Elopement in Taormina, Sicily

Photography by Jeff

Dean has a romantic streak that would be hard for anyone to match. Falling head over heels for Jen, he’s asked her every single day since they first met to marry him … only to be met with “no” each time. Then, little over a year into their relationship, he arrived home with a marriage proposal tattooed on his stomach! I guess you could say that he wanted to prove how dedicated he was to Jen, and even though he figured she’d say no, he didn’t care at all. During this time, Dean’s mother was very ill with cancer and made Jen promise her one thing … that she’d always be a part of his life. And so three years after her death, she finally said “yes!”. They crafted Dean’s wedding band out of his mother’s wedding rings, and instead of a traditional wedding, they opted to pack their bags and travel for a once in a lifetime elopement in Taormina, Sicily. Although their elopement fell on the busiest week of the summer for Cooked Photography, I jumped on a plane and traveled 60 hours for an unforgettable 48 hours in Italy.


  • Gary

    September 14, 2015

    Knocked that one out of the park AGAIN!! Great work Jeff, wonderful composition and crops! LOVE that spread bro

  • Dean

    September 14, 2015

    We are told so often that life is not a fairytale, I disagree. There are times when we have to learn to take no for an answer, when it came to my drive towards Jennifer I'd be damned if I would ever give up. I spent years working to be the man that could turn that "no" into a yes and hearing it once only awakens my heart. I will continue to pursue my princess if not for my own reasons than for the sake of her always having her prince. I nurtured love and it grew, here we see the fruit. I love you Jenn! Thank you Jeff.

  • Mario

    September 14, 2015

    Molto bello!!!!

  • Jacqulyn

    September 15, 2015


  • Jennifer

    September 15, 2015

    Jeff, what can I say? Taking us up mountain sides, into the ocean, to edge of cliffs, and through crowded city streets ... you nearly killed us more than once and it was all totally worth it. You are more dedicated to your craft than any artist I've ever seen, and your photos reflect that. You exhausted us, thrilled us, brought us to tears, and made our elopement more special than we ever could have imagined. We thank you so much for capturing a love that has grown so strong over the years that it had to be shared!! These are not just beautiful pictures, it's our story, our hearts, and you captured it all! By the way, Dean still continues to ask me everyday and I have a feeling he will never stop!

  • Courtney

    September 16, 2015

    Simply beautiful!

  • Alessandro

    September 17, 2015

    Great Job!!! Taormina is like no other place in the world. A wedding in Taormina becomes a dream. Check out our link ... I have tried to highlight the most interesting aspects. I hope you enjoy reading it!!

  • Terrek

    September 21, 2015

    Bravo my friend! These are very good photographos!

  • Tracy Marin

    October 2, 2015

    This couple and story are "WICKED" and the photos are so, so, artistic. You need to post more photos of this fantastic couple and place !! Amazing job by all involved, I am truly in awe....

  • Katrina Wallace

    November 13, 2015

    you should enter that shower shot into fearless ... it's awesome! really great set of images jeff!!!

  • Dean

    March 1, 2016

    I absolutely adore her more and more every day. I have relived those moments through these photographs more times than I could count. I have everything in the world in this woman. I am still falling in love.