SEPTEMBER 17 - 21, 2019




For Destination Wedding Photographers/Videographers and Planners

Crumbling Palazzos, starry skies and a destination so romantic that it will take your breath away. I  believe that there is nowhere quite like Italy for creating love stories, whether you are a wedding planner, videographer or photographer looking to include destination weddings in your portfolio, then this retreat is perfect for yo

It is undeniable that all of us are more than a little in love with Italy.  The laid back charm of the people, the language, the romance.  The possibilities of a romantic destination wedding in Italy are endless and after planning 100’s of weddings in Italy and Co Hosting the fabulous Secret Retreat Photography Workshop, I decided it was time to invite story tellers to experience MY SECRET ITALY.  A lot of time and planning has gone into this retreat and in choosing the team.

It is all about connection, and boy did I connect  with all these creatives from the word go, I loved their instagram posts, their films, their images, the way they wrote, the stories they told.  I reached out to them, explained my vision and they all were delighted to be invited along and said YES almost immediately.  

 The name of the retreat, well that was easy, Storie di Amore – Love Stories 

Because after all, that is what we all do.  Let’s get together and make our love  stories more creative, more magical and learn from the best.  

  After 3 years successfully co-hosting the Secret Retreat Photography Workshop,  I believed that it was time to organise an event for story tellers in one of Italy’s most beautiful spots.     The Secret Retreat was a complete success – selling out in a matter of hours. It was voted by JUNEBUG Weddings as one of the best retreats to attend for 2 years running.   

Storie di Amore promises to be even more amazing,  All the team are already in love with Italy, and cannot wait to share their knowledge with you.  

 If You..

*WANT to know more about branding your business, who your ideal client is and more importantly how to find them in a crowded market place.  

*WANT  2 amazing Italian styled shoots in your portfolio so that you can promote yourself as a destination videographer/photographer/planner.

   *WANT to move into Videography from Photography  and perhaps offer the two services.

*WANT to find out more about creating content for editorials and blogs. Which blogs are best suited to your business and how to submit.

*WANT to network with some amazing creatives and spend 4 nights on Italy’s southern shores, sharing stories, laughs and making new friends in the most stunning location (one of Italy’s best kept secrets)

then Storie di Amore is for you… 






In a career spanning well over a decade, Philip has created wedding videos for over five hundred couples across the world. Philip has become has become a leading figure in the wedding videography world with thousands of fellow wedding videographers influenced by his unique style of videography.

 Philip White is regarded by many as the world’s best wedding videographer. In 2015 he was named as one of the world’s ten best Wedding Videographers and in 2016 was recognised by Sony Pro Europe as an Industry certified Expert.   We are delighted to have Philip on board in Italy.





Valentina is based in London and is an incredible stylist and wedding planner. Originally from Rome, so who better to invite along to join us in Italy. As a stylist she loves to push the boundaries of what is expected and what is normal. She has a wild imagination and  has already created vision boards for 2 amazing styled shoots that will take place on the retreat. Valentina is regularly featured in well known wedding blogs such as Love My Dress, Rock My Wedding and Green Wedding Shoes





Since 2010 Hannah Millard has been photographing weddings around Europe in her signature informal style. In 2013 Hannah started creating wedding films alongside her photography. In 2014 she won a coveted spot as one of Rangefinder magazine’s 30 Rising Stars of Wedding Photography. Hannah has taught workshops and spoken at events including Snap Photography Festival, Photography Farm and Way Up North





Neil is an amazing storyteller. Specialising in Destination Weddings, he has experienced film making all over the world including Italy, France, Greece, India and Mexico.  This year his travels take him to Thailand.  He has a great understanding of composition, editing and sound design and knows what makes the perfect wedding film.  In his word’s – the films must be organic, unique and most importantly authentic.   The care and attention it takes to take it from  ‘The wedding video’ to ‘Our Wedding Film’ is something that cannot be quantified. It is about empathy, understanding and skill. Blended all together makes for an experienced “Film-Maker” not just a “Wedding Videographer”





Melissa Love is a graphic designer and website developer who works with creative professionals to help them develop a strong brand presence and stand out in a crowded market.

She is passionate about affordable design for small businesses and founded The Design Space to help photographers, designers and other makers grow their businesses on and offline. Based in the UK, she is also a keen photographer.

She is a leading industry speaker and online teacher. 





Natalie Wheat is a contemporary, fine art, reportage and documentary photographer, with extensive experience shooting destination weddings. She is a storyteller who will be showing you how to create a compelling narrative during destination weddings. She’ll be leading a styled shoot and sharing tips about getting featured on blogs and who to approach when it comes to creating content for editorial features.

Natalie is based in the UK shooting all over the world 


This retreat will be a wondrous experience. Like any social gathering or relationship (and workshops are both), the most successful ones seem fated, even magical. Over the space of a few days, a great exchange between complete strangers will take place as extravagant, reciprocal gifts of time, creative energy and emotion and generously bestowed and gratefully received.

When I am planning weddings, and working with photographers and videographers, (I am sure they will tell you), I like to layer the day with magic and surprise, so that the photographs or film tell a beautiful love story. I get to know the couple, listen to what they love, and aim to delight them on their wedding day.  This may be surprising the couple with a vintage white Vespa for photos or asking Baffo the local ice-cream maker to bring gelato to the couple after the ceremony.  For me every wedding is an opportunity to capture the romance and beauty of Italy and tell a magical love story.  

I will leave no stone unturned in surprising you. There will be 2 styled shoots. The first is  a full day shoot in a medieval village, the setting a 17th Century Palazzo courtyard and we get access to the historic Palazzo too. We will be shooting in one of the prettiest villages in Italy which has tiny cobbled streets, narrow alleyways, doorways to die for, and the most breathtaking views over Santa Maria di Castellabate and across to the Amalfi Coast and Capri.  Working with the amazing Valentina from The Stars Inside, she will be styling the shoots, so they will be of a very high quality.  Valentina is working with the industry best for wedding attire, stationary and accessories.  We have the amazing Agnes Black coming to photograph the event, she will be capturing images for the suppliers involved and telling the story of everything that unfolds over the 4 days.  We will cover all elements of a wedding day, starting with bridal preparation, ceremony, table scape, sunset kiss, first dance and of course a cake, which is being supplied by Jen, from Edible Essence,  she is flying in especially to bring the most amazing cake for our shoot.  You will get to meet the models before the shoots, and see them at least 1 month before the retreat.

Our shoot on Day 2, involves another gorgeous couple in a different location.   For those of you that have a wedding planning business, there will be sessions for you to find out more about how weddings in Italy work and how to book the perfect Italian Wedding.    There will be an option to stay on another day and to visit some venues on the coast and also along the Amalfi Coast too.  

Julie x

I cannot wait to share My Secret Italy with you all.

Cost of retreat

A deposit of £300 will secure your place.

The balance of £1,300 will be due on 28th July 2019.
Apart from your flights, accommodation in your own double room with outside space, meals, transfers & the fabulous learning experience, are all included.



Check in

Meet & Greet around the pool, Prosecco and Light Lunch before time to settle in and chill out around the pool

Introductions and Dinner overlooking the Port of San Marco.  


We feel that in order to create the perfect love story, you have to know and love your business, so on your first day Melissa Love will be talking to you about branding, websites and helping you discover who your Ideal Client is and where to find them.

Hannah Millard will be teaching about Fusion, how she moved from Photography to video and sharing her tips and knowledge with you all

Neil from Authentic Wedding Films will be talking to you about Destination Weddings, how to get them, how to approach a wedding planners, what kit you need and more about his style.

 Natalie, from Agnes Black,  will be talking to you about creating content for editorials, and submitting to blogs and more about the shoots. 

After Lunch, then we will be back to the Classroom for the master class with Mr Philip White. He will be talking for most of the afternoon about all the things he has learned over his career, his approach and methods of shooting. 

After a fairly intense day we will have time for a quick swim in the pool before a very relaxed evening and dinner at the hotel.




So much time, expense and creativity will go into the quality of the shoots for you today.   This retreat is only open to a few so when you are filming, the groups will be small and you will never be fighting for a shot.  There will be 3 groups lead by Natalie, Neil and Hannah.

A short journey  to the   medieval village of Castellabate for an epic styled shoot, taking in all elements of a destination wedding from bridal preparation to the first dance.  

We will have lunch in a little Piazza where time has stood still. The Piazza dates back to 1123.  After a full day of filming/shooting it will be time to capture a  kiss with the couple as the sun sets over Capri, we will have a relaxed dinner in the village, fuelled by fairy lights and candles, before returning to the hotel.  

Whilst the videographers and photographers are busy on the shoots, there will be time for the planner to learn more about weddings in Italy and how to plan the perfect Italian wedding. 




After Breakfast we will be continuing our love storytelling journey with a new couple, hopelessly in love, and focusing on an elopement.  This will take place in San Marco, and there will be lots of time to walk around filming the village, the locals and the couple in this styled shoot.  

Lunch at the hotel will be followed by our final classroom session to discuss what we have learned and ask any questions.  We will be joined by a few of Julie’s Italian Wedding Planner colleagues who will stick around for the rest of the day and join us for dinner, giving you plenty of time to network with well-known planners.  

We will close early to allow you some time to chill out and prepare for our gala dinner, which will be in Santa Maria di Castellabate.  This will be a surprise event, so you can put your glad rags on and let your hair down.  


Early breakfast and Transfer to Naples for return flights or if you decide to add on a few days, then time to chill around the gorgeous pool. You may also prefer to stay on to explore the nearby Amalfi Coast or the island of Capri.



This stunning hotel is situated on the Cilento Coast in San Marco di Castellabate.  There is FREE WIFI, mini bar in the room, swimming pool, reception that is manned 24/7. This is where we also hosted the Secret Retreat Photography Workshop, so we know and love this hotel.  Our classrooms will take place on a shady private terrace close to the sea.  The rooms are air-conditioned.


Where in Italy
The retreat will take place in the stunning Cilento Coast in the seaside town of San Marco di Castellabate. San Marco is a little port, that dates back to Roman times. It is a quiet sleepy village and authentically Italian in every way. San Marco is a 2 hour transfer from Naples airport. The Cilento Coast lies to the south of the more well known area of Amalfi Coast. The whole area is more traditional with a stunning coastline and part of the Unesco World Heritage Site.  This is the real deal, the real authentic Italia.

How much does it cost?

This retreat costs £1,600
A deposit will secure your place of £350.
The balance of £1,300 will be due on 28th July 2019.

Apart from your flights everything else is included.

Transfers will be included from Naples (Morning Arrival and Departure)

4 Nights in the Mareluna Hotel IN A DOUBLE ROOM JUST FOR YOU.  Should you wish to share, then there will be a slight reduction in the room rate. The rooms all have little outdoor balconies.

All meals, transfers to shoots, wine and beer with meals and an open bar on the last night as well as a few surprises along the way.

Who can attend the workshop

You can be at any stage in your career as a photographer or videographer or planner looking to start working in Italy.

What language will the workshop be in?
English, but we will be teaching the odd bit of Italian, so you can mingle with the locals. They are adorable and will welcome us all with open arms.

The nearest airport to San Marco is Naples.  Your return transfer is included (specific arrival and departure times).  


The weather is almost always perfect in Italy in September. Pack for warmer weather, but bring some light layers for the evening. There might be the occasional rainstorm but they last no more than an hour. Do pack a swimsuit if you like swimming and want to go in the sea!  It will be warm and inviting.

Suggestions on what to bring with you
Bring along plenty of SD cards and batteries. Try to keep it simple and bring at least one camera maybe 2. A couple of lenses (Prime and Wide)

Camera Bag – There will be periods of time when you are carrying your kit around for a couple of hours on one of two of the days, so if you are bringing a wheelie camera bag for hand luggage you may want to think about bringing something more portable too.

Can I use the images In my portfolio?
You can use them on your blog and social media, as long as you credit the workshop. We do not advise using styled materials on your website in a real weddings gallery. We encourage every attendee to build a strong portfolio any way they can.
How sociable is the event?

 We’d like the workshop to spark mini-communities and lasting professional friendships that are mutually beneficial and career-enriching.   So, relax with a glass of Prosecco, and enjoy the magic of this retreat, the vibe is relaxed, informal and very friendly. If you are coming alone, you’ll make friends quickly and we’ll make sure everyone is introduced. 


If anything is unclear or you have a question that we haven’t answered, just get in touch. 


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