Elopement Villa Cimbrone, Ravello Italy | Kelly & Poston
Villa Cimbrone – One of Amalfi’s Treasures
With the love and support from family and friends, Kelly and Poston married in a private ceremony at the Villa Cimbrone in Ravello, Italy. Just the two of them, the officiant and I, taking photos. They exchanged vows in the morning. Which left the entire day to enjoy being newlyweds. Drinking champagne in the town square. Having ice cream and taking beautiful photographs around Ravello. The inspiration for the wedding was “La Dolce Vita”. Creating a day that was all about their relationship and represented the romance they share. Choosing to say I do in the Villa Cimbrone gardens, one of the Amalfi cost’s most famous spots. Which takes a little planning and preparation. Read the expert advice from the bride Kelly about planning a destination wedding so far from home below.
From the bride:
What do you love about your destination that was specific only to that place?
The view of the Amalfi Coast! We wanted romance, and the destination did not disappoint. Ravello is a small, beautiful town. It feels like it is another place and time. Our wedding day truly felt like a dream. From the incredible gardens to the cobblestone streets. Ravello had all the natural beauty and romance a couple would want on their wedding day. Villa Cimbrone itself is so beautiful so no decorations were necessary. We were surrounded by blooms and lush trees.
What was the best idea you had for planning your destination wedding?
Honestly, picking our amazing photographer, 2 Brides Photography. I found Isabelle before we decided on a destination. She helped narrow down the options and gave so much input on where would be the best for pictures and the vibe we wanted on our day. It is a little daunting investing so much time and money in something you’ll never see until it actually happens. She really gave us the confidence that the arrangements we made would actually happen based on her experience with those venues. I also loved that we still found a way to include our family and friends in our big day By mailing out the wedding gift boxes with Italian prosecco to toast our marriage they where included.
Best advice to future brides and grooms of destination weddings:
Splurge on a great photographer that is familiar with your destination. Also, if you can’t visit the venue in person research social media. This way you’ll get a better idea of what it looks like. We were not able to visit Italy prior to the wedding. I researched Instagram and Facebook a lot to see candid photos of our venue that people (not professional photographers) would tag. It helped us get an idea of what it looked. As well as outside of the pictures posted on the venue’s website. We decided to have the ceremony in Villa Cimbrone after looking at several other venues first. Best memory of the wedding: Aside from saying “I Do”, our favorite memory from our wedding day was spending an unplanned afternoon wandering around. Exploring the town of Ravello in our wedding attire was fantastic. We were able to relax and take in the beauty of the moment and day and just have fun!
Did you use a wedding planner? If yes, how did he or she contribute to the event? If no, how did you organize a wedding that was so far from your hometown?
We did not hire an official wedding planner in Italy. But our sister-in-law Tiffany Pritchett of Hart & Co. in Charlotte, NC, is an experienced event planner that helped us. She outlined the major decisions associated with destinations and a timeline for completing them. As well as vetting the vendors we used. After we hired Isabelle at 2 Brides Photography, we relied heavily on her for recommendations for flowers, hair, and venue selection. She was experienced in the area (well beyond her photography duties). Between these two professionals, I felt very confident about the decisions we made for our wedding day. If we had actual guests, I would have hired a local wedding planner to help with logistics and day of events.
In retrospect, is there anything you would have done differently in the planning? The only thing I would have done differently was to stay a few more days in Ravello because it was so amazing!
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