A Romantic Lakeside Wedding at Hotel Villa Cipressi in Varenna, Italy

Jay Clark (31 and a head of IT) and JJ Leaf's (22 and a writer and entrepreneur) love has taken them all over the world, but their journey began at an

Jay Clark (31 and a head of IT) and JJ Leaf's (22 and a writer and entrepreneur) love has taken them all over the world, but their journey began at an unexpected spot: a PetSmart in Dallas. "We caught each other's eyes and felt a connection, but the timing was bad," Jay says. "JJ was moving to LA, so we decided to stay friends." Once JJ moved, they were pen pals—until Jay scored a job in LA. After a Parisian proposal, Jay and JJ decided on intimate Lake Como vows. "JJ is Italian and had been there years earlier," Jay says. The couple welcomed 24 guests to Varenna, and later surprised West Coast loved ones with their wedding video at an LA reception. "As an immigrant and a traveler, it's been difficult to gain a sense of home," JJ said in his vows. "Not anymore. My darling Jay, home is in your arms."

Wedding Party in White Jumpsuit and Gown
Groom with Mom at Hotel Villa Cipressi in Varenna, Italy
JJ carried a mix of white blooms for his walk down the aisle.
Dinner at Hotel Villa Cipressi in Varenna, Italy
Reception at Navel in Los Angeles
Vintage-Inspired Centerpieces with Anthurium and Bunny Tails
Colorful Cake Table with Neon Sign
Couple's First Dance at Navel in Los Angeles