It's really hard for me to come up with the words to describe this experience. Since the moment I met Dana and Jan five years ago they've been two of the closest people in the world to me. They've been there through some of the hardest and best moments in my life and I for them. We all have incredibly busy lives (just like everyone else) but Jan is one of those people that always makes time for a phone call or text just to say what's up and see what's going on (even though we're a couple states away from each-other). I'm proud to call him one of my best friends, something closer to being my brother.
An elopement in Italy was something that came up a few times over the years but when Jan called me and told me it was happening and gave me some dates I freaked out a little bit. It was just three months away and I thought either I wouldn't be free or my wife / partner in crime/partner in life/photography would have something booked. It was fate because it was one of the only weekends this season that we both had off.
So the day finally comes and we all fly into Rome and have a crazy little road-trip-adventure down to Praiano on the Amalfi Coast. Jan's brother who is currently in the Peace Corps in Peru met us there with his lovely girlfriend Shannon. It was the first time the Watson brothers had seen each-other in about a year and it was Jan's first time meeting Shannon. Dana's best friend Steph met us there with her boyfriend Justin as well. There we were, the eight of us staying in this gorgeous house in what was quite literally was paradise.
We spent a few days hanging out, catching up, eating and drinking lots and lots of wine. We hung out on the beach, took a boat to Capri, explored and genuinely enjoyed spending time together. At some point we all came back to earth and decided that it was time for a wedding. Jan, Andrew and Justin scouted a few different locations and decided on what you'll see below - A gorgeous little rocky moonscape below an ancient-looking tower with signs reading proprietà privata everywhere (good thing none of us can read Italian). As you'll see in the photos it was a hike - paths and staircases winding down through old crumbling walls and overgrown, yet gorgeous foliage. Did I mention stairs? Apparently Dana and Jan love stairs. So we start walking down to the spot and the sun has already set but the remaining light has a gorgeous clean, soft quality to it. As we're walking I'm freaking out because we're losing light so fast and by the time we get down there it's getting really, really dark and I'm nervous - pushing the film just about as far as possible and hoping for the best. Thankfully, it all worked out perfectly, they got married - it was an incredibly emotional and tearful moment surrounded by the people closest to them. I'm just proud to be able to call myself one of those people.
Thank you so much Dana and Jan for the greatest experience of our lives. Mae and I love you so much.