This is exactly what we want to see on a day like today (its beautiful ooop north!) this makes me yearn for long warm nights, lots of bread and cheese (I sadly can’t eat either), and wine (I can drink a lot of this though). The fantastic Laura Babb absolutely nails this wedding, she has captured the glorious Italian light to perfection.
I have so much respect for anyone that plans a wedding abroad, especially when English is perhaps not the mother tongue but Gavin and Cushla did an amazing job and the results are beautiful, so relaxed and bathed in warm sunlight.
Dress and Accessories – I bought my dress online from a Chinese website – dressingpod.com. It was a risk to take but for me it was worth it as the quality was excellent. I had a dressmaker fit it to me when I received it. My something borrowed were my shoes from my sister in law. I didn’t spend much on the dress or accessories as I wanted to use that budget for food and drink for those who had travelled all the way to Italy.
Vision for the day – A party by the sea, low key with as many friends and family as could make it. No fuss, just fun. We found an amazing wedding planner in Julie McKenzie of My Secret Italy (www.mysecretitaly.com) and she arranged everything for our wedding in Santa Maria Di Castellabate in Italy.
Santa Maria Di Castellabate, Campania, Italy.
Torres Perotti for the ceremony – a fantastic old tower looking over the bay of Salerno.
Lido Azzuro – a beach bar for a BBQ and band.
The pizza party the night before, the Italian guitar players strumming as we walked to the ceremony through the old walls of the most beautiful little Italian village. The sun beaming down over the bright blue of the sea with the green hills behind us. The laughter and singing. Playing cards in the main square with the local Italian men. The Italians throughout the village wishing us good luck wherever we went. Our lovely Gelatos. Our yummy BBQ and our fantastic band and a great ole Irish sing song to close the night.
It was perfect.
Try not to get caught up in the whole thing, remember why you are there. The details don’t matter. It’s the two of you and the people you love celebrating a lovely occasion. No one cares how much you’ve spent…if they do they shouldn’t be there. What you and your guests will remember is the atmosphere, if you are stressed, they will find it very hard to enjoy it. If you are doing your own thing and enjoying it, so will they. They will simply follow your lead so put on your dancing shoes, laugh, sing and try and enjoy every second of it – its brilliant.