If we were told to describe the wedding day in 3 words they would be, perfect magical and just wonderful! We honestly couldn’t have asked or dreamed for a more beautiful day!! All down to Julie and Emillie. So thank you for making all our dreams come true and so much more!
I was very privileged when planning this wedding because I only lived about 2 minutes around the corner from Julie, so when planning the wedding I felt that I had been adopted and had this new second home. Which I LOVED!!
So Myself and Ryan found out about Julie (My Secret Italy) through a friend of ours who got married a couple of years earlier who got married in Santa Maria and Julie made all their dreams come true. So when I spoke to them about wanting to get married abroad they told us not to hesitate and get in touch with Julie. So we did we got engaged on April 22nd 2013 and the following week we had plans to go meet Julie. No holding back! As soon as we met her, we fell in love!! Me and Ryan both came out of the coffee shop feeling so excited and just wanted to get planning straight away!! Because of Julie’s love for her brides and how she described them as not clients but people she loved connected with and friends we new we could trust her 200%!! Not only was she emotional about her weddings but also about Santa Maria, and the wonderful locals. We just wanted to get ourselves over there. And we can truly say that everything we heard about Santa Maria was true!!! It is a beautiful magical romantic place and it will always have a special place in our hearts including everyone that lives there. Its so special and would tell everyone to go!! Were already planning to go back soon!!
When we arrived in Santa Maria we were picked up my Domenico and Emillie with another family who had been there previously for a wedding and fell in love with the place so was coming back with the family for a holiday. And just sharing that journey with them made us realise how Julie and Emillie really have a place in peoples hearts and make dreams come true!! We were so excited!!! When we got to Garden Riviera we were all introduced to all the staff who were happy to anything for us. They really did look after us in every way. When we actually left the Garden Riviera to go on our honeymoon, although we loved the hotels we stayed in, we really missed it and wanted to get back there!
For Julie and Emillie it isn’t just a wedding day but is about making sure the whole experience is special and perfect. So introduced us to all the locals, took us to the restaurants. Really is lovely to get a feel of the place. Myself and Ryan and all the guest are in love with Santa Maria and would tell everyone to go without a doubt. The night before the wedding we had all the family and friends meet at the Lido for a BBQ. The food was delicious!! And they really looked after us all. Julie then surprised us with some lanterns to let off which was so beautiful and special!! Something we’ll do every year to remember our time there.
The wedding day. I was strangely calm. I had no worries at all. I said goodbye to Ryan at the square at lunch time and both went our separate ways to get ready. I went to 1861 to get ready with my bridesmaids and my mum. The room was beautiful and so close to the sea. We had such a laugh getting ready! We all did each others hair and makeup which was something I wanted, to keep the vibe as relaxed as possible. Then I was met at the bottom of the hotel stairs by Julie and the Amazing guitar and mandolin players. They were fantastic and really added a extra something special to the day. The ceremony was lovely and personal, we had Ryan’s Granddad say a few words before the vows. Then it was play time, we played on the rocks, paddled in the sea. It was truly perfect!! Then we headed to the square for more drinks thanks to bar Oliver and signed the register. Julie then helped me organise a little surprise for Ryan, he loves classic cars so Julie organised for her friend to pick us up in a classic Fiat which Ryan LOVED! Then we left for Cantina Belvedere. The drive up to medieval Castellabate was breath taking!! The view was out of this world! We went for some more pics around the cobbled streets and old door ways. Was such a beautiful area and perfect for some rustic pics. Then we joined our guest in the restaurant. The place was amazing, panoramic views of the coast were stunning. The food was delish and the staff treated us like royalty! I cant say anything bad about any of it! We had the best night!! The band were my fave, they had such a fun personality and really knew how to get the party started! We danced until the early hours! Then it got emotional, as we witnessed our guests delight at the surprise fireworks. It was such a magical moment and I can say there were tears of pure happiness! Id never felt so loved in all my life!
We have so much to thank Julie for!! If it wasn’t for her we no way would have had the most wonderful, romantic, fun, exciting, stress free day EVER!! She is a wonderful women and she helped me every step of the way!! Julie and Em have become friends for life! I cant thank them enough for all that they have done for us!!!! It was a dream come true.