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Wedding Vow Renewal in Tuscany, Italy-Melissa and Michael

A week before embarking on this trip to Tuscany, Italy for me and Giant’s two year wedding anniversary, I came up with the idea of renewing our vows while we’re there. I combed the internet for ideas and wedding planners in the Tuscany region. That’s when I came across Bonnie from My Weddings and More. Bonnie and I went back and forth a few times brainstorming ideas for the ceremony. That’s when she informed me that July, the time that we’re there, will be sunflower season. I absolutely fell in love with her idea. I then immediately started hunting down a photographer. As a wedding photographer myself, I tend to be a bit picky. Maybe a little too picky as to whom I would want to be there to document this special day. I came across italian photographer David Bastianoni. I emailed David right before leaving for Italy and when we got to Rome, I was beyond ecstatic when I checked my email and saw that David replied. We had to rearrange the dates to accommodate David’s busy schedule but it all worked out.

On the day of the ceremony, Giant and I had been touring the northern part of Italy and drove back to Tuscany right before sunset to a town called Certaldo to meet up with both Bonnie and David. We all immediately clicked. Lots and lots of smiles from these two. I was also glad to see both Bonnie and David bonded pretty quickly being that they just met themselves. I had a feeling that Bonnie was an American from our emails to each other. Bonnie moved to Tuscany with her husband from California 20 years ago!! We drove to the countryside and found a sunflower field just minutes away from the main part of town. Giant and I had been so busy all day that I didn’t even had much time to reflect on the ceremony. Right when the ceremony was about to begin, I took a few seconds to look around our surroundings. The sun was setting so it was casting a nice warm glow everywhere. We had a nice breeze blowing gently across our faces that was just a blessing to have given it’s been so hot in Tuscany. And then it hit me. Like a ton of bricks it hit me. I then started to cry because the moment was beyond perfect and romantic. When Bonnie started speaking, my tears started flowing faster and faster. I was a bit surprised at myself because I was not expecting to cry. Giant then reached over, grabbed my hand and whipped my tears away. At the very same time, I felt Little G kicking in my belly. It’s like he was dancing. I have said this before, I’m so, so blessed. Blessed that I get to remarry such a good man and also blessed that this time around, we have a little gift, Little G, present.

The ceremony was very emotional yet quick. After the ceremony, David stepped in for our portrait session. OMG, David was hysterically FUNNY!!! We all couldn’t stop laughing at his comments. He’s just the biggest goofball. After chatting for David a bit, we learned that famous photographer Jim Gardner was just a guest at his house a few days before. Jim was in town to teach a workshop and stayed with David for a few days. How crazy is that?

Both Giant and I agree that this day was definitely the top 5 most memorable moments of our five and a half years together. It was like a scene off of a movie. I keep replaying this day in my head over and over and it brings tears of happiness to my eyes. Thank you so very much Bonnie and David for being there to make this day so special. We’ll never forget you two!

Giant and I have three more months before we have another top 5 moment of our life together. Little G!!! Can’t wait to meet him!

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Btw, I was on my tippy toes for most of these pictures. Lol!!

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  • Charlene @ SweetchicJuly 18, 2011 - 4:16 pm

    These pictures are glorious, congrats!!!

  • MelissaJuly 18, 2011 - 5:32 pm

    Thanks so much Charlene!!

  • Simona DucatenzeilerJuly 31, 2011 - 1:23 pm

    These pic and your whole idea of renewing your vows amazes me and brought tears to my eyes. Me and my husband have only been married for 1 and a half almost 2, and whenever i think about our wedding day i am just like u in every way..I play it back and fourth in my head over and over again. It’s like almost i wanna keep the memories as fresh as possible. I tell him all the time how i want US to renew ours too. One day right ? Thank u so much for posting this, i know that it can be very personal, so thank u for sharing your Love, Pictures and your Pregnancy with all of us, your facebook friends.

    With All of my Love,

    Simona Ducatenzeiler

  • BobbiAugust 5, 2011 - 8:22 pm

    Beautiful. The photos tell a beautiful moving story! Great idea and SOO romantic in Tuscany! (A big fan!) I just had to comment.

  • Dawn DavisSeptember 2, 2011 - 1:31 pm

    I love you guys!!! You have such a love for life and each other. I can’t wait to meet baby G soon. Bob and I are going to Italy to renew our vows next summer. It will be our 20th anniversary!

    Love all the photos. David did a great job!!!!

    xoxoxoxo ~ Dawn

  • ShallyseSeptember 2, 2011 - 2:45 pm

    These are so amazingly beautiful – I can’t stop looking at them! Sooooo romantic!

    I love the height difference between the two of you. My hubby and I have a pretty drastic height difference too – he’s 6′ 9″ and I’m 5′ 2″. 🙂

  • Evonne WongOctober 11, 2011 - 4:48 pm

    Wow, Melissa… your vow renewal was absolutely amazing and I LOVE Italy. I will have to keep Bonnie and David’s website handy in case someday we want to do our vow renewal there too. So happy for you and Michael! 🙂

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