English-garden-inspired wedding at Villa Cimbrone
One only needs a peek into Arla and Art’s wedding at Villa Cimbrone to think “how did they pull off such a dream day so effortlessly”? Well, truth be told, Exclusive Italy Weddings’ Laura Frappa and Armando Malafronte waived their magic wands over this fabulous affair, but before we jump into the details let us say it all began with a dream.We are lovers of pleasures and splendor when they are shared, and Villa Cimbrone is definitely the setting for a fairy tale, fantastical or actually true. Richard Wagner declared he had seen his vision of Parsifal mirrored in the promontory’s dramatic scape. The towering cliffs overlooking the Tyrrhenian Sea, the sparkling waves reaching out to the cloud-capped precipices have been inspiring writers, artists, musicians and heads of state -Virginia Woolf and D.H. Lawrence, to Piaget, Moore, Giovanni Boccaccio, Gore Vidal, Churchill and the Clintons among them – for over seven centuries now. Arla and Art knew they have found the perfect haven to exchange their vows. Early morning preps in two different suites of the villa meant bride and groom squads enjoying some bonding time with family and close friends surrounded by Villa Cimbrone’s infinite Vietri ceramic floors, frescoed ceilings, and Italian antiques. We found the opportunity to “steal” Arla’s Galia Lahav gown, Prada shoes, and Sparklers & Confetti invitation suites for a session of their own, before our bride’s boudoir style shoot with her bridesmaids. Art and his lads teamed up to groom one another and toast on Amalfitan vino, and we had a special family shoot with his parents at the infinity balcony before heading to the ceremony.
The Duke of Kent and sculptor Henry Moore had found their perfect niche at Cimbrone’s neogothic loggia which got soaked in tons of white blooms and transformed into a fragrant lavish English garden for Arla and Art’s vows. It was rhododendrons everywhere, from the couple’s majestic arch to the ground, cloistering the aisle and the fountain in the center of the aisle. The umbrella pines on the back stood like guardians while white flickering candles illuminated the scene. A string quartet lulled everyone into a romantic ballad and as the guests enjoyed a lovely cocktail the bride made her walk out of the villa escorted by her maids of honor. Art, dressed in Brunello Cucinelli was escorted by his parents and as bridesmaids and groomsmen paired up Arla appeared on her mother’s side. It proved quite the task to hold a teary eye as the couple read their vows (one look at Arla’s sparkling eyes will tell you so much), but it all soon gave way to confetti toss, sweet kisses, and a proud walk down the aisle as Mr. and Mrs. Capturing wedding portraits in Villa Cimbrone is an experience on its own, and although it could take an entire day if not more to explore every possible niche of the majestic villa, Arla and Art opted to return to their friends and family instead for some wonderful cocktails and the reception at the iconic crypt curated in white and gold. Following speeches and a cake cutting later the couple danced their first song as husband and wife in the applause of everyone around, and their dance party began.
At around midnight we packed up our gear and said our goodbyes, allowing the merry parties to go on. But unlike the statue of Eve, trapped in her cage on the far edge of Cimbrone, we can at least dream of returning here, to savor again Ravello’s whispering promises of heaven on Earth.
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