Growing up multicultural

Growing up multicultural


Hi, my name is Patrizia Corigliano Giovannini. Most call me Pat for short.


One of the biggest feelings I remember growing up was a being in a constant state of confusion. I grew up in the US, then moved to Italy at the age of 9, then back to the States again as a young adult! I was born in New York to my Italian immigrant parents. My mother & I have a language of our own. It's a mix of English an Italian dialect from a little town in Calabria, the south of Italy, where both my mother and father are from.


During my early years in the US there was once a class project where everyone had to wear the flag of where they came from. I was wearing the Italian one and most other students were wearing the United States Flag ... I didn't understand why I was different since I was born in the States like everyone else, but my family identified as Italian.

In home Engagement Portraits in Roanoke, Virginia - Katie & Sean

In home Engagement Portraits in Roanoke, Virginia - Katie & Sean

Like a lot of couples nowadays, Katie & Sean met on tinder. It was immediately a match.

Not long after, they were visiting some friends in Houston, Texas and they were having dinner at this unique restaurant called, One Fifth. When this restaurant first opened they were given the lease for only five years and the owner of the restaurant liked the challenge, so he decided to have a different theme each year. (That’s where the name One Fifth came from!) They open in September with a new theme, go through til the end of July, then close the restaurant to do renovations so they can present the new one again the next September.

When Katie & Sean were there the theme was “Romance Languages”, which was the perfect one for a proposal! Katie said “we sat down to eat, then right after Sean was ordering champagne to do a toast and then all at a sudden he was proposing!”

Wedding on the Rooftop of The Penthouse - Roanoke, Virginia - Lauren & Jacob

Wedding on the Rooftop of The Penthouse - Roanoke, Virginia - Lauren & Jacob

Lauren & Jacob’s wedding was one of the most fun weddings I shot. They were both so laid back and easy to work with and as you can see from the images they had a blast!

Starting with their special dance walking down the aisle, to their toasts and sparkler exit, you can tell that it was a happy and fun day! And their sweet dog Alice was part of it too!

I asked them what was their favorite part from the day,