying to get in and out of but absolutely beautiful. In case you didn’t know, like I didn’t, the hole to get into the lagoon is so small! Everyone had to lie down inside the row boat and the rower laid on top of me as he pulled the boat into the lagoon as the tide went in and out. It was kinda crazy but worth it!!

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Our favorite part of Positano (besides the beach, duh!) was the cooking class we took at Ristorante il Ritrovo! We cooked in the actual restaurant with this sweet little Italian woman who owned the restaurant and her nephew. We made everything from scratch during the class, it was amazing!! We made raviolis, fish, fettuccini, gluten free almond cookies and my favorite, ricotta stuffed zucchini flowers. It was so much fun and we learned a ton!

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Our trip was truly amazing and I know both of us would love to go back, especially to Positano! Maybe we’ll head back for our 5 or 10 year anniversary….

Finding the Perfect Gown // Through the Bride’s Lens

After getting engaged, wedding planning gets crazy. Let’s not deny it. Personally, I knew how long it can take for a wedding dress to come in and get altered so that was one of the first things I did before even booking a venue!! We chose our wedding date pretty early on so I could make the date work in my work schedule easily, which helped a lot! Side note, I still can’t believe I photographed a wedding a week before mine then 3 days after returning from our honeymoon. Anyway! When it came to the dress of my dreams (and the wedding too!), I knew I wanted a summery bohemian style wedding and Blue Mae Events made my dreams come true! But picking a dress… well, that felt like more of a challenge.

When it came to choosing places to shop for a wedding dress, I honestly had no idea where to start because I only knew of a couple places. Immediately, I thought of BHLDN since I loved everything on their website and their prices were in my budget.  I truly thought it’d be a one stop shop and I’d find my gown there. If any of you are online clothing shoppers like me… you know that things we buy offline don’t always look like what we expected once we see it in person. Wedding dresses there were no different. Although there were some beautiful gowns, I just didn’t find MINE there.

After BHLDN in NYC, we decided to try RK Bridal. One benefit here was that the store had tons of styles, which turned out to be a great thing because it helped me rule out some of the styles I didn’t want my gown to be! As you probably guessed, I didn’t find my gown here either. We moved onto Barefoot Bride and then Castle Couture. Nothing I tried on really felt like the one I had dreamed about but I found myself torn between a gorgeous Hayley Paige dress and a Casablanca gown from Barefoot Bride. Luckily, I was able to try them on in the same day and back to back to make my decision, which really helped me focus on what I liked (and didn’t like) about them. In the end, I went with the Casablanca gown from Barefoot Bride!!!

Honestly, choosing my gown taught me a few things. The first… to be open minded and try on everything at least once (okay, not every dress, but you get the idea)… You’d be surprised what you like and everything is customizable! This was important when I did finally find my gown because it turned out to be a smidge puffier than I wanted but I had some layers removed! Additionally, this helps you realize what will or won’t work for your particular day. One dress I tried on brought both my mother and mother-in-law to tears, but it just wouldn’t have been practical for our bohemian inspired summer wedding. Maybe a ballroom or a winter wedding! The other major thing I want to pass onto brides is to think about your dress. Don’t feel like you have to rush into buying something. Try it on, sleep on it and go back to get the one you love. It’ll be better that way then to buy something and waste the money on a gown you’ll never wind up wearing – or worse, wear all day and be miserable in! I’ve known girls who’ve made the wrong dress choice and boy, was there a headache after that purchase was over!!

When all was said and done, we had a great time looking for my gown. I’m so happy I was able to bring along my friends and family and they helped me through this process. Comment below with which gown you loved the most from all the ones I tried on!! I can’t believe how many I actually put on now that I look back at them… And tell me all about YOUR gown buying experiences!!! 

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And the winner.... on our wedding day!! 

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Palm Springs Inspired Bridal Shower // Ashley Gets Married!

I seriously feel so lucky! A few weeks ago, my amazing mother-in-law to be, my mom and my bridesmaids put together an incredibly beautiful and fun bridal shower for me! Of course I had input on palm springs inspo theme - like my bachelorette party - and despite the rain, we had such a great time. These ladies seriously know how to throw a party!! My sister (maid of honor!) made some amazing gluten free desserts for me, mini cheese cakes and chocolate covered strawberries which paired perfectly with the mini Rose bottles that were given away as favors. Can we talk about the fact there was as a signature strawberry margarita- it was perfecto! They all worked hard on some amazing decorations, but my favorite was definitely the balloon arch! Pinterest has nothing on these ladies!!! 

Even though the food, the decorations and the drinks were perfect, the best part of the day was getting to celebrate and chat with everyone who came to celebrate Louis and my future marriage! There's nothing like a shower to make someone feel loved!!! Everyone that came was so generous. My niece wrote in my card that she's hoping I'll have twin boys, ha!! My bridesmaids came up with such a neat gift, drinks to celebrate all of the amazing things ahead in our lives of marriage: our first holidays, first baby, anniversary and so on. Everyone was so thoughtful- leaving me a memory book from the day that I could go back and read afterwards. Definitely a great momento! After all these incredible and generous gifts, we played a game where I had to guess Lou's answers to questions about me... and I didn't do well at all!! Whoops! I did get one question right though about my father-daughter dance that put me in tears... followed by my sisters and mom! 

My bridal shower was SUCH a gift from these amazing women in my life and I am so grateful to each of them for making my day so special. The day turned out perfectly and was a sweet, intimate way to celebrate my upcoming special day!

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Photo credit: Amanda Dolly Photography (edited by me)

Cinco de Mayo Bachelorette Party // Through the Brides Lens // Getting Married!

Wedding planning can be like another full time job, you guys! So when it became time to think about my bachelorette party, I wasn't overly specific. All I wanted was to go somewhere warm near a beach with a pool surrounded by my closest friends!

Over the weekend of Cinco de Mayo, we went to Fort Lauderdale and rented a house on the beach... which was amazing!! My sweet friends decorated the pool with flamingo & pineapple floats, created matching sun hats with adorable quotes and Cinco de Mayo tees for all of us!      The weekend couldn't have been more perfect. We got dressed up, went out to dinner, laid on the beach and swam in the pool until we all were starting to feel sunburn (this wasn't too hard after a brutally dreary winter in NJ for most of us!). On Saturday morning,  we did yoga by our pool which helped soothe our minor hangovers after dancing the night before, followed by time by the pool with delicious margaritas.

I couldn't have asked for a better weekend! This weekend was a true celebration of friends, love and my upcoming wedding! Thanks to all my bridesmaids and girls for throwing me such a spectacular bachelorette party!

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