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Yolanda & Jodi in the Olive Gown

Brides Jodi & Yolanda eloped in the beautiful Positano, Italy. Saying 'I Do' at their romantic ceremony on the terrace of their Puccini Suite in Villa Boheme. Followed by taking the stairs down to the beach and hopping on a boat looking back at the sun set behind the hill of Positano. ​

It was truly a dream come true! ​

Brides holding hands with Italian coastal line in background

What is a GRACE woman to you?

Comfortable in her own skin

Bride wearing Grace Loves Lace Olive Gown and Pearly Midi Veil

Which GRACE dress did you wear and how did you know it was 'The One'?

As soon as I saw the Olive gown pop up on instagram I knew she was 'The One' I made the appointment to try her on and I couldn't stop thinking about this dress! I loved the sleeves and the lace. I made the best decision, I wouldn't want it any other way and Yolanda absolutely loved it!

Brides sharing a kiss on a balcony in Positano, Italy
Brides before elopement ceremony
Bride helping put on GRACE Veil
Brides walking the streets of Positano, Italy

Tell us about your experience when you found your dress.
Did you buy your wedding dress online or visit one of our Showrooms?

It was the best experience! I was excited more than I imagined I would be. Yolanda was with me. We weren't going to keep the dress a surprise, I had to carry it to Italy. Logistics needed to be discussed. When we arrived at the Sydney showrooms, we were greeted by Madi with champagne. I picked the Olive gown to try first and Yolanda straight away said WOW! And I said yes, I love it. Naturally I tried a few more, of course all the dresses fit amazing but I couldn't go past the Olive gown! She was the first and last gown I tried on.

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Brides on a boat in Positano, Italy
Positano, Italy coastal line

What was your first date?

We were both on road trips up the east coast of Australia and met for a bare foot coffee date at Snapper Rocks. My dog Choc came along. The quick coffee date ended up being 4 hours long. With so much in common, similar values and a passion for food and adventure it was meant to be. It is Choc that really won Yolanda over and stole her heart.

Brides sharing a kiss on an old, concrete staircase
Brides holding their custom bouquets

Did you DIY anything?

We planned everything ourselves. I was at the florist in Positano the day before having shots of limoncello with Giuseppe to organise which flowers we wanted, orange, yellow, peach! They turned out perfect. When they arrived on the day I was wrapping the silk ribbons around the stems and tying the silk ribbons on the vow cards, while also doing our hair and make-up. It was fun, the practicing was easy but when it came to the day my hands were a little shaky. I do love being creative. It all came together so well!

Brides on a boat with champagne
Brides holding hands on walking strip in Italy

Where did you get married?
Tell us about the location & the style of your wedding.

We eloped to Italy. We wanted simple, scenic, beautiful, and to embrace the culture and our European heritage. Yolanda has an Italian background and I have a Croatian background. On our wedding day in Positano, we exchanged our personal vows and rings as a symbol of our love, and the promises we vowed to keep to each other. We had our romantic ceremony on our terrace of the Puccini Suite in Villa Boheme. Best view in Positano, we were mind blown! We took the stairs down to the beach and hopped on a boat looking back at the sun set behind the hill of Positano. A dream come true!

Brides sharing a kiss on the balcony in Positano, Italy
Italian styled terracotta bowls and trinkets
Narrow street in Positano, Italy
Bride walking to the elopement ceremony holding a bouquet

The funniest moment on the day was or something that surprised you?

We walked out from separate rooms of the villa. I went to walk out first. As the music started, I flicked my train out and went to step forward and it was caught under the mirror coffee table. I literally couldn't get it out. I had to call Yolanda from the other room to come help me. It was really funny, she had to literally lift this mirror Coffee table up to release me. Then run back to her door. I walked out. Then she walked out to meet me.

Brides sharing a kiss
Brides enjoying a champagne each on the boat

Any last advice or words of wisdom that you can share?

Enjoy every moment!

Vendors

WEDDING DRESS: OLIVE GOWN
VEIL: grace veil, pearly midi veil & willa earrings
Photographer: Paolo Ceritano
Venue: Villa Boheme Positano (Anita)
FLORIST: Floragarden Positano (Giuseppe)
HAIR & makeup STYLIST: jodi
other: the whole bride (vow cards, ring boxes, silks)