Raquel & James

Sept. 10, 2010 at Villa Siena in Phoenix

Raquel Gillispie and James Johngrass—who met through their mutual careers in pharmaceutical sales—used the groom’s Italian heritage as inspiration for their romantic Old World wedding. Villa Siena’s Tuscan architecture set the scene; Raquel strung her mother’s crystal garland from the candelabras, and named the dinner tables after the couple’s favorite Italian cities. Even the soundtrack oozed old-country elegance; 75 guests sipped cocktails to Andrea Bocelli tunes, and the couple danced to Il Divo’s “The Man You Love.”

Gown: Maggie Sottero from I Do! I Do! Bridal | Jewelry: By the bride | Shoes: Steve Madden | Bridesmaid gowns: Jordan Couture from Wedding Accessory Superstore | Makeup: Paloma Alcantar | Flower Girl Dress: Dillard’s | Tuxedos: Men’s Wearhouse | Flowers: Blooming Fields | Cake: Piece of Cake | Linens: Villa Siena | Placecards: WeddingFavorsUnlimited.com | Napkins: ForYourParty.com and Hobby Lobby

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