Words by Alexandra Longstaff, Photography by Daria Kurilo and Phill Taylor There’s a reason Italy is considered to be one of the most romantic countries in the world. Italians are passionate people who place the highest importance on a little thing called love. The country exudes it, from every nook and cranny, to every sleepy coastal town and buzzing restaurant. A stroll down an ancient cobbled street reveals statues and carvings made with love, about love. Balconies and windows tell of sweet nothings that have been spoken through them, and galleries and museums ring with the sound of beating hearts that have...

It’s easy to get caught up in the stress of planning a day that will make everyone around you happy, and completely forget about your own health and wellbeing in the process. To help combat this, my husband, Justin, and I decided that we wanted to keep our planning to a minimum and give ourselves only four weeks to pull together our wedding. We didn’t want to get caught up in the minutiae of planning and simply wanted to stay true to ourselves by keeping the day as simple as possible, without fuss or grandeur. We had a $5000 budget to...

On the anniversary of when they first laid eyes on each other, Jurgen and Festime were celebrating with a romantic dinner date. “I turned away for one second that night and when I looked back, Jurgen was on his knees with a ring,” Festime says. “It was so magical and beautiful, I had tears of happiness. It was perfect.” The lovebirds spent every moment they could with each other after they first met at a concert. “Sparks were flying when we first saw each other,” Festime says. “After that, we were so happy and in love, we couldn’t wait to tie...