Kirsty and Ferg’s Italy Destination Wedding

by | Honeymoons, Inspired Destination Weddings, Inspired Weddings, Location Europe


Ms Polka Dot

 Kirsty and Ferg

If I could be anywhere right now, it would be at the wedding of Kirsty and Ferg, celebrating with a glass of champagne, overlooking the Italian coastline. Sure, they may take me as somewhat of a stalker, but I promise I’d just soak in the celebrations and the beauty of the day! Kirsty and Ferg chose Briars Atlas for their wedding day, strolling the streets of the couple’s most favourite place in the world as they celebrated with just a few loved ones in one of the world’s most incredible locations.

Kirsty tells the story of how a wedding in Melbourne turned into a destination wedding in Italy. “Fergus and I have been together for nine very happy years so we know each other back to front and inside out. When we first got engaged in July 2012 we started to plan a wedding in Melbourne for 100 people that quite quickly became everything that frightened us about weddings. All those people and all those details, we were flustered whenever we talked about it, being such very private people.

In January 2013 we decided to shift gears completely and elope to our favourite place in the world – Italy. We had attended the most beautiful wedding of our very close aunt and uncle three years before in Positano on the Amalfi Coast, and had fallen in love with the country. So the choice of Italy made perfect sense in our hearts. Fergus chose Ravello, reputed as the most beautiful town on the Amalfi Coast, we booked our flights and on June 26 we jumped on a flight and off we went.”

Wanting help planning their day across the seas, Kirsty and Ferg enlisted Marry Me Abroad, who organised the paperwork, greeters, hair and makeup, flowers and all the special touches. Kirsty remarking, “We worked with a wedding planner Marry Me Abroad and it was as easy as choosing the place, sending through pictures of what we wanted, answering queries and booking our flights. All the dreaded ‘wedding drama’ that so many of our friends had warned us about seemed a million miles away. Added to that was the fact that I seemed to be missing the bride gene and didn’t feel stressed about anything to do with the wedding day, only excited to be marrying my best friend.”

Kirsty chose a wedding gown from Australian designer Lisa Gowing and paired it with silver heels from Jimmy Choo.

“The day itself was a dream. Relaxed, easy, us. Ferg, Lizzie and I got ready together at the stunning Villa Cimbrone and walked the 15 minutes down the cobblestone streets to the piazza to meet Mandy, Roger and Lachie. Walking that 15 minutes was the happiest, most beautiful, joyous 15 minutes of my life. It was like a dream. Local Italians and tourists stopped and cheered, “Auguri” they all called, taking photos, watching us walk by like royalty and clapping. I have never smiled so much, felt so beautiful, or felt so much love from strangers and my husband-to-be as I did on that walk.”

“A few exciting developments leading up to the wedding – Fergus’ mum, dad and brother asked if they could join us and suddenly the thought of Fergus’ very close family not being there seemed unthinkable. My mum, dad and brother were unable to make the flight but in stepped my best friend since I was 13 Lizzie, who screamed out “Yes!!!!!” before I even finished the question. Then, our favourite Melbourne photographer, the unbelievably talented Oli Sansom of Briars Atlas, suggested that he make the special trip and everything was suddenly perfect.”

“The piazza broke out in applause as we met Ferg’s family and it is a moment I will never forget.”

“As it turns out, the five people we shared the day with turned out to be the most perfect combination we could have ever dreamed of – everything was meant to be.”

Of the ceremony, Kirsty tells, “Marrying my best friend was the most special, intimate and powerful thing I have ever done. The sun shone brightly as we approached the Ravello Mayor and he married us on the most beautiful cliff top, under a clear blue sky and mountains that seemed to whisper words of love to us also. I cannot imagine a more perfect day or a more perfect wedding. Thank you Ravello.”

The newlyweds and their guests celebrated with a private dinner overlooking the coastline at Il Flauto di pan.

Congratulations on your marriage Kirsty and Ferg! Thank you for sharing your day with us! Thank you to Briars Atlas for sharing today’s imagery with us!


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  • Lisa Gowing says:
    January 15, 2014 at 1:36 pm

    Congratulations Kristy!! Your wedding looks beautiful.
    You were simply stunning in your LISA GOWING “HELEN” gown.

    • Kirsty B says:
      January 18, 2014 at 12:17 am

      Hi Lisa,

      Thanks so much. The dress was absolutely stunning. I’ve never felt so beautiful in my life. I didn’t want to take it off! Thank you again for all of your help with the Helen gown. It was perfect.

      Kirsty x

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  • janiferbrown says:
    January 17, 2014 at 2:16 pm

    Such a beautiful wedding. Love love love the style of everything. Just elegant and beautiful.

    • Kirsty B says:
      January 18, 2014 at 12:19 am

      Thanks janiferbrown. It truly was the most perfect day. Ravello is even more beautiful than the pictures show. I highly recommend a trip! 🙂

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  • Louise says:
    March 8, 2016 at 4:28 pm

    Your wedding looks everything i want mine to be (down to flying in an Aussie photographer – they seem to have a more artful eye for the photos than the ones who are from Italy i think!)

    Although this article is from 2014, i’m commenting to you now because i am trying desperately to get info on how much an Amalfi coast wedding might actually cost before committing to it and before committing to a wedding planner. Are you able to disclose how much the civil ceremony, reception, hair/makeup etc cost you?
    I am not concerned with costs of flights and accomodation, as i know how to research that, but am completely in the dark about what it might cost to get married in Ravello Town Hall and have a Reception at place like Villa Cimbrone.
    If you get this and you can advise, thanks in advance so so much!
    Louise (Sydney)

    • Ms Rose says:
      March 10, 2016 at 12:25 pm

      Hi there Louise, thank you for your comment! In case Kirsty is unable to get in touch with you, a couple of websites to take a look at to get an idea of having your wedding in Ravello are below:

      I am not completely sure if any of these websites will give specific costs, but it wouldn’t hurt to get in touch with them! 🙂 Good luck with all your planning! x Ms Rose

      • Louise says:
        March 10, 2016 at 9:25 pm

        Ms Rose
        It’s so sweet of you to provide these links to me.
        Thank you so much, they will definitely be of use.
        Love Louise

        • Katherine says:
          September 1, 2016 at 7:32 pm

          Hi Louise,

          I’m recently engaged & we’ve just decided that Italy is where we want to wed. Wandering how you went with prices? I just got a quote for 200 euro plus per head in Ravello @ the Belmond Hotel. A civil ceremony was quoted 700 euro in the garden of the hotel. Taxes were not included. Is this roughly what we’d be looking to pay?

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