amanda + ryan
A fun, relaxed, Bohemian-style beach wedding in Italy
What can I say about Amanda and Ryan? They were a joy to work with. They were both very trusting and extremely laid back with a focus on making sure their family and friends enjoyed every moment of their time in Santa Maria. Amanda was a friend of a previous My Secret Italy bride, Sophie, who put us in touch. Amanda was the same age as Emillie, so I kind of adopted her and as she lived locally, she would often pop in to say hello. Amanda’s style was very simple but she knew exactly what she wanted. I will never forget her bouquet, made up of gorgeous peachy English Roses, and succulents.
If we were told to describe the wedding day in 3 words they would be, perfect magical and just wonderful!
We honestly couldn’t have asked or dreamed for a more beautiful day!!
Everything Julie told us about Santa Maria was true. We fell in love the moment we arrived. A truly magical and romantic place. Santa Maria will always have a special place in our hearts. It’s so special and I would tell everyone to go!! Were already planning to go back soon!!
Julie and Emillie introduced us to all the locals and advised us on the best places to eat, drink and shop. The night before the wedding we had all the family and friends meet at the Lido for a BBQ. The food was delicious!! Julie then surprised us with some Chinese lanterns which we set off into the starry skies. Something we’ll do every year to remember our time in Santa Maria.
When my wedding day arrived I was strangely calm. I had no worries at all. I was met at the bottom of the hotel stairs by Julie and the amazing guitar and mandolin players. They were fantastic and really added a extra spark of magic to the day. The ceremony was lovely and personal and then it was play time, we played on the rocks and paddled in the sea. It was truly perfect!! Then we headed to the square for more drinks at a local bar, before going into the town hall to sign the register. Julie then helped me organise a little surprise for Ryan, he loves classic cars so Julie organised for her friend to pick us up in a classic Fiat which Ryan LOVED!
Then we left for Cantina Belvedere which is a gorgeous hilltop restaurant over looking Santa Maria. The drive up to medieval Castellabate was breath taking!! The view was out of this world! The place was amazing, the panoramic views of the coast were stunning. The food was delish and the staff treated us like royalty! We had the best night!! The band were my fave, they had such a fun personality and really knew how to get the party started! We danced until the early hours! We both became very emotional, as we witnessed our guests delight at the surprise fireworks. It was such a magical moment and I can say there were tears of pure happiness! I have never felt so loved in all my life!
We have so much to thank Julie for!! If it wasn’t for her then we no way would have had the most wonderful, romantic, fun, exciting, stress free day EVER!! She is a wonderful lady and she helped me every step of the way!! Julie and Emillie have become friends for life! I can’t thank them enough for all that they have done for us!!!! It was a dream come true.
AMANDA + RYAN X
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