Six years ago almost to the day, I fled Italy, knowing that it was a country I just didn’t like. I vowed to never return….but broke that vow when my best friend was getting married there. Who am I to turn down the girl who held my hair while I threw up after a night of partying or was the perfect wing-woman many moons ago? I would trudge through fire for this woman, so when she mentioned Italy, I pushed aside my serious dislike of the country and showed up with a plan.
I met Andrea years ago, in 2010 actually. It was at a dinner for random girls who met on a yahoo meetup group, meeting for happy hour at Yardhouse. I don’t know what it was, but after a couple minutes of talking, I chose her. I knew I wanted her in my life. As an adult, making new friends is just like dating, so I showed up for the surprise birthday party her ex threw for her, hoping to support her. She didn’t even want the party, but by showing up, I showed that I cared. The rest is history. Well, with Facebook….not everything is history. Some things still linger….like boobie shirts. I still have this shirt. My hair has never looked that good ever again. I also met my second ex-husband this night.
Andrea and Scott met a couple years ago, FINALLY tying the knot last week. They started their honeymoon in Positano, Italy, which is on the Amalfi coast. I’ll write a blog about my third trip to Italy soon enough, but I did find delightful charm in a small Italian town. You would smell baked bread in the morning, the scent of lemons filling the air, the sound of gulls crying out as you walked the steep singular road. In 48 hours, I walked over eight miles and over 180 flights of stairs. My calves screamed in protest with every burdened step, yet it was all worth it to see these two happy together, giggling over whispered inside jokes.
I’m pretty sure I’ll never return to Italy again (unless I REALLY crave the delicious carbonara of Rome), but I’m delighted that I was able to spend a couple days with these two on the Amalfi Coast. Coming up next week will be their gorgeous sunrise portrait session, so keep an eye out!
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