In 2009, longtime pals Kristin, a yoga teacher, and David, an information technology consultant, dropped everything to travel around Southeast Asia together. After months of backpacking, they flew to Italy to unwind at a friend's cabin in the Tuscan village of Barga. Love was in the air, and they fell hard for the town -- and each other. Eventually, the pair moved to Florence, Italy, but returned often to their favorite spot: for long weekends, to get engaged, and, finally, to tie the knot.
Says David, dapper in Hugo Boss, of Kristin, breathtaking in Rivini: "She was stunning, but she always is; I did a double take the very first time I saw her, and she was wearing jeans and a casual top."
Holding a bouquet of pale-pink peonies, hydrangeas, ranunculus, and roses, Kristin poses with her flower girls and Beatrice, the couple's pooch: "She's Italian, so you have to pronounce it Bay-a-TREE-chay," she says with a laugh.
A bunch of Kristin and David's pals from Barga joined them at their wedding. Good friends Emma and Fabio are well known around town because their band, Emma e gli Aristodemos, always brings a good time to local bars.
"After the ceremony, while our guests were playing Petanque and having French Champagne and hors d'oeuvres, we were taking photos with our families and wedding party," says Kristin. "Then, as everyone made their way by minibus to the reception, David and I went walking through the old city of Barga with our photographer snapping away." This shot was taken once they'd arrived at the celebration, held at the Villa Sognare.
The showstopping dessert is decked out in thin fondant and edible lace. Inside, a white-chocolate cake bathed in Limoncello is complemented by dark-chocolate ganache filling. "My husband likes dark chocolate and I like white," says Kristin. "Compromise is good -- it was delicious!"