Planning Rita and Saad’s wedding was a real challenge, but the whole experience was so rewarding. The end result was worth all the work and more! In fact it exceeded everyone's expectations!
Rita and Saad are a young Lebanese couple who live in Paris and spent their holiday on the Amalfi Coast last summer.
They totally fell in love with Furore, a small remote village on the hill, far away from the more well-known touristic itineraries that attract travelers all year round, that said, it is a real jewel on the Coast, very panoramic and peaceful.
I was in fact somewhat surprised and at the beginning also a little worried when I heard that they wanted to get married exactly in Furore, due to the fact that there are no popular wedding venues there.
They had dreamed about a Catholic Ceremony at the end of June followed by an intimate and rustic reception, surrounded only by the love of their respective families from Lebanon.
From the beginning ,in spite of the difficulties, I threw myself totally into trying to help them to realize exactly what they wished for … and so it was that last October I started this new adventure!
We began to search for a private villa, where the bridal couple would stay for one week and which had a panoramic terrace large enough to host a reception for about 40 / 50 people … a simple welcome cocktail, followed by an informal meal and some music to dance till late in the night.
After a month of research and hard work, I came to realize that no private villa was feasible for them and suitable for their needs, especially because none of them had an indoor space big enough to host the reception for that number of people in case of rain or bad weather conditions … plan B is always one of the priorities for a wedding planner!
We finally came across a very beautiful venue, that seemed to fit just what we were looking for … the Agriturismo Sant’Alfonso!
It was love at first sight! We could not have asked for a better place, because it had everything we needed…a peaceful restaurant surrounded by nature, breathtaking views over the Amalfi Coast, excellent homemade food and unbelievably…an intimate private Chapel, that belongs to this local family, where we could celebrate the Catholic ceremony!
Rita & Saad’s wedding took place on the 29th June on a sunny afternoon, the warm sun mitigated by a refreshingly light breeze.
They had a touching Maronite Ceremony celebrated in Arabic with lots of songs played by a DJ, outdoors on the patio in front of the Chapel, where we arranged white wooden benches for guests, wicker stools for the newlyweds and lots of white rose petals spread on the grass along the aisle where beautiful Rita walked towards her beloved.
The Ceremony was followed by a Welcome Cocktail on the same panoramic patio near the Chapel and by the Cutting of the Cake ceremony, which Rita and Saad preferred to do before the dinner to enjoy the sunset light.
Delicious dinner followed in a spacious panoramic garden situated behind the Chapel, where we arranged an imperial table with a long rustic runner of violet lisianthus, white callas, lots of greenery and cylinder candles…loads of tea lights hanging from the Pergola above the garden lighted this special night creating a very romantic atmosphere!
The DJ music in Arabic and English accompanied the dinner and animated the after-dinner party, which was extremely enjoyable and lively! Everyone had a lot of fun all night long!
I will always remember and treasure the memory of this passionate couple who gave me the chance to get to know a bit more about lively Arabic culture!