With the unofficial start to summer kicking off this Memorial Day weekend, we at Strictly Weddings are already daydreaming of the ice cream flavors we’ll indulge in as the weather heats up. Which got us thinking…what is the ideal summertime destination wedding with HOT temps, COOL treats, and HIGH style?
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We’ve jet set our sights on the timeless jewel of all wedding destinations, the Amalfi coast. It’s the perfect spot for our brides dreaming up a luxury wedding enveloped in culture and natural beauty. Spectacular stretches of shoreline to excite, idyllic towns decorated with perfumed floral to awaken the senses, and panoramic views of the twinkling Mediterranean to take your breath away. And especially as the temperatures soar in summer, sea breezes and chilly dips in the water (not to mention the gelato!) will definitely keep you cool.
Above image courtesy of Lin and Jirsa
Above images courtesy of National Geographic
Wedding ceremony in a centuries-old gothic cathedral?
Bridal party photo shoot in a historical piazza?
Private charter cocktail cruise at sunset along miles of coastline?
Reception at a five-star internationally renowned hotel?
Wedding night stay in a romantic villa tucked away in the hills?
Check, check, check, check, check!!!
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Above image courtesy of WeddingStyleMagazine.com
The Amalfi coast is the quintessential getaway for romance with unparalleled natural beauty found nowhere else in the world. With the Italian shoreline as your backdrop and picturesque landscape underfoot, imagine the Mediterranean breeze catching your veil as you say “I do”.
Take your pick of abundant beauty. Nestled among the Amalfi coast are several towns and villages teeming with romantic charm and each the classic setting for wedding nuptials. Amalfi, Ravello, Positano, Praiano, Atrani, and Conca Dei Marini, each a feast for the eyes and contender for “most romantic destination,” will effortlessly evoke la dolce vita.
Before and after the wedding, the Amalfi coastline has charms for every guest to discover and plenty of options to stay cool. Visit a different beach every day or nestle into a favorite shady haven for the duration of your stay. Discover sandy coves and claim your own lagoon, hike the mountains for a favorite perch, feast on elegant Italian fare and sip local wines, shop treasure-filled boutiques, take a winding coastline drive, go snap-happy on a photo safari – there is much to delight!
Above images courtesy of ItalyMagazine.com.
It’s been said many towns along the Amalfi are “straight out of a Gucci ad”, so why not live the dream in Gucci’s 2014 cruise collection? Above image courtesy of Marie Clairvoyant.
Enjoy these stunning bridal gowns found at the Amsale flagship salon located at 625 Madison Avenue in New York City. In this oasis of tranquil and understated elegance, one can enjoy a respite from the hectic pace of wedding planning and look forward to an unparalleled experience with one-on-one guidance from an expert stylist. The salon carries the most comprehensive selection of Amsale, Christos, and Kenneth Pool bridal gowns and features one-of-a-kind designs found nowhere else. Each handcrafted dress is expertly tailored to ensure a perfect fit.
Amsale- Spring 2015 – Ryan
Left: Amsale – Fall 2014 – Cameron | Right: Amsale – Fall 2014 – Blake
Amsale – Fall 2014 – Whitney
Left: Christos – Spring 2015 – Sienna | Right: Kenneth Pool – Fall 2014 – Cassandra
Christos – Spring 2014 – Cora
Left: Amsale – Spring 2014 – Lenox | Right: Amsale – Spring 2015 – Heather
Christos – Spring 2015 – Simona
Left: Christos – Spring 2015 – Layla | Right: Christos – Spring 2015 – Mia
Kenneth Pool – Spring 2014 – Gabrielle
Left: Kenneth Pool – Spring 2014 – Sonya | Right: Kenneth Pool – Spring 2015 – Aleshia
Left: Kenneth Pool – Spring 2015 – Monica | Right: Kenneth Pool – Spring 2015 – Nayri
Captured by the uber-talented, Jacque Lynn Photography, this shoot is is just bursting with beauty! From the Designer, “For this design, I wanted to use Pantone’s Color of the Year, Radiant Orchid in combination with fun, flirty and Valentine’s Day inspired elements. Overall, I aspired to create something soft and sweet but with pops of color and texture that emulated a party that anyone would want to go to.”
Creative love inspired touches were incorporated throughout, “From the heart shaped favor boxes, to the “X & O” cake topper and hand-painted macaroons, to the fun straw tags and giant heart “wands” that replicate those cute little heart-shaped candies that we’ve loved for years.”