The popularity of destination weddings during the last decade has put certain places in the spotlight. Italy’s culture, art, and history as well as its dedication to beauty and style have transformed the country into one of the most coveted destination wedding hotspots. Among the abundance of amazing wedding venues to tie the knot, Italian villa weddings stand prominently and for a good reason, as they offer privacy and are ideal for epic, once-in-a-lifetime experiences, highly personalized to the couple and their guests.
One of the most impressive Italian villa wedding venues is, without a doubt, the exquisite Villa Astor in the charming town of Sorrento in the Amalfi Coast. A true historical landmark dating back to the Roman Empire, the villa got its name from its famous past owner William Waldorf Astor, who acquired the villa in 1905, while serving as the American ambassador to Italy. The current owners did a meticulous restoration with the help of the world-renowned architect and interior designer, Jacques Garcia, and the villa truly lives up to its former glory.
Offering spectacular views of Mount Vesuvius, the indoor spaces of the villa are filled with sculptures, ancient columns, and artifacts from Pompei, while its lavish bedrooms can accommodate up to 20 guests. The outdoor areas are equally splendid with the expansive, centennial gardens housing more than 1000 different plant species stealing the show. Like a small, walled paradise in the Sorrentine peninsula, it can be transformed into the ideal Italian villa wedding venue for intimate weddings or big celebrations with up to 200 guests.
Inspired by the beauty of this exquisite villa, me and a team of talented creatives, whose complete list can be found at the end of the gallery images, decided to organize an editorial shoot for couples looking to host an Italian villa wedding in the charming Amalfi Coast. We wanted not to produce the typical wedding styled shoot, but rather to have fashion editorial elements that would blend romanticism with seduction. I can’t wait to be back in my upcoming travels in this amazing country as an Italy wedding photographer.
Wedding Venue: Villa Astor by The Heritage Collection
Photography: Vangelis Photography
Cinematography: Anthony Venitis
Wedding Planning & Styling: Anna-Jill Gierhards
Bridal Hair & Make up: Michalis Tsotras
Couture Gowns: Celia Kritharioti
Florals: Fluida Design
Tableware Rentals: Preludio Noleggi
Stationary & Calligraphy: Betty Soldi
Suit: Kuhn Masskonfektion