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Dance Party in Italy

Nilda Taveras & John Belizaire

Santa Trinita and Villa Gamberaia Florence, Italy
September 2, 2006

John and Nilda spent their first date in Sydney, discussed marriage for the first time while in Belize, and became engaged in Paris. So it wasn’t a stretch that they might marry outside their hometown. They intially had plans to wed in New York City, but found the process to be more stressful than anything else. When a friend suggested marrying abroad, Nilda says, “My heart was like, ‘Ding, that’s it!’ I was finally excited.” They considered a few different places before settling on Florence, a city they had visited together twice, and loved. Planning their wedding required copious e-mails, weekly phone calls, two trips to Italy to scout locations, and even flying their Italian wedding planner to New York. In the end, it was an unforgettable experience. Their destination-wedding-planning advice: “Use a planner who’s based there, not here.”


Bride’s Gown: Angel Sanchez
Groom’s Tuxedo: Duncan Quinn
Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Quintell Williams and Malissa Drayton Lisbon
Event Designer & Planner (Italy): Carlo Ponti
Destination Management (Italy): Affresco SRL
Music: D.J. Charlie Cabranest
Travel Agency: Tzell Travel Group


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