A Romantic Italian Destination Wedding

Although Lindsay is a third-generation Italian-American, no one in her family had ventured back to their native land. So when she got engaged to Michael, she knew it was time for the trip of a lifetime—with her whole famiglia! Tuscany seemed especially fitting for the couple, who were introduced by a mutual friend when both were waiting tables at neighboring Italian restaurants in New York. Four years after they met, Michael (now an advertising copywriter) proposed on the balcony of his childhood home...in Hong Kong. Yes, their passports get a workout: "We've been traveling and looking for adventure for our entire relationship," Lindsay says. "A destination wedding was the obvious choice." With help from her colleagues at the Wedding Library, an event-planning company at which she's now sales director, Lindsay organized a small gathering outside Florence, at the Villa San Michele—the facade of which was designed by Michelangelo. On October 11, the couple, both 28, pulled off a masterpiece of their own: Fifty guests joined them at a traditional Jewish ceremony on a hilltop overlooking the city and then a sunset dinner on the terrace, where long tables were decorated with olive branches, vases of local herbs, and native fruit and flowers. After dinner, Lindsay changed into a short dress and her dancing Choos so the newlyweds could take a spin around the floor to the classic Italian love song "Via Con Me." (Michael says it was practically the soundtrack of his tenure as a waiter.) "Being with my family and friends in this exquisite place was like a dream," says the bride. "That was the absolute best gift of all."

A jaunt on a Vespa was just the thing to calm the bride and groom's last-minute jitters. "It was a risky thing to do right before the wedding," the bride admits, "but we love being spontaneous, so we just went for it."

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