Laura and Alessandro met through a dating app, which led to drinks and appetizers at Bonnie Vee, a bar on the Lower East Side. Alessandro says he’s convinced he got a second date because he offered Laura the last bacon-wrapped date—one date literally led to another. Three years into the relationship, the pair got engaged while on a Scandinavian adventure.
The trip began in Denmark, then Sweden and Norway. While in Norway, the couple stayed in the fjords near Alesund and went for a hike at the Geirangerfjord, taking a boat then climbing up to Skagefla. During a picnic lunch, Alessandro got down on one knee and proposed to Laura. She said yes and although very happy, she was not necessarily surprised, as evidenced by a fresh gel manicure and the selfie stick she happened to have with her.
The couple’s friend, Elliot Creem, officiated at the ceremony at Blue Hill at Stone Barns in Tarrytown, New York, where the reception followed. The team at Ashley Douglass Events transformed the grounds into an evening wedding fairy tale.
The bride, daughter of Louise London and the late Fredric London of Greenwich, graduated from Greenwich Academy, Colgate University and Tufts Law School. Laura works for Mizuho Americas in New York City.
The groom, son of Salvatore and Julie Presti of Brooklyn, graduated from Saint Ann’s School, Yale University, Columbia Law and Columbia Business School. Alessandro works for Mars, Inc., in New York City.
The newlyweds honeymooned in Vietnam, Thailand, Cambodia and Hong Kong. They live in Manhattan.
Photographs: Bruce Plotkin