Magical, beautiful, perfect, romantic, flawless… All words our families and friends used when reminiscing about our wedding in the beautiful Santa Maria Di Castellabate… And it’s all down to the amazing Julie, Emillie and the rest of the team from my secret Italy. The location itself provided a stunning backdrop but it was the details and perfect execution from Julie and Emillie that made our wedding and the days either side a truly memorable experience not only for Rory and I but all of our guests!
As soon as we drove into Santa Maria last August, we got it! This may be a local favourite summer spot but for us brits, it was literally unknown. Before we arrived, we’d struggled to find a location and wedding planner that hadn’t hosted hundreds of weddings each year. We wanted somewhere unique and a planner who got us and our vision. After a recommendation (so glad I was moaning about our lack of success in work one day!!), I started to research My Secret Italy and very shortly after my first email, Julie and I were on the phone and starting to get to know each other. I remembered getting off the phone with a huge smile and sigh of relief… I knew without a doubt she was the one and that we’d work well together. Little did I know that in the 9 months to follow she would become a friend, a co-visionary and sometimes mammy!! Julie was so confident that she understood my long wish list and our vision that we only visited three venues, saving “the one” for last… Just before sunset on a beautiful August evening… I cried… It was perfect and even better, we’d be the first wedding in this location, which was what I wanted most. Exclusive, romantic, rustic, beautiful.. The Il Calesse courtyard, in the old palace in the old town of Castellabate was everything I could have dreamed of. And Julie knew it! So with that, we were on our journey.
Julie and I would touch base regularly but not too much… She understood my busy life and was flexible to work around out, reminding me well ahead of decision deadlines and keeping me on track. But my favourite part of working with Julie was the random messages I would get when she had another great idea of how we could enhance the wedding, venue, reception,etc.. Floating candles amongst the trees, the homemade limoncello tiramisu for dessert, even the perfect photographer for us and our style (thanks to the wonderful Chelsea Shoesmith – amazing photos, such a warm, hilarious woman who fast became part of our Jory Jenlin wedding party! )
Julie and Emillie, you both completely turned my dream wedding Pinterest board into our reality and have given us a lifetime of such wonderful memories. We have all left holding a piece of Santa Maria in our hearts and I know most of our guests will return. There was so much beauty and love around us and you are all a part of that! I’m going to miss feeling like a local celebrity… “oggi mi sposo!!!!”
It’s only been a week and I miss you both already!! Let’s do it all over again in a few years and we can renew our vows!!
Sending you both huge hugs and all our love!! I’m so honoured you chose us as well as us choosing you… We were a perfect match!