Villa Cimbrone wedding
Villa Cimbrone lies at the end of Ravello. Hidden behind its imposing walls and large wooden doors lie wonderful gardens and a large villa. The property is a well-kept secret as I meet lots of people that go to Ravello and never even visit the villa. This is a travesty as it is the must see for anyone who goes to visit this lovely town. Ravello is less famous than its neighbouring towns Positano and Sorrento. I think this may have something to do with the fact that the town is not on the seaside but up on the hills overlooking the sea. This affords Ravello with some of the most impressive panoramas of the Amalfi coast. The other benefit is that Ravello remains a lot more intimate and exclusive which is ideal for anyone seeking a quieter destination wedding on the Amalfi Coast.
Even if you aren’t getting married at the villa or haven’t hired the villa for your wedding reception you can still visit it and buy a ticket to enter its grounds and benefit from the many photographic opportunities on offer. There are some conditions to be aware of; for instance, if there’s another event taking place they won’t let you in and there are opening and closing times so it is a good idea to check these beforehand. It takes about a 10-minute walk to get there and you don’t want to arrive to find you can’t get in.
Amalfi Coast weddings are very popular for obvious reasons. This Villa Cimbrone wedding covers three of the most important wedding venues in Ravello. The groom is getting ready at Villa Cimbrone but the bride is getting ready at the other end of town at Hotel Caruso. The Belmond Caruso is another exceptional wedding venue. Many couples choose to have a Hotel Caruso wedding in Ravello. The bride and groom will meet in the centre of Ravello for their wedding in the Duomo di Ravello. This is the church in the main square of Ravello.
I start the day by walking to Villa Cimbrone. The groom and his best men are getting ready and are about to put on their Tom Ford Tuxedos. After a few photos of Villa Cimbrone, I photograph the guys getting ready. They are in high spirits and everyone is very excited for the festivities to come. Once I finish I walk over to the Belmond Caruso. This is about a 10-minute walk and is quite tiring as there are many steps.
At Hotel Caruso the bride is almost finished her hair and makeup when I arrive so I take some photos of her dress and shoes and then once her hair is ready I photograph her getting into her dress and getting ready with her mother and sister. Her father is ready to escort her to the church and so we then all walk back to the centre of town. The wedding in church goes perfectly and immediately after exiting the church there is a Prosecco toast for 30 minutes in the main square before everyone walks to Villa Cimbrone. The entire wedding party is accompanied to Villa Cimbrone by a Neapolitan duo that plays typical local music that gets everyone in high spirits.
At Villa Cimbrone we immediately do some family photos with the view of the Amalfi Coast as a backdrop. Then we go for a few photos around the gardens as the guests are moving to the Infinity Terrace. Once everyone is on the infinity terrace the bride and groom make their entrance and then enjoy and aperitive and some speeches with a piano player who provides entertainment. As the guests are ushered towards the dinner area the terrace empties. I take the opportunity to take a few photos with the couple at the centre of the terrace and then they spontaneously dance to one of their favourite songs.
The wedding reception is in the crypt. A lovely part of the villa that offers a unique and magical location for a wedding dinner. Dinner, speeches and music follow before everyone moves down to the gardens for the cake cutting, first dances and party. At the end of the event, there is a send off for the newlyweds with sparklers.