Sorrento Elopement with A Yellow Fiat 500

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Jenn & Matt spent two weeks exploring Italy together in 2017, and their fondest memories of that trip include drinking coffee on the beach and talking about what we want for our life as a couple. So returning to Italy was the perfect way to get married.

Jenn + Matt brought 12 of their closest friends and family with them to Italy, where they stayed together in a gorgeous villa in Sorrento.

Their adventure started with a welcome dinner, enjoying authentic Neapolitan pizza and limoncello at local restaurant Il Ruttino.

Jenn and Matt chose the picturesque, greenery-filled garden of St. Francis Cloisters, a 14th-century monastery for their intimate ceremony, officiated by Jenn’s brother.

After the wedding ceremony, the group headed over to the public gardens adjacent to the Cloisters to enjoy a toast, nibbles, and a stunning view of the Bay of Naples while a yellow vintage Fiat 500 drove the couple around Sorrento in style where they got the sweetest photos overlooking the Bay of Naples.

Dinner was served at Il Buco, a Michelin star restaurant housed in the cellars of an old monastery in the heart of Sorrento. The restaurant is known for its cuisine that blends traditional and modern influences.

After dinner, the celebrations continued with dancing, live music, and drinks at Sky Bar, the rooftop bar of the Hotel Mediterraneo.

Jenn + Matt wanted to spend 100% of their time with their favorite people, so the next day, they threw their wedding attire back on and we went down by the water for some epic sunset photos!

The medieval St. Francis Cloisters were the perfect choice for their ceremony. It truly reflects Sorrento being perched on top of the cliffs and showcasing a mix of architectural styles. I especially love the arches.  The inside of the Cloisters is well known for its romantic architecture and traditional Italian rustic greenery.

In a courtyard covered with tranquil green vines and lush flowers, they exchanged I do’s in a perfect, simple ceremony performed by Jenn’s brother. It was a enchanted and romantic atmosphere. 

Shelly – Photographer

How Easy Is It To Get Married Here?

Anything brought in (fresh florals are allowed) must be removed after ceremony. Your wedding planner is really your go to person, helping you arrange all the vendors, legal documents, reception space (they do not allow receptions- usually these are at a restaurant nearby) 

The couple wanted this to be an amazing experience for everyone (12 guests and themselves). Everything was very intentional. The most amazing thing to me was during the entire day everyone, and I mean EVERYONE, was happy and relaxed. You could see each guest just taking in every moment, and it was a heartfelt experience all around that each of them is going to keep dear to their heart. 

Shelly – Photographer

If you have guests joining, I highly advise a day after session where you can really take time to explore Sorrento together! Have your guests go out on a boat for the day or a cooking class! 

Shelly – Photographer

Vendor Credits

Photography – Shelly Pate Photography
Planner – Sorrento Sunland
Hair & Makeup – Jimena Puy
Car – Yellow Vintage Cinquecento
Dress – Pronovias
Jewellery – Elizabeth Bower
Reception – Mediterraneo Sorrento
Ceremony – St Francis Cloister

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