What’s your love story?
How did you meet originally and get together?
Richard was 18 and working in a busy Italian restaurant in Newcastle when he saw a beautiful girl sitting at the bar, little did he know this would be the girl he would marry! Emma was waiting to meet with the restaurant manager for an interview and a 16 year old Emma started working the following Saturday. We built up a friendship and kept in touch now and then and eventually in our mid 20s our paths crossed again and Richard took the plunge and asked Emma out for a drink……the rest in history!!
Richard proposed on Bow Bridge in New York City, down on one knee with a beautiful diamond surrounded by a pear shaped diamond on either side, engraved with the date- 24-11-13 and NYC so it may never be forgotten.
Your wedding in a couple of sentences… the vibe.
Truly magical, beautiful surroundings and all of our favourite people in wonderful Sicily made our wedding day more than we could ever have dreamed of. It was like being in an old Sicilian film and we were the lead roles, walking through the busy streets of Taormina from the church to the wedding venue we felt like movie stars, everyone stopping to say ‘Auguri’ and taking pictures of us on their camera phones.
What were your priorities from the very beginning?
That we enjoy every second and our guests have an amazing holiday and celebration for our wedding, important to us both was that it was held in a catholic church and that the attention to detail was perfect in every way.
The church was an easy one as it was always Emmas dream of getting married there since being a small girl, the reception venue was the first place we went to and we were blown away so that was also an easy decision it oozed style, elegance and Italian tradition, everything we wanted.
Belmond Grand Hotel Timeo one of the most Exclusive Location in Sicily
Walking through the busy Sicilian street with our entourage of guests in tow was our highlight, our family had also arranged as a surprise for a Traditional Sicilian folk band to follow us playing all the famous Sicilian songs on the accordion and tambourine and we danced in the street with crowds of passer-by’s stopping to take photos and videos of us.
The favours were limoncello bottles with each of guests names in our wedding stationary theme written on stickers on the side used as their place settings.
We had the most amazing swing band Chicky Mo, who played all of the classics and in between meal courses had everyone up on their feet dancing. Later on in the evening we retreated downstairs to a room where we had arranged for a rock band to play on until 2pm, we didn’t know that our friends (who are in a band ‘keep breathing’) had surprised us by getting on stage and playing all of our favourite songs.
For the father of the bride speech Emmas Father Michael said some beautiful words and then ended his speech by singing ‘My Girl’.
The wedding cake was a real spectacle representing the great Mount Etna in a volcanic shape made from white chocolate with red roses draped down the sides representing lava, alcohol was burned on the top to represent an eruption. Mount Etna in the background was such an amazing view which took every ones breath away.
We had a wedding guest book with all of our guests photographs in which they wrote a message to the happy couple.
Enjoy every second but after you have made your vows make sure you take 5-10 minutes just you two, somewhere private away from everyone, to smile and talk about what you have just done and committed to one another, as you have a busy exciting day/night ahead of you, you’ll remember those 5-10 minutes forever!
It’s all about you two and the people that you love around you.
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Photographer: WPJA Romina Costantino
Videographer: Fabrizio Soldano