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by Lena Palmer

Greek island located about 120 miles southeast of Greece’s mainland. We sat with David Rosenberg and Julie Franco to talk about the wedding they’re planning on the island of Santorini this summer.


PT: Tell us a little about your story. I’m 32, born and raised in Trumbull, CT; my fiancée, Julie Franco, 34, was born in Colombia, and moved to Con- necticut at the age of 15. I’m a wine and spirit importer and distributer, and Julie is finishing her dental hygiene de- gree while bartending at night and taking care of her son, Christopher. We met through some common friends, and occasionally bumped into each other at some local hotspots in Fairfield County, CT. We started talking over Facebook while I was traveling though Spain on a business trip. I posted some pictures of my adventures, and Julie com- mented on a few. Te more we talked, the more we realized how much we had in common. We both enjoy food, wine, socializing, exercise, keeping busy, traveling, and spend- ing time with friends and family. Tat was almost three years ago. In April of 2014, we had just flown home from a weekend getaway in Las Vegas. I surprised Julie with a private candlelight dinner. I hired a florist to set the stage, along with a private chef to cook a romantic dinner with all of Julie’s favorite foods, and a guitarist to play in the background. It was the perfect evening for the big question. Once Julie said yes, the wedding planning began!

PT: Why did you choose a destination wedding? We both felt that a destination wedding would add an element of excitement that our close friends and family

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here can you get married on the rim of an active volcano in the middle of the Aegean Sea? Te answer: Santorini, the

would be able to enjoy with us. Being in a unique place so far from home creates a real sense of awe and amaze- ment that draws people in to the excitement of the wed- ding, without the bride and groom having to fuss over cake flavors, food preparation, flower types, napkin rings, etc. Tough there will be plenty of planning to do, we believe a destination wedding sets a great mood for the wedding day.

PT: Where will the wedding ceremony and reception take place? We will have the ceremony and reception at Rocabella. We specifically looked for a resort that could accommo- date both celebrations.

David Rosenberg & Julie Franco at their engagement party.

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