Jim Edmonds and Kortnie O’Connor Wed in Italy

For the first time in my life, I finally know what true happiness is, “the former professional baseball centre fielder and sportscaster tells People.” At a destination wedding in Lake Como, Italy, over the weekend, Jim Edmonds and Kortnie O’Connor got married.

The 52-year-old former baseball centre fielder and the realtor, who went public with their relationship in April 2020 and got engaged last July, got married on Sunday in front of 32 guests at the Giardino del Mosaico, a 19th-century villa that is part of the beautiful Villa d’Este.

O’Connor tells PEOPLE, “This was truly a dream wedding in a beautiful place with some of the most important people in our lives.” “It was even better than I could have dreamed.”

Edmonds says, “The best thing about the wedding is that I get to spend the rest of my life with Kortnie.” “I finally know what true happiness is for the first time in my life.” Before sunset, at 5:30 p.m. local time, Edmonds and O’Connor said their written vows in a small ceremony.

The villa, which is on a 10-hectare private park on the property, lives up to its name by having intricate mosaics on its walls. The bigger hotel, which has been around since 1873, is one of the most famous hotels in the world. It has suites with windows and terraces that look out over the lake and give great views of the marina.

For her big day, O’Connor wore a white off-the-shoulder dress with sheer panels, floral lace appliqués, and a cutout bustier bodice. She added a few finishing touches to her outfit with chunky heels and diamond chandelier earrings. She had waves in the middle of her head and held a bunch of white flowers in her hand.

Inside Their Romantic Italian Destination Wedding

Her groom, on the other hand, wore a classic black tuxedo, white shirt, and black bow tie. Their wedding took place in front of a beautiful cascade of white flowers. The harp and violin players added to the mood of the private moment.

After that, guests went to the centre of the property, the Colonne Terrace, where they had finger foods and drinks during a cocktail hour by the lake. At sunset, the couple went on a short, romantic boat ride on the lake in the famous Riva Boat.

The seated dinner and reception took place in the Colonne Room, a hall with marble floors, architectural columns, crystal chandeliers, and priceless frescoes that show banquets and festivals from the past. The colour of the party was off-white, and a white floral tablescape lit by candles added to the romantic feel.

Classic Italian dishes like stuffed zucchini blossoms, ewe ricotta cheese, and zabaione with Castelmagno cheese and black truffle were served to the guests.

The next course was paccheri with San Marzano tomatoes, burrata cheese, and Taggia olive crumble. The main courses were either sea bass fillet in Mediterranean guazzetto, beef sirloin with asparagus and lemon potatoes, or artichokes with porcini mushrooms.

for dessert? Two choices, starting with a four-tier wedding cake with cascading white roses that the couple cut together in a playful way. A dark chocolate flan with a pear heart and salted caramel ice cream was also available. During dinner, singer Connor Mac sang with the help of a piano and a guitar. After dinner, a DJ started a dance party that went on late into the night.

All of the events were planned by Bespoke Unique Weddings & Events, a company that specialises in destination weddings on Lake Como. Bottega 53 was the one who took the pictures. On Saturday, before the ceremony, guests went on a boat cruise to see some of the most famous places on the lake, like Balbianello, Torno, and Bellagio. They were encouraged to dress like James Bond.

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