When we got the call from event planner Stephanie Meiser from Along Came Stephanie asking if we were available to:
A) Travel to Italy to film an epic elopement
B) Tour the Tuscany countryside for several days before and after
…the answer was an obvious “YES PLEASE!”
*insert jaw drop*
This Italy elopement was 50% wedding, 50% editorial shoot. How does that work? Courtney and Joseph dreamed of eloping in Italy, but coordinating for all of their loved ones to be there was logistically impossible, (their official wedding is in Hawaii soon, for real.) When this amazing editorial shoot opportunity came up, (we specifically requested a REAL and in-love couple), they jumped at the chance to travel and model for us! Bonus: Courtney and Joseph were engaged but were not yet married!
During the first several days we toured Cortona with Justin and Ashley DeMutiis from Justin Demutiis Photography to scope out locations and plan for the best time of day to get the best light. Our accommodations and main wedding venue was La Corte Dei Papi, a sprawling 5-acre property with a breathtaking ballroom, landscape, and vineyards. They actually press their own wine and olive oil on the grounds. We decided use several on-location vignettes for the engagement session (about a million little spots to choose from), then do a sunset and sunrise shoot in the city with a few changes of clothes. The next day was the Wedding Day. We kept them on site at La Corte Dei Papi for the ceremony location: a grassy field overlooking the vineyards with the Cortona mountainside as the backdrop.
The Wedding Day
There is always a certain romantic energy & silky smoothness that happens when truly in love couples can just be themselves. We had seen it happen for their engagement shoot and even though their “big wedding” was still months away, I decided to ask them “I know you haven’t planned for this, but how do you both feel about actually writing your own wedding vows today?” They LOVED it. This is real. It’s a wedding. So they began their wedding day apart, hand writing their own vows and reflecting on their journey together.
Scroll down and watch their Tuscany Elopement film to hear what they wrote, then watch our Behind The Scenes / Vlog film to see what went into making this absolutely stunning once-in-a-lifetime Italy Wedding happen!
Courtney + Joseph’s Elopement Film:
Behind The Scenes Film:
Photos by Justin of Justin Demutiis Photography:
Cinematography | Kenneth Cooper Films
Venue | Relais La Corte dei Papi
Planning + Design | Along Came Stephanie
Photography | Justin Demutiis Photography
Bride + Groom | Courtney + Joseph
Invitation | Script Me Pretty
Dress Boutique | Malindy Elene Bridal
Dress Designer | Ti Adora Bridal
Floral Design | Cristina Flowers
Tableware | Preludio Divisione Noleggio