If you’ve ever dreamt of breathtaking views, endless European sunshine, quaint winding roads and gorgeous villas featuring as a part of your wedding day, the Amalfi Coast is for you. Recently escaping to this sensational part of the world for an incredible photoshoot, bridal designer Wendy Makin took a talented team of creatives over to showcase their French Collection and fell in love with the place.
To inspire your own Amalfi Coast wedding, we asked for advice from one of the team members, wedding planner/hair-and-makeup extraordinaire Enzo Cuomo. Based in the scenic destination, this expert really knows his stuff…
What is your ultimate makeup and hair tip for Amalfi Coast brides?
“The European heat can be difficult for brides! I definitely recommend loose, effortless hairstyles and natural makeup that will highlight any natural features and avoid any oily moments throughout the day. With such a beautiful backdrop, you don’t need any dramatic hair or makeup for your wedding to have impact.”
What’s something brides always forget when marrying in this destination?
“I always suggest brides to bring some hand-made jewel sandals as, in order to reach most of locations, you need to go up and down some stairs and it’s not very comfortable wearing high-heeled shoes. Definitely invest in some flats that will help walking up a mountain of stairs to get to the perfect photo location.”
What is your favourite look for an Amalfi Coast bride?
“I love it when brides wear a light dress and their hair loose with flowers. Together with a bouquet that complements the colours of the Amalfi Coast (soft peaches, creams, whites and pale blues), it can look amazing!
Shooting with the French Collection by Wendy Makin was perfect. It has all the Amalfi Coast wedding style covered. I particularly loved, Yvonne in Tea Rose (pictured below) because it complimented the stone and buildings surrounding the Amalfi Coast.”
Can you recommend any stand-out ceremony locations or venues?
“If you’re going down a more traditional route, churches such as Maria Assunta in Positano or San Gennaro in Praiano are beautiful, or alternatively the majestic Sant’Andrea Cathedral in Amalfi.
For civil ceremonies, the municipality in Positano has a gorgeous sea view terrace and civil celebrants available to book. However, for license and permission, you must refer to the bishop or mayor two to three months in advance, at least so make sure to get organising!
Similarly, are there any breathtaking reception venues that destination brides must know about?
“There are many reception venues with wonderful sea view, such as Covo dei Saraceni in Positano, Tramonto d’Oro or Africana in Praiano, Santa Caterina in Amalfi. There are also some luxurious villas such as Villa San Giacomo or Villa Fiorentino in Positano.
Budgets and styling for receptions is obviously up to the personal tastes of the couple, but I don’t think you can go past embracing the romantic, Italian style and having a cocktail dinner on a sea view terrace with candles and flowers.”
What are the go-to spots for post-wedding photos?
“In no particular order, I suggest:
- La Madonnina and the main beach in Positano
- Costantinopoli in Praiano
- Hotel Convento in Amalfi
- The Fjord in Furore
- Belvedere in Villa Cimbrone with its beautiful gardens in Ravello”
“One of the best parts about getting married at such a magical location is that is doubles as a honeymoon! Check into your resort, say goodbye to the guests and you’re good to go.”
Photographer: Rafaele Scala
Hair and Makeup: Enzo Cuomo
Locations: San Genarro Church and B&B La Barbera