Jessica Psaila, 28, married James Shand, 28, in the Cloisters de San Francesco, followed by a reception at Villa Eliana, both in Sorrento, Italy, on 12th May 2018. She says:
We always knew we wanted to marry in Italy, where we've travelled so much together. And when we discovered the medieval, open-air cloisters in the centre of of Sorrento, our decision was made. They're so romantic and surrounded by greenery, with an ancient tree at the centre. We married with a harp and violin playing, and decorated the space with a few candles, a white aisle runner and little else – it was magical. Villa Eliana was an easy choice from there, because it's completely breathtaking – the very definition of 'WOW factor'. As soon as you pull up to the villa, the awe-inspiring view opens out in front of you. To your left, you can see the island of Capri, surrounded by glittering blue water. There are also the islands of Ischia and Procida directly ahead, and the huge Gulf of Naples with Vesuvius brooding in the background. It's incredible. And we loved having aperitifs and cake around the swimming pool in the evening!
For my wedding dress I wore the gorgeous Sinead gown by Catherine Deane, which has lace and embroidery, spaghetti straps and a plunging back, with a veil that was custom-made by Nova Clarke using the same fabric. My nude Carolyne pumps from Manolo Blahnik went perfectly. My diamond earrings, necklace, bracelet and eternity rings (both are my wedding bands – I wear them on either side of my engagement ring), were all designed and made by my talented friend and fine jewellery designer, Roxanne First.
Maids to Measure were really stand-out in terms of both service and result! I had four bridesmaids; two of them wore the Tansy, while the other two wore Zsa Zsa – two in grey and two in cream. The silk ribbons that bound their bouquets were made by Silk & Purl, who dyed them in matching colours.
Our wedding planner, Catherine Bradfield, was utterly amazing – and indispensable! I loved that she prefers to try and be as environmentally friendly as possible, so when she creates floral arrangements for a wedding, she always sources most of them from local growers. We used mostly seasonal varieties, such as scented peonies and lilacs. The day's arrangements followed a subtle palette of green with ivory, white with a touch of champagne, and very pale blush to warm things up. The soft and pretty green fronds that featured across all the arrangements are called asparagus foliage, which grows naturally in the area. Blush-coloured spray roses also featured for added texture.
I would especially recommend hiring a wedding planner for anyone who wants to plan a destination wedding, but doesn't speak the language of the country. We found it very reassuring that Catherine is well-established and highly recommended, as well. She took nearly all of the stress out of planning. Another piece of advice I'd give to anyone planning a wedding is this: take the time to find a photographer who really delivers the style you want and will capture the vibe of your day perfectly. Matt's photos are going to last us a lifetime.
Photography by Matt Tyler