British bride Jo and her Italian/Canadian groom Joe, first met thanks to Joe’s eldest daughter Marina who introduced them when they were out one evening socialising with friend’s at bar called Le Jardin in Hong Kong.
We have many mutual friends in common with Jo and Joe from when I lived in Hong Kong and more recently when they stayed at our condo in Thailand (Joe was waiting to start a new job). So we were thrilled to be asked to photograph their chic Italian wedding in Florence, Italy.
“On my birthday, Joe took me to my favourite 3 Michelin Star restaurant in Hong Kong called Otto E Mezzo. He was eager to get me home before the clock struck midnight, as had set up the sound system to go off at that time for the proposal! As I had no idea this was coming, I was reluctant to go home as was having such a great time. I kept whining ‘but it’s my biiiirtday’, finally however he convinced me with a ‘let’s go home and open up a bottle of champagne to see your birthday in’ so I agreed.
As soon as we walked in the door he proceeded to open a bottle of bubbles and put the music on. He figured he had 45 seconds to get down on one knee and get his speech out before the chorus came on in the music, which was Train’s ‘Marry Me’. I just sat there mouth wide open in silence… he said, oh I didn’t plan for this! Answer me!!… to which I replied… absolutely!”
Jo and Joe although based in Hong Kong decided to marry in Florence, Italy. Not only because of Joe’s Italian routes but because bride-to-be Jo had always dreamt of marrying in Italy ever since she was a little girl. She felt very lucky indeed when she fell in love with a Canadian Italian!
Their wedding ceremony took place at