Of all “first-encounter-turned-love-stories” I’ve heard over the years, Lauren and Marcello’s could quite possibly take the cake. An East Coast gal working at a little gelateria in Seattle’s Pike Place Market, Lauren was greeted by a handsome Italian man on a sleepy Saturday morning back in 2007. Marcello sipping espresso and Lauren concentrating on her annunciation, they managed their way through a long, uninterrupted conversation. Later that day, having returned home from work, Lauren received a phone call from her coworker. That Italian guy had returned and dropped off a gift. The gift (with a fresh flower attached, no less) turned out to be a cook book from Marcello’s region of Italy. Well, with no number or address, Lauren waited for Marcello to return to the gelato shop. Which he did. The following Saturday.
Fast forward five years, Lauren and Marcello are surrounded by their families and friends in the small Connecticut town of Stratford celebrating their long-awaited wedding. The bride and groom are smiling ear to ear, conversations in English and Italian are interrupted with bursts of laughter, brick oven pizza is being washed down with red wine and their lively toddler Matteo is running showing off his spiderman moves. A close to perfect beginning for the next chapter of their story.
Lauren and Marcello, congratulazioni! My deepest gratitude for allowing me to capture your special day. I wish you nothing but the best as you start this new journey together, full of gelato, espresso and many more babies!