A sunset elopement in a private villa on the Amalfi Coast
Patricia and Neal wanted to plan their elopement in Italy, and chose the beautiful town of Positano, on the amalfi Coast, to do so. However, they didn’t know where to start planning and needed recommendations for places to stay and things to do on their elopement day. They were sure of one thing: they wanted amazing photos to showcase their love. Patricia and Neal’s elopement was also a multi-faith elopement as they wanted to have both Sikh and Christian ceremonies. Although we were unable to have the Guru Granth Sahib (Holy Book) taken out of the closest Gurdwara (thus keeping us from having an actual Sikh ceremony the day of their elopement), they opted for a Sikh ceremony before flying out to Italy, and a Christian ceremony with a view on the Amalfi Coast.
I planned an itinerary to include many stops at different viewpoints during the day, including a delicious restaurant in Positano, as well as recommendations for ceremony spots (which I always do), which included different accommodation options with a view (as it’s pretty tricky to get a beautiful open view on Positano from a natural, non-crowded viewpoint 🙂 ).
We started the day by meeting at a salon in Sorrento, where Patricia was getting ready. The morning was dedicated to Sikh outfits, so I discovered Patricia’s beautiful Sikh wedding attire and amazing jewelry. Once we headed out of Sorrento, we met Neal directly at their Airbnb and headed back down to the city center of Positano for some couple photos. Now, one thing to know about Positano in the summer, is that it’s absolutely PACKED with people. We have to walk in the streets shoulders to shoulders with other people, and it’s definitely not ideal for intimate photos 🙂 but we made the best of it, going all the way to the beach for more peace and quiet, and lots of people LOVED seeing the couple in their beautiful wedding outfits.
We then headed to a famously delicious restaurant, where everything is cooked by a family of cooks, and that offers a beautiful open view on Positano as well. The many dishes were served one after the other, and we got stuffed pretty quickly. The whole team was over the moon to see a married couple in their restaurant, and took pictures with Patricia and Neal. After such a copious meal, we had a hard time walking back up to the villa in Nocelle! But we did and Patricia changed clothes and fixed her hair.
We then headed for a small hike on the Sentiero degli Dieri (the path of gods) for yet another beautiful view on the sea, the mountains and the nearby villages.
We finally headed back to the villa to get the ceremony ready. We hung up greenery and fresh flowers with Neal on the roof, while Patricia was having her makeup redone professionally. We also met with their celebrant. Then it was show time. The sun started to kiss the coast good night, illuminating the sea of orange and pink hues, creating light trails in the nearby mountains. Little by little, we saw Positano lighting up in the evening, while Patricia and Neal were exchanging heartfelt vows, surrounded by the peaceful view of the Mediterranean sea and the beautiful coast shading in the background. Time stood still as they shared their first kiss as husband and wife.
After popping some champagne, they headed to a delicious Michelin-starred restaurant and we parted ways.