Although Lindsay is a third-generationItalian-American, no one in her family had ventured back to their native land. So whenshe got engaged to Michael, she knew it was time for the trip of a lifetime—with herwhole famiglia! Tuscany seemed especially fitting for the couple, who were introduced by amutual friend when both were waiting tables at neighboring Italian restaurants in New York. Fouryears after they met, Michael (now an advertising copywriter) proposed on the balcony of hischildhood home...in Hong Kong. Yes, their passports get a workout: "We've been traveling andlooking for adventure for our entire relationship," Lindsay says. "A destination wedding was theobvious choice." With help from her colleagues at the Wedding Library, an event-planning companyat which she's now sales director, Lindsay organized a small gathering outside Florence, at theVilla 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 ceremonyon a hilltop overlooking the city and then a sunset dinner on the terrace, where long tableswere decorated with olive branches, vases of local herbs, and native fruit and flowers. Afterdinner, Lindsay changed into a short dress and her dancing Choos so the newlywedscould takea spin around the floor to the classic Italian love song "Via Con Me." (Michael says it was practicallythe soundtrack of his tenure as a waiter.) "Being with my family and friends in this exquisiteplace 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," thebride admits, "but we love being spontaneous, so we just went for it."