When we get in the thick of the Australian Winter, we are constantly dreaming of the European Summer! There is nothing better than chasing the sun around the world (unless you are a winter bunny!) and when we think of our favourite place, it’s hard to go past the Amalfi Coast! The Marinas, winding roads, stunning Villas, Aperol Spritz’s, bougainvillea, Stairs for days, Limoncello and views that simply take your breath away! We were fortunate enough to spend a few weeks staying in the town of Praiano, in between Positano and Amalfi, and connect with some locals including acclaimed Amalfi photographer Rafaelle Scala for a photoshoot with our french collection by Wendy Makin gowns! Whether it is a destination wedding you dream of or honeymoon goals, we have put together a mini Amalfi guide!
Getting Married in Amalfi
First things first, making your marriage legal in Australia and Italy! You want to make sure your union is not only recognised but approved to take place. Marriages in Italy require an Atto Notorio and the Nulla Osta forms be completed. These can be obtained from the Consulate or Embassy. For details on this head to the Italian Embassy website for Australian Citizens to find out your legal requirements .
Enzo Cuomo, Amalfi Coast local and our Hair and Make Up artist for the photoshoot, also caters for Wedding Planning in the Area. Enzo’s top suggestions for ceremonies? “It is possible to celebrate a wedding in churches like Maria Assunta in Positano or San Gennaro in Praiano, but also in the majestic Sant’Andrea Cathedral in Amalfi. For civil ceremonies, I suggest municipality in Positano with its beautiful sea view terrace and civil celebrants are available”. Our shoot location is the square in front of the San Gennaro, built in 1589, with the most spectacular mosaic square overlooking the coast toward Positano. Truly one of the areas most beloved locations.
The gorgeous model? None other than Enzo’s cousin, Enza! Enza’s styling for the day was about capturing the look of an Amalfi bride “A simple, understaded style. An Amalfi Coast bride must look like a goddess” think “loose hair with flowers, a flower bouquet with Amalfi Coast colours and wear a light wedding dress”. For this reason we chose our Yvonne and Jolie gowns – both light weight and made from stretch jersey. Best of all crinkle free so they can be rolled up in a suitcase (excellent if your villa requires you to walk up or down 100’s of stairs!) and just enough sparkle to twinkle in the incredible sunset and dusk lighting.
For makeup Enzo used ‘a simple and bright make up which highlights the features of Enza. Brides must be simple in their make up, not emphasised but natural’. It is also recommended to go light on makeup to withstand the Italian summer heat! We noted Enza never broke a sweat or went oily – all day!
Tip – “ I always suggest brides to bring some hand-made jewel sandals as, in order to reach most of locations, you need to go up and down some stairs and it is not very comfortable doing it wearing some high-heeled shoes!”
Location Scouting for Photos
Depending on whether you choose a local photographer such as Raffaele who captured our shoot or have one travelling from Australia, knowing the top locations close to your ceremony is paramount to ensuring the feel of Amalfi is captured perfectly. Enzo’s recommendation? “The ‘must go to’ places for photos for newly wed couples on the Amalfi Coast are La Madonnina and the main beach in Positano, Costantinopoli in Praiano, Hotel Convento in Amalfi, the Fjord in Furore and Belvedere in Villa Cimbrone with its beautiful gardens in Ravello” It is important to remember you may not get to every location you want to cover, with predominantly one road in and out of each town it can take quite a while to get in between them all!
We do love a good scroll through pinterest and trip advisor for ideas but we thought a local perspective on the best locations to be wise. Enzo suggests defining your budget first before scouting locations “There are many reception venues with wonderful sea view, such as Covo dei Saraceni in Positano, Tramonto d’Oro or Africana in Praiano, Santa Caterina in Amalfi. There are also some luxurious villas such as Villa San Giacomo or Villa Fiorentino in Positano” as for styling “I always suggest a romantic style, such as a cocktail dinner on a sea view terrace with candles and flowers”
Honeymoon Inspo – B&B La Barbera
Later in the day and an outfit change, we head up to recently opened BnB La Barbera. In one word – breathtaking! Opened by 3 Italian brothers and named after their beloved mother, it is a combination of Luxe beach house and Italian Charm. Their first clients through? An Aussie couple from Melbourne! The attention to detail is spot on and the views are heavenly! Better still, with only 5 rooms available at the property, a perfect spot for a honeymoon to enjoy some privacy! We recommend The Grotta del Diavolo room as it has its own private Jacuzzi looking out over the Mediterranean!
Now if you’ll excuse us, we need some Prosecco while we dream of going back! Ciao!
Photography: Rafaelle Scala
Hair and Make Up: Enzo Cuomo
Model: Enza Cuomo
Jewellery: Mina Jewelry Praiano
Locations: San Genarro Church; B&B La Barbera
Gowns: French Collection By Wendy Makin – Yvonne in Tea Rose, Jolie in Ivory