CIAO, I am Julie & I love creating magical wedding & hotel experiences, that will stay with you forever.
Before becoming a wedding planner in 2005, I was a luxury travel agent, specializing in helping couples with their honeymoon. This is when I began my love-affair with Italy and realised my passion for event planning and finding the perfect places to get married & stay in this wonderful country. On a holiday to Italy in 2002, I discovered, one of Italy’s best-kept secrets, the twinkly sea-side town of Santa Maria di Castellabate. It is perfect for a wedding, and where most of ours take place.
My to-do list is never ending, but I would not change it for the world. I am with you, every step of the way and this combined with language skills and expert local knowledge, I will become your friend, confidante & personal concierge into Italy’s best-kept secrets.
I am based in the UK during the winter months, so lots of time for cosy chats & then I head over to Italy for the weddings in the summer, so I am with you every step of the way.
I love anything that sparkles and I believe in a no fuss approach to wedding planning.
By getting to know you & understanding your vision, the possibilities of a romantic Italian wedding are endless.. Want to know more?
I believe that Italy is the most romantic and magical country in the world.
There is a little corner of Santa Maria (a sleepy seaside town that I discovered 17 years ago) where I often stand and look back at the town, and sigh. I will tell you the exact spot.
As the sea crashes against the ancient shoreline, I gaze at the crumbly pale pink palazzos that seem to tumble down to the sea. As the sun sets, (I promise that you will never have seen such beautiful skies), that is when the lights of the tiny village that sits above Santa Maria, start to light up.
It is no wonder I call this place Twinkle Town. Santa Maria di Castellabate will steal your heart for sure.
We are also head over heels in love with Puglia, Amalfi Coast & Venice.
CREATING THE MAGIC
Read the planning guide in your own time, it will help you feel less overwhelmed, and hopefully after reading it, you will have a clearer idea about what you are looking for.
If you would then like a friendly chat about the possibilities of a wedding in Italy, then you can book a complimentary CIAO BELLA call and we can see if we are a good fit. My Secret Italy weddings are bespoke and tailored to suit your requirements and budget. It is your day, and you get to choose all the lovely details that personalise YOUR wedding.
I will take your vision, sprinkle a little My Secret Italy magic, and put together a unique proposal for your wedding that will enchant and delight you.
SAVING THE DATE
Once we have decided on a plan for your wedding & have a clearer idea about the budget, then it is time to Save the Date, how exciting. Most couples book about 18-12 months in advance of the wedding.
Soon as we have set the date, I will set up a FB group, (private) so that you can invite your family & friends to view all the details of the wedding, and find out more about accommodation, flights, and transfers.
Also, I am there during the whole process helping guide you every step of the way, from deciding on where to stay, to how to navigate the legalities for an Italian Wedding. I am also the first person you will see on your arrival, usually, I am the one waiting for you with a cold glass of Prosecco at your hotel.
BELLA ITALIA IS WAITING
BeI am based in the UK during the winter, so we have lots of planning chats about flowers, pre and post wedding events, music & generally discussing how we can create the most magical day for you & your guests. I am always thinking about extra ways I can help make sure your wedding is an event remembered by your family and friends forever.
I know your focus is on your family and friends having the time of their lives, so Let’s do this! I am here, waiting to hear all about your dream day.
Remember too, that I have 17 years of experience, planning weddings in Italy and if I cannot help you then I surely know someone that can.
Ciao Bella, ti aspetto
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