A "Bridges of Madison County"-Themed Wedding at Winterset Cidery in Winterset, Iowa

Andy Oliver (42 and a TV executive) was Italia Lee's (38 and an educator) first online date. Although she hails from New York and they currently live

Andy Oliver (42 and a TV executive) was Italia Lee's (38 and an educator) first online date. Although she hails from New York and they currently live in California, the couple decided to host their intimate nuptials in Iowa, Andy's home state. They specifically chose Madison County, the "covered bridge capital of Iowa," for both practical and sentimental reasons, but mostly because "The Bridges of Madison County" is Italia's favorite book. When she was 20, Italia took a cross-country road trip from New York to California, stopping at the bridge made famous by the book and movie, Roseman Bridge. After meeting Andy, they returned to the spot (it happened to be less than two hours from his hometown). They carved their names on the bridge, not realizing that only two years later, they'd be returning to that same bridge, this time as the site of their wedding ceremony. Italia and Andy's save-the-dates were inspired by the movie, with their photos imposed on a "Bridges of Madison County" movie poster, and invitations were mailed in small brown packages similar to the package that appeared at the end of the movie. They stood on the bridge and exchanged vows in front of 70 guests, deliberately keeping the ceremony simple before moving to  Winterset Cidery, a new Madison County venue, for the reception. Other Iowa influences were evident through a local cheese display, farm-to-table salmon, beef and vegetable meal options (not your typical wedding meal) and handcrafted Winterset Cidery hard cider served along with beer and wine at the reception. Favors were “lucky in love” lottery tickets, which is “exactly how we feel,” Italia says. —Chrissy Sorenson

The custom engagement ring was designed by a jeweler in Long Beach, California. Says Italia, “I wanted a round halo diamond with the infinity symbol on both sides to represent that our love is eternal. I also wanted it to have a vintage look.”
Italia kept her style simple with her hair down and a pearl and rhinestone headpiece by Erica Kouselar.
Italia's bouquet was kept simple to match the rustic, elegant theme.
Andy accessorized his light gray suit with a single ivory rose boutonniere with a touch of seeded eucalyptus.
A chalkboard sign decorated in flowers and greenery announced Italia and Andy's wedding at Winterset Cidery in Winterset, Iowa.
The couple got married on the covered Roseman Bridge, made famous in "The Bridges of Madison County," one of Italia's favorite books.
Italia and Andy's theme of "vintage elegance with rustic flair" perfectly matched Winterset Cidery, Italia says. The new venue is in Madison County, Iowa, 30 minutes southwest of Des Moines.
Iowa cheese was displayed on a rustic crate for guests to snack on during cocktail hour.
A cartoon likeness of Italia and Andy announced their "Bridges of Madison County" theme.
Farm tables were dressed with white linens and floral arrangements of ivory, purple and blush.
The tablescape decor included candles, mason jar vases, simple wildflowers, glass bottle vases and vintage books.
Italia and Andy's custom cake was a combination of buttercream and fondant, with layers with chocolate peanut butter and vanilla. The words “You Will Forever Be My Always” were inscribed on the middle tier.
Italia and Andy's first-dance song was “True Companion” by Marc Cohn. “We chose that song because Andy played it for me on our first weekend getaway,” Italia says.
Whimsical bride- and groom-themed cupcakes were almost too cute to eat.