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One Monday night I came home to all the guys of our house hovering over a laser plotter. As it turns out we were running tests on plotting the wedding invitations for Jane & Tobi. What was meant to be a lets calculate the correct plot plan turned into a lets try lasering every surface we find in the house. I mean what else where you doing with your Monday eve?

It is always exciting to have a roomy tying the knot. And as the photographer in the house I am so honoured to document another friend turning his girlfriend into his wife. From the first row during the first look & closest bench in church it is always inevitable for me that I get (almost) equally nervous as my bride and groom.

This wonderful couple had planned a vineyard wedding with plenty of outdoor activities and the heavens look graciously at this plan. It turned out to be the most perfect golden evening with tons of giggles and playing catch me if you can under the pine trees overlooking the valley of vines.


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Hold onto your seats because here comes some exciting passion project of ours!!! Ahhh! We have waited for so long to hit publish on this one!

During mid-season in the heat of summer and in-between weddings we drove down to Umbria & Toscana meet up with my friend Marta. She is a designer and seamstress and has organised this wonderful shooting in Narni, a picturesque small town in the Umbrian country side. I could not be more thrilled to show you a tiny glimpse of our wonderful day. And be assured there is more to come.

We had  three models, three gowns and a lot a southern style, golden light & beauty between us. Just a dream come true. You can find more of Marta´s creations on her Sartoria Lo Mele instagram account. And be assured there is more to come 😉

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My favourite wedding guest I ran into during the last weeks was a young chap. He was only in his late 80s and had a lovely smile carved into the wrinkles of his face. At one point during cocktail hour he walked over to me. Mustering me from closer he leaned in to see my camera and said, ‘I used to be a photographer. Something like forty years ago.` Which of course is the best conversation starter I have heard in EVER! ‘During the war I was in a war camp in Russia and took pictures in secret.` I just stared… ‘Later I used to photograph the race cars and all the high society with it.  … ‘Once I photographed the queen of England, during her visit in Stuttgart.’ feel free to imagine my mouth wide agape by now… I was blown away by this mans life and was only left to nod and smile, since my semi shouted words did not seem to reach him anymore. Thus I smiled contentedly at him and longed to hear stories of a life which seemed to burst with photographic adventure. 

La Rici Photography Portrait Venice photoOne thing, that caught my attention was his genuine interest in my own photography. He asked about my external flash and who I used it during the ceremony (romantic, low lit castle hall). He told me about his recently passed wife and how he had taken photos of her grave.  View full post »

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Ya´ll know how much I love the south? Yes, and international couples? And garden parties? Well, here is a wedding that had all of this and even more. This sweet couple met during their studies in Würzburg. In Würzburg of all places!! Where I studied & part of my heart completely stayed. I loved the warmth this day held. You know what was even better? There was no long drive or travels or flight to get to all of this goodness. And It  was literally just down the road. Can you believe it? 😉

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Why I waited so long, I do not know. One thing is for sure. To wait five years to return to Siena was wayyyy to long. Finally we entered this town again. Ancient red brick walls, narrow streets, everybody on foot. As we walked the olive garden again. That one behind the universities’ canteen… one thing was for sure. It has been too long. And taking in the old view of the tuscan country side, it was almost to much to handle.

Thankfully I had very understanding travel companions to wait till the ebb and flow of old and new emotions washed over me. Five years ago. On these grounds I had quietly dreamed for the first time to become a wedding photographer. And at night I had sat in front of the universities’ main building because the wifi was most reliable & watched hours and hours… maybe even weeks of photography workshops.

I organised weekly photo walks and was never uttering a word of my dreams. Just practising and soaking up every inch of light. And now? Now, I am earning my income, while living my dream. It is quite outrageous. The only thing missing is my very own weddings in Italia. 😉

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