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!