Today marks exactly one-month until we leave for Italy! I am getting so excited, but the whole thing feels a bit surreal. We have been planning this trip for so long, it’s wild that it is already knocking on our doorstep.
I thought I’d share a little back story today on the blog about why we decided to elope – and why in Italy. It’s probably one of the most common questions I get asked when people find out about our plans.
Joe and I had been together for four-and-a-half years when he proposed. We quickly got swept up in the idea of having a traditional wedding as all our family and friends started sending us their congratulations and asking us about our plans. Before we knew it, we had a wedding venue, date, and photographer booked! I even found my dress. Yet, we completely were ignoring one important detail – neither of us wanted a traditional wedding. A quick reality check and emotional breakdown later, and we were calling everyone trying to get our deposits (or as much as we could of them) back.
When we started talking about what we wanted to do instead, it didn’t take long to decide. We had been talking for a while about taking a trip to Italy, except that as things kept coming up, we kept pushing it off. This wedding was going to be yet another excuse to hold off on our vacation for another year. So instead, we decided to pack our bags and travel, just Joe and I, to Italy to exchange our vows!
Luckily our family and friends were very supportive of our decision. It was especially tough to share the news with our parents – no mother wants to hear they aren’t invited to their daughter’s wedding. But, as hard as it was, we knew we were making the right decision for us and our families completely understood.
Now, we’re one month away from our dream wedding & trip becoming a reality and we have a jam packed itinerary.
Our first stop is Lake Como, where we are staying in a small villa overlooking the serene lake at the base of the Swiss Alps. We have a photographer coming to spend the afternoon with us, as we take a boat ride around the lake and stop at Villa del Balbianello to exchange our vows. Afterward, we have a private dinner arranged in a gazebo over the lake.
After we become the Dorens, we head out, stopping for a quick day trip at Cinque Terre before heading to Florence. While in Florence we plan to partake in some art before we do a day-trip around Tuscany, visiting the quaint towns of Montepulciano and Montalcino and indulging in some local wine.
Next up is Rome, where we’ll have a whirlwind couple days to try and fit in as much history as we can – including stops at the Vatican and the Colosseum.
We end in the Amalfi Coast – which I have constantly said is the place my spirit is meant to be. I haven’t even been there yet, but I already know it to be true. Just take on look at the google images of Positano and I’m sure you’ll agree. We have lots to do there, including hike the Path of the Gods and take a private boat tour around Capri.
And there you have it! We’ll head back to Louisville, where we’ll have a small celebration with family and friends who have been so supportive throughout this entire process!
Oh, and just to answer the second most frequently asked question – no, it won’t be legal. But we plan to fix that at the courthouse in Louisville when we return!
If you have ever been to Italy and have any tips, tricks, or things to see please leave a comment below!