Maria and Kalon in Scandicci, Italy

The couple selected Villa Poggio ai Merli, in Scandicci, as their reception site. The 15th-century villa doubled as accommodations; as a thank you to their guests, they paid a significant portion of the room rate. "It's unbelievably charming," Maria says of the venue. "The landscape is impeccable, the rooms exquisite, and the staff very warm."