bridal session | frascati, italy

Please excuse my absence from the blog. It was a rough few months to say the least and perhaps I will explain why in the next few blog posts, but for now, I'm back and I am so excited about my new branding from Grit & Wit and to share this stunning bridal session shot on the outskirts of Rome at Retreat Gatherings this past December.

I will be sharing my love of all things Italy with you in a new series soon, but for now, let's simply enjoy the beautiful Katie Decker Hyatt from Signore e Mare in all her gorgeousness. See the end of the post for a complete list of vendors.

Contax 645. Portra 400.

Floral Styling & Design: Bo Boutique

Artwork, Calligraphy & Paper Products: Signore e Mare

Hair & Make-up: Pastel Make-up and Hair

Editorial Sponsor: Wedding Sparrow

Styling: Fine & Fleurie

Event Coordination: The Wedding Care 

Dress: Chiviano Couture

imported french chapel + cal-a-vie health spa inspiration shoot

I dream of all things European. So when my good friend Taylor at Folklore Vintage Rentals told me about Cal-a-vie Health Spa, we just had to put something together to show off the incredible setting this venue has to offer. 

The atmosphere at Cal-a-Vie Health Spa is like none other.  Beautifully nestled in a sun-drenched valley of Vista, the vibrant natural landscape accentuates a serene Mediterranean-style village.  Natural beauty and rustic elegance are everywhere you look.  Each and every room at Cal-a-Vie boasts an impressive collection of 16th, 17th, and 18th century French antiques.  Each of the 32 Mediterranean-style villas featuring terra cotta roofs, wide wooden plank doors, and window boxes brimming with flowers, has been individually decorated and luxuriously appointed with fine linens and hand-crafted furniture. Every window frames an appealing vista, and from your private terrace you can enjoy breathtaking views of the rolling, wooded hills.

Entering the chapel at Cal-a-Vie is as if you have been transported to another time and place.  Over 400 years old and imported from France stone by stone it stands in a beautifully manicured garden next to L’Orangerie, Cal-a-Vie’s Reception Hall.  Both buildings once belonged to The Convent of the Carmelites in Dijon, France and have been flawlessly resurrected on the grounds of Cal-a-Vie.

This was my dream shoot and I'm so incredibly happy with how everything came together.