The inky sky melted around us as the sun disappeared behind the horizon, and soft clouds blanketed our heads as if tucking us in together for the best wedding of our lives. Between swigs of wine and laughter came trays of delicious Tuscan cuisine, the kind of food that fills your heart and your belly with a deep love for the place. It was nothing less than a feast, lit by candlelit smiles and backed by Italian songs sung by musicians and, every once in a while, belted by the entire assembly of guests. When it came time for the toasts after a round of raised wine glasses and “Que sera sera!”, Ally took his glass and thanked this beautiful group of people for coming to Italy. “This is where Katie and I lived for over a year,” he said and then turned his eyes across the crowd to his beautiful bride. “And it also happens to be the place where we fell in love.”
Ladies and gentlmen, let me introduce you to Lucca, Italy, a place that captures everything good and romantic about the Italian spirit. But more importantly, let me know introduce you to Katie and Ally, two people from Scotland that fell in love with each other while living in and falling in love with Lucca. These two remind me so much of Jeff and me – they love life, they love Italy, and they madly love each other. We spent a week with these guys and their hundred Scottish and Irish wedding guests capturing the festivities and memories of the ultimate Italian destination wedding.