A Heavenly Couple & Their Signature Destination
Rooted on the Amalfi Coast where the ocean challenges the imposing cliffs of Ravello, Villa Cimbrone stands delicate and decadently wild. All its life, the 11th century established romanesque masterpiece has been inspiring unquestioned romance and leaving artists, renowned botanists, composers -the likes of Cosima and Richard Wagner- and intellectuals like Gore Vidal with an everlasting impression of fluidity and grace. Its rise above the roses and oleanders on a plateau where the gaze sweeps to the sea was what captured the heart of our NYC couple who wished us to design their wedding celebration amid the Villas’ gardens, fountains, Nymphaea, and pavilions.
Meg, VP of Strategic Initiatives at Belstone, Founder & Creative Director of Deià and her Jason, Founder & Managing Partner of Belstone and Chairman & Co-Founder of the cold-pressed juice and smoothie company Pure Green, met three years ago during a film screening in New York, and after a ten-hour date the next day, they instantly knew the search was over. They kept busy building their own companies and traveling the world together but it was Ravello what made their hearts skip a bit faster. Reaching out to Exclusive Italy Weddings we knew that these two beautiful souls were in for a treat.
Like an extraordinary Ocean Song lilac rose to blossom, our inspiration embraced the Villa’s botanical allure. We created invitation suites with tons of beautiful pastel colors, pale lilac, blush pink, light lime green and white, florals and gold etched butterflies to evoke the ceremony’s enchanted garden theme, paired to pale lilac envelopes with gold liner and illustrated map of Ravello’s landmarks. A gold M&J crest was created as a nod to the iconic Villa Cimbrone fountain and the delicate palette of the wedding.
The romantic bridal bouquet came perfectly unstructured and organic in natural shapes of roses blush and pale lilac, Café –au -lait Dahlias, light white and pink astilbe, light greens hydrangea, clematis, and delicate greens, while the bridesmaids carried beautiful pink astilbe bouquets. We created wrist corsages for the couple’s moms, a pink boutonniere for Jason and white for his groomsmen and dads.
Spruce Pre-wedding Cocktail
The day before the wedding Belmond Hotel Caruso ‘s Infinity Pool was set for the welcome cocktails and canapes. Path lighting, assorted white lanterns to frame the poolside and fashion that would make even Gossip girl’s Blair Waldorf envious, set an alluring contemporary welcome cocktail scene that lent an elegant edge to the enjoyment of the night.
Wedding Day Perfection
Villa Cimbrone’s Garden of Two O’s was set for the ceremony with a pale gray aisle runner sisal hemmed in on both sides with varied heights of lilac, blush and white organic florals and greenery. We wished for Meg and Jason to have a romantically styled arch, with big blush, white and lilac flowers in bloom. Variegated ivy and darker greens created depth over the blooms and a group of white lanterns at the base pulled together a sublime look.
We love the ornate delight of white wrought iron Provence chairs for their romantic garden feel, the perfect seating for guests and their romantic ribbon edged wedding programs and personalized fans the couple had prepared, and if you’re into tossing petals in style then let us say that lilac is such a beautiful alternative to the traditional blush. When black-tie attired guests arrived, Meg appeared before Jason in a gorgeous bridal gown and accessories, all designed by herself.
Belvedere Infinity Slings
You always need some time to unwind before the wedding feast begins, to languidly chat to the sounds of a Bossanova Band sitting under the iconic Belvedere Temple is a total warm-up right? Now add up the marble busts of a laurel-crowned hall of fame, sparkling against the azure waters of the Mediterranean below, organic floral arrangements cascading from vases and the sweet outline of Cliento Mountains in the distance curving under crepuscular skies. How magical!
Pastel Wedding Reception Soaked in Glows and Vines
For Meg and Jason’s reception dinner, the Garden of Two Fountains was illuminated by candles while olive trees and bushes were lit with dancing and fairy lights. Meg and Jason took their seats adorned with white foulard and greens while guests dined at long rectangular tables amidst organic florals in the wedding’s overall palette, candles of varied heights and thin vines draping elegantly to the ground between place settings. As our couple intended the wine selection included El Jardin de Lucía 2013 vintage, leaving everyone with bated breath on how well-curated their destination celebration was. We could go on and rave for hours on this exquisite wedding but we guess it is best if we leave Greg Finck’s images to carry you away.
Image Credits: Greg Finck ©.