Rustic Bohemian Positano Elopement

Positano, a boutique chic town on the Amalfi Coast. Framed by zig-zagged streets lined with boutique shops and characterised by it’s pastel coloured rooftops: a stunning wedding location. The perfect backdrop for this bohemian elopement.

Palazzo Murat, one of Positano’s luxury Hotels, was were the preparations got under way. The Groom had personalised cufflinks made up and it was touching to see his Father help him get ready.

Meanwhile the Bride got ready with her Mum and Mother in Law to be.

The first look moment was at the Hotel – carefully orchestrated by the talented Gianni Di Natale. They strolled into Postiano where we had arranged a romantic ride on a Gozzo – the traditional wooden boat famous on the Amalfi Coast. It was a great opportunity, not only to experience the Coastline from the sea, but also for some wonderful location shots.

Erin & Nico wanted to have a legal ceremony – meaning that it had legal validity back home in New York. In Positano, civil ceremonies take place on the Town Hall Terrace – a platform perched high and overlooking the sea and cliffs. The couple wanted a burnt orange, deep red & maroon colour palette, with a wild rustic touch. The florist Franco di Bianco captured this perfectly with the floral arrangements for the day.

The finished off the celebrations with a table on the Terrace of one of Positano’s finest Restaurants – the Michelin Starred La Sponda.

Erin & Nico’s wedding highlights can be seen here.

Romantic & Earthy Elopement Shoot in Venice

Venice is beautiful at any time of day, but it is a photographer’s dream to shoot early in the morning when the streets are quiet. Our Bride & Groom models were ready by 6 am to head into the city, led by Eliza Jane Photography.

They strolled into the main Piazza of Venice – San Marco – for portrait and location photos. It doesn’t get more iconic than having San Marco’s Basilico behind you!

Belmond Hotel Cipriani, one of the many luxury Hotels found in Venice, is located on the Island of Guidecca. The Hotel is in perfect position, sitting directly across the water, to San Marco. The Fondamenta, which is situated at the back of the Hotel, is a wonderful spot to take in the beauty of Venice from the edge of the lagoon, especially as the sun sets. It is the ultimate romantic dinner location – especially when you pull up in a luxury water taxi.

The Fondamenta, Hotel Cipriani, is a stunning spot on the waters edge for a romantic dinner

The colour palette for this shoot was dusty, earthy tones with accents of gold. Pretty Flowers captured this palatte perfectly as did Corcortez Floral with the beautiful throw for the table and the long velvet ribbons for the bouquet. The stationery was designed to match.

And of course…no Venice gallery is complete without those whimsical bridges.

This Styled Shoot was featured on Strictly Weddings.

Hollywood Style Ravello Wedding

I first met Francesca & Gordon in Sydney when they were in the early stages of considering an Italian wedding celebration. We soon settled on Ravello for their wedding day. It is a town perched above Amalfi with unforgettable panoramic terraces overlooking the Amalfi Coastline. They wanted a venue that would provide high level catering and stunning views, whilst also being pretty. Hotel Caruso, a former Palace, with beautiful Olive Gardens and an infinity pool, was their perfect match. The brief for the flower decor was to keep it fresh, white and abundant. They had accents of blue on the table with personalised menus designed by The Little Press, which complimented the other stationery set up round the venue.

The Bride got ready at the Hotel with her sister and her Mum. Fran had her dress custom designed by Steven Khalil ~ it was simply stunning. Her bouquet was elegant and full, tied with velvet ribbon.

The morning started with a surprise for the Groom – a luxury Mercedes convertible was delivered to his hotel in Amalfi. A present from his Bride to be. He travelled to Caruso in style and prepared for the day with his best men and groomsmen.

The ceremony was led by Nicola Juliet Ceremonies, who had designed a script, which left the guests reaching for their tissues! A carpet of natural rose petals led the way to a bespoke floral arch created by the talented Armando Malafronte, under which the couple said their vows.

The cocktail hour was held in the open gardens at the end, which is a great spot for big group photos …and a confetti throw! Meanwhile dinner took place in the middle olive garden, with hanging baubles framing the trees and fresh white florals on all the tables. The mis-en-place was completed with an olive sprig on the napkins, personalised menus and Pastiglie Leone favours.

The Bride and Groom then delighted the guests further with the after party at the infinity pool. The wedding cake was cut by the pool’s edge making for great photos, captured by the talented Gianni Di Natale. The after party opened with an interactive sax and DJ duo to engage the guests and get the party going.

I loved planning Fran & Gordon’s special day and getting to know them as a couple. It was a true pleasure to have clients based in Sydney (my home town out of season) and meet them every few months to talk through all the details for the day. Seeing them get married and enjoy all the elements we had spoken about, was one of my happiest & most satisfying moments of the season. I am pleased to now call them friends.

You can view the highlights of the wedding film here.


Hawaii Couple

It is not every day, that Hawaii pops up in my Inbox.  This was exciting – a couple from somewhere different.  I love the experience of working with different cultures, so was delighted when Gwyn & Arryl, a beautiful Hawaiin couple, confirmed me as their wedding planner.

They were so relaxed from start to finish and great fun to work with.  Whilst they wanted to WOW guests with Positano, it was important this was done in a relaxed, informal environment – true to their culture.

They celebrated their ceremony on the terrace of Villa Guisy, a fabulous well positioned villa, in the heart of Positano with stunning views to match.  After the ceremony and a photo session in town, Gwyn & Arryl joined their guests at La Tagliata for their wedding reception dinner.

La Tagliata is one of the best restaurants in Positano – serving homemade food with ingredients fresh from their gardens.  The views of Positano below are unparalleled. The food is served family style and there are plenty of dishes to try.  With a few terraces to choose from, it was possible to have complete privacy and enjoy their wedding celebrations.  Of course…they were the last ones to leave that night!