Amalfi Coast Wedding inspiration at Marina del Rey Ritz Carlton

There is arguably no location more romantic than Italy’s Amalfi Coast, with its long stretch of cliffsides, dotted with small beaches and pastel colored villages. So when looking to draw inspiration from this gorgeous and charming region with Anya Kernes and Weddings by Susan Dunne, there was no shortage of romantic ideas to pull from. Choosing Ritz Carlton Marina del Rey as our shooting location, we created our own slice of Italy on the California Coast on this October Day.


For this shoot we created two contrasting bridal looks - one classic and timeless and one a bit more non-traditional for the more modern bride. Both looks featured gowns from Kinsley James Couture Bridal, shoes from Bella Belle Shoes and jewelry selections from Trumpet & Horn.


Our tablescape was classic and timeless with Italian Flair. Painted china and etched crystal glassware was accented with custom calligraphed name cards and subtle candle details. The Ritz’ ballroom is full of natural light making for a bright and airy dining experience.


Looking for the perfect Summer treat for cocktail hour? A signature cocktail incorporating popsicles from Mom and Pop Shop Truck’s popsicle cart makes for the most perfect custom treat that is both beautiful and refreshing.


Cappuccino, anyone? What could be more Italian than a warm caffeinated treat for your guests after dinner? Bon Cafetit creates a perfectly charming display with their vintage coffee cart. We dressed it up with a few florals and a runner from La Tavola for a romantic look.


A ceremony on a yacht, complete with trumpet-playing (and ordained!) boat captain from Paradise Bound Yacht Charters provided the most ideal ceremony setting on the water at sunset. The couple’s floral-decorated getaway Vespa turned heads and lended an adventurous charm.


If you are a person who is inspired by the romantic European coast as much as I am, I hope this shoot fills your head with visions for your own special day!

XO, Sarah

participating VendorS:

Planner/Designer: Weddings by Susan Dunne

Photography: Anya Kernes

Florals: Mulberry & Moss

Makeup & Hair: Makeup by Emerald M

Gown & Accessories: Kinsley James Couture Bridal

Ivory Gown Designer: Netta BenShabu

Blue Gown Designer: Tara LaTour

Blue Tux: Friar Tux

White Tux: The Black Tux

Yacht: Paradise Bound Yacht Charters

Calligraphy: Olive Saint Lily

Rentals: MTB Event Rentals

Popsicle Cart: Mom and Pop Shop Truck

Espresso Station: Bon Cafetit

Bakery: Vanilla Bake Shop

Rings: Trumpet and Horn

Shoes: Bella Belle Shoes

Styling Dishes: Simple Things Ceramics

Linens: La Tavola Fine Linen

Venue: The Ritz Carlton Marina del Rey

Sarah Schallberger