Jenny and I had been planning on getting married in Italy for over a year – initially we were looking at somewhere in the Lakes to the North. Having contacted various organisers in that area, without any real success or making any progress, we were becoming disillusioned and frustrated, and thought that perhaps we would have to compromise start looking at getting married back home – it was proving to just be too difficult to get going.
However, by complete chance we came across Julie at a wedding fayre just round the corner from where we live – and we were amazed to find that Julie also lived about 5 minutes for us! We had a quick look over the brochures and literature that Julie has, and had pretty much decided there and then that we would ask Julie to help us.
By the morning after, we have two very detailed e-mails from Julie setting out the options available to us – totally different from our previous experience with the organisers we already attempted to make plans with. The decision was really quite simple then, and is one that we have never regretted.
Julie is always available and ready to help – whether it be creative ideas or practical suggestions – and is able to control what is obviously a very stressful time.
The village of Santa Maria di Castellabate is breathtaking – apart from the stunning scenery, the beach and (of course) the weather – we were always well looked after by the locals: from being serenaded by waiters in restaurants, to randomly playing guitar with the mayor one evening, from being welcomed with open arms by the Baroness of the Torre Perrotti to Domenico the taxi driver, who looked after our guests beyond belief.
Julie, with her knowledge of the local area and business, is also able to ensure that any trips or nights out can be planned with ease. Julie arranged a boat trip for us all so we could see more of the coast and it transpired that the owner of the boat was a professional diver who had discovered a number of Roman artefacts on the sea floor.
We also asked that Julie arrange Stag and Hen nights before the wedding. The guys ended up going for a BBQ at Il Cenito, with the girls going to a restaurant in Castellabate Both places were fabulous and both parties had a special night to remember..
We got married at the Torro Perotti which was put simply stunning. I can only suggest you look at the pictures Julie has to get an idea, but even they probably don’t do it justice in all honesty. We could not imagine a more perfect setting for our wedding.
Julie is more than just a wedding organiser – as you can see hopefully from the above, she goes a long way to ensure that everything is perfect for the whole time you spend in Italy, and not just the Wedding day itself.
Julie also however arranged our honeymoon for us. We wanted to also spend some time at Sorrento whilst we were in the area, and we ended up splitting our time between two hotels – Conca Park and Relais Blu. Conca Park is a decent 4 star hotel located in central Sorrento, within easy walking distance of all the main sites, including the bars and restaurants on the > If you’re planning on going to Sorrento, this is a decent base from which you can get to the main sites.
Relais Blu however is something else entirely – pure luxury. The Hotel is quite remote, being located up in the hills past Sorrento which may not suit everyone (unless you have a car). However, after all the planning and the build up to the wedding, we were more than happy to just spend our time at the hotel, by the poolside, or in our room, admiring the views over Capri and Ischia, watching the sun set each evening, whilst enjoying cocktails and Michelin Star quality food and service. If you can, you should go.
We really can not express our gratitude to our Italian Wedding planner, Julie enough – the entire experience (and not just the wedding day) was everything that we had hoped for, and more.
We truly consider Julie to be a friend now and will always remain in touch.
Mark and Jenny