Marry or Honeymoon Along the Amalfi Coast at The Belmond Hotel Caruso

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Italy’s Amalfi Coast is the pinnacle of all Italian dreams, right? It’s kind of the mecca for an unforgettably romantic holiday, and the only thing we can imagine that would be better would be to exchange your vows there! Your destination wedding dreams can easily become an exciting reality with The Belmond Hotel Caruso in Ravello. This 11th-century palace in the heart of the Amalfi Coast is the perfect setting for a wedding day to remember.

The Belmond hotel group has many amazing properties, trains and cruises throughout the world, including several breathtaking properties in Italy. We’re excited to give you lovelies an exclusive look into each of these gorgeous + unique properties by introducing you to one of their amazing hotels each month for the next several months. 

The helpful staff at The Belmond Hotel Caruso answered a couple of our questions about what it would really be like to marry at this sunning, historical resort:

GWS: Where is your favorite location on property for a wedding ceremony and why?

Belmond Hotel Caruso spells romance everywhere you turn. Throughout the grounds, there’s nowhere better than its lush gardens to hold the ceremony, under cloudless skies, with the sea as a backdrop. Ideally, the perfect event starts with a symbolic ceremony in the hotel’s ‘Olive Gardens': a symphony of olive trees and white roses that seem just to be there waiting for the next couple to whisper loudly: “yes, I do”.

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GWS: Is there one area of the hotel, a feature or a service that guests cannot stop raving about when they visit and experience it for the first time?

Few views are as stage-set for romance as the view on the bay that you can get from the hotel’s infinity pool: ” a true gift that keeps on giving.” One afternoon, while I was chatting with a couple I received a really challenging request. The man wanted to surprise his girlfriend, he was looking for something extraordinary. Something to remember! The hotel infinity pool with its breathtaking view of the sea, the mountains and the sky was ticking all the boxes for the creation of the memorable event, but something else, something never seen before was needed. The idea came all of a sudden: “What if we create a platform floating on the water of the infinity pool?” It sounded perfect. After 10 hours the platform was ready, thanks to our team of true professionals who rose to the challenge, the couple were delighted and they had a private romantic dinner as the stars came out.

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GWS: What is your must have dish at a restaurant on property?

Belmond Hotel Caruso’s Executive Chef Mimmo is a true artist. His dishes are pieces of art and they are always “food for eyes”. Starting from his interpretations of traditional recipes like the “Linguine alla Colatura di Alice” to the fabulously cooked fresh seafood and catch of the day: it’s really hard to choose a preferred one. Our couples usually pick inspired by my mood of the day and of the people they’re inviting to their special day.

GWS: What is your favorite drink on property and where is your favorite place to enjoy it?

The Caruso Spritz! A fruity mix of local Limocello liqueur, Campari and Aperol to sip at our Loggiato Bar. The best time to go there is when the sun is about to disappear and the landscape becomes light pink. In the background, the warm voice of the Hotel resident pianist will do the rest!

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photo above of bride + groom courtesy of Julian Bower Photography

GWS: How do you make a visit special for a couple on their honeymoon?

To us the more romantic and secluded the better. A single table in a secret garden corner, a just-for-two sunrise boat ride with Champagne toast, a culinary experience with a private cooking lesson, open-air couple massages, a serenade under the Amalfi moonlight: these are our secret ingredients to rev up our guest’s love factor. Are there any local festivals or events that you recommend guests attend when they visit?

GWS: What is one local destination, store or restaurant you recommend our readers experience during their stay to give them a true sense of the​ l​ocal culture?

Usually we suggest to ‘go local’. In Ravello, there are a lot of great restaurants, usually family-run which offer an international excellent service with a really friendly and authentic allure.

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We’re sure it’s easy to see that The Belmond Hotel Caruso, on Italy’s Amalfi Coast, is the perfect choice for a dreamy destination wedding or a honeymoon filled with both exciting + relaxing activities!

Ciao bella + happy wedding planning! :)

This post is part of our series, Find Your Italian Honeymoon + Wedding Destination with Belmond. Be sure to check out all the other amazing properties!

 

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Pink Ombre Bridal Shower Inspiration

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We love it when brides-to-be plan a little somethin’ extra special to ask her besties to be by her side when the big day comes! Today’s styled shoot, from J Wiley PhotographyIntertwined Events+ Be Inspired PR, is all about celebrating the bride’s turn to pop the question with a fun ombré-hued bridal brunch filled with lots of pretty ideas. Let’s take a peek!

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The girls got to play dress up in fun, springtime dresses from Donna Morgan + loving those oversized balloons, too!

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A mimosa bar is pretty much a must at a bridal shower, right?! This sweet set-up, by ONEHOPE Weddings, looks just as pretty as it does delish!

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And how great is this gorge gradient tablescape by The Velvet Garden? Loving all the blooms they incorporated – like peonies, ranunculus, garden roses + sweet pea – ranging all the way from blush to fuchsia!

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Cutest little cupcake toppers!

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How many of you brides-to-be are planning a special way to ask your friends to be your bridesmaids? We’d love to hear your plans in the comments section! And we can’t forget to thank all of the creative folks below for sharing their talents with us today!

See more from this shoot on Inspired by This today also! :)

photography: J Wiley Photography // produced by: Be Inspired PR // designer: Intertwined Events // dresses: Donna Morgan // florals: The Velvet Garden // rentals: Archive Rentals // hair + makeup: Kacee Geoffroy // accessories: Two’s Company // mimosa bar: ONEHOPE Weddings // stationery: Nic.Roc. Designs // venue: The Washbow // dessert: Sprinkles Cupcakes

This wedding features rad artists fromThe GWS Wedding Artist GalleryArchive Rentals is a Featured Artist in the GWS Artist Guide! Find more rad artists for your day in our Gallery

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DIY Morning Wedding at the Ace Palm Springs: Aldo + Sean

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As soon as we saw Aldo + Sean’s handmade Ace Hotel wedding, we were totally smitten. And considering their day was brimming with teal, gold + raw wood details, succulents, bunting, piñatas, and balloons, can you even blame us?! These two decided they wanted their wedding to have a laid-back vibe – the feeling of hanging out in your backyard – and that a mid-morning ceremony, followed by a reception lunch would not only help them save on cost, but further achieve the fun, non-traditional vibe they were really going for. Definitely the kind of creativity we like to see! :)

From Aldo, Sean and I have been together for over 10 years. We missed our window of opportunity to marry back in ’08 when marriage was briefly allowed for gay couples in California; we just weren’t ready at that time. When our rights were taken away, it solidified our desire to become a married couple. Last summer, when Prop 8 and DOMA were overturned, we jumped at the chance to make it official! Who knew how long we had before our rights would be taken away again? We didn’t want to take any chances, so on the day of the ruling through tears proposed to each other and decided we wanted to do it sooner rather than later.

Big thanks to EP Love for the amazing photos + congratulations to Aldo + Sean on a beautiful day!

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Aldo + Sean’s chihuahuas were their wedding party/bridesmaids (we knew we loved these guys!) + Aldo’s nieces acted as animal handlers during the ceremony! So much fun!

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 Our officiant was my best friend Nora, who lives in Madrid, Spain, and was too pregnant at the time to attend in person. This was certainly the first skyped ceremony we and our guests had ever heard of! Our ring bearers were our parents (Sean’s mother held the ring Sean would eventually give to me, and my father held the ring i would give to Sean).

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- The impromptu mother/son dance between Sean and his mom, Ruth
- The speeches given by our friends Paul, Carlos and Fernando
- That it started to lightly sprinkle immediately after the recessional (thankfully it never turned into rain and it only lasted a few minutes); rain on your wedding day is good luck, right?
- A "surprise" performance by the fabulous Linda Gerard. only Sean and I knew she would be arriving, and it threw our guests into a frenzy when she interrupted lunch to belt out few songs!

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Inflatable unicorns in the pool? Yes, please!

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So much love for this amazing reception space! From the whimsical bunting, to the namesake balloons – to the camo runners topped with fun, found objects – we love that Aldo + Sean didn’t take themselves too seriously + crafted a day that perfectly suited the two of them!

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It's true what they say about your wedding day going by so fast. Try to savor every moment of the day. Having a day-of coordinator really helped us be present, as we didn't have to worry about anything else but enjoying the day. And as we mentioned before, the Ace Hotel was our number one choice for venue, which were were able to afford because we chose to have a daytime ceremony and reception on a Friday. The venue was willing to cut a deal because they still had opportunity to rent out the space in the evening and it was on a day not typically reserved for a wedding.

photography: Roger of EP Love // venue: Ace Hotel and Swim Club Palm Springs, California // florals: Sean // cake: Simply Sweet Cakery // sean’s suit: Moods of Norway // aldo’s short suit: Trina Turk // balloons: Party*Lab

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