If things seems like they’ve been quiet on this blog, it’s all for a good reason! In late August, I traveled to Italy for my wedding and honeymoon. The trip itself lasted about 3.5 weeks and was absolutely outstanding. As you can imagine, planning a destination wedding, even an intimate one, was a challenge. So much of the time prior to leaving was spent with lots of planning with our overseas vendors. Still, much of our wedding was DIY, and at the end of the day, it was the ability for our families to meet for the first time and be there for our wedding that was the most important.
Our travels through Italy started on the Amalfi Coast where we stopped in Positano, Amalfi town, and the island of Capri. From there, we went back to Rome for a night and meet our families. We also picked up our rental car that would take us through the rest of our journey. Our wedding week was held throughout a small portion of Tuscany. Home base was a charming villa in Creti, a small rural town near Cortona (of “Under the Tuscan Sun” fame). Creti was the perfect base for exploring nearby Tuscan towns such as Siena, San Gimignano, and Val d’Orcia.
After a somewhat chill week in Tuscany, we traveled north to the Dolomites. This northern region of Italy where German language and culture begin to dominate was definitely a highlight. The Dolomite mountains are stunning in every way, and we were even treated to an early dusting of snow in the mountains. The areas of Bolzano, Lake Garda, and Alta Badia were by far our favorites. From the Dolomites, we traveled to Milan where our trip concluded.
Just before our trip, I was approached by a local Seattle public relations firm that offered me a Verizon Samsung Galaxy S8 smartphone to take on my trip. The purpose was to test out the phone’s functionality, mainly its camera. Just a few days into the trip, I found myself so impressed with the Galaxy S8’s camera that I ended up using it in place of my Sony a6300. All of the photos below were snapped with the Galaxy S8 and edited with Adobe Lightroom Mobile. I also recorded quite a bit of video that I’m stitching together into shorts that are being published on my YouTube channel. Check out the photos and videos and let me know what you think!