• Venice, Italy | Part II

everything we thought it would be. Little men in striped shirts asking us to pay $100 Euros for a Gondola ride (no way!), quaint cafes and shops lining all of the rustic, waterlined streets, and beautiful buildings with colorful paint chipping off the windows and door frames. I loved Venice. It was one of my favorite places to take pictures. Everywhere I turned I saw door knobs and old shutters that I couldn’t help but snap a few shots off. I remember going to London and Paris in high school and being overwhelmed by all of the awesome architecture…. only I had a HORRIBLE point and shoot camera at the time. This trip was a little different.

Not only did I have a professional grade camera, but I also had a husband! ha! Michael is the one who should get the credit for these honeymoon posts because really, without him guiding me through the crowds of people and finding our way back to our hotel, I would still be wondering around St. Marc’s, trying to find the water taxi! I can’t do two things at once. I can’t take pictures AND remember where I’m going.  Michael just led me around the WHOLE city and was incredibly patient when I would say “Ohhhhhh stop! Did you see those shutters?! And that Door?! I need a picture of those.” I’m sure to most people, all of these doors and buildings and bridges are starting to look the same but I love this stuff. Photographing architecture and old buildings that are falling apart is what made me fall in love with photography in the first place!


So enjoy our last full honeymoon post! It was an amazing trip that I will NEVER forget. Michael and I already want to go back to Venice for our 5 years anniversary…. but um…if we’re honest and thinking realistically, that will probably end up being our 25th anniversary:). We loved our time together in the Mediterranean and I’m so thankful we didn’t go sit on a beach all week…. both of us would have gone crazy! That is paradise for some couples but not us.  We enjoyed seeing new things and going amazing places! For all of my 2011 couples, going on a cruise is a GREAT honeymoon option! (Psssst. They’ll upgrade you to a balcony room for free if you’re lucky:)


Have a fabulous weekend! I have 30 high school girls spending the night in our tiny house tonight so wish me luck and if I survive, I’ll see ya on Monday!

Aw look at him:) I married him!

Lunch! REAL Italian lunch! Soooo good. (and “Light” coke that was $4!)

Michael doesn’t naturally pose on the corners of streets while on vacation… I made him do that… just to clarify.

These pics were taken on our $60 Gondola ride.  We asked to only ride for 30mins and it was perfect! We just wanted to say that we did it!

I love this because only in Venice can you have window shopping on the water!

Rialto Market.

Two favorite things….my husband and a vintage teal lantern!

Oh how I love this one! It’s going in the house somewhere!

So then the sun came out and everything looked a little warmer:)

Lets end with this one! I LOVED that set of shutters! … and I love Michael… even when he takes pictures like that.

15 Comments Personal, Travels
  1. Rebekah reply

    Katelyn~ AMAZING pictures…love them all…especially the vintage teal lantern and black and white sail boat picture!!!! I so dream of the day my Husband and I can go to Venice…I too love taking pictures of old buildings, shutters, doors, and sail boats. You captured all if this beautifully!!! A perfect honeymoon for a perfect couple!!!

  2. Deborah Zoe reply

    you guys are adorable! thanks for sharing:)

  3. Melissa reply

    Oh, how fun. I am so happy for you and Michael. Can’t wait to see you on January 7th.

  4. Camille reply

    You are making me want to jump on a plane right now and go to Venice. So beautiful. Love your pictures. As always!

  5. Veronica reply

    Onl y you can take a picture of just bricks & make it look amazing! lol :)
    I love the window shopping on the water!

  6. Shannon reply

    Haha love the Asian picture at the end, Michael :) KK your pictures only solidified my burning desire to go to Italy sometime in my life. AND you look like a serious fashion icon there, seriously Italians were probably taking notes.

  7. Lauren W reply

    You are too cute. You always look like you are walking right out of a magazine!

  8. ashley barnett reply

    Beautiful photos Katelyn! I too absolutely adore the architecture, shutters, doors, and textures of those old buildings. When I went to New Orleans, I had more pictures of buildings than the rest of the trip!

  9. bethany cox reply

    ugh… this post made me want to go on a European vacation SO BADLY!!! it looks so beautiful and fun.. it also made me reconsider our choice to go to disney world on our honeymoon 3 years ago. o well.

    also… love love love your purple coat

  10. Rhonda reply

    Oh Katelyn – amazing photos; you 100% need to print some of these AND sell some on ETSY. I would so buy them!!!

  11. parisianwannabe reply

    Gorgeous photos. LOVE, LOVE!!

  12. elise reply

    love them all! oh isn’t venice so great :) i’m so glad you got to go. and micheal looks so handsome!

  13. Mary Frances reply

    I am an artist with Venice on my mind. You did a spectacular job with the varied windows, lanterns, doorknobs. . . thank for letting others visit the real Venice vicariously!

  14. Kristina N. reply

    You really captured how gorgeous Venice is! And you look so chic in all the pictures of you! I second Rhonda — I’d buy Venice prints from you!

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