INSPIRATION - An Intimate Italian Olive Grove Elopement at Aquapetra near Naples, Captured by Catherine Bradley Photography

3rd April 2020


An Intimate Italian Olive Grove Elopement at Aquapetra near Naples, Captured by Catherine Bradley Photography - Paula Rooney bouquetMany have dreamed of a destination wedding, but this can seem at odds with a sustainable cerebration. Well, one way to make your destination wedding more eco-friendly is to elope, either just the two of you, or with a handful of your nearest and dearest (you can always stay on for your honeymoon!). Staying at a venue which is in sync with its natural surroundings and serves local seasonal food should be at the top of your checklist. The exquisite Aquapetra Resort and Spa is one such Italian wedding venue.

The Venue

An Intimate Italian Olive Grove Elopement at Aquapetra near Naples, Captured by Catherine Bradley PhotographyAn Intimate Italian Olive Grove Elopement at Aquapetra near Naples, Captured by Catherine Bradley PhotographyAn Intimate Italian Olive Grove Elopement at Aquapetra near Naples, Captured by Catherine Bradley PhotographyThere are few destinations in the world that rival Italy for its romantic reputation and this delightful styled wedding shoot epitomises the romance of this beautiful country. Embracing the picturesque location, destination wedding planner Jane Riddell from Planned for Perfection designed a beautiful elopement shoot, which took place amongst the authentic Italian olive groves, situated in the stunning grounds of Aquapetra, an exclusive wedding venue in the heart of Italy. 

The venue is a lovingly restored 18th-century hamlet, set within sixty acres of scented gardens and olive groves, and nestled within the timeless nature reserves, vineyards and ancient towns of the picture-perfect Sannio countryside.

The location and the facilities available create a sanctuary in which to unwind and be pampered; Michelin-starred dining, boutique hotel rooms, and an indulgent spa, Aquapetra are dedicated to the wellbeing of all who seek a truly transformative, holistic experience. 

The Bride and Groom

An Intimate Italian Olive Grove Elopement at Aquapetra near Naples, Captured by Catherine Bradley PhotographyAn Intimate Italian Olive Grove Elopement at Aquapetra near Naples, Captured by Catherine Bradley PhotographyAn Intimate Italian Olive Grove Elopement at Aquapetra near Naples, Captured by Catherine Bradley PhotographyItalian wedding dress designer, Roberta Bacarelli, dressed the bride - her bespoke collections elegantly mix Italian chic with sexy sophistication, something that Italian weddings are renowned for!

Italian tailoring is world-renowned, and rightly so! Whether complementing blue eyes, blue skies, or both, a blue suit for the groom has become a wedding day favourite.

The Tablescape

An Intimate Italian Olive Grove Elopement at Aquapetra near Naples, Captured by Catherine Bradley PhotographyAn Intimate Italian Olive Grove Elopement at Aquapetra near Naples, Captured by Catherine Bradley Photography - Paula Rooney wedding flowersAn Intimate Italian Olive Grove Elopement at Aquapetra near Naples, Captured by Catherine Bradley Photography - Paula Rooney table centreAn Intimate Italian Olive Grove Elopement at Aquapetra near Naples, Captured by Catherine Bradley PhotographyAn Intimate Italian Olive Grove Elopement at Aquapetra near Naples, Captured by Catherine Bradley PhotographySimple, uncomplicated and beautifully relaxed, where better for a private celebration than under a canopy of olive trees in the gardens of this wonderful hotel, less than an hour from Naples.

Paula Rooney Floral designer chose a neutral flower palette for the pretty florals, teaming with foliage and greenery picked from the gardens to ensure we made the most of the natural surroundings. Tableware from White House Event Crockery was mixed with delightful ceramic plates from the award-winning ceramicist Elvio Sagnella, owner of the Bottega Giustiniani in San Lorenzello, just a few kilometres from the venue. These bright plates gave a nod to rustic Italy and with each setting was dressed with gorgeous napkins from Just 4 Linen, delicate stationery from the De Winton paper company, and an individual rose to compliment, the romance of Italy shone through.

The Video

Credits

Wedding Planner: Planned for Perfection

Wedding Venue: Aquapetra Resort and Spa

Wedding Flowers: Paula Rooney Floral Designer

Photographer: Catherine Bradley Photography

Videographer: Vogue Wedding Films

Wedding Stationery: de Winton Paper co

Hair and Makeup: Gemma Sutton

Tableware: Whitehouse Crockery

Linen: Just 4 Linen

Wedding Dress: Roberta Bacarelli

Menswear: Sartoria Porfidia


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