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The Ultimate Dream Villa Wedding On The Amalfi Coast

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Danielle dreamed of getting married at Villa Cimbrone since she was a teenager, at her mother’s friend’s wedding in Ravello (oh how we’d love to see those photos!) The jet-setter met her match in Nik, and after getting engaged mountaintop in Santorini, the two started planning the dreamiest, Amalfi Coast wedding.

And as imagined, the whole Italian wedding in a dream! Danielle wore a luxurious lace Pronovias wedding gown and her bridesmaids sparkled in mix and match blush and gold Vera Wang dresses. Nik wore a white jacket (which we’re high fiving for!) with his tux, standing out in the black-tie affair.

Lace and Luce captured the whole group, opulent cathedral ceremony, and stunning Villa Cimbrone so perfectly, we’re ready to hop on the ferry to Ravello – right now.

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Our Love Story

Nik and I met through our mutual friends, Zach & Lindsay. Nik owns a wine bar on the Upper East Side of Manhattan where Zach was a regular. He would always say, “You’ve gotta meet my friend Nik.”

On May 24th, 2013 I get a phone call from Lindsay. I was actually on a date with another guy and ignored her calls, but she kept calling me and sent a text that said, “Urgent, you need to call me back.” So I excused myself from the table and called her back.  She said,”You need to leave your date now. Nik is here and me, you, Zach and him are going out.”  I left my date, I made up some excuse as to why I need to leave, took a taxi to Zach & Lindsay’s apartment, walked in and there was Nik. This tall, handsome man with a huge smile on his face. The four of us went to a bar and ever since that night Nik and I were inseparable.

Nik proposed to me on top of a mountain in Santorini, Greece. He is an outdoorsy guy, he loves to hike, bike and kayak. I’m more of a sit by the fire with a glass of wine kind of gal, but on May 1st 2017, I got ready to leave our hotel and Nik said, “We’re going on a hike.”

After complaining the whole way up the mountain, I realized, wow this view is just gorgeous! He told me he was going to take a photo of me, but when I turned around, he was on one knee, holding the most gorgeous diamond ring and asked me to marry him.

The four of us are still best friends and on September 6th 2017, Zach was Nik’s Best Man and Lindsay was one of my Maid of Honors.

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The Dress & Attire

I had a large bridal party and didn’t want everyone to look exactly the same, so I had my bridesmaids wear different styles of the Vera Wang collection, but stuck to the blush color pallet and to differentiate them from the other girls, I had my Maid of Honors wear blush sequin dresses.  All of the different styles and textures looked amazing together.

We wanted it to be a formal affair with a simple, chic twist. Nik opted for a tux with an off-white dinner jacket, a velvet bow-tie and velvet loafers with no socks.  He had his guys in classic black tuxedos and everyone looked absolutely stunning.

I knew I was going to wear a Pronovias dress before I was even engaged.  I actually picked one out and then found out that 3 other girls I knew were wearing the same one!  So I ended up changing to a different Pronovias style, their Natura gown, and I am so happy I did!  The lace detail on the dress, paired with the long veil which was actually custom made from a cape to a veil, looked so regal in the beautiful church.

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The Photography

Our wedding planner recommended Jennifer Adams at Lace and Luce and we are so happy that she did.  Jennifer knew our wedding planner Linda and had worked on weddings with her in the past.  After looking at her work we knew immediately that she fit our style exactly.  She captured the essence of our day and used the beautiful backdrop of the Amalfi Coast to take photos that we will look back on for the rest of our lives.

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The Venue

We knew we were going to have a destination wedding. Nik is from Europe, so all of his family are still there and I had been to a wedding at the stunning Villa Cimbrone when I was about 16 years old. It was my mom’s friend’s wedding, and I thought, I would love to get married here someday, and my dream came true!

Nik and I agreed to get married in Ravello, a small pedestrian town on the Amalfi Coast at the breathtaking Villa Cimbrone.  We were told that early September would be the best month for a wedding in Italy as it wouldn’t be too hot, so we chose September 6th, right after Labor Day. I still considered it a summer wedding, so I thought blush, gold and greenery would be the perfect color pallet.

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Special Moments

I will never forget the look on Nik’s face as I walked down the aisle of the incredibly stunning cathedral. Happy tears in his eyes and a huge smile on his face. It was like a movie. Unreal. A moment I will never forget.

Everyone told me, enjoy every moment because the day goes by so fast and it was the truest piece of advice I received. I want every bride to know, in the blink of an eye the best day of your life will be over, so take in every single moment. Breathe in every ounce of love and happiness. My advice is to have fun!

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