Nora & Louie are such sweet souls and I am so thrilled they were my first wedding since moving to California. Chez Shari in Manteca was the perfect setting for their intimate affair. Everything was beautiful! I loved the woodland theme and how it was incorporated through all their details. The cake stand in particular was gorgeous! With their children to stand beside them and their closest family and friends to look on, Nora & Louie cited their own vows which nearly made me gush. And the weather was lovely, complete with the perfect amount of haze to make Nora & Louie just glow! It was a perfect day!
Venice was our last and final stop in Italy. We planned to spend just 2 short days here but I think we managed to get our fill. It’s such a gorgeous and unique city, but honestly after 2 days it all starts to look the same. And since the streets are water, you end up walking everywhere and it’s fairly easy to get lost with all the little twists and turns. We set out each day with no particular agenda, especially the second day since it rained for most of the day. It even rained enough to flood Piazza San Marco.
The third stop on our trip was Florence. I think Florence was probably my favorite city. It still had all the charm but was a little more laid-back. We had planned to rent a car for a day so we could see some of Tuscany as well, but that didn’t pan out like we wanted so instead we booked a day tour of Tuscany. It turned out great! We probably saw a lot more of Tuscany in that tour than we could have seen in one day on our own. I think it worked out for the best honestly. We visited Pisa, Vinci (the birthplace of Leonardo da Vinci), San Gimignano and Sienna, as well as a fabulous lunch with wine tasting.
The second stop on our Italian tour was Naples. While we were in the area we also climbed Mt. Vesuvius and toured Pompei. Naples had a charm a little different from Rome, but still very beautiful and full of life. Mt. Vesuvius is big! I mean, it’s a volcano after all. We thought it would be a cool to climb to the top of a volcano and it was! A little tiring, but definitely worth the hike. And Pompei was so much grander than we imagined it would be. It’s amazing how much of the city has been unearthed and is still in almost pristine condition. You could literally spend all day winding through the cobbled streets.
Ok, so this post is seriously late. We went on our grand Italian vacation in September. But life has been pretty insane since then and I am just now done editing the images from our first stop in Italy, ROMA! It’s a lovely city! Cobbled streets and statues, art and so much history. 3 days was fairly sufficient time, but we could have definitely spent more time in beautiful Rome. Next stop…Naples. Stay tuned for images from the city by the bay.