A Charming “Dolce Vita Soiree” Welcome Party for a Destination Wedding on the Amalfi Coast

We were absolutely enchanted by Brittany + Grant’s opulent + elegant destination wedding in Ravello, Italy, and we are so thrilled that we get to give you a peek into their gorgeous welcome party as well!

When designing this pre-wedding celebration, Brittany, Grant, event designer Joy Proctor Design, and planners from The Wedding Boutique Italy took a charmingly local approach and created an immersive Italian marketplace at the stunning Villa Cimbrone.

Irresistible guest favors and a sunny blue + yellow floral palette created a particularly Italian atmosphere of abundance and joy. What a dreamy way for Brittany + Grant’s guests to be welcomed to bella Italia!! We are so glad John & Joseph captured it all on camera!

Oh, and beware: there is some drool-worthy Italian food content ahead!

An Italian Marketplace

How adorable is this Italian market guest gift setup!!

Definitely check in with our collection of 39 creative and unique wedding favors if you’re wanting to create an unforgettable gift bag for your guests like Brittany + Grant did.

What a deliciously curated spread! We spy bags of traditional Italian taralli, some super cute Aperol spritz bottles and limoncello bottles as well as Dolce & Gabbana pasta!!

If you’re loving this abundant Italian marketplace vibe and want to see a stateside backyard version, check out this adorable Italian picnic birthday party!

The custom embroidered straw bags absolutely make this guest gift experience.


Katheryn Green created the party’s whimsical hand-painted paper goods.

These white and citrus-tone florals by The Wedding Boutique Italy are just pure sunshine in a vase.

“The evening unfolded with a live Sgroppino show,” says bride Brittany, “where local artisans concocted the iconic Italian cocktail with live music.”

Ok, OBSESSED with these yellow + white market umbrellas.

We love the way that incorporating fresh fruit—like the bowls of lemons that Brittany + Grant used—can make a floral centerpiece feel so plentiful and unique.

A quick round of applause for Alessandro Mancino Studios for Brittany’s perfect loose curls and show-stopping red lip.

The gem-embellished headband totally completed Brittany’s look. Check out our list of the 49 best bridal headbands to find the right hair accessory vibe for your bridal style.

Definitely look through our collection of 31 beautiful red wedding dresses we’re obsessed with if you dig the idea of sporting some vibrant red on your wedding weekend like Brittany did.

An Italian Feast

All that fresh basil!! We can practically smell this picture.

If you’re still totally dazzled by Brittany’s all-red welcome party look like we are and want to maybe recreate it on your own, check out the Fausta Embellished Mid Rise Maxi Skirt in Fire Red from Oh Polly or the Adalynn Knit Two Piece in Cherry from Reformation.

For another celebration that embraced the pure magic that is pizza, check out this pizzeria wedding in Brooklyn!

If you’ve got a die-hard foodie in your life who’d be crushed that they missed out on this unbelievable plate of pasta, cheer them up with something from our list of the 49 best gifts for foodies.

Brittany + Grant, your “Dolce Vita Soiree” wedding welcome party was beyond bellissima! Such a perfect way to lead into your unforgettably elegant Italian destination wedding!! GWS is so happy for you both.

photography: John & Joseph // venue name: Villa Cimbrone, Ravello, Salerno, Italy // event design: Joy Proctor Design // planning: The Wedding Boutique Italy // florals: The Wedding Boutique Italy // hair stylist: Alessandro Mancino Studios // makeup artist: Alessandro Mancino Studios // videography: Matteo Castelluccia // paper goods: Katheryn Green // catering: Villa Cimbrone // rentals: Villa Cimbrone