Destination I Do
Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Destination Wedding Italy

Words by Alicia Clark
Photos courtesy of Archetype Studio Inc.

The word ‘magical,’ comes to mind again and again when hearing the story of the marriage of Katie and James in Ravello, Italy. From the carefully planned proposal, to their stunning Italian nuptials, the entire journey to W-day was a dreamy and joyful affair.

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After James proposed to Katie, the couple was sure of two things: One, they did not want to have a drawn-out engagement and two, they did not want to stay local. After coming to these conclusions, the choice to be married in Italy was an easy one. The couple had visited the area before on their own and as a couple, and fell in love with the breathtaking landscape.

Six months is not a long time to plan a wedding, especially one on a different continent, and for this reason organization was key. In order to keep themselves on track, the couple employed the help of a wedding planner local to the area.

“I think it’s important to have an ally that is located in your destination working for your event,” the bride said. “I was able to negotiate the best pricing possible and felt very assured that what I was requesting would be what I would get.”

The only bump in the road the couple met while planning their destination wedding appeared when they were going through customs upon arriving in Italy. The Italian government feared she was bringing her gown from America to sell in Italy (obviously not the case). Because of this assumption, the customs agents demanded she pay a huge tax on the gown in order to bring it into the country. The whole ordeal took two hours to sort out and was not a happy way to start out a wedding.

Katie stresses the importance of brushing up on customs knowledge for other destination brides so they do not have a similar experience themselves. Despite this minor complication, the couple could not have been happier with the way their wedding turned out. They were thrilled to have been able to share all of Italy’s culture and beauty with their guests and could not have asked for a more perfect day.

“It was extremely important to James and I that our wedding guests truly experienced the Italy that we fell in love with,” the bride said. “Creating an experience that was full of romance, laughter and fulfillment for everyone.”

Vendors: Photographer: Archetype Studio Inc, Event Planner: Laura Frappa with Exclusive Italy Weddings, Flowers: Malafronte Flowers, Makeup/Hair: Gerardo Serretiello & Gisella, Ceremony Site: Tea-Room of the Villa Cimbrone, Cinematography: Weiss Eubanks Films, Wedding Gown: Rivini, Bride’s Necklace & Bracelet: BHLDN

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