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The Italian Job. A Destination Wedding On The Amalfi Coast – Emily & Sam

July 10th, 2014 | Julia Braime

Destination Wedding on the Amalfi Coast by Sarah Beth Photography assisted by Thomas Arran

Those of you who thought you needed a holiday before checking in with Brides Up North this morning?  You’re going to need one even more now.  No apologies from me – scratch the favours off the to do list and book a mini break instead.  Your hubby or wife to be will only thank you for it.  Trust me.

This morning we journey to the Amalfi Coast in Italy (a hotspot firmly on my own travel to-do list) to celebrate Emily and Sam’s sun bleached wedding day.  This home grown Leeds couple decided to forgo any chance of rain on their wedding day in exchange for La Dolce Vita.  Doesn’t sound like a bad idea to me at all.

With images by Sarah Beth Photography, assisted by Thomas Arran.

Destination Wedding on the Amalfi Coast by Sarah Beth Photography assisted by Thomas Arran

Destination Wedding on the Amalfi Coast by Sarah Beth Photography assisted by Thomas Arran

Destination Wedding on the Amalfi Coast by Sarah Beth Photography assisted by Thomas Arran

Destination Wedding on the Amalfi Coast by Sarah Beth Photography assisted by Thomas Arran

Emily says: Sam and I were celebrating our six month anniversary and we had day full of activities such as rock climbing, a game of tennis and then a romantic Italian meal. Sam seemed a bit shifty and ordered sparkling water (which he hates!) and then he suggested a walk around Roundhay Park (where we went on one of our first dates) to walk our dinner off.

The night was so still and beautiful. We sat on a bench and that’s where he proposed and pulled a bottle of champagne from underneath the bench with two glasses (which he planted earlier in day).  Fireworks then started going off over the lake, set of by his two best friends! It was just simply perfect.

Destination Wedding on the Amalfi Coast by Sarah Beth Photography assisted by Thomas Arran

We were married on 31st July 2013.  We wanted a wedding in the summer in Italy and as most of my friends and family are teachers it seemed a perfect time!

Destination Wedding on the Amalfi Coast by Sarah Beth Photography assisted by Thomas Arran

We chose Ravello Town Hall Gardens, Italy. We saw the Amalfi Coast in a holiday brochure whilst on another holiday and said to each other that it would be an amazing place to get married. So when Sam proposed we just knew that was the place. So six months later we flew over to view possible wedding venues. The gardens was the last place after a very long day. The view just blew us away and we booked it there and then.

Destination Wedding on the Amalfi Coast by Sarah Beth Photography assisted by Thomas Arran

We decided on a pure Italian classic theme. Our car was an Italian vintage car, our table names were Italian cities, the food was all traditional Italian, with Italian cake and wine! We immersed ourselves in our love of Italy!

We chose pale blues for our bridesmaids and groomsmen to blend in with the sea and coastline, and whites for table settings and flowers with hint of vintage creams. We wanted our decor to fit in with the scenery.

Destination Wedding on the Amalfi Coast by Sarah Beth Photography assisted by Thomas Arran

Destination Wedding on the Amalfi Coast by Sarah Beth Photography assisted by Thomas Arran

Destination Wedding on the Amalfi Coast by Sarah Beth Photography assisted by Thomas Arran

Destination Wedding on the Amalfi Coast by Sarah Beth Photography assisted by Thomas Arran

Destination Wedding on the Amalfi Coast by Sarah Beth Photography assisted by Thomas Arran

One person who was sadly missed on the day was my Mum.

My mother was sadly diagnosed with terminal cancer four days before we flew out to get married. My mother, stepdad, and two sisters stayed in England to support my mum as she was very unwell. Our friends and family pulled together to organise a blessing back in England after we cut our honeymoon short so that my mum and sisters could attend.

Destination Wedding on the Amalfi Coast by Sarah Beth Photography assisted by Thomas Arran

My bridesmaids wore light sea blue maxi dresses from Jane Norman (my Mum spotted them as I as never thought to look there!), bags from Anya Hindmarch and shoes from Zara.

Destination Wedding on the Amalfi Coast by Sarah Beth Photography assisted by Thomas Arran

I always thought that I would wear lace! After trying many dresses on I fell in love with about six and all were so different! I felt so confused about what I wanted. Then I tried one on at my best friend’s mum wedding shop and it just felt right. Layers and fitted, I knew it would look perfect in the setting.

Sam wore a light blue tailored suit.  It was lovely and light.

Destination Wedding on the Amalfi Coast by Sarah Beth Photography assisted by Thomas Arran

I carried a bouquet of white roses (my favourite and also my middle name) from a local Amalfi florist.

Destination Wedding on the Amalfi Coast by Sarah Beth Photography assisted by Thomas Arran

Destination Wedding on the Amalfi Coast by Sarah Beth Photography assisted by Thomas Arran

Destination Wedding on the Amalfi Coast by Sarah Beth Photography assisted by Thomas Arran

Destination Wedding on the Amalfi Coast by Sarah Beth Photography assisted by Thomas Arran

Destination Wedding on the Amalfi Coast by Sarah Beth Photography assisted by Thomas Arran

Destination Wedding on the Amalfi Coast by Sarah Beth Photography assisted by Thomas Arran

Destination Wedding on the Amalfi Coast by Sarah Beth Photography assisted by Thomas Arran

Destination Wedding on the Amalfi Coast by Sarah Beth Photography assisted by Thomas Arran

Destination Wedding on the Amalfi Coast by Sarah Beth Photography assisted by Thomas Arran

Destination Wedding on the Amalfi Coast by Sarah Beth Photography assisted by Thomas Arran

Destination Wedding on the Amalfi Coast by Sarah Beth Photography assisted by Thomas Arran

Destination Wedding on the Amalfi Coast by Sarah Beth Photography assisted by Thomas Arran

Destination Wedding on the Amalfi Coast by Sarah Beth Photography assisted by Thomas Arran

Sarah Beth Photography flew over to Italy to shoot our wedding. I knew Sarah from a previous job and thought her images were amazing! We met up and discussed ideas and I knew they would be perfect. Sarah and Tom (who assisted her on the day) were a massive part of our holiday and day and have since been booked for four weddings through my friends as they saw the fabulous photos they took!

Destination Wedding on the Amalfi Coast by Sarah Beth Photography assisted by Thomas Arran

Destination Wedding on the Amalfi Coast by Sarah Beth Photography assisted by Thomas Arran

The wedding was truly beautiful and breath-taking. It was simple, classic and romantic – our whole theme for the day.  The local people were so friendly and clapped as we walked past.

Destination Wedding on the Amalfi Coast by Sarah Beth Photography assisted by Thomas Arran

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Wednesday Wed-spiration! Sexy Senorita!

May 16th, 2012 | Julia Braime

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It’s the middle of the week already!  Time flies when you are having fun eh?  Today, our regular guest blogger Katy of What Katy Did Next is back with a slinky slice of Latino wedding inspiration. 

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I’m off to sunnier climes today too – taking a much needed break with the hubby to relax, recharge and soak up some vitamin D (hours hunched over a computer in the dead of night does nothing for bone density let me tell you)!  So whilst, I jet off, I’ll leave you in Katy’s capable hands.

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Don’t worry though – I might be taking a break, but Brides Up North is very much on duty this week – as I’m leaving you with a full schedule of blog posts bursting with wedding pretty.  See you on the other side! 

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Sexy Senorita

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1. Poppy Cupcake 2. Red Lipped Bride Image 3. Spanish Inspired Bouquet 4. Cinnamon Tree Heels 5. Savannah Maxi Dress 6. Ruffle Mermaid Dress 7. Chandelier Earrings 8. Wedding Stationery

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Katy says: Though I know it is hugely popular, I am not the biggest fan of the use of red in Weddings, I think it all depends on how you use it. Julia herself came up with this request at last week’s North East Tweet Up – something a little bit different, a classy Spanish/Latino red wedding – inspired by Julia’s love of the musical Evita. I jumped at the challenge hoping to make the colour red work for me.

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I chose a sumptuous poppy red with a slightly orange hue to it, using it in the bridesmaids’ dresses, the fabulously sexy shoes from BHLDN and that beautiful shade of lipstick that contrasts so beautifully on the dark skinned model. If you are a bride looking to wear a daring shade on their big day I highly recommend talking to a professional make up artist about it, make sure the shade is something you are comfortable with and that it suits your colouring – after all, these pictures will stay with you forever.
  {Editor’s note – for a tutorial on applying the perfect red lipstick, see this recent post over on Love My Dress}. 

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The dress is a OTT in an amazing way, the lace ruffled mermaid gown oozes Spanish elegance which is emphasised by the voluminous bolero jacket, perfect with an up-do hairstyle. The gorgeous wedding stationery has an Andalucian feel to it with the tile patterns, and the use of the navy blue adds a fashionable touch to the wedding colour scheme. A great alternative to red and black!

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Remember: the plan is to share a new inspiration board in this time slot every week, either compiled by myself, regular guest blogger Katy or YOU: get in touch with your own ideas and inspiration boards! We’ll be discussing our inspirations behind the images too so it’s simply going to be a whole load of lovely.

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If you are a little less arty but in need of inspiration and still want to play along, we will also be taking requests for colour schemes and themes and making bespoke boards for my readers. Please contact me to suggest a theme or colour scheme.

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Click here to see previous Wednesday Wed-spiration Mood Boards

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  – Images © 2012 as credited and supplied by What Katy Did Next

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Super Sunday!

January 2nd, 2011 | Julia Braime

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Where did 2010 go?

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Welcoming in the New Year with my first Super Sunday Edition of 2011. I better make this a good one and start as I mean to go on…

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Enjoy an extended weekend, put your feet up and have a drool at this lot…

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Style Me Pretty Boston Wedding

Colour pop Boston Wedding via Style Me Pretty

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I adore the colour combinations in this pretty pretty Bostonian wedding. Having never really been a big fan of purple, it is safe to say I am very much converted.

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Simply Perfect Weddings

A stunning ruffled wedding dress at a swanky Pittsburgh wedding via Simply Perfect Weddings

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Perfectly frothy. I likey.

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Lucy Dylan Weddings

Cowboy style Jackson Hole wedding via Lucy Dylan Weddings

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Ooh!  This looks like so much fun!  I love a cowboy even more than a man in a kilt! (and you know how much I love men in kilts!)…

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Sparkle and Hay

Parisian romance via Sparkle and Hay via Junebug Weddings

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The hubby and I got engaged in Paris on 24 May 2009, so the the Eiffel Tower will always have a special place in my heart.  Tres romantique!

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Grey Likes Weddings

Rainbow beautiful indie wedding via Grey Likes Weddings

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The coolest bridesmaids (and bouquets) I ever did see.

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I could go on, as I am always discovering brilliant new blogs and delightful websites out there in the vast wedding blogosphere.  But I will save some of my latest discoveries until next Super Sunday!

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Brides and Photographers – contact me to submit your Real Wedding! And I am always interested to hear about any new gorgeous blogs out there. We bloggers are a friendly bunch!

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Be inspired!

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