The Journey Begins
Once it was time to travel, I flew to Paris, France, for a few days to visit with friends. I then took a direct flight to Brindisi to get to Corsano, which is on the southern coast of Italy. You must fly into Brindisi the closest airport in the south, then a two-hour drive is required or a train to Corsano, where the wedding would be held. I choose the train and the ride was absolutely amazing. It provided an exquisite view of the country side, the rows and rows of olive trees and the interesting architecture of the region. I wanted to absorb all the beauty the country had to offer.
I arrived in Corsano the day prior to Luigi and Luisa wedding. That night, the couple arranged for a few friends who had traveled from various parts of the world to attend a intimate dinner. They wanted to reconnect with each guest acknowledging their presences and significance and this made us feel so welcomed.
Luisa: Luisa Agosto
Both: Both white, born and raised in the south of Italy, Christian Catholic
Luigi: I work in the financial industry sector
Luisa: I am an architect
Luigi: When you live in a small town with 5000 people, almost anybody knows everybody. Luisa was also one of my mother’s student in the elementary school. So I’ve been knowing her since we were kids, but never got the chance to meet and know her better. Until we met one evening at the beach: it was just me and her, the moon rising over the sea. It was magic.
Luigi: After we met I came back to New York where I was based at the time. Since then, not a single day passed by without speaking to each other despite the long distance. It was a reciprocal need and feeling that made me understand she was special.
Luisa: I understood he was the one from the beginning. During our first date I was really nervous and I remember saying my mom: “He’s the man of my life”.
Luigi: Looking in your loved one’s eyes and understand everything is going to be alright.
Luisa: Love is giving without expecting to receive anything in return.
Both: We had guests from all around the world: New York, London, Switzerland, Milan, Rome. Family and friends we had not seen in a long time. Having them there was a sign of their love for us.
Luigi: Desire and awareness to spend the rest of your life with that special person.
Luisa: For me marriage is the highest stage of a love relationship, the closure of a circle. It is the desire of two people that want to stay together for their entire lives and that want to create a family. It means being one thing only and look to the future in one direction.
Both: We got married in the old church of our hometown Corsano. The reception was at Villa Vergine in Cutrofiano, a beautiful villa built at the beginning of the XVIII century, spotting a Liberty style, surrounded by a majestic garden with plants and flowers from different parts of the world, fountains and baroque statues.
Both: The villa is elegant with attention to details and signs of sophistication. The colors and lights create a soft atmosphere, completed by live jazz piano music during our dinner.
Both: Like in a fable, we want to live a story that starts with “Once upon a time there were Luigi and Luisa…” and will end by “…they lived happily ever after”.
Luigi: A classic midnight blue tuxedo by Canali
Luisa: A bespoke dress by Errico Maria
Both: Love is the only path to follow against violence, discrimination, intolerance leading to one common shared world of freedom and happiness.
Carl Nelson is a producer of socially conscious plays and events and an international traveler. He is also co-creator and co-producer of an annual event in New York City by the name of “Drums Along The Hudson” for the last 14 years.