NANDA + BARTOLOMEO
We met at a dinner with friends in New York. When I first saw him, I thought to myself, “Wouldn’t it be nice to go home with him?” (in a "We are married and now we are going home together." kind of way), but we were both there with other dates. I was living in Italy at that time and came back to see him in New York for a weekend. I stayed at his place and it felt like we were together forever since the first moment. I moved back to New York six months later.
He is the opposite of all my ex-boyfriends (and me), but opposites attract. We compliment each other very well. He is very calm and composed; I am neither. I knew he was “the one” at a party at my best friend’s house. I was so drunk that I kept whispering to all the guests that I would like to marry him. One guest then went up to him and asked him if he had heard that I wanted to marry him. He wasn't surprised at all. He simply said, "I have ears too, and by the way, she is definitely not whispering.”
He proposed the morning after our families and friends all met in Switzerland. We took his old Fiat 500 out for a ride and he asked me to marry him on a hill overlooking Lake Constance. We both have a passion for this little car (I’ve been collecting Fiat 500 model cars since I was ten), so it was perfect. We missed our train to go on a six-week European summer tour together, but we didn't care. We just had to adjust a lot of our travel arrangements. Little did we know that our engagement day would become a perfect preview to what our life together now has become: spontaneous and adventurous.
We had our wedding at Castello di Montignano in Umbria, Italy. It’s a small castle neatly tucked away between Rome and Florence in the Italian countryside. We have gone back for every anniversary.
I was the most nervous and excited bride ever. We wrote our own vows and said them to each other in our four languages — Italian, German, Thai, and English. My dad walked me down the aisle to Lana del Rey’s "Video Games" and Vasco Rossi’s “E.” We had seven groomsmen and seven bridesmaids. We had linen suits custom made for the boys and dresses custom made in Thailand for the girls.