VENUE TYPE: Field / Forest / Orchard

A Locals Guide To Traveling Around South Tyrol
Jake Kilroy
REPORT
No. 27082
VENUE:
All Over South Tyrol
LOCATION:
South Tyrol
TYPE
STYLE
SETTINGS
Locals Guide To South Tyrol
Picturesque South Tyrol Destinations
All Over South Tyrol
REPORTER: Jake Kilroy



It seems like any photo of South Tyrol could be a postcard. The Italian province is picturesque and dramatic with a rolling green landscape set against snowy peaks. Naturally, it’s a beloved destination for vacationers and adventurers, and it helps to have a local with recommendations. 24-year-old photographer Stefan Mahlknecht is one such guide. As his Instagram account wonderfully proves, he’s quite skilled behind the lens and his time is spent well outdoors around South Tyrol.

Having grown up hiking with his parents, Mahlknecht now spends his summers and falls trying to capture natural beauty, especially mountain scenery. Meanwhile, in the winter and spring, he mostly skies. “Skiing is my second big passion, after photography,” says Mahlknecht, “and I try to combine them more and more. Sometimes I get into a conflict where I don’t know if should shoot my friends while they’re skiing a great powder field or if I should rather ski down the mountainside by myself.” What better person to tell you how to make the most of a trip to South Tyrol? We thought the same thing and asked him for insider tips.

Photography: Stefan Mahlknecht

 

Discover South Tyrol With The Ultimate Local's Guide

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See What Makes Pippin Hill the Wedding Venue Gem of Virginia’s Wine Country
Jake Kilroy
REPORT
No. 27058
VENUE:
Pippin Hill Farm & Vineyards
LOCATION:
north garden, Virginia
TYPE
STYLE
SETTINGS
Outdoor Wedding
Golden Whimsy
Countryside Barn
REPORTER: Jake Kilroy

 

The great outdoors make a wedding seem gigantic. By having a soaring sky and an epic landscape, a couple’s celebration of love seems elevated right from the start. The big day feels as grand of an occasion as it deserves and Central Virginia’s Pippin Hill Farm & Vineyards damn well delivers.

At Pippin Hill, even fall looks like springtime. With the rolling green hills of Virginia's wine country sparkling behind the wedding arbor, it’s pretty obvious why Lauren and Adam chose this timeless venue as the spot to begin their new life together (and party with their nearest and dearest friends and family).

Photography: Tec Petaja

 

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Balloons, Picnics, And A List Of The Most Scenic December Road Trip Spots In Your Area
The Venue Report
REPORT
No. 27052
VENUE:
Palomar Mountain
LOCATION:
San Diego
TYPE
STYLE
SETTINGS
A Winter Adventure
Gloomy Mountain Picnic
Palomar Mountain
REPORTER: The Venue Report

We've all been there. Anxious for adventure but lazy with weakness from the past week. Especially in the busy colder months. Winter has become known as the season to hibernate, stay cozy and stay away from anything outdoors unless it has something to do with buying all those holiday gifts. It's time to wake those bones up, folks. We gotta get out there! And what better way to explore than to explore with your better half, your person, your human. This month we challenge you to plan a surprise date adventure that will WOW that special someone. Whether you've been dating for 5 months, married for what may seem like centuries, or just trying to get inspired for a first date. From East to West, North to South, we've got you covered with the best places to road trip and sites to see this winter. 

What prompted this report? Well, our very own, Nathan Mueller, recently gave his gal a balloon and whisked her away to Palomar Mountain just in time to catch the winter gloom and fog after a passing storm. Yea, it all started with a balloon. You see, when you give a girl a balloon you must follow with a surprise adventure and a picnic at a scenic location. It's the perfect formula for a winter date. Sometimes life's best adventures are the most simple. Want to copy and paste at a rad sought out destination near you? See below!

 

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One of the World’s Sweetest Farm Owners Wants to Make Your Wedding Day a Stunning No-Fuss Wonder
Jake Kilroy
REPORT
No. 27031
VENUE:
Sweet Meadow Farms
LOCATION:
Tallapoosa, Georgia
TYPE
STYLE
SETTINGS
Autumn Wedding
Natural Rustic
Family Farm
REPORTER: Jake Kilroy

 

When a fashion blogger and a southern gentleman get hitched, there's a lot of ground to cover. The wedding day should be rustic, yet stylish; gorgeous, yet not overdone. Luckily, and unsurprisingly, Jess and Dustin nailed it. The best example of the lovebirds keenly strutting such a balancing act had to be the bride rocking a Jenny Packham gown with converse high-tops.

What made the special day so memorable, however, aside from the couple's favorite human beings in the world being there to cheer and congratulate, was the venue itself. A sweetly southern farm that covers 160 acres of Georgia woodland, sprinkled with meadows and ponds, Sweet Meadow Farms stirred up the impression that Jess and Dustin were tying the knot at a beloved relative’s country home.

Words: Melanie Hobart of Sweet Meadow Farms | Photos: Ben And Colleen

 

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Downton Abbey Fans, This Photo Shoot’s For You
Alyssa Brown
REPORT
No. 27008
VENUE:
Port Eliot Estate
LOCATION:
Saint Germans, England
TYPE
STYLE
SETTINGS
Rainy Bridal Shoot
Romantic & Moody
English Countryside
REPORTER: Alyssa Brown

 

As any Downton Abbey fan will happily reminisce over, the wedding scene when Lady Mary finally marries Matthew Crawley is easily the most beautiful wedding scene in all of TV history. With the perfect amount of light flooding into the big, airy mansion, and the abundance of gorgeous flowers in an otherwise dark and moody setting, there’s an air of old English gloominess that makes the celebration that much sweeter. You can imagine our excitement when we got our hands on this photo shoot with a similar vibe.

We recently had a fill-us-in session with the shoot’s creative director Amanda Rose of Oak and Cypress and photographer Kristen Marie Parker. The dream team gave us all the details of the inspiration behind this stunning photo series and the incredible property. Spoiler alert: there may or may not have been a sighting of a ghost.

Words + Photos by Kristen Marie Parker


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