Editorial in Tuscany

Overseas styled shoots are always a blast to work on. I used to love traveling, but since Aaron and I both started our own businesses, we aren't free to leave our Saint Paul home very often. I also have a crippling fear of flying, so we're pretty limited when we do go places. Putting together stationery for European shoots and pouring through the photos from said shoots is currently the closest I get to traveling!

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When Josie Derrick approached me about being a part of an Italian shoot she had planned for the summer, I didn't have to think twice. Josie is the sweetest person, not to mention the fact that she is such a talented photographer! And Italy always makes for the dreamiest photos.

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However, this shoot was more than just a fun opportunity to make some pretty photos with a fantastic group of vendors. Josie had studied abroad in Italy and made some wonderful memories there, so there was a lot of emotion and authentic story behind the concept. Josie had also done some papermaking while in Italy, and she sent me some of the pieces she still had to use for the stationery! The beautiful, translucent place card paper is made my Josie, as are the pieces the love poem and the illustration are on. The paper is so gorgeous, and it really elevated the stationery, as well as making it so personal and unique for our project. I was so honored to use Josie's paper, and it really made this shoot special for me!

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I hope you enjoy looking through these photos as much as I did. I can't get enough of the soft, dappled Italian light, the earthy colors, or the dreamy villa! Working on shoots like these keep me going. They keep me creatively inspired, help me come up with new ideas, and remind me that what I get to do for a living is so meaningful. Thanks again, Josie, for asking me to be a part of this!

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Photographer: Josie Derrick / Film Lab: PhotoVision Prints / Stylist + Planner: NKT Events / Floral Designer: Jardin Divers / Dress Designers: Sibo Designs, London and Lace Bridal / Rentals: Preludio Divisione Noleggio / Accessories: Sibo Designs / Venue: Villa Montanare / Cake Designer: Tuscan Wedding Cakes / Hair & Make-up Artist: Manola Spaziani MUA / Talent: Samuele Fontetrosciani & Daphne Eisblume / Jewelry: Susie Saltzman / Stationery / Calligraphy: Esther Clark Co / Suit & Men’s Accessories: Stefanoricci Official / Linens & Ribbons: Seidenband / Ring Box: The Mrs Box / Shoes: Bella Belle Shoes