I met Mariagrazia in 2003, when we were both living in a convent in Foggia, Italy (long story). She didn’t speak English and my Italian was pretty weak at the time, but somehow we became great friends.
Mariagrazia and Luigi are both doctors. They met through work and a friendship quickly developed. Luigi has all the qualities that Mariagrazia wanted in a husband, so after a year of dating, she was thrilled when he proposed.
I was so excited when I received the call that my dear friend was engaged and that she wanted me to be her wedding photographer. The other great news was that the wedding was to take place in the city of Cetara, on the Amalfi Coast. I had never visited that part of Italy so I was beyond excited. The wedding date was set for October 4, 2014, and the weather was absolutely perfect that day.
The bride got dressed in the groom’s hometown of Salerno. This port city is at the mouth of the Amalfi Coast, and was the perfect location to start this special day. The guests gathered at the port and traveled by ferry to the quaint coastal town of Cetara, famous for their gorgeous ceramics. The bride disembarked first and along with her father, led the processional of guests through the charming streets to the church. The domed ornate church, nestled into the hillside, was stunning.
The reception took place at at a lovely restaurant and event space, Ristorante Capo D’Orso, which is perched high on a hill with a spectacular view of the coast. The guests dined on a wonderful multi course seafood dinner, followed by a tango performed by the bride and groom and traditional Italian folk dancing.
Before the cake was cut, Mariagrazia surprised her groom, with a dramatic entrance in a vibrant red and blue ensemble with matching shoes. The guests were wowed by the favor they received at the end of this memorable day. They were presented with a choice of six lovely ceramic plates made by local artisans. This traditional Italian wedding day was truly an affair to remember.