David and I eloped in Ravello, Amalfi Coast this past August. We didn't tell a soul beforehand and made absolutely no plans other than filing for a non-impediment in New Zealand. As you may know marrying in Italy is an adventure on its own with many hoops to jump over. We spent two weeks up and down the countryside of Italy getting paperwork legalised.
I called up friend Sarah Burton a Kiwi photography living in London during our travels and ask if she'd join us to document our elopement. She hoped on a plane with her boyfriend Ryan Fielding who also gifted us with a video.
Being a bridal designer I knew that we would inevitably have a highly thought out occasion at home. So we opted to make it official with just the two of us in a very low maintenance but super romantic ceremony. I of course made my own dress, I picked flowers from the garden of Sant' Alfonso where we stayed, and did my own hair and makeup. My splurge being a gorgeous pair of Italian earrings by Percossi Papi which I picked up in Rome from the gorgeous designer Maria Teresa Percossi.
The ceremony itself was the biggest surprise to us. The Mayor of Ravello married us in the exquisite town hall gardens overlooking panoramic views of the never-ending blue Amalfi coast. We wrote our vowels on the car ride from our villa to the town hall, which spoke the fun, love and spontaneity we both share.
We explored the streets of Ravello on foot eating gelato and interacting with locals. Visited local chef Mamma Agata for celebratory cake and limoncello. At sunset we headed to the coast along the way we were forced to change a flat tyre (in a wedding gown!) in the bustling traffic of the holiday season. I surprised David with a boat ride at sunset where we drank champagne and wrote postcards to our family telling them the news! We finished our evening with a gorgeous meal at relaxed but delicious Marina Grande.
We plan to formally celebrate our marriage in Hawkes Bay on our first year anniversary 12th of August 2017.