Real Wedding: An Elegant Destination Wedding on the Amalfi Coast in Italy
The venue’s breath-taking views and natural beauty set the scene for a romantic ceremony and reception with those who mean the most to the couple. The stunning florals, vibrant colour scheme, amazing food and delicious dessert made for a perfect day for Rachel and Cortney.
While wearing the dress she had dreamed about wearing on her wedding day since starting college, as well as getting married at “The Pink Palace,” the day was truly a fairy tale for Rachel.
Photographer | Enzo Camitelli
Rachel and Cortney held their destination wedding at Palazzo Avino in Ravello, Italy. The venue’s gorgeous scenery was stunning. <br /><br />“The views are absolutely amazing, and everywhere is so pretty already without having to do much to it,” says Rachel.<br /><br /><a href="http://www.youandyourwedding.co.uk/planning/weddings-abroad/everything-you-need-to-know-about-getting-married-in-italy/22248.html" target="_self">READ MORE: Everything You Need To Know About Getting Married In Italy</a>
The strappy wedding dress
Rachel wore a beautiful <a href="https://www.katiemay.com/collections/bridal" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">Katie May</a> dress, Poipu Gown, which she bought at A&BE Bridal Shop in Dallas, TX USA. <br /><br />“I actually had pinned the exact dress that I got in my first year of college while I was on Pinterest,” Rachel shares.<br /><br /> After trying on a few other dresses, Rachel stuck with her heart and picked the dress her younger self fell in love with.
The most emotional moment for Rachel on her wedding day was walking down the aisle and seeing her husband. <br /><br />She admits she is a crier at weddings, so trying to keep herself together at her own wedding was quite challenging.
The colourful wedding flowers
The bride has a great love for peonies and wanted to make sure they were incorporated in her wedding. <br /><br />In addition to peonies, Rachel wanted to include green foliage to bring out the pink and purple colours from the different flowers.<br /><br /><a href="http://www.youandyourwedding.co.uk/planning/flowers/bright-and-colourful-wedding-flowers-for-your-big-day/22936.html" target="_self">READ MORE: Bright and colourful wedding flowers for your big day</a>
Rachel went with a theme to enhance the natural beauty of Palazzo Avino, by bringing in burgundy, fuscia, blush, gold and foliage colours. <br /><br />Sticking to her elegant and simplistic theme, Rachel wanted to have the tables dressed in greenery and florals.<br /><br /> “I loved the look of having a long table with greenery and flowers flowing down the middle of it. It packs so much beauty all while being simple at the same time.”<br /><br />Check out our gallery of <a href=" http://www.youandyourwedding.co.uk/ideas/mood-boards/gorgeous-wedding-table-garlands-wedding-decor-inspiration/22809.html" target="_self">gorgeous table garlands</a> to inspire your own big day decor.
We love DIYs, and Rachel had many, including her beautiful headpiece. <br /><br />The dainty gold leaf and pearl accent headpiece is by <a href="https://www.etsy.com/shop/ABitofLoveWedding" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">A Bit of Love Wedding</a> on Etsy.
The guest list
Rachel and Cortney wanted to keep their wedding small and intimate, having those who mean the most to them in attendance to experience their special day with them.<br /><br /><a href=" http://www.youandyourwedding.co.uk/planning/essentials/17-reasons-small-weddings-are-brilliant/21194.html" target="_self">READ MORE: 17 reasons small weddings are brilliant</a>
The white wedding cake
When asked what she would do differently at her wedding, Rachel responded, “I would cut the cake before the dinner. The cake was amazing, and I wanted more but was so full from dinner!”<br /><br />This delicious sponge cake, filled with dark chocolate and banana, was put together by Palazzo Avino – Rossellinis Restaurant.<br /><br /><a href=" http://www.youandyourwedding.co.uk/planning/cakes/17-white-wedding-cakes-perfect-for-traditional-weddings/22882.html" target="_self">READ MORE: 17 White Wedding Cakes Perfect for Traditional Weddings</a>