The Associated Press WEDDING SERENADE: As friends and family react, bride-to-be, Stephanie Longo sits in a chair on the street in front of her family's home, as her groom Paolo DiPaolo sings, during a modern version of a centuries- old traditional Italian wedding serenade, Saturday, Oct. 7, 2017, in Philadelphia, Pa. The Italian wedding serenades came along with immigrants to Philadelphia in the 1800s and retained their modest flavor until recent years. Now, the serenade has taken on an air of a block party, with grooms singing to a choreographed routine with popular songs as guests enjoy a catered meal, full bar and DJ dance party.

The Associated Press WEDDING SERENADE: As friends and family react, bride-to-be, Stephanie Longo sits in a chair on the street in front of her family's home, as her groom Paolo DiPaolo sings, during a modern version of a centuries- old traditional Italian wedding serenade, Saturday, Oct. 7, 2017, in Philadelphia, Pa. The Italian wedding serenades came along with immigrants to Philadelphia in the 1800s and retained their modest flavor until recent years. Now, the serenade has taken on an air of a block party, with grooms singing to a choreographed routine with popular songs as guests enjoy a catered meal, full bar and DJ dance party.

That's amore: Italian bridal serenades alive in Philadelphia

By KRISTEN DE GROOT The Associated Press
This article was published November 26, 2017 at 4:00 a.m.

PHILADELPHIA -- Young couples in south Philadelphia are transforming something old into something new with their take on the Italian wedding serenade.

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