As the founder of Bumble, matchmaking has been Whitney Wolfe’s business. Her fairytale began when Michael Herd proposed on one knee during a beautiful sunset. The couple began looking for the perfect place for the wedding and fell in love with the allure and beauty of Positano. Whitney spoke with the wedding stylist Cynthia Cook Smith, and adored her taste. Cynthia recommended Sugokuii Events Diana Sorenson for the actual wedding, and the fun really began.
The venue was the Villa Tre Ville, and the couple wanted to represent a true celebration of southern Italy. Whitney tried numerous all-star looks including a couture Giambattista Valli dress, an Eres maillot, and an Oscar de la Renta. The event focused on the luminaire, or festival of lighting, and small Italian boats were used to transport everyone to the beach club from the port of the villa. Italian classics were played by musicians on the water as the boats passed.
Whitney chose a classic fitted sheath as a wedding dress, and would later change into a sequined dress by Saint Laurent, and dance in Dolce & Gabbana shoes. The wedding dress was a couture Oscar de la Renta. The gown featured a four-foot train, corded rose lace, and scalloped trim. A cathedral-length veil and Gianvito Rossi heels provided the finishing touches. The Isaia Italian menswear line made tuxedos for Michael and the groomsmen.
The wedding morning began with a flash flood, and rain was predicted all day. So, the bridesmaids, groomsmen and wedding couple drank white wine, merged two connecting villa suites, and danced in the rain. The evening was clear, and the ceremony began at 7:45 p.m. The ceremony was special, majestic, and set atop a cliff. There was a floral arch, a flower field, customized white benches, and the incredible view of Positano and the sea.
Whitney was exquisite in a custom satin slip Delphine Manivet dress, and pink Manolo Blahnik mules at dinner. The wedding cake was made from scratch at the location, and followed the lovely meal. The cake was a millefoglie, and served with Chantilly cream and mini fragoline. Instead of wheeling the cake in from the kitchen, two pastry chefs made the cake right on the terrace so the entire process could be observed by the guests. This was when Whitney put on a beaded, fringed Naeem Khan to dance. The wedding party went to the Salone Bianca downstairs, and there was an Italian disco feeling in the outside area. The main salon featured tons of candles, boudoir-tinted lighting, and a Syrian-Moroccan décor emphasized by lanterns. Everything had a glamourous feeling, and dancing ensued until 5:00 a.m. Caprese burgers, large bowls of pasta, and frozen Limoncello shots were served throughout the evening.
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