Sorry it’s taken just over a week to write this, but it had to be something that wasn’t rushed! …….
“So, over eighteen months ago now, newly engaged and dead set on getting married in Italy, I was emailing wedding planners here, there and everywhere. I was so sick of getting generic email after generic email, realising if they couldn’t spare 5 minutes to reply to me personally to sell their services, what were they going to be like on the day!
On a teeny little wedding website I found this Castellabate, and after less than five minutes of searching google…. Voila!!!!! I was like ooooh…. Oh…. Awwww…. Wow. Haha. Emailed Julie quickly, and got an immediate response…. ‘Are you free, I can ring you?’. Well, I was sold right then and there!!!! Amazing from the word go!
Over the next 18 months, Carl and I, only being 25 minutes down the road, met Julie around a dozen times at Cafe Neros!!! Most of the time spent catching up and chatting, getting to know each other, her telling us all about the weddings she had had last summer. So much so, that it felt like a good friend was now planning our wedding.
The lead upto the wedding was amazing, so so so stress free!!!! People would ask me was the planning stressing me out…. And I would say no, I have someone wonderful doing it all for me!!! Sorry Julie if you then took all on that stress for me?!? Does it have to go somewhere?!
Arriving in our little Santa Maria di Castellabate…. Well, words can’t describe it! Perfect, rustic, small, dainty and completely unspoilt. Right from the get go you and Emillie introduced us to everyone (she was brilliant here…..thanks Em!). Over the next few days, all the final touches were completed, getting to meet everyone in advance who would be in our involved wedding was wonderful, felt like royalty!!!
Once our guests arrived a few days later, each and everyone of them were made to feel so welcome, by you, Emillie, Jan and the hotel. It was amazing, everybody fell in love with the place just as we had done. It was so amazing showing them round with them just saying the same ‘oohs and aaaahhs’ that we first had!! The ‘hen and stag’ night went off like a storm, again all organised by Julie! All the girls in particular were totally amazed by Tonino and Mocaria. It is a MUST visit for everyone visiting SMdC!!!
So the wedding day itself…… Julie came to meet me around lunchtime on the beach, as I had been in a different hotel that night, with prosecco and strawberries and ‘I can’t believe you’re in the sea on your wedding day!!!’. Again I was 100% relaxed!! My poor husband to be and very good friend Kelly seemed to be taking the brunt of all the stressful wedding day feelings for me!!! I can’t complain!
Well the ceremony, I just can’t put into words, just unbelievably amazing!!! Guitar and mandolin player were a huge hit with everyone, particularly in the square while they were waiting for us to return!!! The nibbles and prosecco were also great!! The whole thing on Torre Perrotti was just….. WOW!!!
The Lido…. Again indescribable, Rosanna had done an impeccable job, it was just gorgeous!! Every part of that night was just amazing, too many things to mention…. But I have to say the BAND!!!!! Wow…. A 100% must!!! They were again a huge hit, and made our night what it was!! Having them sing and play our first dance…. Well you can imagine!
So as you can see, I have nothing but praises for Julie, and I can’t sing them highly enough. The service she offers and follows through on, is so far removed from the people I originally spoke to, I swear she needs a new job title as ‘wedding planner’ just doesn’t do her justice, because its puts her in the same league as all the others. Her services are SO FAR above and beyond the call of duty it’s untrue!!! I have no hesitations whatsoever in recommending her, of which I’ve already done :-)!!
We really can’t thank you enough Julie, not only did you make our wedding what it was, you helped us to be able to enjoy it the way we wanted it to, STRESS FREE and about us, both in the build up and on the actual day. You also made each and everyone of our 36 guests have the best ever experience possible….. A lot have caught the Italian and particularly, SMdC, bug just like us, and will no doubt be surely returning for more!!! It was beyond amazing. Felt like a dream!!
We just wanted to say a special thank you to Emillie too, she was really great with all our guests, and made us feel so welcome in our first few days!! And Jan too!!! Thank you!!
And just a little apology at how long this thing is :-/ it all needed saying!!!
Thank you to the moon and back!!!!
Fiona and Carl xxxxxxxx