Andrea and Jerry’s destination wedding at Villa Eva showcased the very best of the Amalfi Coast and featured a glamorous, modern twist on traditional Italian style. Planning a wedding from another country is no easy feat, but the team at The Amalfi Experience made the experience effortless and pain-free, planning everything from the couple’s intimate ceremony in Duomo di Sant’Andrea to their surprise reception with a view of the iconic Italian coast. Francesco di Bianco infused a classic feel into the floral design with a soft palette of blooms and lots of greenery that also added a fresh burst of organic elegance. The true showstopper of this event was Andrea’s lace Tara Lauren, which she styled with crystal and gold accessories, and a long champagne-colored veil, to create her own version of Old Hollywood glam. We are hopelessly in love with every moment of this Italian wedding and the way Gianni Di Natale captured it all!
Andrea and Jerry
Duomo di Sant’Andrea and Villa Eva, Ravello, Amalfi Coast, Italy
We made sure our wedding was within our budget but also reflected us as a couple. It could have been easy to listen to what everyone wanted us to do and to get distracted by all the wonderful ideas on Instagram and Pinterest. So, we made sure that every detail was either significant to us as a couple or something that we both genuinely liked. Our goal was to have an intimate wedding with our closest family and friends and to have it feel magical, whimsical, romantic, and fun! We didn’t want our wedding to be too serious.
We planned the entire wedding with The Amalfi Experience overseas. Everything was done through emails and by looking at pictures. (We had never been to the town of Amalfi or Ravello.) So, even though we had been planning the whole day for months, the final product was beyond what we could have dreamed!
My style inspiration was the Italian culture with traditional Catholic influence. I wanted a unique dress that had an interesting lace pattern, long sleeves, and a deep V-neck. I found Tara Lauren when my best friend was trying on dresses for her wedding day, and I instantly fell in love with her Harlow dress. So, when it was my turn to go dress shopping, I immediately went to Mary Me Bridal to try it on. There was no denying it was the one! I added length to the train of the dress to create a more dramatic effect when I walked down the aisle.
We kept the reception venue a surprise for our guests and seeing the look on their faces once we arrived in Ravello at Villa Eva was one of the most memorable parts of the day. We had The Neapolitan Quintet playing live, cheerful, upbeat music as the guests walked in. Once they walked in they were welcomed by a beautiful view of the Amalfi Coast. It was magical!
I’m a novice at calligraphy, but I decided early on that I wanted to do my own place cards for the dinner table. Everyone ended up keeping their name cards because they knew that I had personally handwritten each and every one of them!
One of the most memorable parts of the wedding was a surprise that we had for the guests. Our wedding planner, Lucy, is also a fantastic jazz singer! So, I asked her if she could please surprise everyone during dinner with a song or two. She sang “At Last” in her own rendition along with the band we hired…the collaboration was perfect! We had people running back from the bathroom when they heard live singing start and everyone was so surprised to see that the voice was coming from our very own wedding planner. It was definitely a highlight of the night.
Congratulations to Andrea and Jerry, and a special thanks to Gianni Di Natale for sharing this gorgeous Italian wedding at Villa Eva with Junebug! Want to see more destination wedding magic? This Brazilian couple planned their fashion-forward Italian destination wedding in only four months!