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Alyssa & Cannon’s Elegant Italian Wedding

Florence, Italy

To whoever said a bride never wears her wedding dress twice, we officially have a one-word reply: Scusi? Alyssa slipped into her Anne Barge gown for a destination wedding in Italy, and again for her reception a month later in San Diego. Just outside of Florence’s city center, she and her beau tied the knot at the Villa Cora Hotel amid 50 guests who were delighted to indulge in their “international travel excuse.”

Taking “do as the Florentines do” as their MO, the newlyweds embraced Italian traditions throughout their big day, for example cutting the cake at an after-party instead of the reception. “It was the best of both worlds,” Alyssa says, with an added piece of wisdom for brides wary of breaking custom: “Don’t ask for too many opinions. Do what you two want, and everyone will enjoy!

Bride and Groom with Bouquet

Villa Cora Hotel Venue

Outdoor Italian Ceremony

If you Build It

Cannon, who’s in real estate, wants to build a replica of the hotel so he can feel like he’s back in Italy anytime he wants.

Bride with Bridesmaids and Gown

Wedding Party

La Jolla, California

A month after their destination ceremony in Florence, Italy, Alyssa and Cannon celebrated their everlasting amore with 150 of their hometown friends and family. A brighter affair than their Mediterranean wedding, the Green Acre Campus Pointe reception was no less infused with the newlyweds’ Italian memories. A highlight video from the nuptials played on repeat, and Whimsíque fashioned a cotton banner to hang from the venue’s towering atrium with the last verse of Dante’s Divine Comedy, “L’amor che move il sole e l’altre stelle.” The translation? “Love that moves the sun and other stars.”

Bridal Party with Bouquets

Mouthwatering Dessert Buffet

Sweet Setup

Per the mother of the bride’s request, Michelle Garibay Events pulled off a mouthwatering dessert buffet.



“Creating an international travel excuse and also having a huge San Diego reception was the best of both worlds.”


Florence Talented Team

Cake, Catering, Linens, and Venue: Villa Cora Hotel
Coordination: Michelle Garibay Events
Dress: Anne Barge
Entertainment: Alma Project 24/7
Florals: Le Petit Jardin
Hair and Makeup: Adrienne Aereboe, Tuscany Bridal Styling Team
Paper: Whimsíque 
Photography: Lara Emme Fotografie
Videographer: Alessandro Bordoni Films


La Jolla Talented Team

Catering and Venue: Green Acre Campus Pointe 
Coordination: Michelle Garibay Events
Dress: Anne Barge
Entertainment: The Creative Music DJ
Florals: Studio Fleurish
Hair and Makeup: KCS Weddings
Paper: Whimsíque
Photography: Cavin Elizabeth Wedding Photography
Sweets: Sam Hoppe

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