Where to start with this one. It was an absolute whirlwind which started with a phone call with Astrid, 9 weeks out from the wedding after her and Nick had just decided to get hitched while travelling through Europe with friends, asking if I was free to travel with them to Italy to photograph their wedding. Yep, they pulled off a destination wedding in 9 weeks. Astrid had already engaged the help of master wedding planner Lisa from Isla and Smith Weddings (and if you don’t already know my daughters name is Isla so I took that as a sign from the universe, thank you!) and had begun to bring her citrus dream to life.
Within 3 days I was booked to fly to Italy to join them and 20 of their friends and family for 3 days of celebrations. I arrived in Naples a little worse for wear but after a margherita pizza bigger than my head I was ready to rock and roll. I hit Capri the next day and met up with the couple at their italian villa, their home for the week and also the venue for the wedding. Socks blown off. Just imagine an italian villa overlooking the mediterranean and you get the idea.
Day one involved a bumpy boat ride around the island, discovering hidden grottos and diving into the azure. Many “pinch me” moments were had. I face timed my husband and daughter from the boat just so I could make sure I wasn’t deeply inceptioned into a dream. After a short siesta and a bit of sight seeing on my trusty pink vespa, we ventured down the windy road to the famous Paolino restaurant for the pre-wedding dinner, and eventually rolled out of there about 6 hours later. The italians know how to feast, that is for sure.
Day two (wedding day) started with a girls brunch at the gorgeous and famous J.K. Capri, an amazing villa style hotel perched on the cliff above the marina, and promptly back to the house for the start of wedding preparations. I had a little time up my sleeve so I scooted around and absorbed Italian life for a few hours. I had a lovely host family where I stayed in Ana Capri who loaded me up with hot tips of country backroads and secret beaches.
Astrid looked after her own styling and was an absolute vision in Dolce and Gabana. She carried a bouquet of white roses to her groom, with her besotted dad on her arm. The ceremony was short and sweet and the guests celebrated with cocktails by the pool before moving up to the terrace for dinner on the citrus lined feasting table. The moon was out, the stars were shining and I had to step away from all the excitement to take a moment for myself, to take it in and fully appreciate where I was. It was a crazy amazing day, ending in bomb dives and disco dancing under the twinkling lights.
I joined everyone back at the villa the next day for drinks, and boy did Capri turn in on that day. It was a day for recovery and relaxing after the intense build up to the wedding. I was then off to the Amalfi coast for a few days of solo travel before I headed home to my loves. I based myself in the smaller, lesser known Amalfi town of Praiano and explored little beaches and markets in between naps and intense recovery with Netflix and pizza.
So that was Italy! Amazing, delicious, tanned, salty, lemony, dolce, gelati, ciao, belissimo Italy! Take me back, anytime!
Here’s just a snippet of the visual diary that Astrid and Nick received from me…….