Looking back on my wedding day is such a wonderful daydream. There are so many small details I remember, and then there are also parts of it where I feel like emotions totally took over and I blacked out. From start to finish, the day was perfect. Planning a destination wedding helped some of the small details turn into wonderful surprises throughout the day.
The morning of our wedding, I woke up with a smile on my face that did not disappear all day. Jon and I walked downstairs to start our day with all of our family and friends in the breakfast room. When we walked in, I looked around at all the smiling faces of our closest loved ones, and cheer and applause bursted from the room. I knew it was going to a day I will always remember.
I kissed Jon goodbye and said I would meet him at the “alter” at 5:00pm. Then I went with my photographer to walk around the Villa gardens to explain my hopes for our photos throughout the day. There was a light rain so we talked about potential options of moving the wedding indoors. I really wanted to get married outside, so we just hoped that the rain would blow away and turn to sunshine by early evening. As we were walking back inside, I past by the flower arrangements the villa had prepared for our wedding. Since this was destination wedding, I hadn’t seen any of the arrangements before, and seeing them at this moment made everything so real. I was getting married that day, and these were the flowers that were to surround me as I said my vows. They were the most beautiful flowersI had ever seen and smelled so incredible, that I almost thought someone had sprayed them with perfume. I shed some happy tears and in my bumpy Italian, told Carla (one of the event coordinators) that they were perfect flowers for our special day.
After breakfast, I asked one of my closest friends who is a yoga instructor, to teach a yoga class for anyone that wanted to attend. We cleared out a main sitting room in the Villa and my friend guided us through my favorite practice I’ve ever had. Not everyone had perfect poses, and that is what made it so perfect. It helped me to breathe and live in the moment of that beautiful day.
After the class, I decided to get ready for the ceremony. My bridesmaid sisters had already begun and they were doing each other’s hair and makeup to get ready for our wedding. Instead of getting ready myself, I sat amongst them and laughed and told stories of the past week in Italy. I was blissfully happy surrounded by my friends and loved ones knowing that I was going to marry Jon that evening. My cousin asked if she could start on my hair and I happily obliged ready to let the festivities begin.
As I put the final touches on my makeup and the Villa staffed handed out the bouquets, I was so happy I had my MOHH Annie (self titled Maid of Highest Honor), to tell me what to do and where to be. With a deep breath, I walked towards the terrace to walk down the steps to the garden to marry Jon. Most of the rain had cleared up, but there was still a small soft rain coming down. I will never forget the sight and the smell of fresh garden rain. I walked down the steps and focused on Jon’s smiling face, knowing I could not have been any more happy to marry him that day.
The ceremony was short and sweet. It was officiated by a close family friend who added in his personality and character. It made the entire experience more joyful. When we finally kissed as husband and wife, I was the happiest I have ever been in my entire life. Afterwards, the wedding party walked back into the covered patio and we had a champagne toast waiting for us. Pictures and cocktail hour begun, and we mingled and cheered to our wedding.
Dinner was served and each course was more amazing then the next. The head chef came out after the meal and we gave him a round of applause and said it was the best meal we have ever had. My MOHH sister had turned DJ by this point (she really wore a lot of hats that day) and invited Jon and I to the dance floor for our first dance. We danced to Louis Armstrong’s “La Vie En Rose” as everyone around us watched and smiled. We then danced with our parents, and then had the whole party join us on the dance floor. We danced through the night and I was not the least bit tired when the Villa staff brought out our cake and more champagne.
When the day finally came to an end, I felt as though I could burst with all the love I had for all my family, friends, and my new husband. It was the most special day of our lives and looking back after a year has gone by, I realize that this is only the beginning of our beautiful life together. Per Siempre!