I’m pretty sure that heaven looks exactly like this next wedding. Set in Portofino, Italy…it’s the epitome of beauty. The epitome of luxury, the epitome of total gorgeousness. And thank goodness Corbin Gurkin, who happens to specialize in really beautiful weddings, was on hand to photograph every last detail. This is one of those affairs that you will fall in love with every time you look at it and frankly, I’m pretty sure that the guests were counting their lucky stars to have gotten their invite! Click here to see even more.

portofino wedding by corbin gurkin

portofino wedding by corbin gurkin

portofino wedding by corbin gurkin

portofino wedding by corbin gurkin

portofino wedding by corbin gurkin

portofino wedding by corbin gurkin

portofino wedding by corbin gurkin

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We are both English but met whilst work in Sydney, Australia where we both still live. We were introduced through mutual friends. After nine months of being good friends, the relationship turned romantic. After two happy years together, Charlie proposed during a sunset walk on the beach in Bali.

Living in Australia we have a very outdoorsy lifestyle and really wanted to marry in the outdoors. We wanted to marry in England where we are both from, but the good old British climate isn’t really suited to such a wedding so we decided to move the celebrations to Europe- close enough for people to travel and we still got to have our outdoor sunny wedding! Having holidayed in Italy many times, we decided on Italy and as soon as we saw La Cervara we just knew! It was breathtakingly beautiful and we just fell in love with it. It was hard work planning it from Australia with the time difference and distance, but it was all so worth it in the end!

For flowers, we used white hydrangeas, ivory roses, a floral arch for ceremony, white hydrangeas for aisle chairs for ceremony, white hydrangeas and gypsophilia for table centerpieces, ivory & pale pink roses with gypsophilia for bridesmaids bouquets and ivory roses and gypsophilia for buttonholes. For cocktails, we served bellinis, rossinis and Veuve Cliquot. Our menu included Ratatouille Crepe with almond crezensa, Lamb with rosemary infused potatoes and spinach and a Trio of mini desserts (Creme brulee, tiramisu, lemon sorbet), along with a three tierd strawberry millefuille wedding cake.

The whole thing was a dream. It was wonderful that our family and friends came to Italy to share in our day with us. Living away from home it was like we were all on one big holiday together and we got to spend a few days together instead of just the one. The whole day was perfect for us, from the clifftop ceremony overlooking the water, to the dinner and then the dancing until 3am- it was a great party!

Photography: Corbin Gurkin Photography / Planning: Varese Wedding / Villa and catering: La Cervara / Music: Music Buffet / Videographer: Pier-Yves Menkhoff / Florist: Il Giardino di Susanna Morelli – Santa Margherita Ligure / Wedding arch, Ceremony setting: Varese Wedding / Officiant: Simona B. by Varese Wedding / Wedding Venue: La Cervara – Portofino, Italy / Bridal Shoe Designer: Jimmy Choo / Tuxedo Designer: Valentino / Bridesmaid Dress Designer: Vera Wang / Floor Length Veil: Steven Khalil (Australian designer) / Jewelery: Cartier Love Bangle (wedding day gift from Charlie), Diamond studs for earrings, Grandmother’s brooch on bouquet who couldn’t make the journey to Italy

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