Nestled on top of a cliff to the west of Zoagli, situated on the stunning bay of Portofino, lies a charming castle, overlooking the crystal blue sea. The refurbished Portofino paradise is the perfect place for a wedding in the Italian Riviera.
When Lebanese and Californian couple Lena and Dany had to choose their dream Italian wedding location, this magical seaside getaway was a no-brainer because of its striking beauty and relaxed, luxurious ambience.
The castle is still owned by an Italian count and his family, preserving the authentic heritage of the estate. Located steps away from the amazing bay beaches, this Ligurian castle is carefully orchestrated to be the perfect Italian Riviera wedding venue.
Surrounded by a bright and colourful mix of landscape and architecture, the castle stands out as a historic and an almost fairytale-esque place. This luxury Italian wedding location was the perfect choice for Lena and Dany's intimate seaside wedding celebration.
To welcome their guests, Lena and Dany hosted a dinner the evening before. To get everybody in a relaxed mood they dined at a fabulous location overlooking the ocean.
The morning of the big day, Lena prepared in a gorgeous southern Italian styled suite. The breathtaking bride wore a flowy, tulle ball gown, perfectly matching the castle venue.
Holding an elegant natural muted bouquet, Lena accessorized with a stunning sparkling headband and teardrop earrings.
The intimate outdoor civil ceremony took place in the quaint village Zoagli. Along the seaside against a historic ancient wall, decorated with rose petals, Lena and Dany exchanged vows.
Opting for a photo shoot on the beach. Lena and Dany posed naturally while onlookers were awestruck by the couple's beauty. The cool blue water and silver grey tones of the stones complimented Dany's white dress seamlessly.
The reception dinner was held on the luscious seaside garden grounds of the castle. Round white tables were set under cascading candle lights suspended from the trees. The colour palette was composed of delicate peaches, cream and ivory.
Dining under the intense Italian sunset sky, guests were treated to personalized centerpieces, made from the couple's favourite books and lush floral arrangements. Typical Ligurian cuisine pleased everyone, as there is no better pair for a beautiful Mediterranean wedding.
To top the night off, the delicious, cake was designed to mimic the Mediterranean seas’ waves, with fun statuettes of Lena and Dany, which were impressively similar!
Under a canopy of twinkling lights and bright stars, Lena, Dany and all their guests danced the night away, finishing off the most elegant Italian Riviera wedding.
From Lena and Dany:
We found Distinctive Italy Weddings through a simple google search, and when we think back of the day we believe we were very lucky to have landed on your site and without knowing it at the time, we were in the safest hands that could be.
Throughout 6 months of planning, we felt we were taking a leap of faith, not having met you in person and managing everything by correspondence, we have to admit that a part of us was anxious in anticipation of what the outcome would be. Despite that, your management and organization during the planning time was always reassuring. We think back of all the details we worked through, from the tiny tags on the mini welcome bags to the choice of venue; from the citronellas on the curb to the arch at the altar, you just incredibly covered it all without missing a single piece of the puzzle no matter how small.
Your attention to detail was remarkable.
Thank you for planning our wedding with so much care, so much detail, and so much perfection. You and your team, Stefania, and the rest of the crew, came together and prepared a wonderful event, one that my guests called the wedding of the Century.. and for Dany and I, you are in fact the planner of the Century. We will always look back to this day and have you to thank for making it an incredibly remarkable and unforgettable celebration of our love.
With much gratitude to you and the Distinctive Italy Weddings team,
Photos by Carlo Carletti