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A smAll town in north­ern itAly wAs the lo­cA­tion of choice for this cou­ple’s old-world, ro­mAn­tic itAl­iAn cel­e­brA­tion.

Wedding Bells (East) - - Contents - By KiM­beRlY agli­PaY. Pho­tog­ra­phy 5IVE15IFTEEN.

A small town in north­ern Italy was the lo­ca­tion of choice for this cou­ple’s old-world, ro­man­tic Ital­ian cel­e­bra­tion.

FOR Jen­nifeR Menecola,

a stylist from Toronto, and Michele, a man­ager in the win­dows in­dus­try from Italy, fall­ing in love wasn’t part of the plan. The pair met dur­ing Michele’s last week of a six-week busi­ness English course he was tak­ing in Toronto. “Know­ing he was leav­ing shortly af­ter­ward to go back to Italy, I fig­ured it would never go be­yond a cof­fee date or two, and then we would go our sep­a­rate ways,” says Jen­nifer.

Nei­ther spoke the other’s lan­guage flu­ently, but af­ter com­mu­ni­cat­ing through hand sig­nals and bro­ken Ital­ian and English, the pair knew there was a spark be­tween them. On their sec­ond date, Michele said he wanted to re­turn to Canada to ex­plore their new-found con­nec­tion. “Over the next few days we were in­sep­a­ra­ble,” Jen­nifer says. “When he re­turned to Italy, we Skyped every day and fell com­pletely head over heels in love.”

Af­ter get­ting en­gaged, a wed­ding in Italy was a nat­u­ral choice for the cou­ple. “His en­tire fam­ily is there, and with my­self hav­ing an Ital­ian back­ground as well, it was some­thing I had al­ways dreamed of, so it made sense,” Jen­nifer ex­plains.

Sirmione, a small town in north­ern Italy, was the per­fect place to host their ro­man­tic, old-world cel­e­bra­tion. “From the 15th-cen­tury church where the cer­e­mony was held to the villa where we had the re­cep­tion, we de­cided we wanted a pal­ette of de­sat­u­rated hues to re­flect the lo­ca­tion,” Jen­nifer says. Ev­ery­thing, in­clud­ing the flow­ers and fresh fruit that dec­o­rated

their venue, re­flected the cou­ple’s theme.

Jen­nifer and her fa­ther made their way to the cer­e­mony venue in a vin­tage Bent­ley. “Peo­ple were cheer­ing Auguri! (con­grat­u­la­tions) and Guarda la sposa! (look at the bride),” Jen­nifer re­calls. “It was the talk of the town, and passersby even fol­lowed the car to the church—it was some­thing out of a fairy tale.”

Sur­prise mo­ments were pep­pered through­out the bride and groom’s day. The cake was one of them. “The pho­tos we pro­vided to the chef were sim­ple, small de­signs,” Jen­nifer ex­plains. “When we saw them roll the cake to the ve­randa, Michele and I looked at each other in shock. It was beau­ti­fully done, but it was the big­gest cake we had ever seen! One thing is for sure, it made for great pho­tos and was ab­so­lutely de­li­cious.”

At the end of the night Michele sur­prised Jen­nifer with a fire­works dis­play on the lake. The groom whisked the bride away for a mo­ment alone, lead­ing her up the steps to a bal­cony over­look­ing the party and the lake. As the cou­ple re­flected on the day, Jen­nifer’s favourite song by An­drea Bo­celli, “Vivo per Lei” (I Live For Her) started play­ing from the speak­ers. The wed­ding pho­tog­ra­phers and videog­ra­phers came out of hid­ing to cap­ture the mo­ment.

“A server ap­peared with glasses of cham­pagne, and I re­mem­ber sip­ping it through the tears flow­ing down my face,” Jen­nifer rem­i­nisces. “It was truly a mag­i­cal and emo­tional mo­ment.”

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