My Secret Italy…Wow! It really is this and so much more…Like all the other brides I couldn’t believe all the reviews could be so fabulous from past couples, but I certainly found out for myself how true they really were.
We knew we wanted to get married in Italy and when Noel met a friend of his who had been a guest at a wedding in Santa Maria and was raving about it, he found out the wedding planner details and sent them on. – We emailed Julie and so it began! Picking the date was probably the hardest part!! But Julie being Julie made it happen. I am pretty laid back, both of us are really and it worked perfectly with Julie as she is so in tune with what kind of bride is a ‘My Secret Italy Bride!’ We kind of left Julie to it, from the moment we spoke I knew immediately we could trust her to plan our wedding.
I did all my bits in Ireland and Julie organised everything in Italy so zero stress for the bride!
We did not go over to see Santa Maria before the wedding (Julies idea) it was kept as a complete surprise and it was so magical when we arrived-such a beautiful place! From that moment on and when Julie was there to meet us, she made us feel so special and as my parents had arrived a few days before us, they were already good friends and meeting for coffee and a croissant every morning!
We stayed in the Villa Sirio Hotel and were made to feel so welcome, and who could ask for more with a room overlooking the sea and the sound of the waves… Alessandra really looked after us and also helped with the wedding! Julie is really like one of the locals, she knows everyone!
We were enchanted by Santa Maria and would not have made it there if it wasn’t for Julie and her passion for weddings and romance and all things Italian…
Obviously you can’t help but feel a little bit anxious as all these guests have travelled a long way to share your wedding day, but knowing Julie had organised everything for the guests also made everything so much easier and we did not need to worry about anything!
The wedding day was magical-even the heavy rain before the wedding didn’t bother me (although being from Ireland I really thought we might have a rain free day!) I just knew it would pass in time for us to leave the hotel and it did! –if Julie could arrange the weather she would do it!
Everything was amazing all day, all the guests were wowed by the views on the way up on the bus to Castetellabate, the Church, the string quartet (amazing!) The views when we got to the square for canapés, the mandolin and guitar player, the cute little alleyways we passed through on the way to the restaurant-Cantina Belvedere. And another spectacular view! Just as the sun was starting to fade slightly.-it made it all so magical!-it took peoples breath away. The band, who I think played well over their time for us Irish-were fantastic…. Nisha – another find of Julie’s! who as I write this has just sent us a slideshow taster of our day-absolutely amazing, it has brought it all back!
Thank you Julie, Emillie & Alessandra x
Noel and I are so grateful for making our wedding day/week in Italy so memorable. I know every wedding day is one to remember but Julie does go above and beyond what you would expect and more…
Julie’s enthusiasm for weddings and romance are infectious and I don’t think there is a wedding planner out there with more romance in their veins! Julie will do anything to make your day the best imaginable. She makes you feel so special, Julie and Emillie really took us into their hearts and into their Secret Italy- Let them take you there too – don’t even think about it!
Julie, thank you with all our love for all you did for us. You are an amazing person with a huge heart and it’s hard to find the words… Ciao,for now…Gillian & Noel xxx