It can be really hard to remember people’s names. You meet so many people over the years, it’s easy to forget their names. And it’s easy for them to forget yours.
Unless, it turns out, you are dressed as a sexy cop.
When David approached Lily at a party, and said “hi Lily,” she looked at him blankly and said “I’m sorry, I don’t remember your name.” In truth, she did not even remember meeting him at all. He reminded her they had met a year before at a Halloween party, when they were students at Columbia Business School in New York.
Lily asked how in the world he possibly remembered her name after all that time. “Well, it’s hard to forget a sexy cop,” he replied. That led to their first date, which lasted five hours. That was three years ago.
David grew up in the picturesque region of Puglia, Italy. It was there that he proposed to Lily on a cliff overlooking the Adriatic Sea. And it was in Puglia where they would tie the knot a year after the proposal.
Borgo Egnazia is a newer resort, and perhaps most well known as the venue for Justin Timberlake and Jessica Biel’s 2012 wedding. It was designed to be a replica of a traditional Apulia village, with white buildings made of stone and quicklime, surrounded by olive groves and lemon trees. Ben photographed the Lake Las Vegas wedding of Lily’s brother Kevin and Ya back in 2007, and won an award for a photo he took of Lily giving a speech. She never forgot Ben, and lucky for us she and David decided to bring us along for their wedding adventure.
Lily and David were married in a 15th century Catholic cathedral in the town of Ostuni (which is so beautiful and quaint it looks like a movie set), and returned to Borgo Egnazia’s piazza for the reception. The next day, they took us to another beautiful town, Polignano a Mare, for a few more portraits with the picturesque seaside village as the backdrop.
As I’m sitting here typing this, my mind is drifting back to the twinkly lights of the piazza against the twilit sky, the feel of the rough olive grove soil under our bare feet, and winding through the narrow streets of Ostuni in the red Alfa Romeo with David on the way to the church, as he told me, “yeah, I’m crazy in love with Lily.”
It may have felt like a movie to me, but for Lily and David, it’s real life. And it’s only getting started.