Cindy Salgado - Destination Wedding Specialist in Tuscany
What I do?
I help busy, professional couples plan an authentic Tuscany 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.
I was born and raised in Mexico, Estado de Mexico, near Mexico City, and speak fluent Spanish, English and Italian. My passion has always been travelling and I love exploring different cultures; I’ve traveled to Canada, the USA, Italy, Holland, France, Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Denmark, Greece and Croatia.
That’s why I’m so passionate about helping my couples blend their own backgrounds with the Italian experience.
I love long travels, yes, even with my 2 little kids in the airplane or car. Meeting folks from different cultures will teach you that the way you look at the world is not the way everybody does it.
I’ve been in love with weddings since I started working them back in 2001. I got my Bachelor’s degree in International Business and worked for a the multi-million dollar American company, 3M, which helped me understand the importance of organizing and planning everything! But it wasn’t long before I came back to my first love, wedding planning.
I can’t get enough of workshops and courses to keep up to date on the latest wedding trends and resources for my couples. Not to bore you with my professional resume, but I was a member of the Association of Bridal Consultants and have mentored with A.S. Consulting wedding planner Angelo Garini and I’m a certified Destination Wedding Specialist.
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 courtyard called “Le Murate” (a former 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.
Now we have two awesome kids and...
two little dogs (also known as my gremlins.)
It was a happy ending to my Italian romance after all!