One last look at our latest ‘Wanderful Wedding’ in Umbria, Italy

We couldn’t resist posting one final photo from Cristiano Ostinelli of this unbelievable Umbrian wedding:

Destination Wedding Umbria_Cristiano Ostenelli_www.ostinellicristiano.com

Destination Wedding Umbria_Cristiano Ostinelli_www.ostinellicristiano.com

Congratulations again to Gavan and Sally and thank you for sharing your wonderful wedding with us.

Check out the full feature on: http://wp.me/p4aMWM-cr

And additional photos can be found on Cristiano Ostinelli’s website – http://www.ostinellicristiano.com/it/blog/2013/ottobre/italian-wedding-cristiano-ostinelli-wedding-photographer

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An unbelievable Umbrian wedding full of creativity and charm

This is without doubt, one of the most magnificent destination weddings we have featured to date. We are delighted to be able to share Sally and Gavan’s delightful destination wedding at Teatro della Concordia,  followed by a rustic reception at Salviano Titignano in the heart of Umbria, Italy.

Destination Wedding_Umbria_Teatro della Concordia_Photographer: Christiano Ostinelli

Destination Wedding_Umbria_Teatro della Concordia_Photographer: Cristiano Ostinelli http://www.ostinellicristiano.com

For anyone thinking of getting married in this beautiful region, make sure you have a look at Sally’s suggestions below and her recommendations on the suppliers they used….

How they met

Sally and Gavan first me on St Stephens’ Day (Boxing Day to some people) at the races in 2008 but didn’t exchange details.  They bumped into each other again a few months later at McSorleys in Ranelagh, Dublin through a mutual friend.

When Sally saw it was the same Gavan she had met before, it’s safe to say her heart skipped a beat!  According to Sally, she has never felt so nervous and excited at the same time and still has a smile on her face when she thinks back to that day.

Destination Wedding_Umbria_Photographer: Christiano Ostinelli

Destination Wedding_Umbria_Photographer: Cristiano Ostinelli http://www.ostinellicristiano.com

The proposal

Sally and Gavan were on holidays in Bologna and went for a walk to the beautiful Porticos of Bologna. It was really deserted and they were talking about their plans for the future when Gavan picked Sally up, sat her on a wall and asked her to marry him.   He said he had a more elaborate proposal planned for a few months time but that it just felt right at the time – Sally was delighted he decided to propose then and there, and pointed out that there’s no need for bells and whistles for a question like that!

Destination Wedding_Umbria_Photographer: Christiano Ostinelli

Destination Wedding_Umbria_Photographer: Cristiano Ostinelli http://www.ostinellicristiano.com

Vision for the day

The Irish couple were aiming for a relaxed, laid back, chilled out and beautiful knees up where people would really enjoy themselves and look back fondly on the celebration for a long time to come.

Sally and Gavan added lots of DIY details including decorations, making it both personal, cheaper and a hell of a lot of hard work!

Destination Wedding_Umbria_Photographer: Christiano Ostinelli

Destination Wedding_Umbria_Photographer: Cristiano Ostinelli http://www.ostinellicristiano.com

Destination Wedding_Umbria_Photographer: Christiano Ostinelli

Destination Wedding_Umbria_Photographer: Cristiano Ostinelli http://www.ostinellicristiano.com

Destination Wedding_Umbria_Photographer: Christiano Ostinelli

Destination Wedding_Umbria_Photographer: Cristiano Ostinelli http://www.ostinellicristiano.com

Destination Wedding_Umbria _Photographer: Christiano Ostinelli

Destination Wedding_Umbria _Photographer: Cristiano Ostinelli http://www.ostinellicristiano.com

Destination Wedding_Umbria_Photographer: Christiano Ostinelli

Destination Wedding_Umbria_Photographer: Cristiano Ostinelli http://www.ostinellicristiano.com

The outfits

Sally looked stunning in a Justin Alexander design which she first saw advertised in a magazine.  She tried on lots of dresses but wasn’t really happy with any of them until she tried this one on.

Although the dress she wore was her absolute favourite, Sally didn’t have a ‘light-bulb’ moment when she knew the dress was definitely the one for her. We think this is a common occurrence for brides, who might not necessarily always know for sure that they have found ‘THE’ dress of their dreams.Either way, we think she looks amazing!!

Sally borrowed a beautiful veil from her very kind and generous friend Vicki, who had her own wedding the year before.

Destination Wedding_Salviano Titignano_Umbria_Photographer: Christiano Ostinelli

Destination Wedding_Salviano Titignano_Umbria_Photographer: Cristiano Ostinelli http://www.ostinellicristiano.com

Destination Wedding_Salviano Titignano_Umbria_Photographer: Christiano Ostinelli

Destination Wedding_Salviano Titignano_Umbria_Photographer: Cristiano Ostinelli http://www.ostenellicristiano.com

Destination Wedding_Salviano Titignano_Umbria_Photographer: Christiano Ostinelli

Destination Wedding_Salviano Titignano_Umbria_Photographer: Cristiano Ostinelli http://www.ostinellicristiano.com

Destination Wedding_Salviano Titignano_Umbria_Photographer: Christiano Ostinelli

Destination Wedding_Salviano Titignano_Umbria_Photographer: Cristiano Ostinelli http://www.ostinellicristiano.com

Destination Wedding_Salviano Titignano_Umbria_Photographer: Christiano Ostinelli

Destination Wedding_Salviano Titignano_Umbria_Photographer: Cristiano Ostinelli http://www.ostinellicristiano.com

Gavan tried on a suit in Zara for the groomsmen and really liked it, so decided to get it for himself too.  Buying the suits for the groomsmen wasn’t much more expensive than hiring them would have been and it was really nice for the couple to be able to give each of them a suit they could wear again.

Destination Wedding_Salviano Titignano_Umbria_Photographer: Christiano Ostinelli

Destination Wedding_Salviano Titignano_Umbria_Photographer: Cristiano Ostinelli http://www.ostinellicristiano.com

The ceremony

The ceremony took place in a stunning Napoleonic theatre, Teatro della Concordia in the Umbrian village of Monte Castello di Vibio. Known as the ‘smallest theatre in the world’ and dating back to 1808, the restored venue offered a stunning and unique backdrop for the couple’s ceremony.

Destination Wedding_Teatro della Concorida_Umbria_Photographer: Christiano Ostinelli

Destination Wedding_Teatro della Concordia_Umbria_Photographer: Cristiano Ostinelli http://www.ostinellicristiano.com

Destination Wedding_Teatro della Concorida_Umbria_Photographer: Christiano Ostinelli

Destination Wedding_Teatro della Concordia_Umbria_Photographer: Cristiano Ostinelli http://www.ostinellicristiano.com

Destination Wedding_Teatro della Concorida_Umbria_Photographer: Christiano Ostinelli

Destination Wedding_Teatro della Concordia_Umbria_Photographer: Cristiano Ostinelli http://www.ostinellicristiano.com

Destination Wedding_Teatro della Concorida_Umbria_Photographer: Christiano Ostinelli

Destination Wedding_Teatro della Concordia_Umbria_Photographer: Cristiano Ostinelli http://www.ostinellicristiano.com

Destination Wedding_Teatro della Concorida_Umbria_Photographer: Christiano Ostinelli

Destination Wedding_Teatro della Concordia_Umbria_Photographer: Cristiano Ostinelli http://www.ostinellicristiano.com

Destination Wedding_Teatro della Concorida_Umbria_Photographer: Christiano Ostinelli

Destination Wedding_Teatro della Concordia_Umbria_Photographer: Cristiano Ostinelli http://www.ostinellicristiano.com

Destination Wedding_Teatro della Concorida_Umbria_Photographer: Christiano Ostinelli

Destination Wedding_Teatro della Concordia_Umbria_Photographer: Cristiano Ostinelli http://www.ostinellicristiano.com

The reception

Sally’s family have been going to the village of Titignano for years for their big Sunday feasts.  They have been bringing Gav with them since they met and he’s loved it from the start.  Their wedding reception with 155 guests had a very laid back and informal atmosphere with delicious home-cooked food. The couple knew Titignano would be perfect for a weekend away at a wedding in rural Italy.

Destination Wedding_Teatro della Concorida_Umbria_Photographer: Christiano Ostinelli

Destination Wedding_Umbria_Photographer: Cristiano Ostinelli http://www.ostinellicristiano.com

Destination Wedding_Teatro della Concorida_Umbria_Photographer: Christiano Ostinelli

Destination Wedding_Umbria_Photographer: Cristiano Ostinelli http://www.ostinellicristiano.com

Destination Wedding_Teatro della Concorida_Umbria_Photographer: Christiano Ostinelli

Destination Wedding_Salviana Titignano_Umbria_Photographer: Cristiano Ostinelli http://www.ostinellicristiano.com

Destination Wedding_Teatro della Concorida_Umbria_Photographer: Christiano Ostinelli

Destination Wedding_Salviana Titignano_Umbria_Photographer: Cristiano Ostinelli http://www.ostinellicristiano.com

Destination Wedding_Teatro della Concorida_Umbria_Photographer: Christiano Ostinelli

Destination Wedding_Salviana Titignano_Umbria_Photographer: Cristiano Ostinelli http://www.ostinellicristiano.com

Best decision

We asked Sally what her best decision was. And we love her answers:

    1. The Groom
    2. We adored the venue.  We looked at loads in the area but this was just miles above the rest
      Destination Wedding_Umbria_Photographer: Christiano Ostinelli

      Destination Wedding_Umbria_Photographer: Cristiano Ostinelli http://www.ostinellicristiano.com

      Destination Wedding_Salviano Titignano_Umbria_Photographer: Christiano Ostinelli

      Destination Wedding_Salviano Titignano_Umbria_Photographer: Cristiano Ostinelli http://www.ostinellicristiano.com

What they might have done differently

Sally gave us a really honest answer to this question which we think is probably similar to how a lot of brides feel about their big day, but might not always feel able to say it:

Although I tried to be as relaxed as possible I still felt pretty uptight.  There’s such a big build up to one day and an expectation that everything is perfect.  People who know me may be surprised to hear this but I don’t really like being the centre of attention, and feel a lot of pressure when I am! So maybe being more relaxed was unrealistic.’

Sally also explained that they did a haphazard rehearsal for the ceremony and there was a little confusion on the day. She advises to either be prepared for the fact that the ceremony might not go 100% to plan or do a thorough rehearsal in advance.

Destination Wedding_Salviano Titignano_Umbria_Photographer: Christiano Ostinelli

Destination Wedding_Salviano Titignano_Umbria_Photographer: Cristiano Ostinelli http://www.ostinellicristiano.com

Sally’s suggestions

‘I would really recommend doing something the day after the wedding.  We had a dinner the day before our wedding, which both my husband and I felt a bit stressed out at. The day of the wedding was fab, but we both really really loved the day after. It was so relaxed and we got to catch up with friends who we hadn’t seen in ages and had travelled so far to see us’

Sally also recommends Pinterest as great way of getting all of your ideas together and making sure you don’t forget them!

Check out our Pinterest page on: http://www.pinterest.com/wanderlustweds/

Destination Wedding_Umbria _Photographer: Christiano Ostinelli

Destination Wedding_Umbria _Photographer: Cristiano Ostinelli http://www.ostinellicristiano.com

Suppliers

Sally found most of her suppliers through extensive internet research. Below are her recommended vendors:

Reception Venue: Salviano Titignano http://www.titignano.com/it/index.html

Ceremony Venue: Teatro della Concordia http://www.teatropiccolo.it/momenti-importanti/19/39-libro-degli-ospiti

Rings: Peter Fitzpatrick, International Diamond Brokers Dublin http://www.internationaldiamond-brokers.com/

Sally and Gavan can’t recommend Peter highly enough. ‘It was really fun designing the engagement rings and getting to pick the diamonds we wanted to put in it.  Peter was a total gent, didn’t make us commit until we were happy with the finished product and beat the pants off everyone else’s prices!’

Photographer: Cristiano Ostinelli http://www.ostinellicristiano.com/.

‘A brilliant photographer and a really really nice guy (At least one guest had fallen head over heels for him by the end of the night!).’ Again the couple couldn’t recommend him highly enough!’

More inspirational photos from Sally and Gavan’s big day can be found on Cristiano’s webesite on the following link:

http://www.ostinellicristiano.com/it/blog/2013/ottobre/italian-wedding-cristiano-ostinelli-wedding-photographer

Dress: The Bridal Outlet, Baldoyle Industrial Estate, Dublin http://www.bridaloutletireland.com/

‘The Milan of the Northside’ as it became fondly known by the couple’s family.

Handbag: Cathy White Vintage Handbags www.cathywhite.ie

Sally designed her own bag in conjunction with Cathy which she really enjoyed. ‘The handles and materials Cathy has are really stunning and she’s so sweet and talented.’

Alterations: Sew Creative Alterations – http://www.sewcreativealterations.com.

‘Nicole was amazing, she turned a ho-hum dress into a glove and completely saved the bridesmaids’ dresses!’

Hair and nails: Look Idea (via sabola, 6 San Terenziano, Umbria) Italy. ‘These guys were fantastic! We got them last minute as our original girl fell through (a blessing in disguise).  They were really talented, so friendly and accommodating and were really reasonably priced.  They came to us the day of the wedding and the day after.  Catia has lots of assistants so loads of the guests got their hair done too.’

Invitations: Conifer Handmades – www.coniferhandmadepaperexporter.com

The couple decided to cut out the middle man and went directly to a small company in India which hand-makes their own paper.  The quality of the paper was fantastic although getting the designs sent to them in the required format was a little challenging. Sally and Gavan were really pleased with the end result. Check out some of their stunning hand-made, hand-printed paper for yourselves…..

Destination Wedding_Umbria_Photographer: Christiano Ostinelli

Destination Wedding_Umbria_Photographer: Cristiano Ostinelli http://www.ostinellicristiano.com

Thank you so much to Sally and Gavan for sharing their wonderful day with us. They did an amazing job of organising their day (without a wedding planner) and Sally’s advice on the various suppliers above will be invaluable to other couples getting married in Umbria.

Destination Wedding_Umbria_Photographer: Christiano Ostinelli

Destination Wedding_Umbria_Photographer: Cristiano Ostinelli http://www.ostinellicristiano.com

A first look at our next featured wedding….

We cannot wait to share our next featured wedding with you – a stunning celebration in unbelievable Umbria. Coming to Wanderlust Weddings very soon!

Destination Wedding_Umbria_Photographer: Christiano Ostinelli

Destination Wedding_Umbria_Photographer: Christiano Ostinelli

 

Another stunning photo from the Amalfi Coast’s Garden Ravello……

It is also possible to host a symbolic wedding ceremony (as well as the reception) on one of the terraces of the gorgeous Garden Ravello Hotel and Restaurant. Please see our photo below.

Remember to contact Wanderlust Weddings (wanderlustwed@gmail.com) to find out about a special discount for hosting your wedding here…..

Garden Ravello Restaurant and Hotel, Ravello, Amalfi Coast, Italy - Destination Wedding Venue

Garden Ravello Restaurant and Hotel, Ravello, Amalfi Coast, Italy – Destination Wedding Venue

Garden Ravello Restaurant and Hotel – An Italian Destination Wedding Dream

Located in the heart of the historic and utterly charming town of Ravello, Garden Ravello Restaurant and Hotel offers breathtaking views over the Amalfi Coast of Italy.

Garden Ravello Hotel and Restaurant, Amalfi Coast, Italy - Destination Wedding

Garden Ravello Hotel and Restaurant, Amalfi Coast, Italy – Destination Wedding

Just a few steps from the main Piazza and Cathedral, this family run hotel has three spacious terraces which provide dramatic and inspirational views for a destination wedding.

Garden Ravello Hotel and Restaurant, Amalfi Coast, Italy - Destination Wedding

Garden Ravello Hotel and Restaurant, Amalfi Coast, Italy – Destination Wedding

Garden Ravello Hotel and Restaurant, Amalfi Coast, Italy - Destination Wedding

Garden Ravello Hotel and Restaurant, Amalfi Coast, Italy – Destination Wedding

The Mansi family have years of experience hosting weddings and family celebrations over three generations. The family is renowned for offering genuinely warm hospitality, fine wines and traditional cuisine based on local, seasonal and fresh food.

Garden Ravello Hotel and Restaurant, Amalfi Coast, Italy - Destination Wedding

Garden Ravello Hotel and Restaurant, Amalfi Coast, Italy – Destination Wedding

Garden Ravello Hotel and Restaurant, Amalfi Coast, Italy - Destination Wedding

Garden Ravello Hotel and Restaurant, Amalfi Coast, Italy – Destination Wedding

Garden Ravello Hotel and Restaurant, Amalfi Coast, Italy - Destination Wedding

Garden Ravello Hotel and Restaurant, Amalfi Coast, Italy – Destination Wedding

Couples are offered the chance to customise their wedding according to their needs and budget and the hotel’s wedding team is always on hand to offer advice where possible. This includes helping to tailor menus accordingly, organising the wedding cake, decorating the venue, providing the traditional ‘bomboniere’ for the guests or organising for traditional Napolitan musicians to play on your special day.

Garden Ravello Hotel and Restaurant, Amalfi Coast, Italy - Destination Wedding

Garden Ravello Hotel and Restaurant, Amalfi Coast, Italy – Destination Wedding

Garden Ravello Hotel and Restaurant, Amalfi Coast, Italy - Destination Wedding

Garden Ravello Hotel and Restaurant, Amalfi Coast, Italy – Destination Wedding

Garden Ravello Hotel and Restaurant, Amalfi Coast, Italy - Destination Wedding

Garden Ravello Hotel and Restaurant, Amalfi Coast, Italy – Destination Wedding

Garden Ravello Hotel and Restaurant, Amalfi Coast, Italy - Destination Wedding

Garden Ravello Hotel and Restaurant, Amalfi Coast, Italy – Destination Wedding

The hotel itself has 10 double bedrooms with ‘Juliet’ balconies and breathtaking sea views. Guests can take advantage of the newly built swimming pool with yet more coastal views.

Garden Ravello Hotel and Restaurant, Amalfi Coast, Italy - Destination Wedding

Garden Ravello Hotel and Restaurant, Amalfi Coast, Italy – Destination Wedding

Garden Ravello Hotel and Restaurant, Amalfi Coast, Italy - Destination Wedding

Garden Ravello Hotel and Restaurant, Amalfi Coast, Italy – Destination Wedding

Garden Ravello is next to Villa Rufolo’s stunning botanic gardens, where composer Richard Wagner found inspiration for ‘the Magic Garden’ of his last major work, ‘Parsifal’. The proximity to the gardens provides an ideal opportunity for incredible wedding photos while guests enjoy an aperitif on one of the panoramic terraces at Garden Ravello.

Garden Ravello Hotel and Restaurant, Amalfi Coast, Italy - Destination Wedding

Villa Rufalo Gardens, Ravello, Amalfi Coast, Italy – Destination Wedding

Ravello, Amalfi Coast, Italy - Destination Wedding

Ravello, Amalfi Coast, Italy – Destination Wedding

Garden Ravello Hotel and Restaurant, Amalfi Coast, Italy - Destination Wedding

Garden Ravello Hotel and Restaurant, Amalfi Coast, Italy – Destination Wedding

Couples have a choice of venues for their wedding ceremony, including a legal ceremony on Ravello town hall’s outdoor terrace, a religious ceremony at the town’s Duomo (Cathedral) or a symbolic ceremony on the panoramic terrace of Garden Ravello.

Garden Ravello Restaurant and Hotel, Ravello, Amalfi Coast, Italy - Destination Wedding Venue

Garden Ravello Restaurant and Hotel, Ravello, Amalfi Coast, Italy – Destination Wedding Venue

Ravello, Amalfi Coast, Italy - Destination Wedding

Ravello, Amalfi Coast, Italy – Destination Wedding

Built on the cliffs dominating the coastline, we think that Garden Ravello and the town of Ravello is one of the most enchanting places we have come across on the Amalfi Coast.

Ravello, Amalfi Coast, Italy - Destination Wedding

Ravello, Amalfi Coast, Italy – Destination Wedding

Useful Details:

NOTE – WANDERLUST WEDDINGS CAN OFFER A DISCOUNT TO COUPLES BOOKING THEIR WEDDING OR ACCOMMODATION AT THIS VENUE – PLEASE GET IN TOUCH WITH wanderlustwed@gmail.com FOR FURTHER DETAILS

Location:  In the town of Ravello, 30 minutes from Positano on the Amalfi Coast, Italy

Is there on site accommodation? Yes there are 10 rooms with ensuite bathrooms. All but one have a small ‘Juliet’ balcony and full sea-view. Eight of the rooms can accommodate two adults and an additional child/adult if needed. Two are family rooms fitted with bunk-beds to sleep four.

Cost of accommodation: A double room with breakfast costs €140 for two people. There are other options such as full board per person per day for €115 and extra beds are €25 per night. Any bookings made via Wanderlust Weddings will also receive a discount

Price per wedding meal: Garden Ravello is currently updating their menus. Pricing is available on request to Wanderlust Weddings (clare@wanderlust-weddings.com) and any bookings made through Wanderlust Weddings will receive a special discount

Reception room options:

There are several options available including three belvedere terraces which can host 80-100 guests but can also host smaller groups too

After the meal? There is an option of an open bar with live or recorded music in keeping with the area. There is also an option of a disco if all of the hotel rooms are being used by the wedding guests

Website: http://www.gardenravello.com/

NOTE – WANDERLUST WEDDINGS CAN OFFER A DISCOUNT TO COUPLES BOOKING THEIR WEDDING OR ACCOMMODATION AT THIS VENUE – PLEASE GET IN TOUCH WITH wanderlustwed@gmail.com FOR FURTHER DETAILS

Garden Ravello Hotel and Restaurant, Amalfi Coast, Italy - Destination Wedding

Garden Ravello Hotel and Restaurant, Amalfi Coast, Italy – Destination Wedding

Fattoria di Corsignano – Raise a glass to this charming Chianti Classico wedding venue

Located in the heart of Tuscany between Siena and Florence in the Chianti Classico region, Fattoria di Corsignano is a beautiful family run farm which produces wine and olive oil. Wanderlust Weddings thinks this is an ideal location for a destination wedding in Italy.

Set across 54 acres, Corsignano is renowned for using native grapes to produce their popular Chianti  Classico wine.

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The property prides itself on being as eco friendly as possible, with all of the energy being provided by solar panels and having three wells for water. The owners always try to use on-site or locally sourced products, many of which are organic. A perfect Italian wedding venue for any eco-consious couples.

The four country homesteads of Corsignano have been converted into charming and romantic suites and apartments. The apartments have independent entrances, a parking space and a private terrace, garden or porch, meaning guest have the option of privacy during their stay.  The venue also offers plenty of activities for guests to participate in, including wine tasting and cooking classes.

Fattoria di Corsignano, Tuscany Destination Wedding Venue

Fattoria di Corsignano, Tuscany Destination Wedding Venue

Corsignano offers a fairytale backdrop with panoramic views, making it an ideal destination wedding venue.

Location: Chianti Classico, Tuscany, Italy – 8km from Siena

Accommodation capacity: The venue consists of 10 apartments and four guest rooms/suites. The apartments can accommodate 32 guests plus an additional 12 guests if using sofa beds. There are also four suites which can accommodate two people in each, plus an additional 7 guests if using sofa beds

Fattoria di Corsignano, Tuscany Destination Wedding Venue

Fattoria di Corsignano, Tuscany Destination Wedding Venue

Price per room: There are a variety of options available including B&B from €45-€70, half-board from €75-€100 per person per night and self catering from €60 to €240 per apartment per night

Price per wedding meal: €80 (adults)  / €40 for 4 to 14 year olds

Fattoria di Corsignano, Tuscany Destination Wedding Venue

Fattoria di Corsignano, Tuscany Destination Wedding Venue

Restaurant on site? Yes plus there are two local restaurants within walking distance

Wedding ceremony location: Radda in Chianti’s townhall. The rental cost is €500 which is only 20 minutes away

After reception? An open bar can be provided

Fattoria di Corsignano, Tuscany Destination Wedding Venue

Fattoria di Corsignano, Tuscany Destination Wedding Venue

Minimum stay? Three nights

Anything else? As this is an eco-friendly venue, there is no air conditioning available. However there is a natural breeze in the area and ceiling fans in all of the rooms which ensure the temperature is pleasant

Link: http://www.tenutacorsignano.it/english/index.html

Fattoria di Corsignano, Tuscany Destination Wedding Venue

Fattoria di Corsignano, Tuscany Destination Wedding Venue