Beauty Within Historic Italian Grounds
Italy is instinctively known as a country for it’s natural beauty and elegance. When we picture romance laced all around by love, a private Italian Villa is more than fitting to document it in a tangible essence. Erika, owner of Erika Parker Photography, took a trip to Italy last summer and made it a priority to seize an opportunity to extend her creative reach by collaborating with some of Italy’s most profound wedding artists. There is not a hint of romance to be forgiven throughout this editorial. With a romantic Italian palette of roses and dark hued lingerie amongst the history of this private Italian Villa, Erika and Federica executed every detail with style and grace.
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This past summer, I spent an incredible five weeks in Italy. I knew I had to take advantage of this beautiful country and collaborate in something photography related. Before my trip, I woke up one morning with a wondrous idea to collaborate on a styled shoot with the architecture of Italy as the backdrop. I had no idea where to start, but I was determined to make this vision come true. Through contacting a few planners in the region of Italy I was so lucky to find Federica Beni of Honey and Cinnamon Wed and we hit it off immediately. Besides just being an incredible, creative woman, our style and tastes were really similar.
Federica and I felt that a private villa would be the perfect location for a boudoir shoot. What could be more romantic than an Italian Villa set upon the landscape of rolling farmlands, dotted with olive orchards? The owner of the private Italian Villa did a walk through with us before we began setting up our work space for the day. As we walked through the hallways, it felt as though we were taking a walk through history; the marble staircase, the peeling frescos on the wall, furniture from another era, it was all so remarkable. How many families had lived and loved in these walls? I don’t know the answer to that, but it could be felt and became a beautifully touching place to shoot in. I am so thankful to this amazing team that Federica put together and I believe our images tell the story we worked so hard to portray.
Photography by Erika Parker Photography / Styling and Concept by Federica Beni with Honey and Cinnamon Italian Wedding Planning / Florals by Annalisa De Federico with ISA Events / Silk Ribbon by Silk and Willow / Make up and Hair by Stella Mongodi with Organic Brides / Lingerie Robes by Fine and Fleurie / Lingerie Undergarments by Eleonora Lingerie