Wow, we did that! August 30th, 2018 – a day filled with love, bliss, and absolute magic. A moment we had been planning for months now had finally reached its end in the most beautiful way possible. Everything had gone to plan and everyone involved who had helped make this day what it was, left an imprint on our hearts forever. We are so grateful for the team of people, the venue, the vendors, the florists, the staff, and our talented wedding planner, Valentina, who made all of our wedding dreams come true!
Set high above the Amalfi Coast, in the town of Nerano, Italy, Emilio and I took our vows. I couldn’t think of a more appropriate setting than the one we chose. Just last year Emilio had proposed in Italy, on a boat facing all of Positano. When we discussed plans for our wedding, we knew that Italy had a special place in our hearts. We wanted to take a week and have the best time celebrating life and love with the people we adored most. Emilio is half Australian / half Italian and his family all lives in Australia. I’m Armenian with all of my family here in Los Angeles. We thought meeting in Italy would be the best decision! We wanted this to be about family, about love, about togetherness, about good food, great laughs, and the best memories. Looking back, I would have made each decision over and over again and not changed a thing – except to have it last longer. It was rooted in what mattered to us most and that is what made it all the more special – family and love!
We rented out a beautiful villa in Nerano, Italy that housed all of our guests. We wanted everyone to be close and enjoy our wedding week together. We had planned our days to see all of the surrounding towns of the Amalfi and do a lot of swimming, sunbathing, eating and drinking! We wanted to make sure every guest was well taken care of and had the best time, so we hired a few drivers who made it easy for us all to travel around from town to town. We didn’t have any set agenda but knew that we would focus on a certain town each day and take on those activities there.
We rented out our villa for a full week and the wedding was planned on the 6th day of our stay. This gave us the time to not only spend with our guests but also to get to know the villa, the staff and iron out any last minute details we needed to with our wedding planner. I have a full blog post coming up on how to plan a destination wedding which will go into details. There are so many last minute things that come up, so this gave us some ease. Since the wedding was outdoors we wanted to make sure we could plan for both rain and sunshine. Luckily, it was a beautiful sunny day – super hot actually! Our wedding planner had a genius last minute idea to get white parasols for all the guests so we did just that and it was perfect!
So many things come up that you have to work out when you’re in a different country – like where do I go to get my wedding dress steamed?! I had everything done days before our flight, but our wedding was towards the very end of the week, so things like brows, tans, etc. came up! In a small town in the South of Italy, options are slim and Yelp just isn’t a thing! I had done a ton of research before leaving and not much came up in my searches so I knew I had to have a Plan B. Luckily the villa staff was super helpful and introduced me to the sweetest/cutest old lady who had been steaming dresses for brides for decades just one town over. It doesn’t get any cuter than an old Italian lady smiling ear to ear as she hands you your wedding gown in a tiny laundromat, in a tiny alleyway, in a tiny town in the South of Italy. Such a priceless moment.
The morning of our wedding Emilio and I spent some time together, just him and I, taking in the day and soaking in the sweet moments before the rush ensued. We sipped on our espressos and took in the view from our balcony. We couldn’t believe the day had finally arrived! Months of planning and prepping and finally, here we were! We watched as the floral team started setting up and parted ways soon after to start getting ready. I got into hair and makeup while Emilio got ready and spent some time with all the boys, toasting and taking photos. After I was done, everyone waited outside for me to make my entrance. My mom had helped dress me and in customary Armenian tradition, everyone waits for the bride and as she makes her entrance they have a full-blown song and dance to celebrate the start of the wedding day. It’s really one of the most beautiful things and brings on such a rush of emotions!
Next came the official ceremony – since we wrote love letters to one another, we decided on traditional vows and lighting of the candles as the Italians do it. Our celebrant, Rosario, was the best! We let him do his thing and add in what he thought was best and his words were just so special and moving. We had a ring boy, but he was just not having it so we decided to skip on that and have Emilio’s brother stand in as our ring boy. Things come up and happen and you have to remember to keep moving and just enjoy what the day lays out for you. And so we did – we exchanged our vows overlooking the Amalfi Coast in front of our nearest and dearest. It was perfect!
Then came family photos and cocktail hour by the pool! While all of our guests were enjoying cocktails and hors d’oeuvres, Emilio and I headed out for a short wedding shoot we had a planned with a vintage car. I quickly changed into my beautiful reception dress for the shoot and dinner. I got all of my
We came back from our shoot, enjoyed time with our guests by the pool and sat down for dinner next. The food was such a highlight – I mean pasta, burrata, meats, everything Italian and just so delicious! We danced the night away, cut our cake, danced some more and closed out night with sparklers! It was
We had one final day at the villa and in honor of it being the day after our wedding and our first day as newlyweds, we rented two beautiful boats and jetted off to Capri with our guests! This was such a fun continued celebration and the best way of saying goodbye to our guests.
What a dream come true.
This is the first of our week-long “wedding week” series here on the blog and Instagram. For the next 7 days I will be sharing things from our wedding – our story, video, tips and resources in the hopes of helping you plan your big day or just being a source of inspiration!
Location and Catering: Relais Vittoria Nerano
Event Planning and Design: SposiamoVi
Flowers: Antonia Sangiorgio
Hair & Make-Up: Malino Beauty
Celebrant: Rosario Mercadante
Rentals: Allestimenti Le Rose
Vintage Bridal Car: Maggiolino Wedding
Ring Boxes: The Mrs Box
Photography: Claire Morris Photography
Videography: Zen Film Works
Ceremony Dress: Anne Barge Bridal
Reception Dress: Kinsley James Bridal
Veil: Daphne Newman
Shoes: Jimmy Choo
Emilio’s Suit: The Black Tux
Emilio’s Bow Tie and Shirt: The Black Tux
Emilio’s Shoes: Prada