Alyssa and Lou Bernardi on their wedding day.

Alyssa and Lou Bernardi on their wedding day. Credit: Chris Herder Photography

Lou Bernardi and Alyssa Iacona grew up not far from one another and traveled the same halls as teens in high school, but adulthood is what finally brought them face-to-face.

They had mutual friends, shared similar interests and graduated from Herricks High School in New Hyde Park, Bernardi in 2006 and Iacona in 2009. Yet it was an Instagram page view that set their romance in motion.

In June 2021, Bernardi saw Iacona’s Instagram page and noticed that they were “mutuals,” meaning they followed each other on the social media platform. “There was something intriguing and alluring” about Iacona that motivated him to message her, Bernardi recalled.

Iacona, now 33 and a funeral director, said her future husband was very persistent about taking her on a date and getting to know her.

“So he goes, ‘You look really familiar,’ ” Iacona recalled. She remembers recognizing him right away. He asked her out and they dined at a local restaurant and immediately hit it off.

“He was a complete gentleman from the beginning,” she said.

They went to baseball games, the beach, Broadway shows and traveled. After about a year of dating they moved in together.

On Sept. 15, 2022, Bernardi, a former baseball coach, proposed on a yacht off the coast of Connecticut, with a sunset view of the Manhattan skyline.

“We had the captain greet us with champagne and the people that work on the boat had drinks and food ready for us,” Bernardi, now 36, recalled. “On the roof of the boat are six of our closest friends throwing down roses at her while I proposed.”

They tied the knot on Nov. 24, 2023, at The Mariners Memorial Chapel in Kings Point before 175 guests.

Christopher Iacona, the bride’s brother and owner of Fiore Designs in Farmingdale, draped the reception venue top to bottom with an elaborate display of flowers. 

“When I entered the room, it was so overwhelmingly beautiful how he went above and beyond as a gift,” Iacona said.

WEDDING VENUE

The couple wed at The Mariners Memorial Chapel in Kings Point. Their reception was at the Heritage Club of Bethpage.

WINE AND DINE 

The Heritage Club included in-house catering at the reception, with dishes including Tuscan Bistro, Penne Ala Vodka and Chianti Short Rib. At cocktail hour, guests had a sushi rolling station, a raw shellfish and pasta bar and a live champagne wall. 

HONEYMOON

They traveled across the Hawaiian islands, spending quality time in Honolulu, Maui and Kauai. They visited Pearl Harbor Memorial, did a Jurassic Park tour at Kualoa Ranch, went whale watching and took a helicopter tour. 

LET’S DANCE

“Can’t Help Falling in Love” by Haley Reinhart

FAVE RAVES

Five things Iacona loves about her husband: He always makes sure she eats; how he looks at her every morning when he wakes up; how he calls her multiple times every day; how they communicate; and how they always try to spend quality time together.

Five things Bernardi loves about his wife: She’s his inspiration for working harder; she’s the one person he can trust with anything; he feels safest when he’s with her; she’s the best partner to have when going through difficulties; and she motivates him to be the best he can be. 

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