"I wanted it to feel like we were in Italy," the bride tells PEOPLE

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March 15, 2019 11:56 AM

Despite not being “big dessert people,” Lea Michele and her new husband, Zandy Reich, had a showstopping display of sweets at their March 9 wedding.

After the romantic ceremony at Napa’s Carneros resort, the couple cut into a gorgeous two-tier white wedding cake while Barbra Streisand’s “Happy Days Are Here Again” played in the background. The simple confection, a light vanilla flavored cake with raspberry filling and buttercream icing, featured just three white flowers. It sat on a stand covered with vintage sheet music as a nod to Michele’s musical background.

To accompany the wedding cake, the pair served Italian-style desserts like biscotti, chocolate cannoli, and amaretto cookies to coordinate with the Tuscan theme of the entire event put on by wedding planner Lisa Vorce.

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“I wanted it to feel like we were in Italy,” Michele, 32, tells PEOPLE for this week’s issue on stands now. “That’s where my family’s from, the food that I grew up eating, and so I wanted to have a Tuscany-Italian vibe, with family style pasta, big, long, family tables, lots of red wine—an elegant night in Italy.”

Guests dined on a “simple, romantic al fresco kind of Italian dinner,” says Vorce, starting with a wild arugula salad, family-style penne pasta and house made meatballs (which Michele, a vegetarian, did not indulge in). The main course was a choice of roasted organic chicken breast, Skuna Bay salmon or ratatouille of garden vegetables.

“They’re all about food. Food, food, food,” says Vorce. “They wanted people to eat.”

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Michele—who wore a Monique Lhuillier ballgown—even made sure every table was equipped with fresh bread and olive oil for dipping so guests could snack in between dancing. “That was really important to me,” she says.

The bride and groom each had their own signature cocktail: Michele’s was a vodka martini, and Reich, 36, a Philadelphia native, picked a Manhattan cheekily named “Don’t Tell Philly: Zandy’s favorite… Manhattan.”

The eating continued throughout the affair with late-night snacks like donuts and Reich’s choice of Philly cheesesteaks, and into the next day where Michele requested an “uber lush spread” of bagels and cream cheese. The couple took bets ahead of their big day on how many bagels they could each eat.

“Zandy says I’m gonna eat three bagels,” laughed Michele, “and I’m saying he could maybe crush four.”

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