Nick and I were anxious when we started planning our Amalfi Coast wedding! The thought of a large guest list, seating charts, and bad food 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. We knew we wanted something that our family members would remember for years to come. 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 special since it would be about the events as a whole, rather than just one day. We truly were able to have our wedding week as a joining of our two families, which felt really magical.
Nick and some of his family members had never been to the Amalfi Coast! We had an event at all the important places that we thought were important to see. You can view the blog posts of the other wedding events here:
I had fallen in love with a wedding I saw years ago by Jose Villa at Villa Cimbrone. It was my first real wedding that I curated for The Knot Magazine and remember thinking, I” would have my wedding here!”The only difference is that I really wanted to ceremony on the Infinity Terrace! There are not many weddings on the Infinity Terrace because you can’t fit that many people! Luckily, we had a great team and limited guests so we made it happen! Our florist set up our ceremony in 15 minutes! We also were the first wedding to take place after they had newly renovated the flooring of the terrace.
Fun fact: Our original venue fell through 6 weeks before the wedding and Villa Cimbrone was a wonderful alternative!
Since I am in the wedding industry and worked at The Knot, I really had seen everything and done everything! I thought that it was going to be very hard for me to design or conceptualize my wedding! Luckily, I had the world of wedding professionals at my fingertips and I couldn’t be more grateful for the incredible community who literally helped me through everything! All my planner friends, photographers, designers, etc. all gave some type of input along the way and it was so wonderful to have their support!
Elements of our story are infused into everything we have designed for our wedding. I am excited to share the different symbolism of each item you will see in all our details, illustrations, pattern and designs created by Cecile’s Paper Co.
I have seen a LOT of wedding invitations through the years- from styling them for magazine features to culling stationery images for an article, paper details were always one of my favorite elements and definitely one of the most important to me for our wedding! This invitation is quite literally the wedding invitation suite of my DREAMS created by Cecile’s Paper Co.
Since we had such a small guest count, we were able to create a highly unique gifting experience for our wedding invitations. Each guest received this linen keepsake box that was tied with our pattern ribbon and a die-cut hummingbird. When guests opened the box they saw a beautiful Pink Phlox paper floral structure created by Summer Space Studio. Nick and I got engaged (and married) on Pink Moon. The Pink Moon was named after the pink phlox flower so we thought it was a very meaningful touch! In the pocket of the box held the guest’s wedding invitation. Courtney with Cecile’s Paper Co. created a custom pattern for us that incorporated all the special elements of our love story.
The illustrations included hummingbirds for my grandmother, moons for the day Nick proposed, melons for Nick’s family, lemons, and Villa Cimbrone statues to represent our wedding venue. There were so many meaningful elements to our invitation that it’s hard to pick a favorite but the one-of-a-kind calligraphy script Haniya Calligraphy created that drew inspiration from our location and historical Italian handwriting is truly spectacular. Also, how gorgeous is the photo backdrop with our pattern? Courtney created so Rebecca Yale could photograph our invite in all its glory!
You can see a video and behind-the-scenes unboxing of the wedding invitations here on my Instagram!
We had so many details that were thoroughly integrated into the design. Pink is my favorite color so I knew we would be working with this color in our palette but I wanted to make sure that it was soft, romantic, and not overpowering.
We knew we wanted to have moons, pink phlox, feathers, and hummingbirds in our theme as well. The Pink Phlox is what the Pink Moon has been named after. The Pink Phlox illustration was on beautiful floral vases that covered the wedding reception table and the cocktail hour. We had white napkins with white embroidered moons on them for the dinner napkins. We also had our custom pattern painted onto chargers for the wedding dinner! This was definitely one of my favorite design elements. We also had our custom pattern made into a dance floor in the crypt!
You can see a video and behind-the-scenes of our wedding design here on my Instagram!
Feathers are a really big part of the day because hummingbirds are often symbolized as messengers from your guardian angels. My grandmother, K-mom, loved hummingbirds and she pops in to say hello on big occasions. We saw a hummingbird the day Nick proposed, the day we told our parents we were getting married, dress shopping, the day of the wedding birds swarmed above at my bridal portraits and while we were getting ready, a bird flew into our suite. I can’t make this up! My other grandmother, Grandma Marty, had a yellow canary, at engagement photos with Jose Villa I wore a pink dress with yellow canaries.
After working at The Knot for so many years and seeing so many spectacular gowns, I still always envisioned a beautiful lace long sleeve dress as my bridal gown. This was definitely the only thing I knew for certain when I went into planning my wedding!
My mom and I went dress shopping in Los Angeles with my best friend and wedding photographer, Rebecca Yale. We popped into Oscar de la Renta after Gabrielle Hurwitz suggested I take a look. I didn’t think much of it as I had my heart set on a different dress! Well, my mom saw this gown and suggested I try it on, after all feathers + hummingbirds were such a big part of our inspiration! Once I slipped into this breathtaking feather gown and started walking toward the mirror, I hysterically started crying!
I saw myself walking onto the terrace of Cimbrone, looking at Nick, feathers blowing in the wind and just knew this was it! Rebecca captured some beautiful moments of my mom and I hugging and crying together in the store that I will forever look back on with a happy heart. Since it was a lot less traditional than I originally anticipated, I waited a few days to make the decision.
Fate stepped in! I called my sister to ask which dress to go with- lace or feathers…and my sister said, “Feathers!” At that moment, I kid you not, a hummingbird flew by! SOLD.
For my getting-ready look, I wore pink slides that Nick had gifted me for Christmas. I worked with Gilda and Pearl to create a custom blush feathered robe and slip. My mom and sister wore these amazing melon-inspired pajama sets in the same blush color!
Why yes, I wore 5 feathered outfits for the week of the wedding! The last number was a feathered shades of pink Pucci dress for dancing!
You can see a video and behind-the-scenes of our wedding design here on my Instagram and shop the looks below in my post!
Here’s to Love, to Laughter and our Happily Ever After!