“You have half our gifts. I the other. Together we make a whole.” ― Joss Stirling, Finding Sky
We love telling life’s most beautiful stories. We know in our hearts that’s what we are meant to do. When those stories happen to be head-over-heels-in-love LOVE stories, we can hardly resist. And when those love-love stories happen to span time & place and recognize an affection as tangible now as when it all started 20 years ago, then it’s simply a modern-day fairytale. And we adore those. And then, you know, throw in ohhh, a castle and dazzling characters and sure, we will brave driving the Italian freeways to make it there in time. And for once it all worked out. It beautifully came together. In the most absolutely perfect way. Mentors and dear friends, Bob & Dawn decided to renew their vows before the start of their Italian workshop. If we could arrive a day or so before then we would be so welcome to share in this very special celebration. We honestly didn’t think we’d be able to make it, too many commitments. But as life and luck would happen, the universe aligned, plans could be changed and after many ridiculous lost-in-translation phonecalls Air China came through with a ticket reschedule and we made it. Just. Walking the quiet cobbled lane to Sismano, we wondered if we had found the right place. And then we heard the voices and the squeals of delight and we knew we were where we had to be. We were there just to soak it all in and celebrate a love stronger day by day. We didn’t expect to take any photos at all. Truth be told we were honestly exhausted, burnt out and pondering our future right about here. But when Dawn asked us if we’d like to take a few photos, only and emphatically, if we were up to it and wanted to… well there was no question about it. We’d love to. Truly. Except for the fact, that no equipment was charged. Woefully under-prepared. And so of course we went and photographed the wedding renewal for THE Master of Light with only available natural light. Embarrassed much? Yes, we did it our way. We are fully aware of the technical shortcomings…we are almost horrified by this. Almost. (But right at the end when everything was charged, we did go all WTF on ourselves!!!) Either way, with or without that little extra punch of light… these two always sparkle. And we were truly so honored and delighted to be there and tell just a small part of their story. The start of the next bit. Heading towards 20 more amazing years. Their love knows no bounds. So together with their fabulous family, and an intimate group of friends (from all over the world) they renewed their commitment to each other. Soulmates. And today we’d love to share it. Beautifully moving, very real, with that Castle backdrop and the rolling hills of Umbria beyond. There were tears for sure, tempered with joy, endless laughter, bubbles and the ceremony-bombing Buffino the dog. There were surprises, gorgeous gowns, lovely florals, a breathtaking sunset, the splendor of St. Andrea’s church and truffle-laden dishes over a twilight dinner (we’ll do just about anything for truffles…). Throw in an accordion player, dancing late into the night and a sunrise they’ll never forget and it was the perfect beginning to the rest of their life. On with the show… 20 years in the making.
Dawn…just a vision, stunning and giddy with excitement. 20 years together already? Both, seriously hard to believe, she looks just sooooo good… and a triumphant milestone at the same time.
And then Bob is very naughty.. .and has a little surprise for Dawn… she said no surprises, no gifts… but in Bob’s defense it was on the vision board…
Love this moment. So much.
Then in the iconic Italian afternoon light she goes to meet him. That walk in the sunlight with the beautiful Alli by her side.
And the boys, Bob & Bobby…just being boys…and waiting.
And a first look, just like it was the first time.
A little family time, to just be together and a little time for some natural portraits and moments, in between the love, the joy and the perfect framing of Sismano’s quintessential doorways and arches…
Maybe these are our faves…
The enchanting St. Andrea’s church. Just so ready for this celebration. Built in 1635, steeped in history. Built by the Corsini’s. And picture-perfect, thanks to Cristiana’s (wedding planner extraordinaire) sweet touches.
We all felt it. Just carry on…in the background..
And it’s official. Again!
No – this is it. This is definitely the favourite that we have both agreed upon.
Really. Come on. With a sunset like this we had to excuse ourselves from the truffles for just a minute, and make the groom come with us.
But we were back in time for cake!
And then with magic in the air and the batteries charged at last, time stood still as love and light collided.
Bob & Dawn, you both know what you mean to us. We hope you can feel it always. And it’s not only us. You mean the world to so many others, bringing like-minded hearts together and goodness wherever you go. You are pure beacons of light and positivity. Natural light skills notwithstanding, it was beyond a dream to share in this with you. We can never thank you or even express to you all have done for us personally and professionally. Hopefully this is a start. Can you even imagine what is to come? With love, Dee & Trace x