When I was 13, I visited the Amalfi Coast with my family for a summer vacation. We stayed at Le Sirenuse Hotel which sits on the stunning cliffs of the Mediterranean. I remember being so captivated by the town and it’s charm. When we sat down to dinner in an enchanted restaurant covered in ivy, I was hooked! I can vividly remember looking at my dad and telling him, “I am going to get married here!” Nick and I got engaged and he was open to getting married in Italy, after all, he is Italian… I had the whole thing planned to a tee! The only catch was that Le Sirenuse doesn’t allow weddings. Unfortunately, you are not even able to buy out the hotel and you can only have reservations for parties 10 or less. We were out of luck!
However, we found a loophole! Nick and I arrived in Italy very late in the evening on Pink Moon, April 16th. Le Sirenuse had the most beautiful suite for us and kept the restaurant opened late so we could go to dinner at 10:30 pm! Nick and I had the most incredible pasta dishes and exchanged gifts at dinner. We had signed our marriage license for April 16th SO technically we found a loophole and got married on Pink Moon at Le Sirenuse restaurant 😉
Nick and I were able to experience Positano just the two of us for 3 days before our family arrived! We explored the town, went to the spa for a couple’s massage and had a portrait session with our photographer, Rebecca Yale.
Rebecca knew that I wanted to be highly involved with the flay lay and styling process so she came over to our hotel and spent the day styling with me as I did my hair and makeup. I remember all my anxiety about the wedding being perfect disappeared when I had all my favorite people, in my favorite place, all there to make sure everything went off without a hitch! It was really special to be able to be photographed with the love of my life on the Amalfi Coast and create new memories together!
For those of you who want to know what’s going in the blog in next few weeks, we are going to be highlighting all the wedding week events!
Nick and I both struggle with severe anxiety and when we started planning our wedding, the thought of a large guest list sent us both into a panic haha! After a lot of consideration, we decided to keep our wedding guests to our 12 immediate family members.
Nick and I loved the idea of planning a fun-filled week of events + activities for them. We also liked that our wedding would be a little different because it would be about the events as a whole, rather than just one day. Our wedding week as truly a joining of our two families, which felt really magical.
Over the next two weeks, I am going to be sharing all the events prior to the big day! We had 7+ events in Positano and Ravello; including a welcome party on a boat, a luncheon on Capri, an adventure to Pompeii, a hummingbird-inspired dinner for my grandmother, a cooking class, and melon-themed rehearsal dinner.
You will see a sneak peek of our welcome bag below. Our guests received a welcome bag in Positano along with additional goodies + gifts in Ravello. These welcome bags wouldn’t have been possible without the incredibly talented Courtney from Cecile’s Paper Co. She created everything from the heart and everything we gifted to our guests had so much meaning!
Our welcome bags in Positano included a welcome note, itinerary and Meloncello, a nod to Nick’s family, who are 4th generation melon farmers. We included lemon ceramic shot glasses to make celebrating easy! We added a “S.O.S.” kit for boat ride necessities, local olive oil, and custom-made pasta with yellow, blue + orange stripes! To make sure our guests didn’t go hungry, we included local fruits and Italian cookies. Nick and I were out exploring and we found these beautiful ceramic butterflies. These little butterflies made a perfect last-minute addition to the welcome bags.
Gabrielle Hurwitz styled all of my wedding week looks and I couldn’t be more grateful for her! She even styled my travel looks! Our portrait session took place on Easter Sunday so we had fun choosing a fresh and light color palette for the attire. Gabrielle chose a beautiful Elie Saab shirt and top for me for the first look and paired it with Lele Sa earrings. For the second look, I wore a beautiful Silvia Tcherassi dress with Jennifer Behr earrings. The best part of this look was the Eugenia Kim hat for me though, let’s be honest 😉
Take a look below and get ready for so much more to come on the blog soon!
You can view more of our wedding content on my Instagram.
Photography: Rebecca Yale
Styling: Gabrielle Hurwitz
Earrings: Lele Sadoughi
Dress: Silvia Tcherassi
Earrings: Jennifer Behr
Hat: Eugenia Kim
Shoes: Jimmy Choo