Sixuan Li, a business news anchor in China, called Andrea Pasinetti, an MBA student at the Stanford Graduate School of Business, to try to convince him to participate in a televised panel that she was hosting, after he canceled a few days before the event. The conference talk never happened, but the two ended up striking up a friendship that evolved into something more. After eight months of dating, he proposed to her in the morning, while they were waking up in their hotel room at the Aman Tokyo.
To host their wedding, they chose the Belmond Castello di Casole in Tuscany, which is situated just next to a farm that has been in Andrea’s family for more than 30 years. To help plan their summer wedding, the couple hired SposiamoVi.
On a day in late August, it began to pour right before the outdoor ceremony was slated to start. “It seemed, for a moment, as though we were going to have to migrate the ceremony to a small, covered portico, forgoing the floral arrangements (and view!) that so much time, thought, and effort had gone into,” Sixuan says.
Thankfully, the clouds parted in time and a warm afternoon light flooded the amphitheater. “Chinese tradition tells us that rain right before a ceremony is a terrific omen—washing away the past and giving a young couple a new slate from which to build their lives. We felt incredibly fortunate in the moment,” the bride adds.
After being announced as husband and wife, guests moved to the greenhouse structure, built just for the wedding. Throughout the evening, plenty of heartfelt and semi-embarrassing toasts were given, and the bride surprised everyone with a beautifully sung rendition of “If I Aint Got You.”