If you’ve ever doubted the idea that love can be found in the most unlikely places, let Ali Tamposi set your mind at rest: the songwriter, best known for co-writing Kelly Clarkson’s “Stronger” as well as that “Havana” and “Señorita” by Camilla Cabello”, met her husband, Roman Campolo, in a supermarket in Los Angeles. She was at Gelson’s picking up mango chutney for her sister, who was preparing curry for the dinner that night. By chance, she bumped into the fellow music maker while on her own grocery run. They hit it off, so much so that she invited him over to her house for dinner with her family. that evening.” He said he would like to participate, but he was an hour late and missed dinner. I was ready to call him a night, then just when I sent him a message saying ‘let’s meet another time’, he knocked on the door,” she said.
Fast forward about a year, and the two were ready to leave East LA for Malibu. Amid the soul-stirring madness, they went to dinner at Malibu Farm — the beloved farm-to-table clapboard shack on the Pacific Coast Highway pier — when Tamposi noticed something odd shaped like a box in Campolo’s pocket. “I knew he was going to. I went to the bathroom and chatted with myself to make sure I was ready,” she said.
When Elton John’s “Your Song” started playing, she knew the time had come. She walked to the end of the pier where Campolo was waiting, “feeling my heart was going to jump out of my chest”. He got down on his knees. She said yes. Then they were quickly kicked off the pier by a security guard for staying there after closing time.
At first they wanted to get married in Big Sur. But like so many couples in the COVID-19 era, their plans went awry with the size of the pandemic and travel restrictions. (Tamposi credits his planner, Kate Ryan of Design and production of gold foil events, for her masterful handling of the ever-changing situation: “It turned out there was nothing she couldn’t handle,” she says.) In the end, they decided to marry close to home. On November 6, 2021, the couple married at Gull’s Way Estate, just down the street from their home.
The bride wore Oscar de la Renta. The tailored high-neckline dress was completely different from what Tamposi had first imagined. However, she agreed when her best friend Axi Mines suggested she try it. It turns out that Mines knew her friend better than she knew herself: “As soon as I put it on, I knew it was the one,” says Tamposi.
She worked with the fashion house to create a flowing veil that “ended up being a sight, especially when the wind picked up as I walked down the aisle,” she says. Her “something borrowed” was a four-strand pearl bracelet from her grandmother-in-law, as well as a pair of pear-shaped diamond earrings from XIV Karats. Meanwhile, stylists Alexandra Skiffington and Elizabeth Abdallah found her the perfect pair of Manolo Blahniks. (The duo also helped Tamposi’s 14 bridesmaids, a group that included model Behati Prinsloo, choose dresses that fit seamlessly into a neutral color palette.)
Kira Nasrat, who often does Tamposi’s makeup for awards shows, gave the bride a soft yet distinctive look, while hairstylist Ericka Verrett styled her brunette locks in a sleek updo.
As for the groom? “Roman’s wardrobe was a lot easier than mine,” Tamposi jokes. “He walked into Tom Ford and within ten minutes, right after the rack, he had a perfectly tailored suit.”
Given the profession of the bride and groom, music of all kinds played a part in both their ceremony and their reception. (After all, as Shakespeare once wrote, “If music is the food of love, keep on playing.”) Tamposi’s close friend and collaborator Brian Lee played the violin as guests were coming up high on Pacific Bluff. When she walked down the aisle, her close friend and songwriting partner Andrew Watt played “Harvest Moon.” A bit of lightness was felt as the Santa Ana winds picked up, rocking Tamposi. “I felt like my dad had to hold me down so I didn’t get thrown out of the aisle. So what was supposed to be a very graceful and emotional moment was kind of comically interrupted by the I looked at my dad who was laughing hysterically and that laugh brought me into the moment,” she says.
After poetry readings by the bride and groom’s brothers and sisters, it was time for vows. Months later, it remains Tamposi’s favorite part of her wedding day: “The best part was hearing Roman’s vows. He’s an amazing writer, and throughout our relationship, he’s always written such poetic, deep, and real letters,” she says.
The bride and groom walked into their reception to the lyrics of “Where is My Mind” by The Pixies. After speeches by Tamposi’s father, bridesmaid (his sister, Rachel), as well as the best man, singer-songwriter Stephen Wrabel sang “Somebody’s Daughter,” a song he and Tamposi wrote together almost ten years ago. Next, Watt dragged Tamposi onto the stage to sing Alanis Morissette’s “You Oughta Know.” “It sparked the wave of a number of my very talented artist friends who took to the stage. DJs Sean G and Drew Byrd from Donovan’s Yard were amazing. We had a big dance floor in the center of the reception area , and the DJs brought that vibrant energy that kept the dance floor full all night long.
True to the couple’s California style, a laid-back vibe reigned throughout the night. Tamposi changed into a Nina Ricci Ricci by H. Lorenzo shirt which she rebuilt into a dress. They also served Philly Cheesesteaks – a nod to Campolo’s hometown of Philadelphia – and soft-serve from a Mister Softee ice cream truck. The groom’s aunt, Mary, baked them a coconut wedding cake. “We really tried to roll out the wagon and throw a big party,” says Tamposi. “It worked out better than we could have ever imagined.”