That's amore: Italian bridal serenades alive in Philadelphia

Nov 27, 2017 949

Young couples in south Philadelphia are transforming something old into something new with their take on the Italian wedding serenade. The serenade has been a tradition for hundreds of years, particularly in southern Italian regions like Naples, Puglia and Calabria.

There, it takes place the night before the wedding, where the groom and a guitarist — or a full accompaniment of accordion, mandolin player and violist if he's splurging —appear on the street outside the bride-to-be's home. They sing traditional love songs as she gazes down from her window. She eventually descends to embrace her rose-bearing husband-to-be as neighbors and family members look on.

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