Flammekuchen in Strasbourg France

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On a trip through Europe, we spent a few days in Strasbourg, France.  The city is gorgeous.  The leaves were changing color and the town is surrounded by a canal, bordered by half timber houses and lots of trees, so it looks beautiful in the fall.

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The evolution of Gingerbread

In the United States we know gingerbread at Christmas made into a gingerbread man, a dark cookie sweetened with molasses.  But in Europe it takes all kinds of shapes.

(A list of our favorite tips for traveling with a camera is included at the end of this blog)

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Love locks in Paris and Amsterdam

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Love locks are appearing on bridges all over the world.  We found these in Paris and Amsterdam.  What was once a romantic gesture made by couples who want their love to be locked together forever, is now a nuisance that countries are trying to stop.

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Published in Italian wedding blog Partecipando

The photos from the engagement session we did with Allison and Conrad at the beach in Santa Cruz were just published in a blog in Italy “Partecipando“.  The couple were having a romantic picnic on the beach and had brought wine an flowers to mark the occasion.  The colors in the photos made the collection look very elegant.  As wedding photographers in Santa Cruz we are thrilled when the photos are published internationally.

Engagement photos at Natural Bridges (2 of 10)

Photos by Tony Fitzgerald Photography.

Almonds at Weddings

Candied almonds have historically been given as wedding gifts or served to the guests as wedding favors.  In France, Calissons d’Aix en Provence are said to have been served at the wedding of the king in the 1400s.  The Italians serve five almonds to signify five wishes for the bride and groom –  health, wealth, happiness, children and long life.  known by many names – dragee, confetti, Jordan Almonds, mlabas, koufeta – they are popular at many American weddings as well.

The chocolates of Bruges

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Bruges is famous for it’s medieval buildings and it’s chocolates.  We made it our mission to sample as many as possible.  In case you are wondering, Mary’s chocolates won the contest – they are the Chocolatier to the royal family – we can see why! Bruges is now my favorite place to travel.

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