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Mira – Ex Teenage enchantress Melissa and American Beauty Blonde seductress also opted for Italy

On July 2nd 2004, Mira Sorvino and Christopher Backus tied the knot on the Italian island of Capri; the two actors had actually made their love legal three weeks before in Santa Barbara, CA but wanted to mark their nuptials with a more neoclassical ceremony. The wedding took place at sunset at Villa Parente’s hilltop temple, where over 100 guests joined the couple; the entire bridal party was dressed in Armani and the bridesmaids donned some blue-green spaghetti strap gowns inspired by the colours of the Mediterranean Sea! After the fateful “yes”, the guests sat down with the newlywed pair and enjoyed the dinner; the wedding reception lasted well into the night, with Mira’s father singing a Neapolitan song and the two lovebirds dancing the Tarantella.  You may not have the budget to have all your friends and family dress in Giorgio Armani, but you can surely arrange your big day in Capri and perhaps spend your honeymoon there too!  :-)

Mira Sorvino and Christopher Backus marrying in Italy

July 19, 2004 – Ex-Teenage enchantress Melissa Joan Hart and Mark Wilkerson tied the knot in Florence, in the marvellous setting of Grand Hotel Villa Cora, surrounded by sycamore tress and century-old gardens; the sunset ceremony began at 6 p.m. and was followed by an outdoor reception held at the magnificent poolside. Before dining with friends and family, the couple performed Never Tear Us Apart by INXS and afterwards took to the dancefloor until late into the night.  You can also book a luxury 5-star hotel in Florence as part of your wedding package. Or, if you prefer, you can choose to stay in a cozy and exclusive agritourisim in the Tuscan countryside!

Melissa Joan Hart and Mark Wilkerson marrying in Italy

So now let’s switch to another famous boot-shaped  wedding: Mena Suvari and Simone Sestito‘s nuptials in Rome, which were celebrated in June 2010 in a very traditional and romantic ceremony in a private chapel located in Vatican City, and later left for the wedding reception held at Odescalchi Castle, the same venue chosen by Katie Holmes and Tom Cruise for their wedding celebration in November 2006. Suvari and Sestito told People Magazine that they couldn’t have asked more for their big day because “Rome is the true city of romance…”

Mena Suvari and Simone Sestito marrying in Italy

Aradhana Lohia & Kevin Sharma – A Thousand and One Nights Wedding in Florence

Long before becoming engaged to young Kevin Sharma, Aradhana Lohia had decided to marry her prince charming in Florence; on April 21, 2013, her dream came true: her father – Indian billionaire Aloke Lohia – literally rented “the Cradle of the Renaissance” for three days! Can you imagine?!

Nearly 900 guests from all over the world attended the celebrations which began on Thursday night and went on until Sunday; while most of the attendants stayed at St. Regis and Westin Excelsior (two luxury hotels in Piazza Ognissanti) three exclusive parties took place at Palazzo Corsini, Palazzo Pitti and Teatro della Pergola, before the all-important “I do” at Villa Le Corti in San Casciano Val di Pesa.

Villa Le Corti - Aradhana Lohia and Kevin Sharma marrying in Italy

The groom’s wedding party – On Friday, April 19, 2013, eight men dressed in livery, a group of flag throwers and an orchestra welcomed the guests at Palazzo Pitti, where a sumptuous dinner was served with silver cutlery and gold-hemmed glasses; dancers, stilt walkers and a real white winged horse livened up the after party until late.

The bride’s wedding party – On the evening prior to the wedding day, the bride gave a dance party at Teatro della Pergola (a historic Florence’s opera house) followed by a midnight spaghetti feast. The theatre entrance was embellished with twenty thousand silk roses and a huge pop art painting showing the spouses hung on a wall.

Aradhana Lohia marrying in Italy

A huge glass-and-steel gazebo was set up in Piazza Ognissanti, Palazzo Corsini was transformed into a temporary beauty farm; the 8 million euro grand Indian wedding brought innumerable economic benefits to the city: aside from the money spent for hotels, restaurants, flowers, hair stylists, taxi drivers, pastry chefs and private security, the city has earned over € 150,000 from the tourist tax, the occupation of public spaces and other additional services. According to the local newspapers, €75,000 was also donated for the restoration of a fountain in Piazza Santissima Annunziata, €40,000 to fund the renovation of a Palazzo Pitti’s door and another €30,000 went to the Florentine Museums.

This is the second big Indian wedding to take place in Florence… all good things come in threes (…) stay tuned!