Tell us about your bridal bouquet.
I chose a waterfall style to make sure the bouquet looked relaxed and they were predominantly white and green (the wedding decor colours) but with hints of blush pink/nude which was the colour underneath my sheer skirt on my wedding dress.
Did you have a wedding theme?
We chose to stick with everything being white and green so it felt very natural, to really embrace the Italian theme and to ensure that we didn’t take away from the amazing view at our wedding reception. We had brown/rustic table decorations to fit in with the wooden bar at the reception and used white balloons to surround the area which looked great on all the sunset pictures!
Tell us about the smaller details that made your wedding at Villa Fondi and Hotel Ambasciatori in Italy even more special.
The wedding cake was a traditional Italian tiered cake and was absolutely huge!! It was far bigger than we expected and really stole the show as it was carried in! Not only that, it was absolutely delicious, so light with hints of lemon which was perfect after a four course dinner!
We flew out to choose our wedding menu in the September before our wedding and we couldn’t have been happier with it! The portion sizes for each course were huge and all of our guests commented on how much food they had and how delicious it was! We were really keen to avoid small portions of generic food that you sometimes get at events with large numbers being catered for. We chose melon and parma ham for our starter to offer something light and refreshing in the heat, followed by asparagus filled pasta with a basil sauce, a main course of steak with pizziola sauce, garlic mushrooms and potato croquettes (these went down a treat!) and then a dessert of strawberry cheesecake! We honestly couldn’t fault any of it! Aside from the usual wine with dinner, we also chose to put on shots of lemoncello after dinner to have as a toast during wedding speeches and then Aperol Spritz and Espresso Martini cocktails for everybody as we danced the night away!
Due to trying to restrict the amount we carried out to Italy with us, we used name places as favours and had personalised wooden wine charms for everyone. We went slightly ‘out there’ for our table settings and decided to mix the tables so our guests sat with people who they didn’t know. This worked so well and made us so happy, it was great to see everyone mixing and socialising all night with people they’d never met before. This really was a benefit to having the wedding abroad as so many people were with us in Sorrento for several days or a week so they had chance to really get to know each other!
We had a DJ after the dinner and had sparklers distributed to all the guests to start the night of dancing which made for a really special moment!
How did you find the planning experience from booking to the big day?
The planning experience was so much easier than I could have expected. Lisa made the process so simple and kept us so on track, telling us when we had to make certain decisions and what our options were. I just don’t think we could have pulled off a wedding in Sorrento without the help of an expert like Lisa. It was also so useful to have Matt available to help walk us through all of the legal side of marrying abroad too, I wouldn’t have had a clue where to start!
What’s your best memory from the day?
Sitting at the top table looking out over the Bay with my new husband, listening to a playlist we spent hours creating, watching the most perfect sunset and seeing all of our fiends and family enjoying themselves. We had a moment were we both just looked each other and smiled at how perfect the moment was!
What do you think makes a wedding abroad stand out from a wedding in the UK?
It’s not just a day, it becomes a week with your closest friends and family and you get to spend so much more time with everyone. If we’d married at home we’d have been so frantic just trying to spend time with everyone on the day itself. Instead, I didn’t have to worry about this as I’d spent several days ahead of the wedding with everyone and we’d created so many more special meaningful memories. You spend so long thinking of and planning your special day that I can’t imagine it only lasting a few hours!
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