Monday, August 19, 2013

Style Me Pretty Wedding Feature

After two months of waiting with bated breath, we finally have our wedding photos! Our photographer decided to submit our wedding to the amazing wedding blog Style Me Pretty, and asked that we not post any of our images until after the feature. We are so excited that SMP selected our wedding, and had such nice things to say about our perfect day. It has been so bizarre and exciting to open Pinterest over the past week or so and see images of my own wedding pinned hundreds upon hundreds of times. I'm so happy to think that people may use ideas from our wedding as inspiration for their own. You can check out the beautiful feature here, and I'll be sharing more details of the day in the near future.

Monday, August 5, 2013

Procida, Italy

Creating this post was so difficult for me that I literally put off posting anything for days. Why? Because I. Could. Not. Narrow. Down. the photos! The island of Procida, off the coast of Naples in southern Italy, is the most magical place I have ever seen. I cannot begin to tell you how much I recommend spending a day on this unforgettable island if you are ever so lucky.

At only 1.5 square miles, this tiny place packed more jaw-dropping punch than could possibly be captured on camera. Largely untouched by tourism, it is primarily an island of small fishing villages and pastel homes decorating the landscape. A quick 20-minute ferry from Naples landed us at Marina Grande, where we sipped cappuccinos while watching fishing boats and the sea...

From there, we began to walk steeply uphill toward Terra Murata, an old medieval town located on the highest point of the island. We walked through utterly charming village streets,  and enjoyed breathtaking views from the top.

One of my favorite parts of the entire honeymoon was Spiaggia Chiaia, an isolated and stunningly beautiful cove boasting a quiet, sandy beach and unparalleled views. The beach is bordered by a panorama of Terra Murata and Marina Corricella to the left, rock cliffs dropping to the sea at our backs, and a towering stretch of nearly untouched landscape to the right. La Conchiglia, the family-run beach club and restaurant, offers what many consider the island's best food, and almost certainly the most idyllic setting.

We continued to walk around the island, through tight village roads, and followed many offshoots toward the sea offering panoramic vistas. Finally, we landed at Spiaggia Chiaiolella, the busiest and largest beach on the island. Lined with beach clubs and colorful umbrellas, this area was significantly more lively and busy, but still unquestionably beautiful. After spending an hour or two here with a Peroni in hand, we caught a cab back to Marina Grande and soaked in the last moments before the Ferry carried us away from this magical and unforgettable place.