“We were introduced by mutual friends and the rest is history,” says Jaimee Belle Gardner on meeting her now husband, James Kennedy, the founder and CEO of Kennedy Luxury Group. “We instantly had a connection and are the very best of friends. We are great partners in love and life and just get each other.” The couple recently wed in Florence, choosing a European summer wedding that the bride describes as “perfect.” “We originally wanted to elope, but when our original plans didn’t come together we took it as a sign to go in the opposite direction completely and host a fairytale wedding. Florence is a place that both James and I hold dear to our hearts and we both agreed that a summer wedding in Florence would be perfect.” They said ‘I do’ on June 9, 2018, in a three-day wedding which was every bit the fairytale the bride had hoped it would be.
“When deciding to host an overseas wedding we wanted to ensure we treated our guests to a special experience where they got to take in as much of the Florence that James and I love so much, including the city’s history and landscape, the food, culture and warmth,” says Gardner. With this in mind, the couple had three days of wedding celebrations – a welcome dinner at the Four Seasons, a pre-wedding brunch hosted at Belmond Villa San Michele and then the wedding itself held at the Palazzo Corsini.