A Picturesque Cliffside Wedding in Positano, Italy

A Picturesque Cliffside Wedding ceremony in Positano, Italy

What occurs in Vegas doesn’t essentially keep in Vegas—no less than for Joyce Kwok and David Gao, who met there in 2015 and instantly started relationship lengthy distance. “Although we went to the identical school finding out the identical main, we solely met via mutual buddies on a visit to Las Vegas,” Joyce shares. “We determined up to now lengthy distance between San Francisco and New York. David was a advisor on the time and, happily, a pair tasks in New York allowed us to see one another each month.”

9 months later, Joyce made the cross-country transfer San Francisco for good. 4 years after that, the duo took a European trip. “We have been on a ship journey in Capri, passing via the Faraglioni rocks; legends say that {couples} who kiss underneath the arch will keep collectively ceaselessly,” Joyce remembers. “Two days later, David proposed in Santorini, Greece, on our balcony.”

Photograph by Christina McNeill


When it got here to wedding ceremony planning, that Eurotrip performed a significant position. “We envisioned an intimate vacation spot wedding ceremony in a significant and exquisite location. We had visited Positano in 2019 proper earlier than David proposed, and beloved our time there.” It was the best place to host their get together of simply 45 visitors, an deliberately low rely. “We needed the marriage to really feel like a household reunion—to personally spend time with every certainly one of our visitors and to benefit from the Italian solar, meals, and good music.”

A dream workforce of wedding ceremony planners was a necessity. “We have been planning from abroad and didn’t have the prospect to take a look at the decorations and meals in individual,” Joyce recounts. Enter Valentina Di Tinco and Anna Grimaldi of Italian planning group SposiamoVi. “We met over Zoom to debate our imaginative and prescient and, from there, she offered us choices for all facets of the marriage and lined up all the distributors.” Even via one pandemic postponement, “it truthfully was a stressless planning course of,” Joyce says. 

Joyce and David stated “I do” overlooking the Tyrrhenian Sea on September 14, 2021. Learn on to see all of the stylish Italian particulars, as deliberate by Valentina Di Tinco and Anna Grimaldi of SposiamoVi and photographed by Christina McNeill.

Photograph by Christina McNeill


Photograph by Christina McNeill


The marriage week encompassed just a few days of occasions, with Villa San Giacomo as a house base. “We needed a venue that showcased Positano’s stunning background,” Joyce says. “Villa San Giacomo was excellent for our wedding ceremony—it has the attraction of Positano’s classical structure.” Their shade palette of white, gold, and blush was a gentle, romantic complement to the panorama. 

Photograph by Christina McNeill


Photograph by Christina McNeill


The day earlier than the marriage, Joyce and David took their visitors on a day journey to the island of Capri, the place they’d handed underneath the Faraglioni rocks proper earlier than getting engaged. The bride donned an elegant white frock, and a energetic lunch set the tone for the weekend. 

Photograph by Christina McNeill


On the day of the marriage, “I needed to appear to be myself,” says Joyce, who opted for a “pure and glowy” magnificence look. Her scent was a basic: Chanel Coco Mademoiselle.

Photograph by Christina McNeill


Photograph by Christina McNeill


Photograph by Christina McNeill


Joyce paired her mermaid silhouette Berta robe with a blinding pair of Harry Winston earrings gifted by the groom. She carried a basic bouquet of white roses, whereas her bridesmaids carried white hydrangeas.

Photograph by Christina McNeill


Photograph by Christina McNeill


David additionally had his personal grooming workforce. “A barber got here onsite and gave the groomsmen haircuts, shaves, and styling for the massive day,” Joyce says. Then, David suited up in a light-weight grey Tom Ford three-piece swimsuit, navy tie by Brioni, and black calf Crockett & Jones derby footwear. He accessorized with two significant items: a Rolex Submariner from Joyce, and a MontBlanc Meisterstück pen from her household. 

Photograph by Christina McNeill


“Everybody advised us how briskly the day goes by, so we needed to ensure we hung out simply the 2 of us all through the day to savor the magic moments,” Joyce says. It’s one of many causes they opted for a primary look on the balcony earlier than the ceremony.

Photograph by Christina McNeill


Photograph by Christina McNeill


We needed to ensure to savor the magic moments.

Photograph by Christina McNeill


Photograph by Christina McNeill


When it got here to ceremony decor, “the view of cliffside Positano and the Tyrrhenian Sea was all of the decor we would have liked,” Joyce says. They lined the aisle with natural preparations of white roses that appeared to develop immediately from the bottom, and opted for gold chameleon chairs with white cushions.

Photograph by Christina McNeill


Photograph by Christina McNeill


“We each walked down the aisle solo,” Joyce says. Florence + The Machine’s cowl of “Stand By Me” performed as they entered.

Photograph by Christina McNeill


Photograph by Christina McNeill


They exchanged customized vows in a candy ceremony officiated by Raffaele Mitridate, then recessed out to Aerosmith’s “I Don’t Need to Miss a Factor” as their 45 visitors showered them with white rose petals. A romantic dip on the finish of the aisle sealed the deal. 

Photograph by Christina McNeill


Photograph by Christina McNeill


Consistent with the ceremony’s gentle palette, Joyce’s trio of bridesmaids wore blush attire by Fame and Companions, whereas the groomsmen matched David in summery mild grey fits by Bonobos.

Photograph by Christina McNeill


Photograph by Christina McNeill


Photograph by Christina McNeill


Having gotten their images out of the way in which on the first look, cocktail hour turned one of many couple’s favourite instances of the day. A tucked-away nook of the terrace was accented with velvet couches, and an elegant bar served a duo of signature cocktails. “We had a neighborhood Neapolitan quinte play,” Joyce says. “It was wonderful seeing everybody dancing on the terrace of the villa, watching the sundown behind the Positano cliff—particularly our dad and mom!”

Photograph by Christina McNeill


“We’re a reasonably laid again couple, so as an alternative of doing an aesthetic first dance, David put collectively a mashup of our favourite ’90s throwback and hip-hop classics, starting with Alicia Keys’ ‘If I Ain’t Obtained You,’” Joyce remembers. “We fumbled the entire dance however had a number of enjoyable doing it.”

Photograph by Christina McNeill


Photograph by Christina McNeill


Photograph by Christina McNeill


Dinner was held on an open-air terrace with panoramic views, and visitors sat at one lengthy desk. “Our planner, Valentina, has this concept of hanging white orchids and wisteria and gold tubes down from the ceiling to enrich the lengthy mirrored reception desk,” Joyce says. “It lit up the house and was tremendous romantic.”

Photograph by Christina McNeill


Photograph by Christina McNeill


Photograph by Christina McNeill


As visitors indulged in Italian dishes, it was time for speeches. “David’s groomsmen did a five-minute roast of him, with all of the hilarious moments of their friendship,” Joyce remembers. “It was so humorous!”

Photograph by Christina McNeill


Photograph by Christina McNeill


Chilly fireworks exploded because the newlyweds lower right into a hexagonal lemon cake, signaling the beginning of the get together. 

Photograph by Christina McNeill


Photograph by Christina McNeill


Photograph by Christina McNeill


Everybody moved inside, the place the historic venue’s frescoed partitions have been adorned with metallic mylar balloons, streamers, and disco lighting for a nightclub-inspired afterparty. Joyce swapped her basic wedding ceremony costume for one thing extra on-theme, a mini costume filled with sparkle.

Photograph by Christina McNeill


“Our DJ performed till midnight, and after dancing all our visitor have been hanging out within the pool,” Joyce says. The night time went out with a bang: “We ended up leaping into pool in our garments!” The following morning, everybody gathered to recap the attractive night time at a post-wedding seaside get together in Positano, and, quickly after, the couple headed to the Maldives for a romantic honeymoon.

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