It's 4:30 a.m. in Venice, Italy.

There is no sound more torturous to me than that of my phone alarm clock.  Every time it goes off I just want to bury my head in my pillow and pray it goes away.  I've never been a morning person, but this morning was important and I knew I needed to get up.  Out of bed, I threw on some clothes, no makeup, and put my messy bedhead hair up in a bun.  There was no time to look pretty at 4:30 a.m. 

Simone & I were on a mission.  Our clients were staying in a town up the road and had to take a bus into the water city that arrived at 5:30.  With a 45 minute walk through the twisty turning streets and 11 bridges to cross, we set out to pick them up at the station.  It's so strange to walk through Venice at this time of day.   For the first time I felt it's authenticity.  There were no tourist in site.  Just sweet older Italian men opening their store fronts, the smell of freshly baked croissants, local couples returning home from a night out sipping wine, and newly rolled pasta on drying racks.  This is the Venice I'd been waiting to see. 

We arrived at the station and met our clients Caroline and Bram who were kind enough to get up this early and meet us before St. Marks square was crawling with people.  Walking back to our Airbnb for hair and makeup we talked about their travels and the plan for our day.  It was the perfect time to get to know them better.  Stopping only for much needed espresso we started our shoot, which ended up lasting all day.  Our brave clients endured a truly magical day with us in Venice and we are so happy with the results.  According to my fitbit we walked 15 miles that day and every step though those cobbled streets was more than we could have dreamed. 

See this anniversary session soon on Wedding Sparrow Blog!

Styling & Floral Design:  Simone Gebsattel Events |  Hair & Make-up: Angela Nunnink | Dress: Pas De Deux Bridal | Invitation Suite:  The LIttle North Sea Studio | Headpiece & Veil:  Sibo Designs | Ribbons: Silk & Willow | Vow Book:  Wedding Story Writer | Photography: Tulle & Grace

Travel, WeddingsWhitney Huynh