Once Upon A Time In Italy
Once upon a time In Italy, three little girls (well not so little, on their way to forty) sat around a table in a lovely trattoria in Florence. It was a winter’s night.
One was Italian, one was Swiss and the other was Australian. The Italian was a shoe designer (what else?), the Swiss was an interior decorator and the Australian was on her way to a new life.
They sat around that table with plates of delicious food, wonderful wine and a beautiful friendship. They talked about Italy, food, life, happiness and love.
The Italian, who was always on a plane to a shoe factory somewhere in the world recounted stories of eyes-meeting with gorgeous guys in airports on trains, planes and in metros but still remained mystified why love hadn’t come her way. For once the Australian wasn’t so worried about love she had recently fallen in love with photography. The Swiss, as beautiful as Lady Diana sat quietly as she does, a couple of beautiful shakes of her head but not wanting to draw attention to herself she said nothing.
All Photos Copyright Carla Coulson
No-one deserved love more than her. Generous, kind and affectionate she always put everyone before herself and was the greatest friend a girl could have.
Many years passed in between and they always managed to meet in that lovely trattoria in Florence. Then one day the Swiss and the Australian received a call that not in an airport, a train or on a metro but in the Italian embassy in New York the Italian met the love of her life. She married on a beach in Mexico not long after her 40th birthday and within 3 years had two beautiful little girls.
The Australian too met the love of her life and was married in Paris in a leopard skin hat! And just a couple of days ago in Geneva on a spectacular day only the love-gods could dream up, the beautiful Swiss married the man who had been searching for her all his life..
And there was no-one as happy as the Australian and the Italian to share this incredible moment. They laughed about those dinners in Florence and rejoiced in finding love and one of the greatest gifts of all, friendship.
Auguri ancora bella mia..
What a delightful story Carla. Thankyou for sharing.
Thankyou for sharing a wonderful story Carla.
Awww so beautiful! I’m so happy for your beautiful friend. x
I’ve gone all teary Carla…..LOVELY! xx
Ditto – beautiful. C xx
That warms the heart–and gives hope–to many a girl everywhere!
And your friend is so very lovely–I have to agree that the resemblance to Lady Di is amazing!!!
Who doesn’t love a happy ending?
Simply lovely 🙂
Show us a pic of your leopard skin hat!
And congrats to your friend! Beautiful photos…
Carla – how wonderful and her smile says it all! congratulations to your dear friend!!
I think this is just so heartwarming.I would so like to share it on my blog. It just goes to show one can find love at any stage of life. What amazing ladies you all are.
And, I would love to see the the lucky guys in one of your pics as well. 🙂
“And just when you’re pretending you’re not looking, ladybugs, all over ladybugs”- of course you remember this line from Under the Tuscan Sun. Wonderful things are coming your way when least expected.
Who says Hollywood owns happy ends? You can write a screenplay based on this sweet and touching story. Thank you for a beautiful post.
Happy friendships to you dear Carla.
Your stories are as beautiful as your photos. Thank you for such a lovely start to the day.
That was such a sweet story of friendship and romance. I’m a bit teary. Would someone pass me a tissue????
And Natalie’s right, you should write this story dear C.
What an absolutely beautiful story! Good on you three ladies!
What a beautiful story! I too, found the love of my life in my forties and feel so blessed and fortunate.
Carla, so beautiful + touching. xxpeggybraswelldesign.com
she is absolutely stunning and am happy that the man finally found her! what took him so long?
I am so glad that until his gorgeousness opened the door, photography did it for you!!
sweet comment on this is belgium for which I thank thee a lot! 🙂
What a beautiful story it makes you believe in fairy tales.
A very lovely story and a beautiful bride! It gives me hope that there is love out there for everyone!
Oh! Once again written with your heart. Your three husbands are as lucky as you girls Jeanette
A lovely heart felt story, and gives us girls hope! Thanks Carla x and your swiss friend has such a resemblance to Lady Di.
What a lovely story. And how much better that it’s a true one!!
Beautiful story, beautiful bride and of course beautiful photography
How absolutely gorgeous. This is a divine story Carla. What a beautiful bride your Swiss friend made. Jx
Not only can you take wonderful pictures Carla, but you can tell a story to bring a mist to the eyes. No oneness like you do.
omg how did I miss this!
Loveliest story ever carla
You surely know how to tell them
What’s the name of the Trattoria?
I want to go there!
Qui sait? maybe something in the pasta..?
Such a beautiful story of friendship, love and life. Three beautiful friends sharing dinner, talks and friendship and all finding love. A wonderful way to start the weekend.
Oh my goodness she is beautiful! And beautiful photography as usual. Thank you for sharing.