The dating app queen has officially found her match! Whitney Wolfe, the founder and CEO of Bumble, married Michael Herd (he's in the restaurant and oil and gas businesses) last month in an epic, fashion-filled weekend in Positano, Italy. And, in case you're wondering, the couple did not meet on Bumble. Whitney and Michael first met IRL back in 2013, when they were both vacationing in Aspen for Christmas. The two connected near the slopes when Michael admitted to Whitney that "he didn't know how to ski." His next move was to ask Whitney to teach him—but he (surprise, surprise) ended up being a pro himself. The rest is history.
Fast forward two years to June 2015, when the couple visited Michael's ranch in Texas. He proposed at sunset, after a horseback ride. “It was just the two of us, in the most special place to us in the world, no one around for miles. It was absolutely magic! We cried and laughed the whole way down the hill,” Whitney told Vogue. A few days later, the couple visited Italy for a celebratory trip—and that's where wedding planning began. "We were sailing around the coast with wedding location scouting on the brain—but we didn’t fall in love with anything until we arrived at Positano," she said. With their location set in Positano, the couple then began enlisting a pro team of vendors to put planning into motion. First: Cynthia Cook Smith of Cynthia Cook Brides, who styled Whitney in Oscar de la Renta, Giambattista Valli, and Saint Laurent throughout the weekend's events. Next up was Diana Sorensen of Sugokuii Events, who handled everything in Positano—even booking a venue, Villa Tre Ville, the couple had never seen before! “We wanted the weekend to be as much of a surprise to us as to our guests,” Whitney said. “I trusted our incredible planner to bring our vision to life at a place I had never been, and she and her team did an exceptional job.”
Keep reading to see how Whitney and Michael's magical Italian wedding came to life, as captured by the talented Aaron Delesie!
Whitney and Michael had a clear vision for their destination wedding: They wanted it to be a nonstop party and a true celebration of their venue, southern Italy. Villa Tre Ville—which came highly recommend by their local planner and friends who had visited the area—was the center of the weekend's festivities. “We could not have been more in love with it, and are so happy that’s how it worked out,” she said.
The couple's colorful welcome bags were again a celebration of their destination, with Limoncello in hand-painted “Limoncello Herd” ceramic bottles, lemon chocolate from Sicily, and mini bottles of Aperol Spritz. They also personalized the gifts by adding their monogram on basically everything inside (and outside) of the wicker tote!
While the bride's wedding weekend attire was nothing short of extraordinary, the main look was a standout on its own. The wedding dress was a couture Oscar de la Renta gown, which was made of corded rose lace and featured a four-foot-long train with scalloped trim. Whitney accessorized with a coordinating cathedral-length veil, Gianvito Rossi heels, and Marlo Laz earrings (custom-made by her lifelong best friend, Jesse Lazowski).
On the big day itself, the bride woke up to a major surprise: The weather forecasted rain until 9 p.m. that evening (and the area hadn't seen so much as an inch of rainfall in months!). “In Italy, they say rain on your wedding day is symbolic of fresh beginnings, cleansing, a pure marriage, and also a wet knot that can’t be untied,” Whitney said. “So we tried to keep that in mind and ended up drinking white wine and merging the groomsmen and bridesmaids into two connected suites at the villa and dancing in the rain until about 3:00 p.m. At that point, one of my bridesmaids, who is a meteorologist in Los Angeles, came running in saying it was going to clear that evening. We made an executive decision to pull everything together at the last minute.”
And it did come together, with one minor glitch. The ceremony location—a grassy cliff overlooking the water—was now soaking wet! The bride and groom teamed up with their wedding party to dry off the benches, and at 7:30 p.m., guests sat down on (now dry!) benches that were custom-made for the occasion. The seating was designed in a curved formation so everyone could see the couple and take in the view at the same time. "We loved that the ceremony didn’t feel like a typical ceremony setup," Whitney said. "It was very intimate and true to the area."
“We had the most majestic, special ceremony ever, and there was not a dry eye on that cliff!” she said. After the couple was officially pronounced husband and wife, dozens of balloons were set off in the sky to celebrate the milestone.
The reception took place on the outdoor terrace of Villa Tre Ville, which also features incredible views of Positano. The scene was set with an amazing installation of greenery and bougainvillea up above, which was designed to coordinate with the existing florals on the property.
The tile-topped tables were custom as each tile was locally hand-painted, based on a design from the 1950s. "We didn’t want the reception to feel too 'wedding-ish' and decided not to use tablecloths, but showcase the beauty of the tiles instead," the bride said. "One day, we hope to use these tiles in our future kids’ rooms—they’ll have such special meaning for us!" The menus (by Happy Menocal), chargers, and plates (by Laboratorio Paravicini and L’Objet) were all personalized and hand-painted to match the theme and tiles.
The couple cut into their cake, which was millefoglie made with fragoline and chantilly cream. In fact, the cake was made from scratch in front of guests on the main terrace. "It took approximately 45 minutes, and guests could watch as the pastry chefs created it from the very beginning to the moment when we finally cut the cake," said the bride. "It was so delicious—we couldn’t get enough!"
For dinner and dessert, the bride slipped into a custom Delphine Manivet satin slip dress and pale pink velvet Manolo Blahnik mules.
At the end of the night, the bride changed into her final dancing dress by Naeem Khan. Also, we have to note the monogrammed pillows and railing in the background of these photos. Seriously, no detail of this over-the-top wedding was left untouched, and we're loving every minute it of it. Congrats to Whitney and her perfect match!