What I do?
I help busy, professional couples plan an authentic Tuscan wedding experience that includes the best of Italy’s food, wine, culture and untouched romance and expresses their unique personalities...without the stress and overwhelm of planning all the details of a destination wedding.
One of my passions in life is travelling and exploring different cultures. I was born and raised in Mexico, but I followed my heart to Italy and fell in love with its romantic atmosphere, culture and delicious food and wine! I’ve been in love with weddings since I started working them back in 2001. After graduating with a degree in International Business, I developed my organizational and planning skills while working for 3M, but when I moved to Italy, I eventually came back to wedding planning, my first love, and opened “Cindy Salgado Wedding Designs & Events” in Tuscany, Italy.
I don’t plan conventional weddings, but “Real Italian Wedding Experiences” where the couples can enjoy a wonderful weekend and can feel, breathe, love and live Italy with their nearest and dearest . Merging the Italian culture with the couple’s nationality is a MUST for me. I plan only 8-10 weddings per year to offer luxurious, boutique services and to guarantee the high quality of my work. I personally follow up with every couple, connect with them and get to know them in order to design and create their dream wedding. I'm fluent in English, Italian, Spanish, Pasta, Pizza and Wine, and can communicate easily and clearly with clients and vendors to ensure that wedding planning is a stress-free process.
Planning a wedding in a different country where there are so many barriers and different ways of doing things can be intimidating, but I handle these technicalities so that all my clients have to do is arrive in Italy and enjoy their wedding.
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My Italian Love Story
Since I’ve traveled all over the world, people ask me, “Cindy, how did you end up in Italy?”
It’s a story of an Italian romance, tragic goodbyes, and how I married the love of my life.
After high school, I decided to take a break before college to travel to Florence, Italy. It seemed like such a romantic, fashionable continent and I was sure everyone would speak English. It turned out the Italians didn’t speak a word of English, but they did use a lot of hand gestures. Every time someone said, “Ciao,” I wasn’t sure if they were saying hello or goodbye. And I learned that no one eats spaghetti and meatballs!
One night we went to a bar called “Le Murate” (a former ex-prison!) where I met a cute Italian guy who knew only two sentences of English. I didn’t know any Italian at the time, but fortunately, Spanish is really similar to Italian, so we were able to communicate.
Andrea was super fun and made me laugh, so we started dating and fell in love. After almost a year of dating, the fairytale came to an end when I returned to Mexico.
Six years passed and I finished college and started working. Then one day I got an email from Andrea, my Italian love, and my heart was literally going out of my chest. He asked me to join him for a holiday in August.
Andrea surprised me with a trip to Greece! The month was finished too soon and so was my love story (again!) Then he told me, “Look Cindy, we are not kids anymore, and it’s not that you live around the corner, so you have to make a decision. Take that plane back to Mexico and our love will end forever (drama!) or you decide to stay with me.”
A few months later, I came back to Italy with nothing but my luggage and married the love of my life.