Positano, Italy Honeymoon Shoot

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This darling honeymoon shoot was shared with us by Ryan & Denise Photography who captured the beautiful Nina and James, after their big day, on their Italian honeymoon. The photography duo shared their experience with us. John Steinbeck once said that Positano, Italy is “a dream place that isn’t quite real when you are there and becomes beckoningly real after you are gone.” After having the opportunity to photograph a darling couple on their honeymoon there, we can’t help but agree.”

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“Nina and James were married in the fall in their home state of Rhode Island, but the romance was far from over. They headed to Italy for an unforgettable honeymoon adventure and that’s were we met them, on the final leg of their journey, in the enchanting Amalfi Coast region.” positano honeymoon honeymoon photographerideas for italy honeymoons positano honeymoonshoneymoon ideas italy italy honeymoon destinations honeymooning in europehoneymoon in italyhoneymoons in europe european honeymoon

“Each of the region’s four towns are literally built into a mountainside, overlooking the Mediterranean Sea and offering splendid coastal views. Beautiful Positano, often referred to as “The Jewel of the Amalfi Coast” became the perfect setting for a portrait session to showcase the quiet chemistry of our two newlyweds who were very much in love.

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Other than one main road that weaves from one end of the city to the other, visitors to the town weave through an endless maze of picturesque corridors and narrow staircases. From the blue waters of the Mediterranean Sea to the pink and terracotta colored buildings draped in vines and flowers – it’s an incredible place, unlike anywhere else on earth.”

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Honeymoon Photographer:  Ryan & Denise Photography

Location:Positano, Italy


Sorrento, Italy Destination Wedding in Navy

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Carla and Mike said I do in Sorrento, Italy overlooking the ocean and the island of Capri at their intimate destination wedding with oodles of fashion and fun travel details too!

We asked the couple to share their love of travel and love story with us. “We fell in love with Sorrento, Italy the moment we visited…Watching the world go by in an open air-cafe we were completely captivated by the relaxing Italian flare, vibe and the seductive mythical town of Sorrento, so therefore we couldn’t resist getting married there.”

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“For our colour palette we decided to have champagne and navy blue. We actually got Carla’s dress, which is champagne, before we decided on going to Italy for our wedding. When we chose Sorrento We knew the dress would be perfect for the Italian style and with the old traditional golds they use for their décor. We used these colours and other items such as rustic string ties and champagne card invitations, labels etc. to fit in with our Italian/travel theme. We chose navy blue as we felt this complimented the champagne elegantly and perfectly. Also, with the blue sea and sky surrounding Sorrento and with Relais Blu having blue as their main colour, we felt navy blue went well and matched perfectly.”

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“Our ceremony was held in the Chiostro di San Francesco, known to anyone visiting as the ‘Cloisters’. This is an old Franciscan Chiostro in the centre of Sorrento, it is a beautiful little courtyard surrounded by elegant arches. Next to the cloisters is the church of St.Francis which dates back to the 16th Century.”

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“We absolutely loved the quiet tranquil nature of the garden we thought it was the ideal place to hold the ceremony. We added lots of rose flowers and had a beautiful harp to play throughout the ceremony, which completed the setting perfectly. Monks still use this place today and can often be seen, quietly walking through the grounds, or inviting in their latest guests.”

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“Our favourite moments of the day are very hard to select but, as cliché as it may sound, nothing compared to the moment we laid eyes on one another as Carla entered the Cloisters. Mike was blown away by how stunning Carla looked in her dress and couldn’t help but shed a tear.”

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“Make sure you have photographers who have the capability to capture the day perfectly. We picked creative and unique photographers who ticked every box for us. At the end of the day this is what you look back on and we just love our photographs as they captured some amazing shots of us that we’d never dream of having. They captured everything from the funniest moment to the most emotional, they were so passionate that they captured everything! Being able to relive the day through those heart felt in-the-moment shots is amazing and something we like to do almost daily.” 

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“Mike surprised Carla by hiring a wedding car to drive them to the reception in, an original 1960s Fiat 500 !! Trying to get into the car was hysterical, because of Carla’s very large dress, Carla had to sit in the backseat because there would be no room in the front for Mike to drive us to the reception. Then, because the car was so old, it was difficult to drive and it was amazing that Mike even got us there in one piece!! Especially with the renowned Italian drivers around us. We were giggling so much and as we hadn’t been alone together since the ceremony it was the first time we both felt we could relax and soak it all in”

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Then it was off to the reception!  “We enjoyed drinks and canapés upon arrival on our own private terrace, then indulged in a gorgeous traditional Italian meal as we watched the sun set. After the meal and speeches we then all made our way up to the pool area to enjoy some music, dancing and drinks, whiling away the evening until our chariot arrived to return our guests to Sorrento.”

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For the dinner seating design? “Bespoke table plan, table names with Romeo and Juliet scripts in the background, the table names were the places we were visiting on our honeymoon.”

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We often ask couples what advise they would give having gone through the destination process. “Our advise to future couples is to enjoy.every.moment!!! Take some alone time to really grasp that you both have just got married so you can enjoy being excited and happy together, then you’ll feel relaxed and can really enjoy the rest of the day. This was our favourite memory just being able to be with the one you love on the most important day of your life for a few minutes so you can really savour that you’ve both just got married and you’re having the time of your lives.”

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Even the wedding favors were a nod to the location! “’Grazie’ on little luggage tags for the lemoncello bottles given to guests as wedding favours at reception.”  Clearly a good time was had by all and even left some of the smaller guests exhausted from so much fun!

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Congratulations to the newlyweds!

Destination Wedding Photographer:  Caroline + Ben Photography

Wedding Vendors: Reception Venue: Relais Blu, Ceremony: Chiostro di San Francesco, Wedding Organizer: Sylvia Schiappa, Flowers: Flowers and Confetti, Invitations: Artcadia Stationery, Calligraphy: Castadrift, Paper Goods: Nerissa Eve Weddings, Guestbook: Etsy, Fingerprint Tree: Vespa Guestbook, Wedding Dress: Ian Stuart – Antoinette, London Bride Couture, Shoes: Harriet Wilde Shoes, Groom Suit: Chester Barrie Savile Row Hopsack Suit, Bridesmaids Dresses: Ted Baker – Saphira, Personalised ‘Mr and Mrs Gray’ Wedding Cake Topper + Heart Bracelet + Cufflinks: Noton The High Street, Lace Parasols + Luggage Tags: Confetti, Honeymoon: Mr and Mrs Smith Hotels, Flower Girls: Monsoon, Car: Sergio Spider Life Style


Amalfi Coast Wedding Inspiration Shoot

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Today’s inspiration shoot kicks off a week of Italy ideas and comes to us by RebeccaMarie Photography, who shared a bit about the details from this day.  This stunning shoot takes place in the countryside of Ravello, Positano and Amalfi where the Italian setting is rich with colors, gorgeous sunsets and spectacular spots to say I do for a destination wedding!

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Emma & Grace Bridal’s Yolan Cris haute couture gown was fully lined with gorgeous lace detailing.  The ‘Guetaria’ A-line gown has a beautiful low back and a tulle belt with floral decor was added to finish the look.”

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RebeccaMarie found the countryside of Ravello, Positano & Amalfi the most alluring for this day.  The most exciting part of the day was photographing by the seaside hotel.  The view off the Amalfi coast is the most incredible that I have been privileged to photograph.”

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Isabelle Kline Design combined an old world European feel to the decor with and added passion flowers for the perfect touch.  Candlelight and lace with gold created an elegant feel for the Italian theme.”

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Inspiration Shoot Vendors: Photographer: RebeccaMarie Photography, Paper Goods: Sweet Zion Paperie, Design: Isabelle Kline Design, Wedding Planner: Amalfi Wedding Planner, Wedding Dress: Emma & Grace Bridal Store, Rentals: Allwell Rents, Hotel: Hotel Tramonto d’Oro


A European Wedding Inspiration Shoot on the Amalfi Coast

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Today’s event is actually an inspiration shoot rather than a real wedding.  A small team of talented event professionals touched down on the Amalfi Coast in Southern Italy to inspire those couples out there considering a destination wedding in Italy.

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We asked Kim at Maru Photography how they came to select this special spot for their inspiration shoot.  “For it’s romantic charm and beautiful ocean-side vistas. The location is absolutely perfect for a romantic Italian destination wedding and the region is superbly equipped with all the amenities couples seeing such an Italian wedding experience would want and need!”

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“The inspiration for this shoot was literally “La Dolce Vita!”—the sweet life of Italy’s stunning natural beauty, zest for life and over-the-top romance!”

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“The Amalfi Coast and Positano in particular, is known for it’s lemons. Lemons are at the heart of this region’s delicious cuisines and traditional decorations and motives. We wove them into the decor for this shoot.”

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Besides all the beauty, great food and wonderful people in this part of the world, there is one thing to keep in mind before you book!  “Positano, along with the rest of the beautiful Amalfi Coast towns are ancient vertical towns, built into the cliffs overhangning the stunning Bay of Salerno. This could create challenges for travelers who are challenged with difficulty walking.”

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Destination Wedding Photographer: Maru Photography

Inspiration Shoot Team: Locations:
 Hotel Murat and the Villa Flavia Gioia, Positano, Italy, Event Planner: Milena Santoro of MS Productions