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I wasn’t sure what the weather would bring in Italy in October, but the sun was glaring as I made my way from my hotel to the Grand Hotel San Michele on Italys south coast. Before that though, let’s rewind a little; Sarah and Massimo contacted me from their home in Sheffield, South Yorkshire. Their wedding plan was to hold the ceremony and reception in Massimo’s home town in Italy. Of course I was very happy when I was booked and a little over a year later my bags were packed and I was leaving the wet weather at Stansted airport, London to the much sunnier weather in the town of Lamezia, Italy. A short hire car journey later and I was ready to say hello to the couple ahead of the following days wedding.

Coastline of Lamezia, Italy
Groundskeeper watering the grass at the Grand Hotel San Michele in Italy ahead of a wedding

The Grand Hotel San Michele is located in Cetraro and boasts sea views, private beach and a golf course. Massimo the groom worked at the hotel when he was younger and he still has a lot of family in the area. A lovely personal touch to the wedding. Massimo got ready at his parents house close to the hotel, whilst Sarah was in one of the hotel rooms for her bridal prep.

Entrance to the San Michele hotel in Italy
Outside of the Grand Hotel San Michele in Italy ahead of the wedding.
Father of the bride looking out of the window of his hotel room.
One of the hotel staff at the San Michele hotel washing the floor in the sun.
Maid of Honour getting her hair done in the hotel room. Black and white photo
Bride having her makeup done in the hotel room San Michele hotel
Bride getting sprayed with hair spray
Bride shoes in a pool of sunlight
Bride laughing as she gets her hair done. Wedding dress hanging in the foreground. Black and white photo.
Flower girl laughing having her photo taken by the mother of the bride.
Bride and her mother have a moment after the bride puts her dress on.
Bride cries before leaving the hotel room for the ceremony.

Massimo the groom looked amazing in his top hat and cane and arrived to greet guests before the ceremony. The wedding ceremony took place outside on one of the terraces, the joys of being abroad, outdoor weddings in October! It was a glorious setting looking out over the sea. There were lots of laughs and tears, luckily the ceremony was in both Italian and English as unfortunately my Italian is very rusty.

Groom welcoming guests looking very smart in his top hat.
Wedding ceremony setup on the terrace of the San Michele hotel in Italy.
View out of the main door to the ceremony room. Italian hotel wedding
Wedding guests relaxing before the ceremony.
Groom waiting outside for the bride to walk down the aisle, outdoor wedding ceremony in Italy.
Bride preparing to walk down the aisle. Bridesmaid helps her with her dress.
Bride and groom are welcomed to the ceremony by the hotel wedding planner, Grand San Michele Italy.
Italian wedding ceremony in the sun, looking out at the sea.
View outside to the wedding ceremony during the readings.
Bride and groom laughing during the wedding ceremony in the sun. Outdoor ceremony.
Bride and groom covered in confetti as they leave the ceremony. Italian wedding

After the ceremony the couple enjoyed time with all their guests and enjoyed canapés, which was more of a full buffet. Food, Italian style!

Wedding guests hugging as they walk back from the ceremony.
Food being served after the wedding ceremony. Italian wedding
Young girl at a wedding playing on her phone.
Landscape of the Italian coast during a wedding

Before the reception started Sarah and Massimo headed down to the San Michele’s private beach area. The beach is located down a very long lift built into the rock face. Sarah took a quick look down from the top. Not for those scared of heights!

Bride looks down from the top of the lift at the San Michele hotel in Italy.
The bride and groom walking down the stairs towards the hotel private beach.
Bride and groom portrait on the golf course at the San Michele Hotel in Italy.
Italian Wedding
Italian Wedding
Italian Wedding

The evening reception was held on the stunning pool terrace at the hotel. I love an outdoor first dance and sunset as the speeches were happening was a lovely way to spend the evening. The couple and guests enjoyed the celebrations long into the night.

The pool terrace decorated ready for the wedding reception.
The wedding reception during sunset at the San Michele hotel
The couple arrive at the wedding reception and dance as they are announced in.
Silhouette photo of the wedding reception in Italy, sunset wedding photo.
Evening wedding reception setting shot.
Young boy, guest at a wedding blowing out candles.
Mother and daughter sharing a hug during the wedding reception.
Bride and groom laughing during the wedding speeches. Outdoor wedding reception in Italy.
Couples first dance at the San Michele hotel in Italy.
Couple and wedding guests dance during the wedding reception.
Couple look at smile at each other during cake cutting.

A huge thank you to Sarah and Massimo for having me along on their amazing wedding day. A big thanks to all the staff at the hotel San Michele in Italy for all their help on the day and for making me feel at home.

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