26 Sep

Positano, Italy wedding invitations

Sometimes wedding plans change – from having a shindig in the states to oh say… making sure your friends can plan a trip abroad to witness you saying ‘I Do’ in Positano, Italy. We wouldn’t expect anything less from these two though. Remember their vintage railroad engagement photos? They are self-declared traveling fools and we love them for that. If not for them, and the gorgeous photography of W. Scott Chester, we’d have no reason to take mini daydream breaks throughout the day.

sea-side Positano, Italy wedding portraits

Mediterranean cliffs of Positano

Mediterranean boat ride

Fun fact: Exactly nine months to. the. day. Shelli + Chris welcomed their first bebe girl, Lumen. Best wedding anniversary present ever? Um, yeah.

Amalfi Coast, Italy

limoncello drinks

elegant detailed wedding dress

pink floral flats

leaf style silver jewelry

pink floral flats

bright yellow suit and floral tie

pink, fuschia and white peony bouquet

cliff-side wedding in Positano, Italy

cliff-side wedding portraits

cliff-side wedding portraits in Positano, Italy

father and daughter walk down the aisle

Italian wedding ceremony

Oh to be a fly in the room during their ceremony that was presided over by the mayor of Positano, in Italian. Following the ceremony, the mayor handed them their first gift – a hand-painted tile memento of their marriage.

custom italian tiles

decorative wall backdrop

Seeing their wedding is amazing and all, but we all know what you’re thinking… how do you even begin to plan a wedding in a foreign country? Here’s Shelli to tell it like it is:

The planning part was tricky but fun. In March, three months before the wedding, I flew to Italy with my mother after we serendipitously found a last minute ridiculous deal on a travel package to Naples and the Amalfi Coast- it actually saved us a good bit on our budget just to go in advance and find a florist, caterer, cake baker, etc without using a wedding planner. That was a big DIY leap of faith, but I now know why it is such an inexpensive season to go- it poured rain and navigating along the cliffs of the Amalfi coastline in that kind of monsoon is not for the faint of heart. Fortunately my mother had driven Italy before and she is no wimp. It was also a good pre-wedding girls trip with a super cool lady. We also discovered the best pizza in Naples (i.e., the best in the world) – totally worth the less charming aspects of the city.

The legalities of it were very difficult, and Christopher really went to the ends of the Earth to make that happen. Everything went back and forth from Italy to the USA for documentation, and a couple days before our wedding we had to go together to Naples to the US consulate- we stayed over the night before in Naples with a couple friends and enjoyed a night in that crazy city (and more of the best Margherita pizza in the world, of course.) Driving around Naples takes a fair bit of nerve, to say the least.

the hills of Positano, Italy

custom tagged bottled beverages

Libations were sweet and simple and little bit of a local fave: limoncello and proseco (with punched-out letterpress tags made by Shelli). They purchased a few dozen bottles of San Pellegrino Aranciata in the local shops in Positano and used them as drinking vessels.

vintage camera and radio decor

vintage cameras and florals

vintage camera lens view

turquoise and red table linens and starred plates

The food was really the main element for the reception. The wine, the cakes – it was all Italian. The villa, overlooking the not so shabby Amalfi Coast, had a lot of little Italian details and the gingham was a nod to picnics as well as the traditional Italian trattoria style.

rustic Italian tin

map cut out garland

Italian wedding cake

simple white frosted cake and wooden figurine topper

DIY hanging garland and bottle tags

stacked macaroons and rings

sunset sea-side portraits

the lights in the hills of Positano, Italy

Breathtaking isn’t it? Big congrats to Shelli + Chris on their dreamy wedding (also featured in Martha Stewart Weddings), and the new addition to their little family!

photography: W. Scott Chester Photography / event planning: planned by couple & La Calla in Italy helped with organizing the legal documentation, the ceremony, the car, the mandolin player / catering: Ristorante Saraceno d’Oro / officiant: mayor of Positano / florist: Aldo at Floragarden in Positano / cake: Gambardella Pasticceria / cake toppers: Goose Grease / stationery illustration: Jay Hornsby of The Belligerent Monkey / letterpress printer: Thomas Printers / bride’s ceremony dress: J.Crew ’Lorna’ / reception dress: BHLDN / shoes: Irregular Choice / jewelry: antique / engagement ring: diamond and palladium with two rose cut diamonds, handmade by Melanie Bilenker / wedding bands: Lola Brooke / groom’s suit: J.Crew / shoes: Kenneth Cole / tie + pocket square: custom made with Liberty of London fabric by thishumbleabode

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Comments

  1. It is wnderful to relive this entire adventure again with the amaziing photos and dialoguel. Thanks Shelli for the kind things you said about your mom. :)

  2. As the bride says: “A big leap of DIY faith”… to organize a destination wedding all by themselves!! Very impressive, and the wedding turned out beautiful and so full of personality…Love it!
    Esther
    x

  3. i was in Italy in 2004 and loved it! I can’t imagine having a wedding there, that must have been amazing. It seems like the planning was a bit harder than usual based on the distance and the difference in laws, but based on the pictures it looked like it was well worth it.

  4. it was. it was so well worth it.

  5. Beautiful wedding! Beautiful rings! Two of my favorite jewelry artists!

  6. Such a beautiful wedding. To have the mayor preside over the wedding is an incredible and unforgettable experience. Congratulations!

  7. I love her wedding dress! What a gorgeous location for a wedding with such an adorable couple. Love the photography too!!

  8. My niece and her fiancee planned a gorgeous wedding and it turned out beautifully, even with the rain. Shelli has always been creative, as you can tell from the pictures. And they brought back the most wonderful souvenir, their precious little girl, Lumen!

  9. This is just amazing!! Love it!

  10. we went to positano on our honeymoon this summer and it was just breathtaking, gorgeous. so so beautiful. congratulations.

  11. Hmm it seems like your site ate my first comment (it was extremely long) so I guess I’ll just sum it up what I wrote and say, I’m thoroughly enjoying your blog. I too am an aspiring blog writer but I’m still new to the whole thing. Do you have any points for rookie blog writers? I’d certainly appreciate it.

  12. Love love everything..

    I would love to know where you got your mini Limoncello bottles…..I’m getting married to a “”limoncello” thought it would be a great touch… But I can’t find the bottle I love like this. Hope you see this.

  13. Could you please tell me who was your florist? Thanks!! Beautiful wedding!!

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