I’ve been struggling all morning long with how to describe my feelings for this gorgeous Italian affair, because, well… I love it. A lot. The breathtaking moments, the glorious details, the stunning bride and groom… I just can’t get enough. And if my bumbling crush doesn’t completely illustrate all of the lovely that is about to fill your Tuesday morning, then a few seconds spent with the brilliant images captured by erin jean photography most certainly will. The sweet devotion these two lovebirds have for one another is shining though every glorious photo… and if my wedding day is even HALF as romantic as theirs, I’ll consider myself one very lucky girl. Click here for more, more, more!
From Erin of erin jean photography… The bride and groom wanted a day that was filled with their closest family and Italian romance. It was a ideal day, and I truly feel only the photographs can tell you the real story. Positano was the destination dream for these two from Chicago. Maggie studied abroad in Italy and wanted Marcus to see the land she fell in love with. They were wed in the local town hall that had hundreds of years of history evident everywhere. It overlooked the small fishing village of Positano, Italy, and the Mediterranean Sea. The Italian ceremony words were translated for the family and could not have been more meaningful. They spoke of equality and valuing each other more than I have ever experienced at any wedding before. After some photo fun, we headed up the long and winding mountain roads to their dinner/reception. It was complete with true Italian food brought out course by ENDLESS course. Oh, and wine! Lots of wine! The night ended with an Italian band singing all the classics, Maggie and Marcus dancing under the Positano sky, and the fishing village twinkling with lights below them. I hope you enjoy this wedding as much I did!
From the Bride… For us a nontraditional wedding was inevitable. Our wedding day would represent us in many ways, the first and most important being that the setting would be an intimate, family-focused affair. We also wanted to have a blast and relax! What better way to guarantee a fun-filled adventure than a vacation to Italy? Neither of us had been to the Amalfi Coast or Positano, which became our wedding destination. We came to this decision after countless hours on TripAdvisor and wedding blogs such as Style Me Pretty. In truth, most of the details of our wedding rested in the paperwork, not very fun or romantic to be sure. After weeks of research, several trips to the Italian Consulate in Chicago, a trip to the US Embassy in Rome, and a final trip to the Prefeturra, Rome, we were on our way to a marriage certificate at the end of our adventure abroad. We opted for the traditional Italian civil vows, and the Mayor, or Civil Registrar, performed the ceremony.
Between the paperwork bottlenecks, we were able to plan the normal details of a wedding. The bride, groom, and our 15 guests stayed at Hotel Savoia, which boasts a short walk to the beach and a warm staff. We chose La Tagliata in Montepertuso for our reception venue, as the views of Positano’s coast are to die for! The food is the reason we will go back: a five-course, family-style Italian meal fit for kings. Positano as the backdrop spoke for itself. Its sheer, unadulterated beauty did not need much in the way of decor. The day came together beautifully. It was at once spontaneous and calm, and more than we ever hoped for. The people of Positano embraced us, and we felt so much love as we traipsed around town with Erin Jean Photography capturing all the lovely images of the day. Our family made this time so special, and we are honored by their presence at our wedding and lifetime of support. My grandma made the journey with us at the age of 84! We are forever grateful to her for her generosity, encouragement, and constant love. She passed away two months after our wedding, and we feel so lucky that she was a part of our celebration and our lives.
Wedding Photography: Erin Hanson of erin jean photography / Wedding Ceremony Location: Town Hall in Positano, Italy / Wedding Reception + Restaurant: La Tagliata / Wedding Gown: Essere for BHLDN / Bride’s Shoes: Nordstrom / Groom’s Suit: J.Crew / Groom’s Accessories: Paul Stewart / Wedding Invitations: DIY, with materials from PaperSource / Envelope Liners: Maps by Cavallini / Officiant + Interpreter: Rosa Pauli Luypen of Civil Ceremonies in Italy / Wedding Party Hotel: Hotel Savoia