My Big Fat ITALIAN Wedding

It’s been one year, and Lorenzo and I have traveled for the vast majority of those days together all the way around the sun. It’s been an amazingly beautiful year and I would not trade a minute of it.

April 16th, 2016 I got married: Something I thought I would never do, let alone at such a young age.

Our wedding was magical. It was a week worth of weaving two cultures and languages together with love and joy. There were several moments when it was all a chaotic mess, and when the organization got out of control, or the the languages got too mixed and muddled. Yet, there is not a single thing I would change. I was truly blessed to have so many friends and family members travel across the globe to celebrate with us in a small town in Puglia, Italy.

We worked hard to create a day that gave equal weight to our different cultures. We had a small ceremony in the town hall, and then spent the day eating, sun bathing, and dancing amongst the olive trees. Lorenzo’s mom even brought a group of friends who taught all the guest a traditional folk dance! We lucked out with beautiful April weather. It was 25 degrees celsius (70 degrees Fahrenheit)!

I still am in awe that so many people from all over the United States, Italy, and several other countries including Iran, Germany, and Ukrain came to celebrate with us. The world felt smaller for one day just like I had dreamt it would.

Check out our video invite and a small collection of memories from our first year of marriage.

Italy’s best Wedding Planner: Paolo

We were so happy with all the people who helped us plan and make our dream wedding a reality! It was such a team effort and both the Americans and Italians were so involved!

Huge thank you to:

Paolo Cisternino and Tris Bar: who catered our day and helped us plan!

Valentina Franceschini: our great photography, who captured all of these moments! Check out her work here.

Masseria San Martino and Concetta: who hosted my family and friends.

Susan Button: the amazing seamstress who bustled my dress last minutes and was a key player in our impromptu florist shop.


  1. Tina

    April 17, 2017 at 4:17 PM

    I just stumbled across your blog from Matador and its great! I was acutally just living in Bari for 3 months with my boyfriend who is also italian, Im Aussie. Love reading your stories, keep it up
    x T

    1. Abigail

      April 18, 2017 at 11:25 AM

      Hey Tina! Thanks for checking out the blog! Our other blogger Chloe is also from Aussie! Keep following and stay in touch x

    2. Chloe Thomas

      April 19, 2017 at 1:27 PM

      Hey Tina, thank you for stopping by. I am also a member at MatadorU.
      We should connect!! Instagram: @chloeitalia Xx

  2. Chloe Thomas

    April 19, 2017 at 1:28 PM

    Happy anniversary to you two love birds 🙂 Love between cultures is beautiful to say the least xx

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