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Teresa and Kirellos, Wedding in Ravello

Teresa & Kirellos

Ravello, August 4th 2016.

 

Where does one start while reviewing the best wedding planner in Italy! Laura Frappa is the most professional, kind, detail oriented, artistic, and caring person I’ve ever met! I feel so lucky to have found her online and worked with her! She is just so lovely!

 

I always knew I wanted to get married in Italy, but when the time actually came, I was a little nervous because I only had a 4-month engagement. My husband and I lived in Los Angeles, got engaged in April and wanted to get married the beginning of August. I reached out to a few wedding planners that had reputable companies, and not only did Laura get back to me the quickest, but she immediately set up a phone call to discuss my dream wedding. We instantly connected at this consultation; therefore I immediately decided that she would be the best for the job. The other planners responded to me within 1-2 weeks. (???) If there is one piece of advice I can give someone about a wedding planner: make sure they are responsive. Laura was professional and responsive from the first day.

 

I described that I wanted a very elegant wedding. Descriptive words: romantic, classical music for the cocktail hour, Frank Sinatra type singer with dinner, exquisite cuisine, and candles, candles, candles. She directed me to the beautiful Villa Cimbrone in Ravello. After looking at photos, I completely agreed. My husband and I flew out to the Amalfi Coast to do a tasting at the venue and view the region. I think it was helpful for me to see everything just for planning purposes, but I can say with certainty that Laura would have advised and handled everything marvelously without the visit anyway. Laura was also kind enough to fly to Ravello for this preparation, and had a very nice scheduled planned for us upon arrival (meeting florist, tasting the food, visiting the hotels etc).

 

Of note, I did not just want her to plan a wedding, I wanted three days of events for my guests, and she was very helpful accommodating everything.

 

The next few months consisted of a few calls and many emails. We selected music, entertainment, chairs, menus, schedules, photographers, videographers, hair/makeup, transportation, etc. She did not leave out a single detail. The process was actually enjoyable. A week before the wedding she sent me a 20+ page PDF with everything we had discussed. The most detailed and wonderful document one could hope for! We discussed a few changes, and finalized everything a few days before everyone left for Italy. When the time came to leave for my trip, I was not nervous about A THING. It was truly time for me to just enjoy all the fruits of our labor… and we did just that. We had 91 guests and three days of events.

Day one: Arrival in Ravello – Welcome Pizza Party at Da Salvatore

HIGHLY RECOMMEND THIS PLACE, food was great, prices were great, and the service was excellent.

Day two: Day in Positano with Lunch at the Rada Restaurant

  • 70 guests took a bus to Amalfi and a boat to Positano in time for lunch from 12-3pm
  • guests then had some time to enjoy the swim/explore Positano before the boat left at 6:30pm
  • Rada Restaurant: The food, service, venue, and the views are PERFECTION.

Day three: wedding day at Villa Cimbrone

  • Ceremony – Santa Maria a Gradillo (very beautiful church, I actually liked it better than the Duomo)
  • Cocktail hour was on the two fountains grassy area with a string quartet
  • Reception was at the Crypt with Vittorio singing with his band
    • OF NOTE: THIS VENUE/CHEF HAS A MICHELINE STAR – the food at the cocktail hour and the dinner was EXQUISITE
    • Vittorio’s beautiful voice was an absolute hit
    • Florist: Armando - excellent
    • Photographer: Carlo Carletti– he was lovely!
    • Videographer: Nitrato D’Argento – they were great!
  • We all had a dance off in the square after the wedding until 2am. No big deal.

Laura and her assistant, Martina, met with me the night before the wedding as I did a trial of my hair and make up. We went over all the details again. Laura worked tirelessly at the church and the venue to make everything perfect. Martina was with us at the hotel, as we were getting ready. She was instructing photographers and videographers and making sure we were all on time. This ENTIRE process went so seamlessly.

 

My husband and I enjoyed every minute of wedding week in the Amalfi Coast. There were a few minor unpreventable hick ups along the way (locating the buses, extending the cocktail hour last minute) but the were easily resolved with Laura. She just has such a professional and kind manner about her that made everything feels so easy! Our guests still talk about our magical wedding; I heard many of them say they felt they were at a celebrity wedding!!! Though I think anyone would feel that way with the Amalfi Coast as the setting… the entire week was an absolute dream, and I have Laura Frappa to thank for making our dream a reality!!!

 

I HIGHLY HIGHLY HIGHLY RECOMMEND THIS COMPANY TO CREATE YOUR DREAM WEDDING. I simply cannot say it enough!!!!

 

Teresa

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