Kimye may have brought a 50-foot golden toilet tower, a hand-carved marble dining table, and hundreds of couture-clad guests to Tuscany for their nuptials, but when it comes to destination weddings, sometimes the most intimate ones are the most stunning.
So when Anica and Jay got engaged in 2010 and decided to tie the knot on Italy's Amalfi Coast, they knew they'd keep the affair small. Their wedding a year later brought their vision to life: a beautiful, cozy candlelit dinner for the couple and 35 guests in the super-romantic crypt at Villa Cimbrone in Ravello. Click through for Roey Yohai's photos of their gorgeous I do's!
Anica wanted her dress to reflect the timeless, ethereal romance of her location. Her Christos gown, which featured hand-tied organza knots, fit the bill perfectly.
Anica paired her gown with Giuseppe Zanotti shoes that looked right at home at a Renaissance-style Italian villa.
The bride walked down the aisle to a live harp and violin playing "Gabriel's Oboe."
The breathtaking grounds of Villa Cimbrone — not to mention the coastal views — provided more than enough décor for Anica and Jay's simple outdoor ceremony, but white flower petals made for a perfect extra touch.
Anica had studied in Florence and fell in love with Italy, but it wasn't until she saw photos of the rocky, picture-perfect Amalfi Coast that she realized she wanted to get married seaside. She and Jay took a trip to survey potential venues, and Villa Cimbrone's historic architecture and unmatched views made her choice a cinch. "Planning was hard from across the Atlantic, but the setting was so beautiful that I wouldn't change a thing," she says.
At their intimate reception, the long table was lit by a crystal chandelier, warm amber lights, and floating candles, and laden with blush roses and orchids.
Anica and Jay's three-tier chiffon cake with chocolate cream was as flower-filled (with fresh roses!) as the rest of her reception.
With a far-flung wedding destination, it's no surprise the newlyweds continued the Mediterranean theme for their honeymoon, traveling to Istanbul and Santorini. "Our wedding was small and intimate, and we wouldn't have done it any other way," says the bride.
Ceremony and Reception Venue: Villa Cimbrone || Wedding Planner: Paola Viuleumier, Villa Cimbrone || Bride's Wedding Dress: Christos || Veil: Vera Wang || Shoes: Giuseppe Zanotti || Bridesmaids' Dresses: Halston Heritage || Florist: Armando Malafronte || Invitations & Paper Goods: Alpine Creative Group || Catering and Cake: Villa Cimbrone || Photography: Roey Yohai Photography