Umbria Honeymoon Photography | La Badia di Orvieto | A + M

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La Badia di Orvieto in Italy’s Umbria was the breathtaking setting for A + M’s honeymoon session. For three weeks they travelled around the country, staying at beautiful hotels and overdosing on pasta and wine. I flew out especially to photograph them in one of my favourite places in Italy – Umbria. Orvieto stands proud and tall as the city on the hill. Engagement photography in Italy is some of my favourite to shoot, but honeymoon sessions are a new favourite. As you can tell, I loved everything about this and these two. Here is their story:

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“Mike and I met through his sister. She’s been one of my closest friends for over ten years, and finally something just clicked. I’m so lucky that I have a great friend who not only let me date her brother, but marry him, and move in next door (yes, we’re neighbours!). We dated two and a half years before we got engaged, but we knew right away that this was it. 
I’ve never really dreamed about my wedding, I didn’t have a picture of what it would be in my head. But from the moment we got engaged in April of this year, our plan was to get married in Italy. Mike’s family is from Abruzzo, and we wanted an intimate ceremony with all of the people we love the most. Halfway through the planning process though, we changed our minds. For a number of reasons, we decided to have a surprise wedding in his parents backyard. Disguised as an engagement party, we got married on a beautiful afternoon in July. I had my mom’s wedding dress redesigned, and it was the perfect day. It turns out that was the best decision we could have made.”

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“Italy was still on our minds, so we booked a three week honeymoon at the end of September. Mike did most of the planning, but I found La Badia de Orvieto online, and had to stay there. It’s everything you dream about when you think about an Italian honeymoon. We had also agreed to have some honeymoon photos taken, we didn’t get married there, but still wanted those special memories captured. The plan was to find a photographer in Florence, but after we booked La Badia there was no denying that was the place. After that it seemed the stars aligned. I found Cecelina who was willing to fly in for us, the day we wanted to take the photos was magically the only day that week there wasn’t an event planned, and the weather (having been overcast and a bit rainy) cleared so we could get those sweet backlit sunset shots.” 

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