Destination weddings are often more fun for the guests than for those planning them. Sometimes brides drown in the details, stressing over the color of dinner napkins or the font on the seating chart, especially now considering the global pandemic. For Brittany Altomare, getting hitched in another country on another continent made things even more nerve-wracking. The soon-to-be 31-year-old and husband Steven tied the knot in Italy on October 9th and as always, the months leading up to the big day had a few of those pesky details causing all sorts of panic.
“It was a lot,” said Altomare. “We travel for work and then I was doing extra traveling outside of that, which I normally don't do. I felt like I wasn't home a lot this year, especially in the off weeks. There was a lot of planning and stress. Going over there and seeing the venue after Evian and meeting our wedding planner in person and doing a food tasting, put my mind at ease a little bit. But everything was still up in the air. I remember the week before Solheim I was almost in tears because they had changed the restrictions. The U.S. was on the safe list to travel to the EU, and then all of a sudden it wasn't. I was like, ‘Oh, my God we're going to have to cancel the wedding. They're not going to let us in.’ Luckily it all worked out. Everybody got there safely and tested negative.”
With the Pelican Women’s Championship presented by Konica Minolta and Raymond James on tap and her working relationship with Pelican Golf Club’s Director of Golf Justin Sheehan, the Tampa Bay resident has had more on her plate than usual in Belleair. But it’s always nice to sleep in your own bed and having a wealth of insider info about the golf course you’re playing never hurts so it seems like Altomare is primed for a solid performance this week.
“Being a home event, it's busier for me than normal at an event, a lot of sponsor things, but it's fun. (The course) is probably in the best shape I've ever seen it. This golf course is all about the greens. It's pretty wide open off the tee. I think it's all about shot making, where you put yourself on the greens because you can get some pretty crazy putts if you miss in the wrong areas. I think I'm pretty confident. Definitely comfortable here. Hopefully, I get some support with being a local girl. My family is coming down, so that will be fun. I'm looking forward to it.”