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Elegant Destination Wedding in Italy

To simply call this Italian celebration chic would be putting it lightly. For starters, any day that has the mastermind that is Matthew Oliver The Wedding Planner behind the planning is sure to be a winner in our wedding book. Add in the ever so talented Ben Yew Photography + Film behind the lens and you’ve got yourself one Pinterest worthy gallery. See it all in THE VAULT!

 

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From Ben Yew Photography + FilmRavello, Italy..What can I say. The view is simple stunning. I got to pinch myself when I saw the location. Justin & Cara even hired musicians for their ceremony and reception. Limoncello, the stunning Palazzo Avino hotel, Matthew Oliver as the amazing wedding planner from UK, and just about everything was perfect.

From Matthew Oliver The Wedding PlannerThis wedding was one of my highlights of the year, not only did I get to plan a wedding in Italy (every wedding planners dream), I found my favorite spot in the world – Ravello. As an international wedding planner I’ve been to a few destinations in the last 8 years all incredibly beautiful and special to me, but Ravello did something to me I think it changed my perception on how lucky I am in doing what I do – also it’s the most romantic place I’ve ever been, shame my partner did not have a passport to join me though!

It was always going to be a small wedding as they just wanted to celebrate with their immediate families, so their were 10 guests in total. Small intimate weddings are beautiful as their personal and more emotional.

They found Ben Yew ages ago because they looked at his work whilst starting the plan. Ben Yew is from Australia, so they didn’t think he would be able to come all the way over to Italy. However they gave it ago as what do you have to loose and luckily he accepted the job. Ben Yew is a genius, everything he does with a camera is pure perfection and each photo tells a wonderful love story. Not only did the couple fall in love with the photos, I fell in love with him and would work with him time and time again.

How funny that everyone was from a different location? But I think that is why it all worked and the result was magical – yet slightly different from your general Italian wedding. The design was a simple yet natural style – we wanted to work with the style of the Palazzo, but also to the natural beauty of Italy and go for a classic/rustic theme. As the Palazzo is so clean we brought in natural elements to create a rustic design, so natural wooden chairs was a must, and creating the right floral arrangements had to be perfect. We worked with the famous Armando from Malafronte who did actually what we wished – we wanted to incorporate lemons as lemons are famous in the Ravello region, actually the biggest and most juiciest lemons I’ve ever had. So we had a floral runner run down the centre of the table mixed with lemons and candle sticks. It was simple yet extremely effective.

Each place setting had a beautiful hand written name card, local limoncello with a personalized label, and a fresh herb/flower which we attached to each menu. It all worked and with the view of the Amalfi Coast you couldn’t ask for a better setting.

As Cara works in re-branding and website design, she had a great eye for detail and personalized most of the finer things. She created all the stationery, labels for the limoncello, blackboard signs and other items.

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Photography: Ben Yew Photography + Film | Wedding Planning: Matthew Oliver The Wedding Planner | Wedding Dress: Claire Pettibone | Bride's Shoes: Tory Burch | Rings: Tiffany And Co | Band: Neapolitan Duo | Groom's Attire: Suit Supply | Venue: Palazzo Avino | Floral Design & Decor: Malafronte | Groom's Shoes: Salvatore Ferragamo | Interpreter: Angela Imperato

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Country Chic Wedding on the Amalfi Coast

Surrounded by beautiful blooms and views that left guests speechless, these two said “I do” and celebrated in true style thanks to Exclusive Italy Weddings at the Belmond Hotel Caruso. Gianni Di Natale and Luigi De Gregorio captured the gorgeous details and all those sweet moments in between that made this country chic celebration warm our hearts at first glance – see it all in our VAULT right here!

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From Exclusive Italy Weddings… When you think of a romantic destination wedding there are many visions that can come to mind: maybe you prefer an ancient town full of history, or maybe you would like to tie the knot in an outdoor ceremony on a sun-kissed terrace with a stunning seaview, and what is more romantic than a first dance with your new husband or wife under the moonlight? And what if you could have these things ALL together without having to choose? All this and much more is possible if you choose to get married in the Amalfi Coast of Italy: the noble palaces and magical gardens of Ravello are perched high on a cliff overlooking the Mediterranean, and the mild climate allows for the entire wedding celebration to be held outdoors from April to September.

Judy and Tom contacted us in July, in the middle of the high wedding season, when we were already working very hard, but as we saw how determined they were, we made every effort to help them make their dream come true. The entire planning lasted less than one month! The result was a romantic boho chic wedding with a palette of pastel pinks and muted green tones, and lots of tasteful details, from the calligraphy to the flower arrangement, from the stylish vintage car to the reception under the stars…

For the invites, designer Brenna Berger of BB Paper and Ink drew the perfect Ravello skyline with her unique style. She designed a simple and elegant stationery set that matched perfectly the mood of the wedding day. The bridal couple chose the exclusive Belmond Hotel Caruso for both ceremony and reception. The ceremony took place in the Garden under the silver branches of olive trees, with a stunning flower arch whose pale pink and pastel green tones combined perfectly with the Mediterranean background.

The reception was prepared on the terrace of the Wagner Garden overlooking the sea. The two imperial tables were left naked, without tablecloth to highlight the elegant carved legs and the sophisticated flower arrangement, a combination of eucalyptus runners and flowers in rustic wooden vases: dahlias, roses and hydrangeas in white and blush tones, decorated with small tealights. In this impressive creation by florists Genio e Sregolatezza, everything was balanced to create the most natural effect.

After dinner the party continued in the pool area with the cutting of the cake, a gorgeous diplomatic wedding cake filled with chantilly cream and strawberries, covered with white chocolate and decorated with pink roses and greenery. The night ended with some fun dancing by the pool! Gianni Di Natale portrayed very effectively this event, full of elegance and romance; he really captured the charm and incantation of the Amalfi Coast.

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Photography: Gianni Di Natale | Cinematography: Luigi De Gregorio | Event Planning: Exclusive Italy Weddings | Floral Design: Genio E Sregolatezza | Invitations: BB Paper And Ink | Hair: Gerardo Total Hair Design | Venue: Belmond Hotel Caruso

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Positano Waterfront Engagement Session

When you visit the Amalfi Coast, it hooks you, forever. Of course, I can only imagine as I’ve never visited this breathtaking destination—but I’m sure this Bride-to-be who couldn’t wait to revisit these scenes with her love, would wholeheartedly agree. With French Grey Photography trailing their every step, these engagement snaps showcased in THE VAULT are the best kind of travel souvenir.

From French Grey PhotographyWhen Jessica and Leo contacted me to shoot their Engagement session and pre-wedding in Italy on the Amalfi coast, I was thrilled! Italy has always been a favourite place of mine to visit and the Amalfi coast drew me in. The soft lighting the colourful Italian way of life, the fantastic Italian accents and gestures of the people…what’s not to love!

Thank you Jessica and Leo for making me a part of your memory in Italy and I hope that the SMP readers enjoy the images which were created on that beautiful June morning.

From the Bride-to-be, Jessica…As the bride-to-be, I had been in love with the Amalfi Coast because of its beauty and romance since I visited there during my studies in Italy 8 years ago. Ever since then, I had been praying to revisit this place with the love of my life. This year summer, this dream of mine came true. So my fiancé and I decided to have our photoshoot at Amalfi Coast. It was an awesome experience, and adventurous at the same time, since we all haven’t been to Positano before. It is really a once in a lifetime experience that we would never forget!

Lastly I feel very lucky that we have found a superb photographer Brian of French Grey Photography, he is really friendly and professional! We were also blessed to have found a very nice local flower vendor called Floragarden in Positano, the owner of the shop is so friendly and kind!

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Photography: French Grey Photography | Floral Design: Flora Garden | Dress: Asos | Venue: Positano Italy

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