A Romantic Italian Gothic Wedding at Villa Cimbrone in Ravello, Italy

Drawing inspiration from the Renaissance and their venue’s stunning architecture, Kate Sbarra and Brian Dorgan embraced an Italian Gothic theme for their destination wedding. “The Villa Cimbrone had gorgeous frescoed ceilings, beautifully manicured gardens and a picturesque view of the Amalfi Coast,” the couple says. “Our color palette was darker than your traditional wedding, but it still had the sophistication, romance and alluring sensibility one would expect from an Italian wedding.” The ceremony took place in the Santa Maria a Gradillo Church, which was designed in Byzantine and Arab styles. The couple added greenery, gold candlesticks, black candles and flowers to the balustrade. The Gothic aesthetic continued during the reception, where guests sat at custom wood tables overlooking the coast. Then the newlyweds cut a Millefoglie cake—a traditional Italian dessert featuring a large single-tier cake made of several tiny layers of pastry and Chantilly cream, then topped with fresh berries and powdered sugar.
Our favorite #MakeTradition Moment: “One of our favorite memories was after the ceremony, when a quintet played and sang for our guests, escorting them all the way from the church to the garden area for apéritifs. This was a really fun way for guests from both the bride’s and groom’s side to mingle and get to know each other,” Kate says.