Naples Illustrated June 2024 Issue

A note from Jane Enos, Editor in Chief, Naples Illustrated

It’s been 25 years since I uttered my vows, which means I wed before the millennium’s turn. Sure, some things are the same. Couples still exchange rings at ceremonies, while lavish floral arrangements and tiered cakes make frequent appearances at receptions. That said, weddings seem to have taken on more creativity and personality in the last quarter of a century. Today, no matter the scope or scale of the festivities, nearly every detail seems a reflection of the bride or groom, from the wedding theme carried out via decor, cuisine, and attire to the entertainment provided at receptions, including the bride and groom’s ceremonial—and often choreographed—first dance. Indeed, many stock wedding conventions have been replaced by more meaningful, customized experiences. For me, it’s been a welcome change.

Since my start at Naples Illustrated, I have sought to spotlight nontraditional nuptials. Fortuitously, with help from a friend and colleague, an amazing wedding presented itself. In celebration of the couple on our cover—Jeev Trika and Rebecca Sinatra—the affair was extravagant, blending multiple religions and cultures and taking place over two days within the pair’s Naples-based community, Talis Park. While a Hindu ceremony (and numerous additional rituals) paid tribute to Jeev’s heritage, a Hebrew wedding honored Rebecca’s Jewish background—on the same day. Remarkably, Rebecca and Jeev, who both have demanding careers, planned most of the wedding themselves in about six months. Read more about this elaborate and colorful multicultural celebration, starting on page 62.

Highlighting the big day continues, as Senior Editor Gaylene Salomons delves into the matrimony of Christina Nolton and Timothy Moran. Though Christina left most of the planning and coordinating to her mother and wedding planner, Kehrin Hassan, she had the inspiration for the event determined: an Italian garden. Transformed by the addition of profuse greenery and the introduction of subtle hues, Vineyards Country Club (in Naples) became Tuscany for an afternoon, affording the couple and their guests a tranquil, sophisticated environment for the ceremony and reception. Turn to page 72 for more on Christina and Timothy’s celebration.

Also in this issue, look for a nontraditional destination wedding—one that replaces beaches with bleachers. When Hunter Close asked his fiancée, Emily Fredeen, about the chances of tying the knot in Busch Stadium, home of the St. Louis Cardinals, he expected to strike out. To his surprise, Emily liked the idea and agreed. For more about the couple who exchanged vows on the field of an iconic baseball stadium with views of the Gateway Arch, flip to page 76.

While this issue contains plenty of luxury lifestyle content unrelated to matrimony, we hope you take some time to peruse the inventive ways a few local couples chose to celebrate. Their unique stories warmed my heart; here’s hoping they do the same for you.

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