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Italy + France Honeymoon: Packing


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Three weeks ago Matt and I left for Italy and France for a vacation + celebration of sorts and since so many of you are going across the pond for your honeymoon, I thought I’d share a bit about our trip. Hope you find it helpful! Today I’m going to share my packing list. It feels incredibly egocentric to share what I packed, but lurking on Pinterest I found super helpful seeing what others packed. So here’s my turn! We left for Europe mid-September, just when the weather started to change:

packing for Europe

We flew a few times in order to save time while traveling from city to city instead of taking the train, which was another reason to pack lightly. EasyJet’s (the airline we used) maximum carry on size cannot exceed 21 inches in length, and their strict policy charges 50 euros per luggage if needs to be checked (it varied from airport to airport). Flying twice, Matt’s + my carry ons… 4×50 euros = not worth bringing the extra duds. Not to mention the narrow train corridors and the many staircases along the way. You can thank me later for fitting everything in a small carry on :)

Bottoms: striped skirt, white jeans, dottie shorts (originally from J.Crew, but I found these ones still in stock and for much less!), neon skinnies and dark wash jeans

Tops: silk tank, black tunic tee from HM, lace top, striped boatneck sweatshirt and emerald green top from J.Crew

Shoes: sandals, nude ballet flats and sneakers

Layers: cropped trench coat, wrap cardigan and scarf

Best packing tip I’ve read: pack for just one week, even if you’re traveling for longer. I sort of took heed, but next time I’m definitely trying packing for half the days I will be traveling. There are many apartments with washer + dryer, or your hotel can do it for you.

What’s your packing tip? I’d love to hear in the comments! How do you pack for long and short trips, what is your must pack, what do you typically don’t pack that others might…we’re all ears :)

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Redfield Photography

We are a husband and wife team. We live in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania with our beautiful and majestic cat; Ms. Beans. We met in art school and one of our favorite parts about wedding photography is using our artistic backgrounds to tell your story with a fine art perspective is what we love to do.

We love exploring new places, making new friends, and collaborating with you to tell your story. We take our job very seriously and we have just about the best time ever doing it.

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Tall Timber Barn Wedding

Rustic Weddings

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Not only is Amanda one heck of a cute bride, she’s also part of the amazing team of photographers that make up Love Me Do Photography. Naturally, she had fellow photographers Nadine and Carina shoot her wedding day, and we’re tickled to be sharing it! John and Amanda had a Quaker style ceremony, with a reception on the sprawling grounds of Tall Timber Barn to follow, complete with a pig roast and an endless supply of craft beers.

newlyweds in woods

From the bride, Amanda: John and I got married this past August 18th at Tall Timber Barn in the Poconos. We decided on a Poconos wedding immediately as that is where we got engaged and a favorite place to visit. The barn turned out to be perfect because John really wanted lots of different places for guests to hang out, there was the barn, two firepits and another smaller building with couches. Once we decided on the barn, everything else just fell into place. We always wanted a pig roast, and for Boris our bulldog to be involved in the wedding.

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newlyweds first look

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There were a few vendors I’ve worked with an loved, so that was easy, plus I have amazing talented friends. My good friend Whitney makes little animal head pins and we thought they went with the venue (lots of taxidermy) so we used those as boutonnieres. John’s whole family are serious canoe-ers, so we snagged one of their canoes to fill with canned craftbeer. Since we had a ton of canned beer, it only made sense to get custom beer koozies for favors. I started buying old Poconos postcards from the area/town we were in and used them for signage and the photobooth.

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We started collecting artists mushrooms on hikes and used those for table numbers. Our friend Drew is a brewer at Flying Fish and he brewed us a special toasting beer. My good friend Ben makes the best bbq sauce, so he made a bottle for each table (label is a photo of Ben silhoutted with a poconos scene). His wife Katherine designed us a print that is on John, David, and Boris’s (our dog) ties. Most of the rest of the details I made, including the macarons, and flags. The ceremony was Quaker style with John’s sister officiating.

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Be sure to watch the video by Tree of Life Films:

Wedding Music:
Processional: “33,” Smashing Pumpkins
Recessional: “Race For the Prize,” Flaming Lips, cover by Vitamin String Quartet
First Dance: “We Could,” John Prine

Wedding Location: Canadensis, PA / Wedding Photographer: Nadine and Carina of Love Me Do Photography / Wedding Venue: Tall Timber Barn / Wedding Flowers: Love N Fresh Flowers / Wedding Dress: Ivy and Aster via Lovely Bride / Wedding Shoes: Topshop / Hair and Makeup: Styles by Jet and No. 9 Dream / Groom’s Suit: J. Crew / Wedding Caterer: Barley Creek Brewery / Wedding Cake: Momofuku Milk Bar / Pies: Village Farmer / Chairs and Cake Plate Rentals: Maggpie Vintage / Videographer: Tree of Life Films / Officiant: Emily Vick-Agnew, groom’s sister / Stationery: Designed by bride and groom / Couple’s Logo: Loveleigh Invitations / Transportation: Pocono Limo

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As a photo journalist, I come prepared for anything. Every wedding is different. I have witnessed full-grown men weep more times than I can count. I have seen smiles so wide that I’m concerned someone may burst a blood vessel. I have climbed mountains with all my gear. And this one time a sprinkler system was triggered during a ceremony.

As a wedding photographer, I walk into every job with the guarantee that I will witness pure joy. But more importantly, I walk into every job with the probability that my day will end with cake. I like to keep my cake-to-work ratio balanced. For health reasons.

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Drea of Cunningham Photo Artists told us she had a clear vision for this styled collaboration with Chelish Moore Flowers and Inspire Design Studio: an eclectic loft wedding between two artists. While every bit of this shoot is stunning, we have to give a shout-out to the jaw-dropping wedding cake by Amy from Wow Factor Cakes!

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Event Location: Concord, NC / Event Photographer and Stylist: Cunningham Photo Artists / Event Venue: Piedmont Renaissance Center / Wedding Flowers: Chelish Moore Flowers / Wedding Dress: J Majors Bridal Boutique / Hair and Makeup: Kymm McLean of Who’s the Fairest / Wedding Cake: Wow Factor Cakes / Stationery: Stephanie Huxter of Inspire Design Studio / Jewelry: Erin McDermott Jewelry

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From complete floral design and decor to day-of coordination, the gals at The Blooming Bride will make your dreams become a reality. If you are looking for the perfect modern urban loft or a romantic vineyard or even an impromptu beach soiree we are here to make sure your wedding day is one of a kind! Let us take care of YOU for a change!

Prices are tailored exactly to your needs. So please call (310) 804-5438 or email us below for customized quote.

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