When they first met six years ago, Freda and Leo were working in different departments of the same bank. "We got acquainted during a drinking session one night and started dating in 2012," Freda recalled. A few years later, they were enjoying a long degustation dinner when Leo suddenly pulled out a bouquet of a hundred roses and proposed. "Quite cheesy, I know, but it was the sweetest proposal for me as we both share a love of food," she added.
The pair had no specific concept for their pre-wedding photo shoot; the only thing they wanted was to have their moments captured on film. "I'm a huge fan of film photography, as it produces relaxed and dreamy images so effortlessly," explained Freda. Luckily, their photographer of choice,, was available and even offered them an opportunity that was hard to resist. "He was scheduled to shoot , so he had a few spare days for a pre-wedding session in Italy," she continued.
They started off their, the capital of Tuscany and birthplace of the Renaissance. Right after sunrise, they headed to the Duomo in the heart of the city before continuing to the Boboli Gardens. The next day, the pair went to the charming town of San Gimignano. "It's a medieval town with so many small gardens and secret alleys," reminisced Freda. On the third day, they ended their trip with an unforgettable moment in Rome. "We drove down to Rome and were very lucky to catch the sunset in Vatican City.It was somehow open that Sunday and we were allowed to go in just like that," she added.
Throughout the whole session, Freda and Leo felt a mixture of emotions that eventually helped their relationship to grow stronger. As Freda explained, "We were nervous, shy, happy, awkward, annoyed, sleepy, excited, relieved, then back to nervous. Leo and I got into small arguments a few times due to timing and location problems, but they were simply part of the beautiful experience. I wouldn't trade the whole experience for anything else."