From the photographer:
The story of this wedding will go down in family lore for generations. Michelle is originally from the states but has been living in Perth, Australia for many years. They originally decided to have a big family wedding in Portland and planned the whole affair. Mere weeks before the big day, they got the terrible news that Nick would not be granted a marriage visa to enter the country! They needed a plan B fast. After having a huge party using their band and caterer on wedding day #1 (with Nick on attendance via Skype) they decided to have a destination wedding in Italy on the Amalfi coast on the halfway point.Jovan and I are avid travelers and getting this opportunity for a destination wedding in Italy just seemed too good to be true. Everything aligned despite the 12 hour time difference in communicated and we were off to photograph the absolute dream wedding!
The splendor of Ravello on the Amalfi Coast is simply breathtaking. Michelle got ready at Hotel Belmond Caruso and Nick at a rented villa nearby. Fruit and olive groves lined the hotel gardens as the sun rose over the sea. Their first look took place at the crown jewel of Ravello, Villa Cimbrone. From the crypt to the manicured gardens to the incredible overlook, the Villa was an incredible sight to see. Following the portrait session, we took the short walk to Chiesa Di San Francesco, a small church in the heart of Ravello. Their sweet ceremony was a joy to watch. As Michelle and Nick exited the church, they were greeted by the fabulous Neopolitan band who serenaded the wedding party to the reception through the streets of Ravello! The walk ended at the stunning Hotel Belmond Caruso, with it's perfect gardens overlooking the mediterranean. The table set up simply could not have been more perfect. Crystal glasses with gold details, limoncello apertifs all under an olive tree grove. Bellissimo! The highlight of the hotel is of course the infinity pool with the mountains seen in the background. Surprise fireworks at the end of the night really capped off the day. Get this - it was to celebrate Saint Michael, Michelle's saint day!