As you all probably know I’m in love with Italy, it’s where myself and Alan were married and honeymooned and where I dream of returning to at least once a day. When I saw these images of Angela and Mark’s wedding I couldn’t help but be nostalgic about our wedding last year.

An Irish/Australian couple, Angela and Mark chose to travel to Santa Maria di Castellabate, Italy with their family and friends to celebrate their very special day. The vibrant fuchsia, luxurious metallics, stunning views, glorious sunshine and that dress! Wow…

I am Australian and Mark is Irish and we chose to have our wedding ceremony on neutral ground by the sea in Santa Maria di Castellabate, Italy. Fifty of our closest family and friends flew in from Australia, Ireland, England, Taiwan and the USA. In Italy we would have the sunshine like Australia and we would also be acknowledging Mark’s Italian heritage. We fell in love with the authentic and picturesque town during our site visit, and knew that out friends and family would love the food, atmosphere and laid-back feel of the place too.

The morning of the wedding, Mark and I had breakfast together and then went for a long walk on the beach. We said goodbye and that we would see each other later on at the ceremony. The ceremony was the most amazing and significant part of the day, by having friends and family from all over the world there to witness our celebration of love was a feeling which was unrivalled and one which we couldn’t have prepared for. One of my very talented friends also made my wedding dress.

We took guests on a ‘magical mystery tour’ from the beach side/poolside terrace, to the UNESCO heritage listed hilltop town of Castellabate, where they were serenaded by a local guitar and mandolin player while drinking pink prosecco and enjoying Italian cakes and savories in the town square. It was so lovely to be amongst the local people who were so friendly and all came up to us to wish us congratulations.


An unexpected highlight for me was our first dance. We had taken a couple of dance lessons and had learnt a simple and fun routine, which no one knew about and which we had practiced in the weeks leading up to the wedding. It felt like everything was present and right in that moment during the dance, surrounded by our guests who were clapping and egging us on, but just the two of us together, it felt like this was the start of the party and the rest of our lives.

Photography: Cinzia Bruschini | Wedding Planner: My Secret Italy | Ceremony Venue: Trezene | Reception Venue: Cantina Belvedere Restaurant | Wedding Dress: Sarah Foy Design | Bridal Shoes: DSOL | Bridal Jewelry: Rangoli | | Bridesmaid Dresses: Coast | Flowers: Veronica (local florist) | Hair: Anna (local hairdresser) | Wedding Stationery Design: The Groom

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