Have you ever dreamed of a beach wedding in Italy? What about a terrace surrounded by friends and families? Maybe in the courtyard of a fairytale castle? Whatever your dream is, Jo Bertolino of Tuscan Pledges can help you. With her expertise and thanks to hundreds of weddings she has celebrated over the years, nobody knows locations, venues and rites better than her. Overall, she’s almost local!
We first met during a wedding in Florence. I remember she immediately struck me with her kindness and good manners. Symbolic ceremonies are not popular among Italians, and I didn’t know any celebrants earlier. Later I discovered how a right celebrant might be helpful if you’re planning a destination wedding from abroad.
One of the most significant benefits is that you can exchange vows and rings anywhere you wish, surrounded by the love of your guests. You can hire her if you’re eloping as well, and the only witness will be your wedding photographer.
Here are a few questions for her.
Where your passion for ceremonies comes from?
I was born in 1960 to an American mother and an Italian father. I have always experienced both cultures together which I think has led me to be more open with others and curious about life. I believe my creativity is from my mother and my love for communication is from my father, who is now a retired pastor.
What is important to you?
I value spontaneity at weddings. Each ceremony excites me as if it was the first I’ve ever done. I must remind myself that I am not the one getting married though I cannot prevent my eyes from sparkling when the bride and groom arrive and he pronounces his promises in his broken, nervous voice.
What’s the most important thing lovebirds look for?
Couples who lack ties to a specific church but think that a civil ceremony is too quick often choose celebrants in my position who can deliver a more symbolic ceremony. The unity of spiritual and secular, that is often desirable in a celebration, can be accomplished in a garden, castle, villa, beach, or anywhere else you choose to exchange vows. So that your wedding photographer might capture beautiful photography of your day for you to cherish forever.