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Tuscany Elopement in Italy

This Tuscany Elopement in Italy was a freaking dream! Ellie and Zac were such a fun and laid back couple who just wanted to embrace the adventure and scenery that filled their elopement day! I arrive at Hotel Villa La Palagina in the morning and went location scouting for some epic places to say their vows and to adventure around and to say the least it was very successful. We began their day at the Villa in Tuscany where they got ready and share their first look in a tunnel of trees. I mean, come on–it doesn’t get much better than that! Then, we hopped in the car together and drove around to some stunning locations where they got to enjoy each others company in the gorgeous Tuscany hills before they said their vows. We made it to the top of a hill overlooking vineyards and rolling hills where we caught a breathtaking sunset as they said their vows and ended the evening by drinking champagne in a vineyard under lights where they danced the night away!

 

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Why did you decide to elope?

Elopement fits our personalities and relationship style. We’re not big into fancy ceremonies, but love our friends and family, so a private elopement followed by a BBQ back home is perfect for us. We’re excited to celebrate our love in such an intimate way.

How did you two meet?

We met in highschool, and are pretty sure our sophomore trigonometry teacher seated us next to each other a few times on purpose! Zac was very shy, but Ellie went after the smart cutie. We went on to attend UW-Madison together, then moved in with each other in Milwaukee after graduation. We celebrated 8 years together in January.

How did you get proposed to?

Zac proposed to Ellie at a Wisconsin state park with our dog, Blue. We both have deep roots in Wisconsin, and love hiking and the outdoors, so the Wisconsin state park was perfect. Zac had been hiding the ring for four months! Ellie suspected it was coming, because a month prior, she had asked to grab something out of Zac’s lock box and he wouldn’t let her in.

What was your favorite moment of your Tuscany Elopement in Italy?

Our vows were my favorite moment. We had an amazing day leading up to our sunset ceremony, and there were so many emotions. The entire day was filled with laughter and love, but when we shared our vows and expressed our feelings, the tears came so quickly! The amazing view of the sunset over the Tuscan countryside added to the magic of the moment.

Describe your elopement day in Italy in your own words.

Our day was full of beauty, adventure, laughter and love. There was no stress, and the simplicity of the day allowed us to focus on each other.

We started the day exploring the area surrounding the villa with Courtney, scoping out places to take pictures and share our vows. We shared lunch, and then left plenty of time to get ready for our event. We started with beautiful pictures, popped champagne, shared our vows overlooking the hillside at sunset, and ended the night with dancing under the lights of the vineyard and an almost-full moon. We ended the evening with wine, dinner and dessert at the villa restaurant, still soaking up the love from the day.

What is one piece of advice that you could give brides-to-be or to someone considering eloping?

You’ll never please everyone, but you will remember how the day made you feel for the rest of your life. Do what is right for YOU!

We were excited to elope, but wanted to be able to share our day with our loved ones, and Courtney’s photography allowed us to do just that.

One friend commented, “Usually when I go to weddings, I’m anxious about the money I’m spending, what I’m wearing, and being around so many people I don’t know. On your elopement day, I felt nothing but happiness and excitement for you.”

Once our photos came from Courtney, another friend commented, “I love that I can see your wedding through them.”

We received so much support from loved ones who understand that elopement was best for us. To hear that our friends were excited for us and still felt they could experience our day through our photos — we would do it all over again in a heartbeat.

What was it like working with me?

Planning for our day and the day itself would have been completely different without Courtney. We only knew that we wanted to share our vows in the Tuscan countryside and have beautiful photos, and Courtney planned the perfect agenda for that to happen. She coordinated our timing around sunset, and not only were the photos breathtaking, but the actual evening was too. I remember looking out over the vineyards as the sun set, the view becoming more and more stunning by the minute.

Courtney also helped to remember everything we needed on our day — she came with me to get my dress pressed after some travel wrinkles, she ran to the kitchen to grab the bucket of champagne the villa prepared, and she drove us everywhere on our adventure because we weren’t as comfortable driving our little manual rental car! The result was a feeling of total calm and happiness.

Courtney helped us to turn our dreams into reality, and we hardly had to do a thing. She allowed us to be in control of our day but gently took all of our wants and needs into consideration while making everything happen.

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My goal for every couple I work with is to be more than just a photographer. I am here to help guide you through planning your dream elopement and to help in any way that I possibly can! I will help location scout for you so you can pick the absolute perfect place to say your vows. I will help create the perfect timeline so that you can be stress-free and enjoy every moment of your day. Being stressed out on your day is definitely NOT what I want for you. So, I am here to fix that! Most of all, I will be by your side every step of the way and I will be your friend and support. I have been a part of many elopements so I can guide you on how to plan your dream destination elopement! If you’re searching for a destination elopement photographer I would absolutely love to hear your vision for day and would be so flipping stoked to document your day! You can contact me >HERE< and I am so excited to hear from you! In the meantime check out the guide on How to Plan a Destination Elopement!

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  1. Jenn Diehl says:

    You captured their day perfectly!! The landscape, the emotion – stunning!!!! Congrats Ellie + Zac!!!

  2. LOVE the little interview you shared and obsessed with those vibrant greens!

  3. Man, what an absolutely incredible day. I love that you shared their story and perspective of their day!! I’m also 100% obsessed with the images of them reading their vows while overlooking the vineyard. So breathtaking!

  4. Simone Anne says:

    Oh my god, what an absolutely beautiful Tuscany elopement! Gorgeous location, gorgeous couple, love the moon!

  5. Van Gachnang says:

    You have SUCH a consistent editing style even in varying lighting situations. It’s so lovely! Great job on these photos, they look so sweet and in love.

  6. This series is just breathtaking. I love the way you used the landscape in the compositions. This couple must be beyond thrilled!

  7. I will never get over the rolling hills in Tuscany!! I’m sure it was a dream to photograph this elopement 🙂

  8. Jessica says:

    Oh my the photographs in the vineyard are my favourite! What a gorgeous Tuscany elopement!

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"When my now husband and I started planning our elopement, we were confused to the max. We didn’t know where to start or how to go about planning anything. 

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She helped us plan EVERYTHING! Even down to the little details! She helped us narrow down where, giving us her informative opinions on each of our options! She gave us cool ideas that we could incorporate into our special day. No idea was too big! When the day came, we had the absolute best time exploring and getting married!

Our elopement was an absolute DREAM COME TRUE! I will never be able to thank Courtney enough for making our dream day happen. 

So, for anyone on the fence, swaying back and forth about whether or not work with Courtney, SWAY NO MORE! You’ve found your person!! My day couldn’t have been any better and my pictures are beautiful and capture the fun we had!!! I can’t wait to work with her again!"

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"Planning for our day and the day itself would have been completely different without Courtney. We only knew that we wanted to share our vows in the Tuscan countryside and have beautiful photos, and Courtney planned the perfect agenda for that to happen.

She coordinated our timing around sunset, and not only were the photos breathtaking, but the actual evening was too. I remember looking out over the vineyards as the sun set, the view becoming more and more stunning by the minute. There were no moments that felt forced or posed, every shot was comfortable and fun and full of love.

Courtney is such a sweet, kind, fun person and we truly enjoyed spending the day with her. Courtney helped us to turn our dreams into reality, and we hardly had to do a thing. She allowed us to be in control of our day but gently took all of our wants and needs into consideration while making everything happen. Lastly, our pictures are just magical. Courtney is an incredibly talented photographer, and I feel so lucky that we were able to work with her. I would recommend her over and over again to anyone eloping."

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Shannon & Brandon

"Working with Courtney was an extremely easy experience, seamless, positive and obviously fun. My wife and I went on our honeymoon and wanted to surprise her with a surprise honeymoon adventure session.

Courtney worked with me to make that dream gift for my wife a reality. Meeting and posing for a photographer for the first time can be intimidating, but with Courtney it was anything but that.

Courtney is extremely positive and helpful and made us feel very comfortable in front of the camera. She played some of our favorite songs and before we knew we were just having fun and she was catching them every second. Perhaps the best part of our session was that Courtney knew all the characteristic and peaceful places of where we were, which made our photos even more extraordinary.

She kept the focus on my wife and me. When we shared our images with friends and relatives, everyone complimented on Courtney's aesthetics and the emotion she was able to capture. I can't thank Courtney enough for exceeding all our expectations with this photo shoot!!"

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"Pick her -- she's the best! Courtney is amazing! Seriously! If you're thinking about eloping you should snatch her up to capture your day. She makes the entire experience fun and relaxed plus the pictures just blew us away. I will never forget our magical time in Venice and I'm obsessed with the gorgeous photos Courtney took of us. She's so so good!"

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Courtney is not only a talented photographer, but she makes you feel so comfortable even though being in front of the camera can be nerve-wracking! She did such an amazing job with our day and if I had to pick my favorite photo it would take FOREVER, because I love so many! Definitely consider her if you want adventurous and beautiful photos coupled with an amazing experience!

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