Maggie Gould and Harrison Markey first met in 2011 at a bar on New York City's Lower East Side. "I stopped by for a drink on the way home from a not-so-great date and Harrison stopped in on his way home for work," Maggie remembers. "If each of us hadn't been alone, we may have never been so open to conversation with a stranger." Three years later, in February 2014, Harrison popped the question with a heartfelt proposal in their shared apartment.
Shortly after getting engaged, the couple started planning a trip to Italy, and when the groom saw photos of the stunning garden at the Four Seasons in Florence, the couple decided to shake up their plans and turn their vacation into an elopement. Less than a month after they decided on a private wedding ceremony, Maggie and Harrison arrived in Florence for very intimate celebration — just the two of them! Keep reading to see all of the photos of their April 17, 2015 elopement, captured by Massimo and Gabriele of Studio Bonon.
Maggie chose an off-white lace and silk wedding dress from Watters. "I instantly fell in love with the dress when I put it on," she says. "I knew I wanted something lace, but I only had a few weeks and didn't think I'd ever find a lace gown in my size. I couldn't believe I found such a gorgeous dress that needed so few alternations just weeks before my wedding!" The bride worked with a seamstress from Sew Elegant to get the perfect fit on her gown in time for the big day. She accessorized with jewelry and a hair comb from BHLDN, Miu Miu sandals, and a blush bouquet of roses and stock flowers.
Harrison wore a two-piece tuxedo from Hugo Boss. Maggie gifted her groom a Jaeger-LeCoutre Reverso watch as a wedding present, which he added to his big-day look along with his grandfather's cufflinks.
The pair exchanged vows in the gardens of the Four Seasons. Since the property is so stunning, the couple didn't need to add much in terms of décor. Arrangements of blush and purple blooms were used as a makeshift altar.
The couple customized their vows with the help of their officiant. "We added a few personal touches to our vows," Maggie says. "We wanted to make sure 'fulfilling each other's happiness' was part of the commitment we made to each other."
Following the ceremony, the couple toured the romantic city for portraits. "I'll never forget looking around where we took pictures, where we could see all of Florence below, and feeling like I truly captured happiness," Maggie says. "I know it sounds so cliché, but imagine celebrating your marriage at the top of one of the most romantic cities in the world, with the man you love making you laugh your way through the entire day. My cheeks hurt from laughing and smiling so much!"
Once evening fell, the couple returned to the Four Seasons for an intimate dinner in the property's Chapel. There, they dined on a local menu custom created by the hotel's chef. Dessert consisted of a one-tiered wedding cake filled with Chantilly cream and fresh raspberries.
The couple returned stateside for a City Hall wedding on April 24, 2015 followed by a reception at the bar where they first met with all of their friends and family in tow. "Don't forget what you want as a couple," Maggie advises other brides. "The external pressure can get to you. Make your day your own!"
Venue & Catering Four Seasons, Florence || Coordinator: Simonetta Tortelli of The Four Seasons, Florence || Bride's Wedding Dress: Watters || Jewelry & Accessories: BHLDN || Shoes: Miu Miu || Hair & Makeup: The Spa at Four Seasons || Groom's Attire: Hugo Boss || Engagement Ring & Wedding Bands: Cartier || Florist: Vincenzo Dascanio || Photography: Massimo and Gabriele of Studio Bonon
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