A stunning venue, traditional musicians and a tasty local menu – just some of the highlights of this chic Italian wedding between Kayleigh and Michael!
Michael’s proposal to Kayleigh almost ended in a security alert! “We were in New York, and Michael accidentally set off the security alarms at the Rockefeller Center with the engagement ring hidden in his pocket,” Kayleigh laughs.
“He had to have a quiet word with the security guard, but luckily, I was completely oblivious and was so surprised when we stopped for a break next to the Bethesda Fountain in Central Park and Michael got down on one knee. The setting couldn’t have been more perfect.”
The bride’s outfit
It was love at first sight for Kayleigh and her Enzoani gown, which she found at The National Wedding Show. “I knew it was ‘the one’ before I’d even tried it on, and when I reduced not only my mum, mother-in-law and sister to tears, but also the sales assistant, my instincts were confirmed,” Kayleigh smiles. A bespoke tiara by Andrea Bambridge was the perfect finishing touch.
The groom’s outfit
Michael wore a navy blue three-piece suit from Moss Bros. “He looked so handsome, and I felt very lucky that I was about to become his wife,” Kayleigh says.
Kayleigh’s three bridesmaids wore pale pink gowns from Coast, with shoes from Jenny Packham. The flowergirl, Kayleigh’s little niece Isla, wore an ivory dress from Ted Baker.
The couple exchanged vows in the Town Hall Gardens in Ravello, Italy. “I had to stop myself running towards Michael when I saw him standing at the end of the aisle,” Kayleigh says.
After the ceremony, the newlyweds and their guests walked into Ravello’s main square for a Prosecco toast, applauded by on-lookers, and serenaded by Neapolitan musicians. They then continued through the streets to Villa Eva, where they celebrated in an open-sided marquee overlooked the Amalfi Coast.
“The venue was so beautiful that we didn’t want to spoil its charm, so we stuck to simple floral table centres, with pomanders hanging from the chandeliers,” Kayleigh says. “The villa was surrounded by trees strewn with fairy lights, and looked absolutely stunning as the sun went down.” Guests enjoyed a delicious five-course Italian menu, followed by a traditional millfeuille cake. “The Beatles’ All You Need is Love was playing as we cut the cake, and our guests spontaneously burst into song!” Kayleigh smiles.
The couple spent four days in Sorrento before returning to the UK for their evening reception. They then flew out to Dubai and the Maldives.