Bella Sposa are British wedding and travel planners based in the beautiful and charming town of Sorrento. We have the pleasure to show you their most recent wedding they have planned.
Dean and I met in June 2010 when we began working together as police officers in London.
We got engaged in Mexico in October 2012 and I immediately jumped into planning a big English wedding. However, following lots of late night conversations, we finally decided that we wanted to do something different and more low key in terms of guest numbers.
Italy has always been my favourite country but Dean and I had never travelled there together. Following a conversation with my parents, my Mum began showing me some photos of the first ever holiday she had been on with my Dad. The photos of Sorrento and the Amalfi coast blew me away and luckily, Dean loved them as well.
The Planning Process
Getting married abroad is a very daunting thing so for me having the perfect wedding planner was vital. We emailed several different wedding planners but Dean and I felt an immediate connection with Cheryl. She was so intent on making our dream wedding happen. The fact that she is British was a positive thing for me because as well as understanding the Italian wedding scene, she also knew that as a British bride there would probably be styles and traditions, I would want to keep. Cheryl was so interested and would be honest and open about the day and how it would work. She also gave me so many ideas that I would never have thought of.
We travelled out to Sorrento to visit the venues Cheryl had recommended and as soon as I saw them, I fell in love with them. They were exactly as she had described and more!
Cheryl and I had played around with ideas for months and months on Pinterest which is an app that allows you to search and share ideas on boards. I was so happy that Cheryl loved all my tastes but she would still always manage to add a perfect final touch elevating the original ideas.
For some brides being so far away from their wedding venues may be hard, but for me I liked this fact because the wedding felt much more magical. Although I couldn’t just pop to the venue or pop to the florist, that didn’t matter because having a wedding planner in the country meant this was all done for us!.
Our big day!
On the morning of the wedding, Cheryl arrived to the hotel with a bottle of prosecco in hand. I had been feeling very nervous but the moment she arrived, I felt calm and began to enjoy myself. She has this ability to calm a very stressful situation and this is why she was crucial to the day and the whole planning process.
I decided I’d like to rent some classic Vespas for Dean and his best men to ride to the ceremony on. As soon as I told Cheryl about this, she shared my enthusiasm and within days, she had found the perfect bikes and booked me them at a great price.
Our civil ceremony took place in romantic medieval Cloisters of Saint Francis. This venue is so naturally beautiful that we really did not want to do too much in terms of decoration. We simply added a white carpet and white chairs and added a touch of blush with soft pink flowers that stood in tall vases at the altar. Dean and I were able to write our own vows and chose music that was special to us for during the ceremony. They were played on a violin and mandolin, which just heightened the magic of an Italian wedding.
It was important to us that there were no pauses during our day and that our guests were well looked after Plus, we really wanted to make the most out of our day so we actually had two reception venues! After our ceremony, we made our way to the five star Grand Hotel La Favorita for Prosecco and Canapés. While our guests enjoyed the much needed, air conditioning, Dean and I had some fantastic photos in and around Sorrento’s historical centre. As we walked through the quirky back streets, the locals clapped, cheered and shouted “Auguri” (All the best)! It was so magical!
Dean and I made our way via our Rolls Royce and our guests made the sort minibus ride to Relais Blu where we had three different locations during our reception. Situated right between Sorrento and the Amalfi Coast this boutique hotel overlooks the famous island of Capri and is considered to be one of Italy’s top wedding locations!
I know everyone’s wedding is perfect but Italy truly is the country of love and romance. I wouldn’t change a thing and I couldn’t have done any of it without Cheryl.