This is one of those weddings where I really, really, REALLY struggled to select which images to feature, as they are all beautiful! From start to finish, everything about this Italian destination wedding is just perfection…
The fashion, the venue, the flowers, the decor, the photography – honestly, it ALL has me weak at the knees. We feature incredible weddings on RMW but this is one of those that has stolen my heart, it’s the gorgeous atmosphere captured in the photographs as well as how stunning everything is of course!! I think from my total lack of eloquence you can tell that I’m not sure where to begin with describing it to you, so I’m just going to let you enjoy the images from Matt Horan and let Heather tell you all about it!
Enjoy this absolute cracker of a wedding lovely ones.
When looking for THE dress I wanted something slim fitting, flattering (obviously), a bit sexy but still bridal. I found my dress in a little boutique in the village where I grew up, The White Gallery in Ramsbottom. It was an Allure Bridal, vintage inspired lace gown. I had the back made lower & changed the slip colour to ivory instead of cafe so it looked cleaner & brighter. I loved it & felt like me in it. I also bought my veil from The White Gallery & my headpiece was handmade. I loved my headpiece as it was a bit bohemian with lots of pearls on it (I love pearls) and it matched the detail of the lace perfectly. I had simple pearl studs in my ears that were a gift from Helen, my Maid of Honour. The rings I wore were my Grandma’s old ring & my Mother in law’s ring (something blue).
Villa Oliviero, Positano. What a truly beautiful place. For us, the venue was key & as soon as we got engaged we knew we wanted to get married outdoors, in the sunshine & near the sea. We fell in love with Italy a long time ago – the food, the scenery, the wine, the language, the style. What’s not to love? We Found Villa Oliviero through our wedding planner Valentina from SposiamoVi. We visited in May 2013 & saw 5 venues. Villa Oliviero was the last one we saw & we nearly didn’t go!!!! Boy, was it worth the walk up the big hill. As soon as got there we both knew we had found the most perfect place. It’s heavenly. The wedding was held over the 2 terraces & the pool area. The views, the food, the staff, the rooms were all fabulous. It was the perfect wedding venue for us.
The colour theme was peaches & cream. I love pastel colours & I wanted it all to look dreamy & subtle. Décor wise as Villa Oliviero was such a stunning venue & the views so incredible we decided to keep everything to a minimum. I don’t like too much fuss. A simple, less is more approach. We had small floral centrepieces with vintage flags in the holding the table numbers. Little ‘hooray’ flags for a bit of fun & luggage tags as name places. I also bought some white paper fans from Amazon for the ceremony to keep everyone cool! There were candles through out the villa too to make it look pretty at night. My bridesmaid Nat made these lovely candlesticks with little labels on them saying “Let love sparkle” with our name & wedding date on them. Such a lovely DIY idea. She bought the candlesticks from Amazon & had the labels made online.
One of my favourite things about the whole wedding was our flower arch! It was dreamy. We also had a photo booth frame made with flowers all around it which was very pretty & captured the view in the background over the sea. My bouquet was peach, cream, pink & cream mainly roses & peonies. Peonies are my favourite flower. The bridesmaids had small posies of peonies. Our centre pieces were quite small & simple keeping in line with the pastel colour theme. We had tea light candles on the table also.
The Wedding Party
I wanted the Bridesmaids in cream or ivory to keep in line with the simple, dreamy theme & I love the bohemian look of flower crowns – they all looked fab. The boys were all in polka dot dickie bows which I thought were quite cheeky looking – exactly in line with Paul! Cheeky!
I walked down the aisle to ‘Evergreen’ by Barbra Streisand which means a lot to me & is one of my favourite songs & back up the aisle to ‘You’ve Got The Love’ by Candi Staton We both love that song!
One of my best friends, Ben read a reading called “That Is All” which was an extract from a song & was beautiful. Paul’s Uncle John, his Dad’s brother read my favourite short poem, “Chaos With The Stars”. Paul’s Dad sadly died a few years ago so it was very special for his brother to do this reading…
“And I’d choose you; in a hundred lifetimes, in a hundred worlds, in any version of reality, I’d find you and I’d choose you.”
Finally as a surprise at the end of the speeches, Paul’s elder brother, the talented Nicky had written a brilliant poem called “R Kid Brother” about Paul. A brilliant, funny, extremely well written poem that had everyone in stitches & was a lovely surprise!
Our good friend, Paul Hand provided our entertainment in the evening & after the ceremony & he was brilliant. He played an hour acoustically after the ceremony & then 2 hours in the evening. Highly recommend Paul! He played an eclectic range of songs we both love & got everyone up dancing!
Basically lots of Italian fare, pasta with mussels, carne (steak) and cake! It was delicious!
What a find Matt was! He’s very talented, a really nice guy & is so easy to be around. Everyone loved him!
We found Marco through our wedding planner at SposiamoVi. Marco’s films are so beautiful & he is such a professional. He knows what he’s looking for & needs & directed us really well throughout to make a really stunning film.