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Hi Sarah, apologies for the very long delay in writing to you. I don't know where the time goes. Anyway on behalf of myself and Joseph, I would like to thank you most sincerely for helping to give Christine the wedding of her dreams.
It was really amazing, a lot of the guests saying that it was the wedding of the year. You were amazing in organizing such a wonderful event - the beautiful Chapel, flowers, candles etc. etc. The food was out of this world. I could be here all day going through everything. Life here is back to normal, the newlyweds back from honeymoon, had a wonderful time. They have settled into their home and it is lovely. It's in Dublin about an hour from us.
We are looking forward to seeing the video and photographs. Someday hopefully we will return to beautiful Spoleto.
Again Sarah, I would like to thank for everything you did for us. Hope we didn't melt your head completely. I'm sure you were glad when it was over and we were gone home!!
If you are ever in Ireland please call us and we'll look after you (mind you, in a totally different setting).
Thank you again Sarah. Regards to Mr Sarah.......!
Elizabeth and Joseph (Parents of the bride), Dublin, Ireland
Hi Sarah, So sorry for not getting back to you sooner. Rob and I spent a few days on the Amalfi Coast after the wedding, and then we got home to find our cat had gone missing, so it’s been a stressful return to London! Thankfully she showed her face last night after days of leafleting, door knocking and calling for her!
We both wanted to say a huge, huge thank you for helping us live the wedding of our dreams! I knew from our first meeting that I could trust your styling decisions, and I was SO right. Everything looked amazing – from the church to the bouquets, the tables and the aperitivo.
We were so happy with it all and can’t thank you and Leo enough for the hard work you put into making everything perfect for us. I’m sorry the evening ran so late for you – but all the guests just said they had the best time – I don’t think a group of them wanted to leave!
It was so nice to hear how everyone enjoyed the day and the Sunday was another success.
All the best and thanks again,
Jess and Rob, London, UK
Dear Sarah, Where to begin on giving thanks and praise for our perfect wedding in the Umbrian Countryside?! We couldn’t have dreamed of a better day and that was all thanks to your fantastic communication before the event and meticulous co-ordination on the day to make sure everything went smoothly.
The food was the most outstanding meal we have ever had; we still talk about it and reminisce, in awe of how Apollinare managed to pull it off. Every one of our guests said they have never been at a wedding like it before. I wish we could do it all again.
We are so grateful for your services, which has left us with the most incredible lifelong memories which we will cherish.
Best wishes and thanks to Eric also.
Megan and Dan, Ireland
Dear Sarah, Thank you so much for organising the most wonderful wedding for my daughter Anna and her partner Bernie. From the moment we first met you over coffee in Umbertide, I felt certain we would be in safe hands and my instincts proved right. Your extensive and detailed knowledge of the local area proved invaluable.
I had spent a couple of weeks researching venues online and despite knowing the area well and speaking Italian was unable to come up with the incredible places you suggested. The one we chose, Borgo Colognola, provided the most magical setting.
You were full of suggestions as to how the wedding weekend might unfold and at no stage did it ever feel as though we were on some type of wedding conveyor belt with a pre-set sequence of events. You listened carefully to ideas and came up with suggestions which reflected the mood and tone perfectly. Even with the local knowledge we had, it would have been impossible to have planned such a spectacular wedding ourselves.
The Friday evening legal ceremony in the cloisters of the church in Montone was beautiful. It was also lots of fun thanks to the appearance of the Umbertide band, who appeared at the end of the ceremony and led us all down to the square where we had aperitivo and pasta.
People remarked that if that had been the entirety of the wedding it would have been amazing in itself!
Thanks to your, Eric's and Leonora's careful organisation the whole evening ran incredibly smoothly and was a wonderful start to the wedding weekend. The best, however, was yet to come.
The wedding on Saturday was the most magical celebration. Everything was absolutely perfect and your attention to detail and impeccable taste ensured that everything looked stunning and exactly how Anna and Bernie had envisaged it. There was a lovely relaxed atmosphere, made possible by all your hard work behind the scenes which enabled us to enjoy every moment, safe in the knowledge that you were there to deal with anything which came up.
The quality of the food from Apollinare was just outstanding. Many people remarked that it was the best food they’d had at a wedding. Having different stands serving antipasti enabled guests to mingle and chat before sitting down for dinner and similarly at the end with the dessert buffet.
The accordionist during the aperitivo gave it that quintessentially Italian feel. At this point, I felt that I was in a film set - in a good way! The fireworks were incredible and DJ Betty, together with the trumpeter jamming along, had everyone dancing until the early hours.
Your expertise, attention to detail, excellent taste and local knowledge meant that everything came together to create the most magical, memorable wedding. Everything was beautiful and perfect and for that, we have you and Eric to thank.
To anyone considering getting married in Umbria, I would recommend you without hesitation.
With very best wishes,
Susan (Mother of the bride), London, UK
(Borgo Colognola, Umbria)
Sarah and Eric,
Sending thanks and love for all you did for us towards and during our wedding day.
You touched our hearts and we are very glad to have met you.
Martin and Naomi, Leicester, UK
Greetings from Texas!
We absolutely loved Italy and are planning another visit for our one year anniversary. The wedding was incredible. Despite the rain, everything turned out lovely.
I remember you warning me about the limited options for indoor use at the venue we chose. I would recommend that you tell other brides to choose indoors as Plan A and outdoors as Plan B!
Overall, everything was truly MAGICAL. All the guests RAVED about the food at the wedding and said it was one of the best meals they have ever had. Everyone loved the fireworks and said everything looked like a Hollywood wedding. I am absolutely thrilled with how the table looked (it turned out so so so good)! The cake, the band, the quartet. Wow. Everything was great.
Sarah and Eric - you both were phenomenal and such a great resource for us. You were also great to work with and saw our vision through.
We are so grateful to have worked with such lovely people while in Italy and having our friends and family there to enjoy it with us. The tours and organization of everything worked out quite well and everyone still talks about the incredible week we had in Umbria.
Thank you for everything.
Melissa and Brian, San Antonio, Texas, USA
I hope it was not too exhausting for you this joyful but sometimes very chaotic Iranian-Dutch wedding :)) Looking back it was all very very beautiful, warm and special. The food was excellent - such a shame that the dessert was a bit deserted...with everybody dancing upstairs.
We have dear and warm memories and thank you for everything you have done to make it work. I know it was sometimes not easy to collate all the loose ends - but in the end it was magic!
Warm regards also to your husband who was so helpful too.
Elske (Mother of the bride), Netherlands
Dear Eric, Leonora and Sarah,
Thank you all for making it a fabulous day. We thoroughly enjoyed it and the festivities have only just finished. Thanks so so much!
Thanks again all of you.
Alex & Zak, Sydney, Australia
I just wanted to say an enormous thank you to you, Leonora, Eric and everyone else involved in organizing Alex and Zak's wedding.
We all had a most fabulous time. Thank you so very much.
With all thanks
Jill (Mother of the bride), London, UK
Thanks for your mail, and YES we were delighted with the photos from Andrea. We're so happy we chose Andrea as our photographer because I think he really captured every emotion!
Thank you so much for helping us organizing the best day (weekend) of our lives!! Apparently all the cliche's are true!
We had a very specific idea about our wedding in terms of location, ceremony (on an island!) and the wedding party. In my first conversation with Sarah, she immediately gave me the feeling that she was very experienced, knowing the area very well, having the right connections and all with a down to earth getting-things-done mentality.
Although our wedding was a little bit of a logistic nightmare, with moving guests from one location to another, getting them all on a ferry on time and off to different hotels after the party; it all went extremely well and we got so many compliments from our guests that it was the best wedding they ever attended.
The ceremony was so romantic; on the jetty in the lake trasimeno, with a beautiful arch & flowers. Afterwards a delicious aperitivo and dinner at Ristorante L'oso; (with sunset!) lovely food and brilliant service. Sarah made sure the tables were set up gorgeous, with flowers and candles and lovely little details that we definitely would not have thought of ourselves.
The best parts of working with Sarah were that she was very organised and thought of all the small details, thinking through the entire planning and being very straightforward with all the vendors. This wedding would have been impossible without her. The entire day was very easy going and Jan & I were both very relaxed as well, due to the fact we knew Sarah had everything under control and no challenge would be too big for her.
We just received the photographs of Andrea Cittadini and we think he captured our day beautifully. Everything looked like it was coming straight from a ferry tale and we are still astonished that this was actually OUR wedding!
We enjoyed every second of the day and we can't thank Sarah & Eric enough for all the hard work they have put in to make sure we would have a great day and make memories that we will keep forever!
Jan and Julia, Netherlands
[Lake Trasimeno, Umbria]
Please forgive my delay in writing to you. We arrived home in the early hours of Sunday and I'm still getting my head around the fact that the wedding is over!
I wanted to say a personal thank you from David and myself for all that you did to make Chiara and Oliver's wedding such a huge success. It truly was magical from start to finish. I've been looking through all the family and friend photos and it brings back nothing but wonderful memories and the most repeated description from all I've spoken to is "magical". I suppose all destination weddings tend to have that dream-like quality but for us the days leading up to it and the activities and most importantly the weather all made it perfect.
I know Chiara will be singing your praises in her blog and I also know she has already recommended your services to someone who contacted her on her blog. The food was beyond spectacular- a wonderful recommendation- and your help with the Friday night venue too was just what was needed to make the whole event perfect.
I know, I'm running out of superlatives but it's impossible not to think about the last 2 weeks and not smile and say again "magical".
Many thanks and warm regards,
Claire (Mother of the bride), London, UK
Thank you ! We had an absolutely magical wedding at Borgo della Marmotta with our dear friends and family. Many of our guests said this was the most beautiful wedding they have ever attended. You know exactly how to create an unforgettable atmosphere which was tailored to our specific dreams and wishes. Without your amazing and very professional network of suppliers and your personal attention to every detail we would never have been able to realise this
We will recommend you to anyone planning to get married in Umbria.
Sandra and Tommaso, London, UK
We are now back home in Australia and trying to get back on track after such a long holiday in Europe.
We had a such an amazing wedding and having it in Italy was the best decision we could have made, we wouldn’t have changed a thing.
Thank you very much for making this day so special for us. Special thanks for all your hard work and efforts, your attention to our wedding made us feel such a special couple though we knew you had just had a wedding and had more weddings scheduled!
The wedding turned out the way we imagined it, we would not ask for anything more. Thank you for capturing our ideas and making it all real, the details were so perfect and even more.
All our guests said it was the most amazing wedding that they have ever been to and everyone absolutely loved the food.
Thank you for making the wedding possible, we would not have been able to have done it without your help.
Zhanar and Gael, Perth, Australia
We want to thank Sarah and Eric for helping make our wedding day in beautiful Umbria a dream come true!
We truly appreciated all the careful planning and attention to detail that went into making our wedding day so perfect. We thoroughly enjoyed planning the details with Sarah over email and Skype. Sarah took care of sourcing our wedding celebrants, guest transportation, flowers, caterers, classical trio, DJ and photographer.
When we arrived in Pierantonio, Sarah also saved me from stressing about my dress which had not fared too well on the flight over from Toronto, by taking it to be steamed.
Despite our concerns about the extreme heat on our wedding day, Sarah and Eric were flexible and took care of everything so it went off without a hitch, including Eric ringing the church bell when we walked out of the church after the ceremony.
The flowers in the church, the table settings, table flower arrangements and bridal flowers bouquets were all exquisite, and surpassed our expectations.
We and our guests enjoyed the delicious aperitivo, antipasti, four course dinner, Italian wedding cake and finally a dessert buffet later in the evening. Everything was beautifully prepared, presented and served by knowledgeable and friendly staff at Apollinare Catering from Spoleto.
We also enjoyed working with Andrea at Andrea Cittadini Photography, who captured some wonderful moments on film.
We danced till the wee hours to great tunes churned out by our DJ, Marvine, and everyone thoroughly enjoyed themselves.
Thank you Sarah and Eric. We will treasure many fond memories of our dream wedding day in Umbria.
Melody and Phil, Toronto, Canada
I'm sorry it has taken me (us) so long to get in touch; we've really been meaning to. Life back home has been quite lovely; we just bought a house and will be moving in a month from now, so that is something exciting that we are looking forward to!
We would just like to thank you, and Eric (and Joe Cocker!) from the bottom of our hearts, for all the hard work and love you put into our wedding; to make our day such a great success and now a beautiful, cherished memory! The day was exactly how we pictured it would be in our imagination, and we keep talking literally every single day about how happy we are that we had our wedding in Italy...we wouldn't have had it any other way.
Despite the potential for bad weather (and my stressing about it) I was so thankful that you were able to be patient with me, flexible with our timeline and were able to help us use as much of our outdoor venue as possible!
We'd also like to thank you for helping us secure the garden in Montone for our ceremony; this is a place that we would absolutely recommend for any future couples looking to get married in Umbria/Tuscany. It is a gorgeous, intimate setting for an outdoor ceremony.
Thank you as well for helping us to secure the most delicious food, as well as all of the wonderful musicians and flag throwers that we had for both the ceremony and reception; they were certainly enjoyed by all and really added a whole level of ambiance to the day.
Finally, and perhaps most importantly, thank you for really taking the time to understand and 'see' our vision. Planning a wedding to take place in another country, via email and Skype, can certainly be a daunting task for a couple and requires a lot of trust in your planner, and we are forever grateful that we were able to find that trust in you!
We've had friends ask how it's done and how much work it is, but with you and Salve Umbria, it was hardly work at all...just a lot of fun planning and something to look forward to!
Seeing our vision as a reality once we arrived in Italy was such a wonderful feeling. So, in all, Grazie MILLE. Our day, thanks to your help and dedication, will forever be in our hearts. We hope to come back in five years for another celebration (anniversary maybe?) and will certainly be in touch!
Thanks again Sarah - you're the best! xo
Jessica & Craig, Toronto, Canada
We can't thank you enough for all your help, advice and support. You've helped make our day everything we dreamed it would be!
From the outset you understood our vision and have helped us create our perfect day.
Julie and Dean, Huddersfield, UK
All the food was done by Apollinare Catering who Salve Umbria had recommended.The food was nothing short of incredible!! Everything was seasonal and fresh.
With us getting married in Italy, we really wanted the full Italian wedding feast experience and we certainly got it!
We had a buffet later in the afternoon which included local cured meats and cheeses as well as salads and pasta dishes.
Our guests were blown away by how good the food was.
We then sat down earlier in the evening where we had a pasta course of pea and mint ravioli and a main course of quail stuffed with radicchio.
The desserts were served in the buffet style so guests could mingle and try a few different desserts. There was coffee pannacotta, chocolate mousse, tiramisu and much more!
The caterers also made our wedding cake fresh, on site, that day - we had gone for a traditional Italian wedding cake of millefeuilles with layers of custard, fresh cream and seasonal fruits.
[Courtesy of ‘Rock my Wedding’]
Julie and Dean, Huddersfield, UK
It was certainly dramatic - horizontal rain and lightning strikes 30 minutes before the ceremony was meant to start!
In the end everything was amazing - after the storm broke the temperature was actually a bit nicer, and although it meant extra work for Maria setting things up 3 times (outside, inside, outside) we really appreciated the fact that they did so - having dinner outside under the lights, all together rather than in 3 different rooms was magical.
We haven't caught up with all our friends yet, but the ones we have commented on how beautiful the villa looked and on how amazing the food was.
Those with kids raved about the babysitters - it allowed them to really enjoy the evening.
Thanks very much for all your help in making things great for us - there's no way it would have run so well without your work.
And please extend our thanks for Maria and the Apollinare team - please let them know that all our guests really appreciated the extra efforts.
We'll send you a link to some photos in due course!
Luisa and Amit, London, UK
Cecco and I are still honeymooning after a truly amazing wedding!
Thank you for your hard work all summer to pull it off for us. We are getting photos back now and, if possible, it looks even more beautiful than we realised on the wedding day!
All our guests had a wonderful time.
We are so grateful for everything you and Eric did for us.
Pia and Cecco, London, UK
We cannot thank you enough for the wonderful day we had last week.
The wedding was perfect and better than we could have hoped for. Everything was organised so well, the documentation, the venue, the flowers and the relaxing chat with a glass of prosecco!
Please pass on our thanks to Eric and the team.
Margaret and Tom, Dublin, Ireland
Thank you so much for the most perfect, amazing wedding ever!!
You managed to capture everything that I had dreamed about and execute it with such style - everything was just right!
Thank you for convincing us to use Apollinare, the caterers. They were amazing and really made the wedding day.
People are still talking about the food.
Thank you doesn't really seem enough - you and your team were amazing. We would never have been able to achieve what you did for us and I cannot sing your praises highly enough.
Vicky and Peter, London, UK
Thank you so much for making our day perfect!!! It was so much more than we could ever hope for.
From the planning to the actual day everything went perfectly.
Thanks also to the fantastic people around you who helped make our day.
Sarah, you are fantastic and we will forever remember you and everybody who had a hand in our wedding day, with love in our hearts
Thanks a million and lots of love from Iceland.
Eva and Alvin, Iceland
We're back to reality and would like to say a huge 'thank you' for everything you and your brilliant team did to make our wedding day and the days around it so incredibly special.
The church looked absolutely stunning (better than anything we could imagine) and we have had so many positive comments about the catering, etc..
Thanks again for making everything run so smoothly and alleviating all the stress from us!
Thank you very much.
Charley and Adam, London, UK
Thank you for everything. We are on a high from it all!
We are so fortunate to have worked with you on planning and executing our wedding celebration in Todi. We have heard from so many of our friends that it was the best wedding they ever attended.
Your experience and expertise allowed us to relax and have fun with our guests while you calmly managed all of the details. You made sure everyone was so well cared for and that every transition from ceremony to reception to dinner and party went off with ease - even in a thunderstorm.
Your attention to every moment, large or small, made our wedding everything we could have wanted.
Valerie and Richard
Thank you so much for your help towards the wedding, you were worth your weight and quite a lot more in gold. You have been priceless and we definitely couldn't have done this wedding without you.
Diane, the celebrant at the symbolic ceremony, was amazing and we loved every minute of the ceremony, thank you so much for recommending her.
Thank you for making this day so amazing and enjoyable - we felt like a very relaxed bride and groom!
Jess, George and family
When Gaynor first mentioned her dream about getting married in Umbria, it was a such a relief when a couple of friends put us in touch with you.
With Spoleto for the wedding ceremony and Borgo della Marmotta for the wedding party and accommodation chosen, planning then went up a couple of gears.
You walked us through all the necessary steps to plan our perfect wedding. From this point, over a period of weeks, almost everything was booked, hired, arranged and confirmed.
Like all things in life, there were so many more moving parts to this process than we had first imagined,
We know there were many other things that went on behind the scenes, not least you, Sarah, interpreting during the wedding ceremony and both you and Eric together with the rest of the Salve Umbria team worked tirelessly to transform the wedding venue, Borgo della Marmotta, not just before the wedding party but also during the party itself – no small feat! Sarah, you’re visual and aesthetic qualities and attention to detail were something we could never have budgeted for.
Knowing what we know now, it would have been almost impossible to take on an Italian wedding by ourselves, not least because we just do not have a good enough grasp of the language. We’re also very busy people and wouldn’t have had the time to fulfil our perfect wedding. If things needed discussing, you were always quick to respond via email, phone or Skype.
Salve Umbria was a very lucky find for us. It was a great comfort to us that you appeared as passionate about our wedding as we were. Many, if not all of our guests have said that our wedding was one of best (if not the best) they had ever been to. We couldn’t ask for more than that.
Once again, thank you both so much for giving Gaynor and me a wedding day we shall never forget (a few days in fact).
James and Gaynor
We are now in Romania and so this is just a quick email at the moment to say thank you for the photos, and of course the wedding, which was absolutely wonderful and we will write again to you more fully when we have time - when we have stopped celebrating!!!
Iain and Gabi
St. Leonards on Sea, UK
We have received the wedding certificates and DVD - thank you very much!
We can't thank you enough for your incredible work. Although we're sure it was terribly inconvenient, we both enjoyed and appreciated the time you spent with us on the day you took us from appoinment to appointmen!
Damon and Meagan
North Carolina, USA
Thank you sooo much for organising our dream wedding at Borgo Bastia Creti – our friends and family continue to rave that this was the best ever and we agree!!
It was the most perfect , stunning, exquisitely beautiful event that our family and friends are still talking about today! You are simply the best -you said that you are a perfectionist and indeed the whole day more than exceeded our expectations.
Thank you !!! Lots of love,
Chau and Klaus
London , UK
Can't wait to see the wedding photos which will be a fabulous reminder of what was a truly memorable day at Borgo San Biagio . Thanks so much for all that you did we couldn't have done it without you!!
Helen (mother of the bride)
[San Leo, Umbria]
First off, thank you so much for helping us have a perfect wedding and a wonderful trip to Italy.
I can't thank you enough for what a great time we had at our wedding!
John and Kendra Richmond
We want to say thanks a million for everything. The wedding was the best ever.
We had a fabulous honeymoon and have just returned to Antigua.
Once again I want to thank your team for the effort in organising the wedding.
We really enjoyed the day and evening to the fullest.
Terence and Nienke
[Borgo di Carpiano, Gubbio, Umbria]
David and I have just arrived home from an amazing honeymoon and we wanted to say another big thank you to you both for organising our wedding and everything in the lead up to it.
It was a beautiful day and we both enjoyed the day very much and so did our families. I can't believe it was over so quickly.
David and Alicia
What a wonderful day! Thank you so much for all your fantastic organisation without which it would not have been possible.
An absolutely memorable experience.
All best wishes
Ivor and Elizabeth (parents of the groom)
We just wanted to thank you so much making our day so special. It was amazing and a dream come true – we couldn’t have asked for anything more, it was magical.
Montone is breathtaking – what a place!
It was so lovely to meet you both and have you there there on our day to help us.
Andrea did a fantastic job – the pictures are superb.
Thank you so much again for making our fairytale wedding.
Louise and Richard
Today is one month since we were married at Borgo della Marmotta and I just wanted to say thank you.
From both Sacha and I, thank you so much for absolutely over-delivering on our expectations - which admittedly were pretty high - but you really did pull it off to quite spectacular effect. Our families and guests have been uniformly effusive in their praise of our wedding event and a great degree of that credit must go directly to yourselves and your massive contribution to it.
So bravo, and thank you again. I am sure you have a string of positive testimonials of this nature however if you ever need a reference for just how good you are at what you do - please let us know.
Many, many thanks and best wishes
Dermot and Sacha
And again, many thanks for all your help and hard work. We could not have enjoyed the most magical of days without you guys. From the outset, your support was invaluable and on the day you surpassed all our hopes…. managing to keep me calm; arranging the bubbly; speaking to the driver, the bride would have had to have climbed those steps without you!!!
And, of course, the wonderful pictures you so kindly took.
Whilst I would urge anyone who wants to marry to do so abroad and I will advise everyone that they should do so in Umbria, with Salve!!!
Many, many thanks again,
Mr & Mrs Taylor-Wark !
We want to thank you once again for the perfect organization of our marriage in Gubbio.
You really exceeded our expectations !
Despite the hectic days and weeks before the wedding, all the pieces of the puzzle fell together.
It was a pleasure to see you, Eric and Anna almost as enthusiast as we were…
Fernand and Sabrina
[Borgo di Carpiano, Gubbio, Umbria]
Dear special, magic Sarah,
There is not a day I can't not thank you in my mind for such an amazing wedding!....
[Titignano, near Orvieto, Umbria
Thank you once again for all of your kindness yesterday.
We had a fabulous time last night in Perugia - the private balcony is very special and we were given the VIP treatment.
We have just received your email with the photos - they look fantastic!
The whole day was fabulous!
Thank you again.
Frances and Mike
Well, we're back to the grind of things in the UK - it has been very hard adjusting back to normal life following such a beautiful time away.
So where do I start in thanking you on making our wedding the most special day I could ever have imagined.
Your presence on the day Sarah just made it fantastic for me. I felt like I had known you for years! Like you were part of our wedding party. You kept me calm and made me laugh!
The personal touch of making my bouquet in the room, I just thought was amazing and by the way, the bouquet made it home, it's still alive and lying beautifully on my living room table! Not an easy task, let me tell you!
The dinner at the Zeppelin which you organised with Lorenzo was the best!
I don't think I've ever eaten as much food in my life but it kept coming and it was so good, I just had to keep nibbling. We hope to stay in touch with Lorenzo and have already emailed him today.
The pictures are fantastic - we re-lived the whole day again yesterday when we saw your email link. Just absolutely beautiful, precious!
Thank you just doesn't seem to cover what I want to say to you!
I would highly recommend Salve Umbria to anyone who even whispers of a marriage in Italy.
Please stay in touch and thank you again for making the BIGGEST day of my life, the BEST day of my life!
Karen and Paul
We are now back at home and we want to thank you both very much for all your hard work in getting Mateo and Kim married as planned and with true Italian flair.
Montone was, as you said, the ideal venue and the ceremony was brief yet dignified. The 29th August was a very memorable day not only for the bride and groom but for all their family and friends at the wedding.
All of us had a wonderful time thanks to your organizing skills.
Carla and Pedro (Parents of the groom)
[Montone, near Umbertide, Umbria]
Thank you so very much for helping orchestrate one of the most memorable experiences of our lives.
From start to finish, you planned the details of our wedding with absolute precision, and the results were astonishing.
Our "storybook" day was enjoyed by all that attended and surely left lasting impressions.
Please feel free to add these comments to your website.
Thank you again and all the best.
Yen & Julie
I didn't want to use a wedding planner....man was I wrong!
Sarah and her team surpassed all our expectations (and were different from so many of the planners we had heard about from our friends in the US).
She not only planned our wedding, but also advised us on every detail of the week long celebration we planned in Italy. She helped us find some out of the way gems that we never could have identified on our own.
Our friends and family left saying it was the best wedding (and, for some, the best vacation) they had ever attended....
We could not have done it without Sarah and her team. [Rob]
Working with Salve Umbria was by far the best decision we made regarding our wedding.
Sarah was an invaluable resource in planning the entire week we were in Italy and every detail of the big day itself was stress-free and perfect.
Salve Umbria was the reason we were able to bring our idea to life, and we recommend Salve Umbria to everyone who is thinking of having their big day in Italy. [Anastasia]
Anastasia and Rob
Hi Sarah! (by SMS)
Just landed in a very wet England.
The wedding was an absolute dream plus the feedback has been glowing.
Thank you so much for arranging a magical day for us.
We’ll be in touch….
It is impossible to articulate how delighted we were with the service that Salve Umbria provided.
Our wedding in Perugia was more than we could have possibly hoped for.
Sarah's vision, coordination and knowledge is something that is impossible to price and Eric's calm, unflappable approach helped us through the process.
Guest after guest came to us speechless, thanking us profusely, and telling us time after time that it was the best wedding they'd ever been to.
We had, very literally, the best day of our lives; a day that couldn't have been bettered in any way.
We wouldn't hesitate unconditionally to recommend our experience of Salve Umbria to anyone. Sarah, please pass on our contact details to anyone if they want to talk more about our experience, as did other couples for us when we were first looking at options, and hesitantly considering the idea of having our special day in Umbria. Salve Umbria were, quite simply, magnificent and we will never be able to thank them enough for the wonderful wedding they organised for us.
Ian and Jackie
Dear Sarah and Eric,
We just wanted to send you both an email to express our extreme gratitude for having given us such an amazing wedding. Everything was perfect. The dining room was spectacular. The dancing room was perfect. The lighting up to the dancing room was amazing. We could go on and on and on...
We never doubted you were excellent professionals, but quite frankly you exceeded our expectations by a mile.
If we ever get asked for advice on wedding planning, it goes without saying that we will be recommending you as the best in the business.
Thanks a million, and warm regards from us both.
Nigel and Vivi
[Titignano, near Orvieto, Umbria]
Thank you so much for the photos - you have captured some wonderful moments. Thanks also for the support and for marrying us.
I know it must have been stressful with the camera crews on the piazza, but what a great story to tell, especially as we overcame the obstacles!
Our day was brilliant, all the planning and effort paid off as everyone involved cannot stop talking about the best wedding and holiday they have had; there is no way that our wedding could possibly have been nearly this fantastic if in the UK. Gubbio and Italy has been truly romantic and remarkable, it will always have a special place in our hearts.
I had to ask my friend to pinch me as I can't believe that I haven't been dreaming!
It turned out better than we had ever dreamed of - thank you so very much for your part.
Thank you with all our love.
Paul and Charlotte
Sarah, without doubt you have been absolutely integral to the success of our wedding day. Your understanding and consideration for our vision and desires was remarkable.
You understood the authentic Italian experience we were after and went the extra mile to make it such a memorable experience for us. You were there the whole day and your attention to the small details made all the difference.
During the run up to the wedding you were so responsive to our emails and you suggested local contacts which was exactly what we were after. This was essential when trying to arrange the wedding from outside Italy.
If anyone was ever to arrange an event in the Umbrian area, we would recommend you without a second thought.
Thank you so much for everything!
Darryl and Stephanie
[Umbertide, near Perugia, Umbria]
I am so sorry it took me so long to get back to you! Getting back to "reality" has been hard for us both :-) The rest of our trip was fantastic but we couldn't stop thinking about the wonderful time we had at the Borgo and how amazing our wedding was - thanks in large part to you!!
Sarah - you made our wedding celebration so special. We would've never been able to pull off even half of what you did for us at the Borgo. Our three day celebration was more than anything we could have hoped for.
It's always stressful planning a wedding, however planning a wedding in a foreign country, at a place you've never been before, trusting someone to put it all together that you've never met before could be beyond stressful.
You made this entire process so wonderfully easy for both Jarod and me, we could never express the kind of gratitude we feel in our hearts for you.
Everything was exactly what I've always wanted for our special day from the accommodations, the flowers, the candles, the wedding dinner table, and especially the wonderful ambiance that you helped create for us.
Thank you for making our wedding that much more memorable!
Feel free to include our comments on your website as I would love to help promote what you do to others because you truly are so wonderful. Thank you again for everything you did for us, it was so very special.
Thank you again Sarah for everything!
Jarod and Ruchelle
[Borgo di Carpiano, near Gubbio, Umbria]
We arrived home last Sunday and had a small family celebration.
We cannot thank you enough for all that you did to make our day so special. It was exactly what we wanted.
The photographs you took are lovely and we have chosen a final set to be printed off and put in our album.
The hotel you arranged was fantastic and so was the meal on the Monday evening, on the balcony, which was delightful - as were Esteban and his staff.
I hope we get to meet again sometime but, for now, many thanks to you and Eric for all your help.
Chris and Dennis
[Renewal of Vows in Assisi and Perugia, Umbria]
Aloha from Hawaii !!
I hope you have had a few days to relax.
Thank you so much for all your help.
I could never have had the wedding I did without you.
Thank you for your photos - the setting you created looks AMAZING!!
Wendi and Matt
We returned to Dubai last week after a fantastic honeymoon and we just wanted to thank you both again for everything you did over those several days that we celebrated our wedding!!
The Saturday itself was the most amazing experience for us both and couldn't have gone any better.
Everything that we had planned with you went according to those plans and, in many cases, even better!
We can't thank you enough for your attentive care to detail, not just to the organisation of the day but to us personally. By the end of the day, we were putty in your hands, looking to you both for advice whenever a decision had to be made - it was quite amusing really!
All our friends said what a fantastic time they had over the weekend.
The church was beautiful and the harpist and soprano really added to the romantic atmosphere.
Everything was dressed perfectly, and my aunt even commented on how lovely the flowers were, which is quite something for an Italian woman who loves her flowers - as, in fact, were all the flowers on the Saturday, including Helen's lovely bouquet.
Villa Monticelli was simply stunning on the night - how everything was arranged, from the aperitifs on the balcony, the antipasti and then desserts in the room upstairs, the additional and last minute musicians (!) and, of course, the main dining area, transformed at the end of the evening for dancing, made the whole event so enjoyable for everybody.
The food was sensational! The room full of desserts has already been a recurring topic amongst our friends as they couldn't believe there were so many and that they were so delicious!
Everybody commented on how well organised the wedding was and how hard you were both working. You really looked after our families and friends, for which we are very grateful to you both.
Most of our friends have said it was the best wedding they'd ever been to. It certainly was for us! Lots of people commented on the atmosphere on the night, which was magical, and the venue and everything that had been organised so thoroughly contributed enormously.
And not just the Saturday, but your help on the Thursday (when we finally got married!!), organising that afternoon's lunch, and then drinks on Friday and the post-mortem on the Sunday made the whole thing such an amazing success and a really memorable time for everybody who came to Perugia (a town that everybody loved by the way).
Thank you so much again for all your help with organising what was a once in a lifetime experience. Such great memories! And of course please feel free to use this on your website as a wholehearted recommendation of your services.
Thanks again to you both, when we next go to Perugia for a reminder of our day we shall let you know!
Love from us both.
Mig and Helen
We just wanted to say a big 'thank you' for making Helen’s and Mig's wedding weekend so very special.
We really appreciated all your efforts to make sure that everything ran so smoothly and efficiently to make it an enjoyable and memorable occasion.
Home again now, following a week’s holiday in the Umbria region, enjoying all the photographs we took and telling everyone about our marvellous weekend.
My husband calls it "The stuff of dreams".
Once again, many thanks.
Ann and Paul (Parents of the bride)
Just a quick note to say thank you for all the effort you made into making our wedding day so very special, we certainly could not have got there without your expert guidance.
Everything went very, very well.
Many thanks and best regards,
David and Valerie
Again, thank you both for all that you have done to make our wedding so memorable. We had the time of our lives!
I wanted to introduce you to each other [Patrizia], as Sarah is a fantastic wedding planner, organising destination weddings in Italy. She helped us with our documentation, but her company also offers so much more!
Patrizia runs the beautiful San Leo villa (and working farm) that Steve and I stumbled upon, and convinced her to host our wedding reception. She planned the entire menu, and the food and service was phenomenal.
I thought you may find each other's services helpful in the future, and wanted to put you in contact.
Alicia and Steve
[Greve in Chianti, Tuscany]
We would like to thank you for making our wedding day the most memorable day of our lives - and the most memorable for our guests, also. Your service was efficient and very professional and your presence on our special day was so very much appreciated. We would not have changed a single thing about our day - not even the rain! We are especially grateful that you stayed with our wedding party after the ceremony for a celebration drink!
You helped make everything so wonderful. We would like to highly recommend to anybody considering their wedding day in Umbria to make use of Salve Umbria's services.
Many thanks to you and Eric, and best wishes in the future
PS The photos are amazing, thank you so very much, you helped capture the essence of the day.
Best wishes and fondest regards,
Tony and Jo
We have returned from our honeymoon and wanted to drop you a line to say thank you so much for all your help over the last year.
The civil service was amazing and Maria did a fantastic job for us, adding lots of humour into the proceedings - the town of 'Woolwich' gave us all a giggle when it was pronounced 'oolidge'.
We had such a wonderful day and would like to thank you, Eric and, of course, Maria for ensuring our day went without a hitch.
Thanks once again for organising the best day of our lives!
Elle and Ben
So sorry we didn't get a chance to ring before we left Umbria - we were going to call you today but thought that you may want to take a well deserved day off over the weekend!
We just wanted to write a quick e-mail to thank you, but it really isn't enough thank you for the absolutely amazing time we had, which was all down to you!
Neither of us got to thank you properly on the actual day, we were both just blown away by the whole thing! it completely outdid all our expectations. It would take all day to write about what we loved about it, but believe me we loved all the details that you managed to cover.....down to the candles and flowers and, in particular, the smooth running of the ceremony for two people who were suddenly hit by nerves!
The whole night ran perfectly, it couldn't have been better in any way. The band was fantastic, the beautiful hair and makeup stayed in place, and the jugglers were amazing.
So many guests told us that it was the best wedding they'd ever been to, and they all wanted to pass on their thanks for such a fun day.
Once again, thank you so so much for the best day of our lives and we'll be in touch after to write up all the details on your website when we've come back down to earth!
Mark and Jeanette
[Titignano, near Orvieto, Umbria]
Thank you so much for organising our special day! We really appreciate everything you have done at such short notice – we really couldn’t have done it without you.
Daniel and Lisa
Thank you for all your help last week it really was appreciated.
The wedding was excellent and we really enjoyed the whole week.
To say that Francesca's catering was perfect would be an understatement. The food, the wine and the service were all amazing.
I think Joan will be recommending Francesca to all her weddings from now on!!
Thank you & Eric again for everything
Kerri and Andrew
Even though we arrived home on Monday morning we are still on cloud nine after a truly magical wedding experience.
We cannot express how grateful we are to you both for making Neil and Sharon`s wedding so special. Sarah, you truly are marvellous! You exude an aura of calm even when multi-tasking and dealing with all our requests. It made such a difference having you at the hotel on the day of the wedding. And also knowing that Eric was handling everything at the church.
The wedding ceremony was wonderful - Fr. Michael made Fr. Rogers so welcome and the music was inspiring. Neil and Sharon were so happy and relaxed because of your preparations. We will never forget the experience.
Please pass on our thanks to Andrea and his team for the spectacular presentation of food. His team are very pleasant and professional and looked after the coeliacs and vegetarians perfectly. The atmosphere at the villa was more magical than we could have imagined.
The guests said words could not describe the experience.
We had a wonderful week in Perugia with both families. There are so many special memories of meals and conversations in restaurants and bars. And, of course, lots of delicious Italian ice-creams!
Renewed thanks to you both and very best wishes for the future.
Anita and P.J. (parents of the bride)
Thank you both so much for creating such a magical and wonderful wedding day (or wedding few days) for us both to treasure forever.
We don’t know where to begin with thank yous!! All our guests had an amazing time in Italy, from the moment they stepped off the plane everything had been organised by you both to create both comfort and ease for them all. Your attention to detail was second to none and people are still complimenting and chatting about our amazing wedding day! Stephen and I were really blessed to have your help in choosing food, wine, church music, flowers, etc. and will treasure forever the wonderful day you helped us to create!
Lots of love,
Susan and Stephen
[Assisi and Spoleto, Umbria]
Hi Sarah & Eric,
Thank you firstly for being a part of our wedding in Italy.
Your service in looking after our wedding documentation was superb and so efficient. It was so nice to leave that part of things in more than capable hands with no worries. Thank you also for your presence on the day, it was really reassuring to know you both were there. Sarah, your translation was amazing. You truly are perfect for that role. Lots of our guests commented on what a lovely voice you have and how nicely you speak.
Can't thank you enough for looking after us so well!
With best wishes
Clare and Chris
Burton on Trent, England
Thank you for your email, sorry we haven't been in touch, we've been busy settling into married life. Your pictures are lovely - thank you for sharing them. We are sorting out our professional pictures this weekend and will send some to you.
Our wedding day was everything we wanted it to be and more. Thank you for all your hard work in making it all happen. Your negotiation with the Rocca was invaluable to resolve the issue with the Salone d’Onore. You were right that the courtyard made a lovely setting for the ceremony and will be truly unforgettable. All our guests were so impressed and had such a lovely day. Everyone keeps saying how wonderful it was despite the heat. We had a fabulous afternoon and evening at Fontanelle - the guests loved the pool and views and the food was fantastic.
Thank you for all your help with the buses - it must have been a very difficult task but it made the guests' trip so much more enjoyable knowing the transport was there. The flowers were beautiful and my bouquet held up very well in the heat.
Silvana was so patient on the day, keeping me calm and achieving what I can only call 'art work' in my hair. I was very happy with hair and make-up, she even helped my mum with the back of my dress, such a lovely lady.
The prosecco and water at the Rocca was well received - thank you for organising it.
Once again, thank you very much for your hard work and attention to detail - we do not know what we would have done without you and Eric. Take care and maybe we'll see you back in Spoleto some time.
Eduard and Lucy
A proper acknowledgement of thanks will be on its way soon but now that the dust is settling and we are returning to normality, I wanted to write briefly to thank you both for the wonderful wedding you helped to organise for Anna and Ian. We truly enjoyed a day that will live in our memories and those of all our guests for the rest of our lives. We greatly appreciate your effort and contribution in making the occasion so special.
Andrew (father of the bride)
[Lake Trasimeno, Umbria]
Firstly we apologise for taking so long to get back in touch. Things are beginning to settle back to normal again, and since our fabulous wedding day you have not been far from our thoughts.
Even though it's over two and a half months since our wedding I still catch my breath when I think about it, and it's all thanks to you both and your amazing team.
Both of you made us feel so sure about the decision we made to get married in Umbria, and Sarah I had total confidence in you from the minute I met you. The kindness you both showed us on that beautiful sunny Sunday afternoon at your home we will never forget. What we achieved in those few precious hours was amazing.
We cannot begin to tell how special our wedding day was, I could write pages on the amazing day we had from start to finish. The whole day surpassed our wildest dreams, Villa Monticelli is such a special place, the whole setting was magical.
Father Michael gave a wonderful ceremony, his warmth and kindness was felt by everyone and he really made it feel like we were locals getting married in our own church. The whole service was a very moving, and very intimate, experience. I must say how lucky we were to have Marco playing for us, his music really added to the beauty of our wedding ceremony and we can't thank him enough for that.
Your staff were fantastic, we could not have wished for a nicer group of people to help with our wedding day. The girls waiting at our tables were so friendly and nice and they were so good with the "little people". Andrea did a superb job on the food, it was a spectacular display of colour and tastes. All our guests were in raptures over the food.
We absolutely loved the band, they're all fantastic musicians and the selection of music they played was spot on, whether it was during the meal or for the dancing afterwards. I (Gordon here !) had so much fun jamming with them, and they were very trusting to let us all get up and use their equipment. I know for the band that can be quite nerve wracking !! Thank you again.
Roberto did a great job with the photos, we are thrilled with the album. He is such a sweet man.
Sarah and Eric, our wedding was a great success and a very
memorable day and it is due to your careful planning and lots of detailed hard work. From the flowers to the table settings to the bottles of water in the church for the guests - it was all just so perfect.
I know there were moments that must have been quite stressful especially the church being double booked and having to deal with a very upset "Italian Mother of the Bride", but she added to the whole experience and at the end of the day we have had some laughs talking about her since !!
Thanks to you both - we have been privileged to meet so many wonderful people.
Eric, thank you again for sorting out accommodation in Rome for my parents and guiding us to the airport to catch our flight home. Gordon did drive with 'panache' leaving minutes to spare before our flight took to the air !
We hope we will see you both again on our return to Umbria.
Lots of love,
Amanda and Gordon
We wanted to send you this email to thank you for what turned out to be a fabulous weekend for us both. The ceremony worked fantastically, the flowers were beautiful, the brass band very clearly stole the show, the coaches/cars were all on time, the music equipment worked brilliantly, the fireworks and the wedding cake were excellent. The cooking from Andrea's team was a highlight for many people, the tables looked beautiful and the drink flowed as expected!! Hope you recovered from the late night in quicker style than many of our guests!!!
Maddi and Philip
We had a great honeymoon - the fires were near Monterey so we couldn't go there. Everyone at the wedding enjoyed the weekend - we have had some wonderful comments about the church and, of course, the food.
It all went incredibly well - thanks for all your help and expertise! It really was wonderful, everything we could have wished for and more. Guests were saying that it was the best wedding they had ever attended - like something out of a movie!
So, a huge thanks to you and to Eric and, of course, Father Michael.
Thank you so much for making our dream wedding happen.
It really was amazing.
Take care and love.
Anne-Marie and Rory
Please forgive the long delay in writing to you.
I wanted to write and thank you for being the most fantastic wedding planner around! You were absolutely brilliant throughout - your organisational skills and focus especially. Despite the many complexities you managed brilliantly.
The wedding was definitely the day of our dreams. The sunflowers and the hand tying of my bouquet were so natural and in keeping with the Tuscan landscape. The Abbadia looked stunning with your touch and decorating. Everyone raved about the food – the ‘cones’ of fritti, wild mushrooms, scallops, truffled scrambled eggs [there was a queue for these!], etc.. Then the dinner itself – pasta and the spiedini and then the dessert ‘trolley’ [people were blown away by this]. I really think the guests thought the antipasti buffet was it !! And when the tiered mountain cake of cupcakes arrived I was so surprised and delighted - it really was my dream to have that, although somewhat ambitious!!!
The wine and champagne were fantastic and everyone loved the Brunello.
The table settings looked stunning - the yellow/green/white theme was just right for me, in keeping with the countryside. I was so lucky that the sunflowers had just come out and the church service, led by Jenny, was so intimate and personal for me - in the place I had dreamt of.
So, many congratulations to the chefs and to their efficient, charming team. The video, too, looked brilliant.
Thank you, again, for your patience and thoroughness and, of course, your creative touch and attention to detail.
Livia and Tom
We think you did a marvellous job with the wedding despite a large number of problems and obstacles. The marquee on the day looked so lovely, the table settings were charming and the Church just right, well done! We were so lucky with the weather and I was so relieved that I did not notice just how very hot it was on the day!
The food was fantastic and the antipastas, which they prepared in front of us, were superb. Please tell Andrea and Enea that we received such praise for all their wonderful food. I only wish I had been able to try more - especially the amazing dessert table. We plan to come to Umbria and have dinner at their restaurant again.
Marina (Mother of the bride)
Many thanks to you for the arrangements and the smooth way everything came together on the day (minor Comune bureaucrats notwithstanding!). The setting was as magical as we'd hoped it would be and your interpretation of the ceremony, Sarah, made sure we were fully involved throughout. The meal prepared by Giuliana was quite superb.
Once again, many thanks for making a very special day possible.
Catrin and Mel
Eoin and I had a wonderful honeymoon. When we got home it was great to get feedback from our friends and family about the wedding and to hear how much they enjoyed it.
As I told you in Perugia, you made our dreams come true with such a perfect day.
Joanne and Eoin
Dear Sarah and Eric - and all your wonderul team.
A fairytale was what you delivered to Joanne and Eoin on their wedding day and for that Denis and I will always be grateful to you. Words can never express how much this day meant to our family and how your dedication made it all so perfect - such attention to detail! It was astounding! Everyone commented on all the amazing backdrops - the Punta di Vista, the Church, the Villa and the Tana dell'Orso on Saturday - all different, all wonderful. Most people said it was the best wedding they had ever been to......and it was.
Most importantly, you helped Joanne and Eoin have the most magical day, and even in their dreams it could not have turned out better and from our hearts we thank you for that.
Thank you both for all your patience and care - you are an amazing couple and we couldn't have asked for nicer people to look after Joanne and Eoin on their wedding day.
Love and best wishes to you both and to all those marvellous people who work with you.
Mary and Denis (Parents of the bride)
Thank you so much for creating a wonderful wedding for us both. We had such a good time and were so delighted! Also, we received our wedding album yesterday and are thrilled with it, he did a really lovely job. Again, thank you so much for everything.
Many thanks and best regards,
Elizabeth and Martin
We just wanted to send you a quick email to say a big 'Thank You' for everything on our wedding day. It was truly amazing.
Again, thank you!
Hayley and Dan
[Montone, near Umbertide, Umbria]
Thank you so much for making our wedding day the most fantastic day of our lives!
It was a fairy tale wedding that far surpassed all our expectations.
Lots of love and happiness,
Amanda and Gordon
Cathy and I wanted to drop you a line to say 'thank you' for everything you have done for us regarding our wedding. Looking back now it seems like a dream and we both think it was twice as good as we imagined it would be before the actual event!! You both did a fantastic job under, sometimes, very trying and stressful conditions! You were brilliant!
Many thanks for everything.
David and Cathy
Belfast, Northern Ireland
Colette and I would really like to thank you both very much for your help in getting our documents ready - at such short notice! Clearly, we would not have been able to do it without you. We both had a fantastic day that we will never forget! Once again, thank you both and we will most certainly recommend your services to any friends who may be planning their wedding in Italy in the future!!
Paul and Colette
Belfast, Northen Ireland
We're just back from honeymoon and I wanted to write to say thank you so much for everything! The wedding just surpassed all our expectations, and given the nightmare of the possible air strike and no-guest scenario/no Fr. Michael due to the snow/no one to help with the flowers/no lights in the church etc. etc. you just kept so calm, and transmitted none of the stress you and Eric must have been feeling to us, and after the week of panic we'd had over the flights, we can't thank you enough for that! It was wonderful just to sit back and enjoy everything. All of our guests have said that they had the most wonderful time as well, and I suspect that the candlelit ceremony with Fr. Michael bearing a torch will be one of the more memorable wedding moments ever!
We'll write to thank the L'Orto (I thought they did a great job). Fr. Michael was wonderful, especially to have such a sense of humour about the lack of light! and please could you thank the string quartet for us - they played so beautifully and were so professional in the freezing cold, and I'm sorry we didn't have a chance to thank them personally. Guty & Simone were also brilliant, and again we really appreciated them learning "I'm forever blowing bubbles for us" - they must have thought we were all mad! And finally to the wonderful, wonderful Silvana - she's really a miracle worker, and such a lovely, calming presence!
Thank you so much again - you and Eric really made it perfect for us, and if anyone requests references for you we'd be absolutely delighted to speak to them to recommend you and in fact everyone involved.
With all best wishes,
Cathryn and Mike
Just a note to say thank you so much to you and your husband for your organisation of Cathryn's and Mike's wedding. The church was lovely - and romantic by candlelight! - and L'Orto Degli Angeli was honestly out of this world. It was a most memorable and happy experience for everyone there and very especially for Cathryn and Mike themselves. Even little touches like the blankets with ribbons and bows were delightful.
Our thanks again - it meant we could enjoy the occasion as guests and not have to worry about anything. It all went so well.
Every good wish for 2008.
Maureen and Paul [Parents of the bride]
We are now back in Canada with so many wonderful memories to keep us warm. The best memory is our tiny, perfect, wedding in Montone. Thank you for making it happen for us. There's not a single thing we would have changed including the weather! Sarah I'm so glad I had flowers - thank you for thinking of it.
Julia and Robert
North Vancouver, Canada
[Montone, near Umbertide, Umbria]
I don't know where to begin with a "thank you" but I decided to go ahead and write a quick note now and send you a more formal "thanks" later via mail.
I didn't know where to begin because I was so overwhelmed with your service and professionalism - as you are well aware, it met and exceeded all expectations. Your assistance from start to finish was superb. As I searched for answers to my many, many, questions Sarah's (and later Eric's) responses were always prompt and crystal clear - something that afforded great reassurance when planning from afar. For two Americans getting married in Italy, you made the paperwork maze less intimidating and oh, so smooth!
Your style and attention to detail were amazing. The wedding table where we had our first meal as husband and wife was gorgeous! Martha Stewart has met her European match, I MUST say!
Your team of professionals seems more like a family than an "agency" (as I know - you are not an "agency"!).
Father Michael is a special man and you are so blessed to have him as a friend.
Eric and I will remember the words, the food, the sights and the sounds all the days of our long, long life together.
Thank you so much.
All of our best,
Shannon and Eric,
Buffalo, New York, USA
Buongiorno Sarah and Eric -
Where do we begin to thank you for providing our daughter Shannon with a picture perfect, storybook wedding? We simply do not have sufficient superlatives to express our gratitude. Everything was done seamlessly with impeccable service and exquisite taste.
We experienced not a small amount of trepidation when Shannon began planning her nuptials "on-line". In retrospect had we known how awesome you were prior to our actual meeting there never would have been the slightest worry. Your kindness and warmth shone through at every turn - from providing transportation and hair appointments to searching for misplaced passports and supplying fans to emotional guests.
The glorious backdrop of Spoleto coupled with your "pitch-perfect" planning made the day beyond memorable. The church setting, understated, elegant decorations, magnificent music and the mass celebrated by Father Michael were all beautiful and truly meaningful. The reception was scripted to befit "The Royals" - no film director could have made it more elegant.
Shannon and Eric are unique people and you provided them not with a wedding - but a never-to-be-forgotten dream. And thus we say - not Salve Umbria! - but Salve Sarah and Eric!
Kathy and Mike [Parents of the bride]
New York, USA
We would both like to thank you so much for the organisation of our wonderful wedding. We both were completely amazed by the day and never wanted it to end.
You, both, worked very hard in creating the perfect day that we would remember for the rest of our lives and this was very much the case.....it was the best day of our lives. The jazz band was amazing in making the atmosphere fun and relaxed - this was our main concern when organising our wedding. They were not only excellent in playing their instruments but they also entertained each and every one of our guests. They have been the talking point of our guests even seven days after the big day!!!! We would definitely recommend them to your future clients….
The tables looked great, and everything went according to plan. The villa itself was an amazing place to be married and even though on honeymoon we were staying at the most exclusive resorts abroad, the stay in Italy at Palazzo Terranova will take some beating! Simone and Guty were fantastic in getting the crowd going in the evening and we danced until 4 in the morning! Words cannot describe the feeling of that day.
I feel sorry for my three friends who are due to get married in England next year. They have already quoted our wedding as the best they have seen and are scared to be married as they suggest that theirs will be a "disappointment" after experiencing ours!
Once again - thank you so much for all your help not only for the day itself but for your re-assurances and support over the last year by email and by telephone!
Nicola and Kevin
St. Helens, England
[Morra, near Città di Castello, Umbria]