I have so much to share with you but I am going to start with my exciting trip to Italy last weekend.
I had been commisioned by someone I know well to accompany them to Sorrento and Capri to look at venues in which to hold their Daughter’s Wedding Ceremony and Reception in, and then advise of floral decor. Well it was a tough job but someone had to do it!
The long awaited day arrived and we set off at the crack of dawn from Stansted Airport and flew to Naples. When we arrived it was only a short transfer to Sorrento where we were booked into a beautiful Hotel on the cliffs overlooking the Bay of Naples and Vesuvius, it was spectacular.
After settling in we took a stroll around the local area and were taken in by the charm of the narrow cobbled streets, and tiny alleys with a selection of shops selling an assortment of local produce such as dried herbs, chilies, and the local speciality Limoncello, a sweet Lemon Liquor, where we saw it being made from gigantic Lemons and of course sampled a drop or too. Gorgeous fragrant soaps are also made from the Lemons and make great gifts. There were lots of pretty Restaurants and Cafe’s tucked away from the main streets where we had a lovely lunch sitting outside enjoying the sunshine, and feeling refreshed decided to start our search.
We took a look around a few of the Hotels that might have the ‘wow factor’ for the Wedding and collected all the information, there was such a choice of lovely venues to be found, most of them with the amazing views over the Bay of Naples, with pretty botanical gardens in which to hold the Ceremony. It was decided that we would visit the Island of Capri as I had been there previously and loved it, so the following morning we took the 15 minute high speed Hovercraft over to Capri. This time it was just as captivating as I remembered. Capri has a certain charm that is hard to describe, it has all of the beauty of Sorrento but with a timeless elegance, exclusive Boutique Hotels, Villas, Designer Shops, Restaurants and Cafes are all dotted around this beautiful lush Island which is easily walkable, and like Sorrento also has tiny little cobbled alleyways which lead off the bustly main square where you can sit in one of the many outside Cafes and watch the world go by.
You can easily see why many Celebrities go there as the Villas are screened by high walls and security gates making it very private from the world outside.
We found THE place high in the hills of Anacapri, a stunning Boutique Hotel with an incredible view, and knew straight away that this was where the Wedding should be, and after taking a tour of the Hotel, meeting the Manager Roberto and having a chilled glass of wine on the terrace decided without hesitation that we should book.
On the way back we stumbled upon a very quaint Flower Shop by chance along the pathway in the hills and went in, the owner was very friendly and helpful and we talked for a while about the flower choices and looked at some of the work he had done on the Island. It was inspiring to consider using flora and fauna from the mediterranian in the floral designs which are seen growing in abundance on this lush Island, as well as the classical favourites such as Hydrangea and Roses.
This a project we at April Showers are very excited about, and can’t wait to return to this beautiful place soon.
Let the planning commence……………………………………………