Dear Marisa, Martina and Ben,
During the second week of June 2011, during a 6-week tour through western Europe, I asked Kehau to marry me. I bought her a vintage engagement ring in an antique shop in Paris, we had it sized by a jeweller in Rome, we celebrated with food and wine in Florence, and we were pampered by the cool waters off Cinque Terre. We knew that the perfect ending to this enchanting engagement would be to return to Italy with our families, and begin our marriage in a place so close to our hearts.
But this was a dream that seemed impossible.
How would we get our friends and family to Italy? Where would we all stay? How would we get around? How would we know that the locations were desirable, the food tasty, the musicians talented, the decor, just right? A year before our wedding we were about to give up on this dream wedding adventure, and then we found Ben…
It started with our vision, and Ben made it a reality. We gave him a budget, a style, and a general location in Tuscany, and he did the rest. He sent us detailed information of at least eight villas that would fit our needs with personal recommendations about the style, area, local businesses and restaurants, convenience to day trips, even particulars about the various villa owners’ rules regarding dancing and late night parties so that we weren’t caught off guard down the road.
He provided five base meal service options for the wedding with an endless number of options, and was able to arrange accommodation for gluten free, dairy free, and vegetarian guests. Everything was delicious. He is a music lover, so he had countless options for live music, from solo performances to full piece bands. And, after learning about our tastes, he wasn’t afraid to recommend less expensive options when it made most sense for us.
Our 3-piece string/accordion set was perfect for aperitifs, and his DJ kept things going into the night. Marisa is a gem of a woman who listened to Kehau’s aesthetic desires for an earthy organic floral approach and she executed it with perfection. Martina was available to us to arrange for transportation to and from airports, and to book day trips for wine tasting and other activities.
For nine months, Ben was available to us. I went through my emails and counted over 100 correspondences we had during the planning. And it didn’t stop there. On the day of the wedding, Ben was at the villa from the moment I awoke. In 98º F heat, he was up on a ladder, himself, making sure each one of the fairy lights was hung with care and working properly. This is the type of service you can expect from Ben.
Most of all though, when you plan a wedding in an unfamiliar place, your biggest concern as a couple is that your friends and family will be comfortable and enjoy themselves. After all, they are spending a lot of money to get to Italy for your wedding, not to mention abandoning their work and personal lives at home. Because of Ben’s care, we were able to enjoy our wedding week, knowing fully that our guests were having an incredible time. It will be an experience that they talk about for years, and one that we will never, ever, forget.
Thanks for making our dream a reality.
DJ & Kehau
VENUE: Villa Rosa
FLOWERS: Le Petit Jardin