Jane & Steve
Slow dreams - make dreams happen! From the first contact we made with Slow Dreams we have had the most wonderful experience. We flew out to Italy to meet Lucia who took us to the wedding venue, the yacht hired for the day and to meet those involved. Jane and Lucia kept in touch with us on a regular basis until the actual wedding, From the minute we arrived for the wedding in July we were looked after. Lucia made sure the day went without a hitch and was everything we hoped and dreamed of. We had to rearrange the wedding 3 times due to covid restrictions and Lucia was wonderful sorting everything again and again! We genuinely couldn't have asked for more and would recommend Slow Dreams for a wonderful Italian wedding. i'll send some pictures to lucia you can use also. thank you again for all your help jane and steve xx Jane & Steve
Mia & Michael
Three weeks on we are still receiving comments about how beautiful the location in Sapri was for our ceremony, and how relaxed we were on the weeks leading up to our big day. We honestly couldn’t have done this without the help and support of Slow Dreams; Everything was so simple, the documentation process which others had warned me would be challenging was easy to do with their guidance, and all the way through we felt confident in the progress of everything with good communication from Janie and Lucia all the way through. We made a change to the date about six months after booking, which was dealt with quickly and simply with no fuss. We chose to get married at lovers walk because not only was it a beautiful location but also was dog friendly and accessible for people, without being a touristy location. Even though we ended up with a lot more people attending then we thought it wasn’t a problem, and Lucia simply moved the location to a bigger space to accommodate, this turned out to be better for us as there was seating and a little shade. We didn’t use any of the ‘extras’ offered (hotels, photographers etc) but what was nice was that there was no pressure to do this. Overall we had a brilliant day, and would recommend Slow Dreams based on our experience – from our perspective not a single thing went wrong which is amazing and we got some brilliant photos sent by Lucia which was a nice surprise (along with posing for a photo with a local arts group!) Thank you so much to everyone at Slow Dreams for helping us have the perfect wedding. Mia & Michael
Christiana and Matthew
Dear Lucia, Janie, and Bill, Greetings from Freetown! We hope you are all doing well. As we recently celebrated our one year anniversary, we wanted to share with you our review and testimonial of Slow Dreams. We had an amazing wedding and want to thank you again for all your work in putting together an unforgettable experience. Please find it below and feel free to use any of the photographs from the wedding. We wanted a wedding that celebrated our diverse cultural backgrounds and that all of our guests would enjoy. I (Christiana) am from Sierra Leone and I (Matthew) am a dual citizen of the United States and Italy. Slow Dreams went beyond our expectations and brought our multicultural dream wedding to life! We celebrated a symbolic exchange of vows in Maratea at Hotel Santavenere on October 12, 2019. Eight-five guests flew from North America, Europe, Africa, Asia and the Middle East to join us for an unforgettable three days on the southern coast of Italy. From our first contact with Slow Dreams, we have found the company to be responsive, considerate, thoughtful, and helpful. We were provided brochures and given enough time to select a venue that was perfect for us. We had anticipated that planning a wedding in Italy all the way from Philadelphia would be stressful, time consuming, and complicated. But Slow Dreams made the process seamless and guided us through each payment and each decision about catering, decorations and music. Lucia, Janie, and Bill were always available to answer our questions via email, phone, Skype, and WhatsApp. They were timely, honest, and flexible throughout our time planning the wedding, and everything we were promised was delivered with quality. We want to, especially, thank our wedding planner Lucia Pierce who has become a dear friend to us. Leading up to the event, she provided us all the information we needed and consistently followed up to ensure we were on top of things. On the day of the event itself, she ensured the wedding went without any hiccups or issues. If there were any, she handles them with calm and professionalism. She is amazing at her job, and it is clear she genuinely loves what she does and is great at it. Thank you to everyone who made our special day unforgettable. We highly recommend Slow Dreams and, especially the venue at Hotel Santavenere. Thanks again! Sincerely, Christiana and Matthew Christiana and Matthew
Isabella & Elton
Where to begin - like most girls growing up, I’d always dreamt of a fairytale wedding; an intimate wedding inside of a quaint church atop a grassy hill followed by an unforgettable reception inside of a castle. Slow Dreams turned our dreams into a reality by creating a Tuscan, fairytale wedding for me and my husband! Being from the U.S.A. (Miami, FL), my husband and I thought planning our dream wedding would be a difficult feat to accomplish. Luckily, Slow Dreams provided us with the perfect team to get the job done! We got married at Santo Stefano a Campoli Catholic Church, and held our wedding reception at Castello Palagio which turned out to be a 3 minute drive (8-10 minute walk) away! We worked very closely with Lucia who oversaw everything - from the finest of details to the grand scheme, and Danielle who was our wonderful “day-of” wedding coordinator. Lucia was SO organized, personable, helpful and easy to work with from day 1! She allowed us to voice our likes and dislikes, provided useful suggestions and just blessed us with her expertise! If ever a question or concern arose, she responded to us as promptly as possible and eased any pre-wedding nervousness we had. She oversaw every single detail - from coordinating our paperworks with the church in Tuscany and our church here in Miami to the fine details in our flower arrangements, centerpieces, cutlery, music, lighting etc. - ALL VIA E-MAIL and without a single detail falling through the cracks! It’s evident that Lucia loves and is truly passionate about what she does, and she is absolutely wonderful at it! Her hard work and dedication is reflected in her work, and you can tell she sincerely cares about her clients. Unfortunately, she was unable to attend our wedding, but made an effort to call and greet us with her warmth and well-wishes! She was there from start to finish, and to this day we consider her a dear friend of ours. Wedding days can be chaotic but our “day-of” coordinator, Danielle, was truly a delight to work with. A year before the wedding, Danielle met us in Tuscany to walk us through the church and the castle! The day before the wedding, she ran every detail by us, prepared us for what to expect, gave us some peace of mind and eased any pre-wedding jitters we had. Her presence was very positive and calming throughout, and it truly set the tone for our wedding day. Danielle is a visionary and brought our ideas and wedding plans to life! On the day of our wedding, she seemed to have a solution to any unexpected issue that arose. We trusted Danielle to troubleshoot, coordinate, oversee etc. and she exceeded our expectations! She was very warm and respectful, and our wedding guests spoke very highly of her kindness and professionalism. Danielle and Lucia were totally in sync with just about everything and we are forever grateful for them both and for Slow Dreams! Isabella & Elton
Amy & Mario
We had our wedding in Maratea in February before the Covid-19 pandemic really swept over the whole world. We were very lucky to have got to enjoy this time and it may not have happened when it did if it were not for Slow Dreams. We wanted a simple wedding with few guests and not a whole lot of time to plan anything. As my husband is from Lebanon, outside of the EU, we were anxious that there may be more difficulty in getting papers ready in time. Slow dreams really made this no issue. Any question we had or advice we needed was answered promptly and in a helpful way, giving us the information we needed to move things along. They made us feel at ease with every step. Everything was handled smoothly and we felt that there was so much emphasis on trying to make this time all about us with no stress whatsoever - and that is exactly how it was. The day went exactly as we had planned and we could not have been more happy with the experience and in choosing Slow dreams to be our partner in this. Thank you for everything - we will remember this happy day for the rest of our lives. We want to personally thank Lucia for being there for us for whatever we needed, going above and beyond what we expected. Lucia even provided us with a personalised present the day of which we will remember for many years to come. You cannot buy the care that we were afforded during our few days in Maratea. If you choose Slow Dreams for your special day you will not be disappointed! With love, Amy & Mario Amy & Mario
Mr & Mrs O'Connell
Dear Lucia, Jane and Bill, We would like to say a gigantic thank you for helping us, encouraging us and tolerating us as we put together a truly amazing wedding experience. We drove to Maratea from Naples with our father/father-in-law and step mother/mother-in-law. On the way down they were quizzing us about how we found your company, whether we had been to the venue, met with the planner.....basically lots of questions which all had answers that made them nervous! We admit, the conversation did provide us with some last minute jitters too, but when we woke up and saw the glory that is Villa de Meraviglie all hesitations evaporated. On meeting Lucia, we were 110% sure we had made the best decision! Lucia - entirely unflappable, an incredible calming influence and such a pleasure to spend time with you, thank you so much. And in terms of Meraviglie - What a venue! What a hotel! What incredible food! The staff! The service! The setting! What weather! (okay you may not have had complete control over this but it was glorious).We are entirely devoid of superlatives to explain how happy we are at such a fabulous few days. Bill we do have issue with your review of the breakfast; it was delicious! Talking of reviews, "best wedding ever" is something we've heard from multiple friends, but I think we'll leave the key review to our 4 yo niece and 6 yo nephew who said "best holiday ever, we stayed up late, something about a floating unicorn and we got lego" admittedly not much in there you can use as a wedding review, but rest assured they are delighted. We would be more than happy to offer testimonials or reviews if this would be of use to you. We've posted a load of pics on the wedding website which I think you'll be able to access. The one of dancing with Gi is still up there in my top 5 pictures from the weekend. We cannot wait to see Giovanni's official pictures! It was very hard to leave after such a magical weekend, but we're so confident we'll be back (hopefully next year) there weren't too many tears! We do hope our paths cross again and please do let us know if we can be of any assistance to you; you were all such an integral part of such a spectacular time in our lives. Thanks again. Much love, Mr and Mrs O'Connell (possibly, but I suspect the apostrophe will cause chaos for online things in Asia so probably still Dixon) Mr & Mrs O'Connell
Samantha and Erik
"We had the most perfect wedding in Maratea at Santavenere in September and it was all thanks to Slow Dreams. I was so impressed with this company from the very beginning. It was great how clear they were about the budget and the prices. Everything was so straightforward and organized. My husband and I are both physicians, so a low stress planning process was very important to us. The planning was SO easy. When I had a question or thought of something, I would always get a response immediately. Santavenere was the most romantic and beautiful location. I had only seen pictures before arriving for the wedding and it was more beautiful than I could have imagined. The food and the cake were amazing. The table was decorated beautifully with exactly what I had in mind for the flowers. Lucia and Alida, thank you so much for all your hard work. Everything was so beautiful and perfect. The day itself was so stress free and we were able to totally relax and enjoy the moment. Many of our guests said it was the most magical and beautiful wedding they had ever been to. I would recommend Slow Dreams to anyone! Samantha and Erik" Samantha and Erik
Jemma & Mark
Unforgettable, stunning, excellent are just a few, first words that come to mind when thinking about our wedding. Mark and I got married at Villa delle Meraviglie in July; it was just magnificent. From the moment we walked into the grounds, we knew it was the place for us to hold our wedding. Enchanting, secluded and with a stunning sea view. The hotel staff were wonderful and very friendly which made the whole experience even more perfect. We feel blessed to have found this hidden Gem. How did we find the place? We knew we wanted a destination wedding and Italy was our first choice. We were leaning towards Tuscany; however we both love the sea so I started to do some extensive internet searches. I found a place called, Maratea that sounded perfect; known as "the Pearl of the Tyrrhenian’. I had already planned viewings in Amalfi, Ravello, and Sorrento so reached out to Slow dreams to assist with a few viewings in Maratea. We met with Lucia Pepice who was very welcoming and had a great knowledge of the area. We visited 4x different villas and instantly fell in love with Meraviglie. I was so overwhelmed by the beauty of the villa I shed a few tears. The photos do not portray the beauty or peaceful aura the hotel has. We would like to shout from the roof tops that Lucia was such a wonderful planner. She literally leant over backwards to make sure we got what we wanted. From help with taxis, to restaurant bookings, nothing was too much. We are very grateful for everything. Over the months we discussed our vision from food menus to decorations of the wedding ceremony but also in addition the few days prior to the wedding. We actually had a secret ceremony with our immediate family on the Thursday at the Cristo. The views are breath-taking as you are so high up. The Mayor married us with Lucia there to translate, take a few pictures for us and make sure everything went to plan. We had a small Prosecco lunch to toast our official ceremony and then headed back to the villa. That evening we held welcome drinks in a plush bar overlooking the port; Yumara with all of our guests. The next day, to ensure our guests got to know each other a little bit better, we wanted to have a boat party, (DJ, drinks, food and swimming). Lucia researched for us and managed to find everything we asked for. It was just brilliant, everyone had such a wonderful time. Sunday was our wedding and it was everything we could have hoped for. When I arrived at the villa I was just blown away by the beauty of the villa. It looked exactly as I wanted. Cute candles, wooden heart, rose petals everywhere. It was like a dream … cannot even begin to thank Lucia and the staff at Meraviglie. The owner, Paulo was also fantastic. When we came for our food trial she bent over and beyond to create the images I had sent to her on Pinterest. The wedding cake was also just delicious. The end of the night saw most of the guests in the swimming pool – ha! So fun! Also, I want to note that everything was taken care of by slow dreams, even the guest accommodation. Was such a stress-free process with the lovely, Janie on hand as first point of contact for guests booking. We hired out the whole of villa delle Meraviglie; however we needed a few additional rooms in alternative hotels. THANK YOU AGAIN TO EVERYONE WHO MADE OUR WEDDING SO MAGICAL… we will never forget our wedding and we will eternally be grateful for everything Slow dreams and the staff at Meraviglie did for us. We can’t wait to come back and visit again in the coming years; there will always be a place in our heart for Maratea. xxx Jemma & Mark
Hordur and Anna
Thank you for making our dream wedding come true! We wanted to have a simple, small but memorable wedding. That was exactly what we got. We had stress free wedding planning thanks to Janie and Lucia. Janie was really helpful to our guests and answered all their questions. When arriving in Cirella and few days before our wedding we felt like everything was under control, Lucia met us on site and had everything planned out, with her we went through all aspects of the big day so we could really be relaxed the days before the wedding. We would do it all over again with help from Slow Dreams, we can’t thank you enough for making our wedding weekend as perfect as it was. Hordur and Anna
Niahm & Matt
Hi Lucia and Janie,
Apologies for the delay on the testimonial but it has been so busy since we returned from the beautiful Italy.
I found the slow dreams website online myself searching one evening - I had heard no reviews and I had never even heard of Maratea before. I looked through the different option / locations on the website and straight away I loved the Hotel Villa de la Mearaviglie in Matatea! It was just so beautiful!
Both myself and my husband ( more him ) had reservations about putting a deposit down before we even saw the location but we had such a great experience with Lucia and Janie from the start that we took the chance and boy did it pay off!!
We went to visit in May and met Lucia who is literally the most gorgeous warm person. She was so kind and attentive, showed us around listened to our every need and even drove us around spending a full afternoon with us! Maratea is so so beautiful, there are literally no words you have to see it as the pictures do not do it justice!
The venue was beyond beautiful and the hotel staff were very accommodating and kind.
We had 65 guests and most of them stayed in the hotel villa de la Meraviglie with us and some nearby! The wedding day was literally the best day of our lives - Lucia was so caring and there every step of the way. I don't think either of us felt that stressed at all which allowed us to enjoy the day fully.
The second day we had a BBQ for everyone which went very well and luckily the weather was perfect so we sat out the whole time over looking the beautiful sea.
Every single guest commented on how perfect the wedding was and there were no bad comments!
My advice to any bride and groom is - a wedding is supposed to be the best day of your life. This means you must relax and enjoy every minute. We were able to do this with the help of Lucia and Janie and will be forever grateful.
The photographer was lovely and we just got the pictures back and we love them!
Thanks again Lucia, Janie and everyone at slow dreams and at the hotel! Our wedding weekend could not have been more special and we cannot wait to come back to Maratea Very soon :-)
Lots of love
Matt and Niamh
Niahm & Matt
Darina & Adam
We are brilliant, very sad to be home though and our gorgeous wedding to be all over!😪
We absolutely loved Maratea, it was exactly what we were looking for, so picturesque and quaint! You guys done the most amazing job in organising our special day.
Please find below our testimonial and we will also post to your Facebook page.
To Lucia, Janie and Bill.
Both Adam and myself would both like to sincerely thank you all for the most amazing job you all done organising our special day. We will never forget it..!
From the moment we got in touch with Slowdreams, we immediately felt we were in safe hands. All the stresses and anxieties associated with organising a wedding without professional help were immediately distinguished right from the outset. Bill and Janie were very helpful and approachable from the start and once we described what we would broadly like for our wedding they were both on hand to suggest multiple locations, various accommodations, travel options and the costs of all the various proposals. Nothing was ever a problem and all of our queries were responded to within the day even if we did change our minds on the details throughout the process. Nothing was ever a problem and the whole process was very easy. Exactly what we needed and the service we received surpassed our expectations. Would highly recommend Slowdreams to anyone wishing to organise a wedding on foreign soil.
Once the initial stages of the wedding were laid down, Bill and Janie then handed us over to Lucia who looked after the finer details of our wedding. Lucia after a couple of emails felt like a friend and we genuinely felt like she cared about our wedding day. We met Lucia on the day we landed and both myself and Adam knew we made the right decision as Lucia was both friendly and professional, making us feel very comfortable from the outset. The day before the wedding we met Lucia, her attention to detail was second to none. The wedding day was more than we could have ever wished for and it was all down to Lucia, her organisational skills, her professionalism and her bubbly, fun personality.
We stayed in the 5 star Santavenere hotel and our 12 guests stayed in the Grand Hotel Pianata in Maratea. The area of Maratea was absolutely stunning with plenty of places to eat, relax and soak up the atmosphere around the town. We particularly loved the port where there is an array of restaurants and seating areas to sit and enjoy the sunset.
We strongly recommend anyone to book their wedding with Slow Dreams. It was the best decision we made, we cannot thank you enough for all your help in making our wedding day magical!
Love Darina and Adam xx Darina & Adam
Laura & Paul
Sorry this has taken so long to be done
To Lucia Janie and Bill
We wanted to write a note to you all thanking each one of you in organising our wedding,but most of all Lucia (You literally are AMAZING) never ever stop doing what you do cause your the best wedding planner!
We got married in may at Santavenere we visited italy in feb and decided that the Santavenere was so beautiful ,we nearly booked the whole hotel with all our guests and other friends and family stayed at near by hotels and the villa carolina
Janie you made it so easy for everyone booking all there rooms and taking payments we hardly had to do anything.
Maratea is soooo Beautiful breath taking
I really enjoyed planning my wedding with all your help
Nothing was ever to much trouble for Lucia she took my ideas from pintrest and we went from there.
She organised flowers transport music baby sitters tables the list just goes on and on
You were always there to give us advice skype when we wanted to chat and answer any questions we had, you really did put me and paul at ease.
We had a few guests that didnt let us know till the last minute & that was fine they were so accommodating
Lucia said i could send parcels over
The hotel was 5 STAR and all the guests loved the food , views etc it was breath taking the hotel staff truely are the best we got treated like royalty
You also provided an excellent photographer and video we are so happy with our pictures we love them
You made our wedding so so special we will never forget you guys and Lucia we have a friend for life with you.
Love Laura & Paul Hough
XxxxX Laura & Paul
Brenda & Dave
We always knew that our dream wedding would be to hire a villa in Italy and have our closest family and friends there with us while we exchanged our vows in a garden. But we thought that's all it was - a dream. How could we possibly organize a wedding in Italy from Ireland when neither of us even speak Italian? But after a few internet searches we stumbled across the slow-dreams website - little did we realize how lucky we were! Some of our friends thought we were crazy to be organizing our wedding over the internet through people we had never met in a place we had never been to - some would say it was blind faith! - but we knew very quickly how fantastic and professional Slow dreams were and they completely won our trust.
Initially Bill looked after all our enquiries. He was so patient and efficient and explained everything so clearly. One of our big concerns at first was 'Can we afford this?' ( That was one of the best things about Slow-dreams , you know exactly what you're getting and how much it costs). But Bill made it easy for us to work within our budget. Big thank you Bill!
After we decided on the venue and dates, Janie looked after all the details and planning. We were genuinely moved by how she shared in all the excitement of the planning, from choosing flowers to planning the ceremony itself. She was so utterly lovely and so helpful and efficient. Our only regret is that we didn't get to meet her in person to thank her!
We stayed at the Villa Maratea for the week and got married in the garden, just as we had dreamed of. The villa itself was fantastic. Big enough for both our families, with a great swimming pool for our nieces and nephews to splash around in, bar-b-ques in the evening and just a 5 minute stroll down to the village. Heaven. Lucia came to meet us the day after we arrived to see how we were doing and to give us a schedule for the week. She was so friendly and helpful. Everything had been taken care of, from trial hair and make-up sessions for Brenda to a meeting with the photographers to discuss what we would like.
The day before the wedding, we were down at our friends beautiful villa by the sea swimming in a little cove on a private beach with about 20 of our closest friends, jumping off the rocks and swimming in the cave - it was one of our favourite memories of the week. It was so nice to feel so relaxed the day before our wedding.
On the morning of our wedding day, Lucia took us down to the town hall to sign the official paperwork, which was actually really lovely. The town mayor presiding, Lucia translating and just us and our parents there. It was a lovely start to the day. Afterwards we went back to the villa where Lucia took charge of everything. She was AMAZING! All we had to do was get ready!
We got married in the gardens of the villa, just as we had dreamed of, on a raised terrace under an arch of pink roses overlooking the town and the sea below. It was beautiful.
The caterers had arranged tables in the garden around the pool, with fairy lights in the trees, and as the sun set it looked like a fairytale, with the lights reflected in the water. It took our breaths away! The food was served as a buffet with our guests helping themselves, just as we had wanted. We cannot stress enough how gorgeous the food was. The service was second to none, and all the while Lucia was looking after everything. She was so non intrusive and professional and lovely. Fantastic at her job! We hired a sound system and our guests took turns to d.j and we danced til the early hours! So much fun, we just didn't want it to end!
We want to mention our photographers also. Sylvia and her partner, who did a brilliant job with the photographs. We were so happy with the results and the town of Maratea is such a beautiful backdrop for them. The difficult part was trying to pick which ones to keep!
We also want to mention Dora, who was amazing, and drove us round in her taxi van all week. She was literally at our beck and call, day and night. Also the restaurant (the name escapes us) down in the town. It is on the second floor with an open terrace overlooking the fountain in the main square. They took such good care of us (all 50 of us!), especially Gwendolyne, our waitress.
We were really happy with the flowers also.
In fact everything from the moment we arrived in Maratea was magic. Our wedding was everything we could have dreamed of and more, and our friends and family had such a fantastic holiday that I am sure we will still be talking about it in years to come. None of this would have been possible without Slow-dreams - Lucia, Janie and Bill. Thank you so much for everything! We would have no hesitation in recommending them to any couple thinking of getting married in Italy - you won't find anyone more caring, professional and friendly.
We send you all our love, thanks and best wishes,
Brenda & Dave Brenda & Dave
Layla & Ian
Sorry for they late reply. Thank you so much, we couldn't have asked for a more perfect wedding ceremony that you and your team have done for us. The day was just beautiful from beginning to end. My new wife and me felt so special, Lucia and the team made us feel so important, to the point that we felt we were famous for that special day.
Of course we would love to like your Facebook page we didn't do it before hand as we wanted it to stay a surprise as we eloped.
Sapri & maratea was the most romantic, beautiful and breathtaking. The views, the people and weather seemed to good to be true. I never realised the sheer size of the mountains that surround this beautiful tucked away town.
Ian & Layla Layla & Ian
Marika & Gregg
Hope you're both well? We have finally found time to sit down and write our review about Slowdreams. It's been manic few weeks as we had another blessing ceremony in uk. All went very well and we couldn't be happier.
Below is our testimonial and we will also write hotel review on trip advisor and la loggia Facebook page. So...
Me and my (now) husband decided to book our wedding in June last year. We knew we wanted to get married somewhere hot and sunny. It didn't take us long to decide that Italy would be the perfect place for our dream wedding as its one of the most beautiful and romantic countries we've ever been to.
We we're browsing online for wedding planners and came across the Slowdreams website. It had exceptional reviews written by their previous clients and there was plenty of beautiful venues to choose from for every budget. They also had all their service charges upfront and online. Without any hesitation we contacted them for more details and shortly after we booked our wedding for the following June at hotel La Loggia in Tortora. From the first email we received from Slowdreams owners Bill and Janie we knew we were dealing with a trustworthy and professional company. Communication was outstanding throughout the wedding planning process. Janie and our wedding planner Lucia answered all of our questions and did their very best to help us out with paperwork requirements and fully understood everything we wished for our wedding. Lucia didn't disappoint us in slightest. The venue looked exactly how we had requested it to. Flowers matched perfectly to mine and my bridesmaids bouquets, the arch was just beautiful and the dinner table, decorations & cake were exactly like the ones I had shared with Lucia on Pinterest. She couldn't have done a better job! We'd like to also mention that she is a very lovely friendly genuine lady who really loves her job.
Thank you so much team Slowdreams for our prefect wedding.
We are so glad we chose Slowdreams to plan and organise our big day and we are so grateful for all of the hard work you put into it.
Thank you so much
Gregg and Marika Marika & Gregg
Amanda & Kevin
Where do I even begin?! Let’s just say it’s been over 3 weeks and I’m still reliving our special day over and over again in my head J
8 years ago I lived in Florence, Italy. I fell in love with the country and returned to the States dreaming of getting married there.
When my husband proposed in Brisbane, Australia, I felt it only fitting that we take our love of travel to the next level and attempt to make my Italian wedding dream a reality. I knew I couldn’t do it alone, and began researching various destination wedding planning companies online.
When I came across Slow Dreams I was blown away by the volume and depth of the testimonials on their website and via TripAdvisor. Working with a virtual planning team can be intimidating, and there are so many scam artists out there today that I wanted to be sure I was dealing with a legitimate and professional company. I read through a number of reviews in detail and felt comfortable enough to reach out and kick things off with Slow Dreams.
My husband and I had lofty ideas about our Italian wedding, and really needed help narrowing down not only a region of Italy but the various available venues. Bill, Janie, and Lucia were incredibly helpful (and patient!) in aiding our decision and answering our questions. We ended up choosing Villa Cheta in Maratea for its beauty, TripAdvisor reviews (including its onsite restaurant), size, proximity to the ocean, amenities, and affordability.
While Maratea was not an easy town to get to (we flew from Boston to Dublin, Dublin to Rome, took a train from the Roman airport to the center of Rome, a train to Sapri, then a shuttle bus to the hotel) it was honestly worth the headache. I have never seen such an abundance of unspoiled natural beauty, and the town itself is beyond charming. English is not a super common language spoken there, and I would recommend having someone in tow with at least a working knowledge of Italian. I would note that my makeup artist and hair stylist teams did not speak English, but for the day of your wedding you will likely have Lucia at your side who speaks excellent Italian and English J
The team at Slow Dreams consistently went above and beyond our expectations, both the day of our wedding and leading up to it. My husband actually lost his suit en route to Maratea (it was left in the overhead compartment of a connecting flight and never returned to us) and Lucia called upon her daughter Alessandra, an additional employee of Slow Dreams, to personally escort him to pick out a new wedding suit. Lucia was incredibly organized and very calming leading up to and the day of the wedding. She took charge of a number of situations that could have been dramatic and stressful, and was always there to offer a helping hand (or even a hug!) She set up my wedding decorations beautifully, and always had creative and out-of-the-box ideas to improve upon our original plans.
One of Lucia’s strongest suits is that she genuinely takes the time to get to know you – your personality, style, preferences, and more – and is able to out-deliver as a result. Her recommendations for photographer, videographer, flowers, and even a reception dinner venue fit my husband and I to a T. She is an expert at her craft, and is SUCH a joy to work with.
Overall I can’t recommend Slow Dreams enough and consider them more than a wedding planning company, but true friends. My husband and I spent our honeymoon in Italy and actually met up with Alessandra and her boyfriend for dinner, and are hoping to see them in the States in the near future. With Slow Dreams, the relationship doesn’t end after the wedding day passes. We wish the team all the best in the future and hope to see Lucia and Alessandra soon! Amanda & Kevin
Emer & Jonathan
We cannot thank you enough for everything it was all perfect, we are heading back today but I want a few days to do up reviews for both you and Castle Bigozzi as I really want to express how amazing everything was.
Mr and Mrs Rooney Emer & Jonathan
Lee & Hannah
Hi Janie, Lucia
My wife and I would just like to say a massive thank you for the arrangements for our marriage in Maratea. We had a wonderful day and Lucia couldn't have been more helpful in ensuring not just the day went well but our entire week. How you remain so calm is great and filled us with confidence during our stay. Everything we discussed about the details of the wedding (flowers, cake, food etc) were spot on and probably better than we anticipated.
Lucia was constantly available by phone even though she is an extremely busy person, and was a massive help when Hannah injured her finger and had to go to A&E the night before the wedding and also drove us there personally on the night of the wedding for a dressing change.
Nothing was to much trouble and we Would definitely recommend slow dreams to others who require an outstanding wedding planning service.
Maratea was such a beautiful place and we will definitely return one day.
Once again thank you for such a personal service and amazing wedding.
Lee and Hannah
Xx Lee & Hannah
Kristi & Andi
We just happened upon Lucia, Janie, and Bill whilst researching online. As an event planner myself, I was surprised that I opted to go with a company to plan the most important day of my life. But after first contact with the company and researching reviews, I knew they would be reliable. After our first visit, we fell in love with the Maratea area (living in Naples for a few years, I knew I wanted to return to Italy for my wedding). Lucia was great, always ready to incorporate my ideas but armed with many of her own (GREAT) ideas. The attention to detail on the night was amazing. Being a bit OCD, I felt extremely comfortable just letting go and putting everything in Lucia's hands, and I couldn't have asked for a better night. Slow Dreams is stress free, and has great communication. Lucia will make sure everything is perfect for your special day! Our guests were all equally impressed, some of which traveled from the West Coast of the USA and Australia to attend. I would say I would do it again.. But, you know... it's a wedding. :-) Kristi & Andi
Hayley & Rob (sent by Hayley's mother)
Sorry its taken me so long to contact you Re Hayley and Robs Wedding.
We had an absolutely wonderful time Lucia was amazing, and the staff at Hotel Ducale were so friendly and helpful nothing was to much trouble for them. Even the local people who lived in the village of Cirella and ran the restaurants shops and bars were very welcoming.
I just want to thank you and Lucia so much for making Hayley and Robs Wedding in Italy so memorable, we will look back in the years to come and remember the wonderful time we had.
Bernie x Hayley & Rob (sent by Hayley's mother)
Clare & Andrew
To all at Slow Dreams &
La Locanda Del Fiume, Pisciotta
Thank you so much for everything we had a fabulous time and the wedding went perfectly and far better than either of us expected. It was a fairytale. The women from Slow Dreams who looked after us were absolutely brilliant and I cannot thank you enough for the most fabulous experience of our lives.
The venue was fantastic and Sonja and her husband and staff looked after us and all our guests right into the small hours every evening we were there. The wedding meal, drinks, table arrangements, flowers and the wedding cake were absolutely fabulous. Their hospitality and patience was outstanding.
The photographers were absolutely brilliant and stayed with us for the entire day to capture all the special moments which I will cherish in the album forever. The hairdresser was fantastic and did exactly what I wanted and the Mayor of Pisciotta who performed the civil ceremony was fantastic.
To Janie, Bill, Lucia, Alida and all who made the day fantastic, I can’t thank you all enough. You made the happiest day of our lives a wonderful and relaxing experience and I want to do it all over again!!!Clare & Andrew
Elise & Jim
We just want to say thank you to everyone at Slow Dreams for all your hard work, diligence and efforts in making our wedding day what it was. We were drawn to Slow Dreams as all of your prices were on the website and you had lots of options to personalise our day. We wanted a simple planning process and a stripped back day so we liked that you had your own affiliated hotels, photographers, florists etc. Thank you Janie for answering every email promptly and every little request was actioned/remembered. The whole team were efficient, helpful and answered every question, no matter how small or silly we thought it might be. You sent lots of information about the location, marriage process and ceremony so that we always felt confident with how everything was going to run. You obviously know so much about the area so we had every confidence that you knew what was best for our vision.
Lucia, your service was incredible. As soon as we got there you came to visit us at the hotel and took us out to see the town and restaurant where our wedding meal would be held. We were also able to meet our photographer and videographer then so that we could relax and begin to enjoy our holiday rather than worry about wedding stuff. You were available via WhatsApp and helped us book excursions, book tables at restaurants, order in takeaway pizza, buy make up at last minute- all things you didn't have to do but you went above and beyond! You were so friendly and accommodating to all of us, thank you. You clearly are in love with the town and your job and it was so nice to be around you.
The ceremony was like a dream! Surrounded by nature, over looking the sea and with the mayor marrying us! We'll never live down the fact we had a journalist there and made it into the local paper.
The hotel was absolutely stunning and our family couldn't believe how nice it was!!! Wherever you looked was a picture perfect scene and we loved the mixture of trees, flowers and architecture against the beautiful backdrop of the sea. All of the staff were friendly too. The hotel is quite basic and rustic, but that's just what we wanted! We felt like we had the hotel to ourselves most days and there were only 11 of us.
We love that you got right on board with our idea of the wedding and it was so simple and easy and lovely, just like we wanted. We recommend Slow Dreams to anyone that is after a no fuss wedding abroad in a beautiful town. We got married at Lovers Walk, had our wedding meal at Ristoronte 1999 and stayed at Hotel delle Meraviglie. We brought two families together and everyone had a wonderful, unforgettable time! 10/10
Elise and JimElise & Jim
Jackie & Stewart
Thanks to all at Slow Dreams who helped to ensure our wedding on the 3rd September was just perfect; especially Janie with her fast responses to our questions and Lucia who was with us on the day.
I worried about every detail in the run up to the wedding as I wanted to be sure our 34 guests enjoyed themselves, so it was great when many of our friends and family said it had beat any wedding they had ever been to.
30 of our guests stayed at the Hotel Delle Villa de Meraviglie and 6 including Stewart and myself stayed at The Inn at Fiumicello, we can highly recommend each, their setting right on the coast at Maratea are equally as stunning. The Hotel was the ideal venue for all of our party to lounge around the pool with the licensed pool bar and delicious lunches to keep us happy, the staff were very helpful and friendly, and the The Inn at Fiumicello was the ideal venue for the wedding reception.
We were married at the little Church at the Port we had a local soloist accompanied by a keyboard, the singing was amazing! After a drink and pictures at the Port it was back to the The Inn at Fiumicello for the wedding reception of Chicken or Tuna steak, all the food was delicious. The Champagne reception was outside but the tables had been set up inside because it had rained in the morning, eating inside actually made the meal more enjoyable as we didn’t have to worry about the wasps, which are quite a pain in September. After the meal we took our chairs outside and had the speeches then the 5 piece local folk ensemble we had hired gave our party a real Italian atmosphere, we can highly recommend them. At our request the band played from approx. 7.00pm to 10.30pm then we continued to party with our own music which we played on the hired music system until about 1.30am. The Hotel and Villa are very close, our guests made their way back to their hotel via a 5 minute walk through a wooded area. (Tip if you have the same set up remember to request the owner of the inn to switch the lanterns on which light up the path as you can easily lose your way in the dark especially if you have had lots of Italian wine)
Our wedding in Maratea was fantastic everyone enjoyed every moment, many of our guests stayed the whole week it’s such a beautiful area! Maratea old town has a charm of its own and must be seen in the evening to fully appreciate it. For a good family restaurant to suit all tastes and purses try El Sol in Fiumicello, but give them some warning if you are taking a large party so they can get the extra staff or the service may be slow. They have a very varied menu which included grilled lamb chops for our least adventurous guests who didn’t appreciate Italian food.
Thanks again to Slow Dreams.
Jacky and Stewart.Jackie & Stewart
Karen & David
We found Slow Dreams wedding planning to be fantastic, they were accurate, prompt and professional throughout the whole process and the payment plan was fair and manageable. Our wedding planner Lucia, was really worth her weight and gold and is an amazing wedding planner, always quick to respond with suggestions and ideas and always approachable with any concerns. Lucia made the whole process of our wedding planning easy and on the day she went above and beyond to make sure our day was special. She's a wonderful lady and someone I hope To see again! Her daughter looked after our toddler son throughout the day and we felt very reassured and at ease knowing he was safe and well looked after. The hotel (San Diego) were very accommodating and kind and the staff attentive and helpful. Our flowers and lanterns were beautiful and really added that touch of elegance we hoped for. To top it all off we got the most amazing wedding video. Marco the videographer done such a great job we're thrilled we decided to go with it at the last minute and that Lucia managed to secure the booking at late notice.
I would highly recommend Slow Dreams and Lucia for anyone hoping to marry in Beautiful Maratea.
Karen & David
Sarah & Lawrence
I cannot say enough good things about All of the ladies and gentleman that work for this amazing company. They support lawrence and i in making our dream day come true. They were always there answering any questions we had what ever time of day. If you are looking for an company who knows what they are doing look no further.
Thank you guys for everything
Sarah & Lawrence
Sarah & Lawrence
Venessa & Ben
(Sorry this has taken a while to get this to you)
We are so thankful to have found Slow Dreams to help us plan our wedding. Thanks to the Lucia, Janie, and Bill, our wedding was so much more than just a wedding. They were able to take our needs and ideas and somehow bring them to fruition on the other side of the world. Many of the couples in the testimonials have already outlined what makes Slow Dreams great (prompt, honest, low-cost, etc.). We would just like to add that if we could do it all over again, we absolutely would. We have have many of our guests tell us that it was the best wedding they ever attended--some saying it was the best three back-to-back days of their lives. Most importantly, it was the best and most memorable time of our lives, and we know none of it would've been possible (and so stress-free) without Slow Dreams. We cannot speak highly enough about this company. Trust them, and you will have an amazing wedding day. An extra special thanks to Lucia for all the work she did in Italy. You were amazing. Also, thank you to Janie for helping us find the breathtaking venue (Hotel Villa delle Meraviglie) and for helping our guests find accommodation.
Lots of love,
Venessa and Ben
(On a side note, if any couple would like to reach out to me regarding Hotel Villa delle Meraviglie, please forward them my email address) Venessa & Ben
Brenda & Dave
Just got back from our honeymoon yesterday and were delighted to see that the proofs were there waiting for us. How difficult to decide! Is it possible to upgrade to the next package and get 90 prints? We would like to have them all loose in the album and arrange them ourselves. We were thinking of getting 1 or 2 of the photos enlarged so that we could frame them.. Does Silvia do enlargements and if so what are the sizes available and the cost? Also, after we receive the album is it possible to order additional prints if there are some that we really like?
We also wanted to extend a massive thank you to you and your team. The wedding was a dream come true for us, everything went so perfectly. Your company really do an amazing job of ensuring that happens. Everything was organised in such detail and went so smoothly. Lucia was absolutely fantastic on the day, so professional. We would love to leave a testimonial on your website, how do we go about that?
Brenda & Dave
Very much looking forward to hearing from you,
Brenda & Dave
Courtney & Mike
(written by mother of bride)
I just had to write to let you know how grateful I am for the amazing job you, Alessandra, and the staff at the Beach Joint did with my daughter's wedding. I can't believe how perfectly you interpreted the vision that Courtney and Mike had for their wedding-simple, yet beautiful and meaningful. The attention to detail, the incredible service, and the feeling like we were all good friends made a special day most magical. As a mother, I have to say I couldn't have asked for a better storybook wedding for my princess-- you all are very special people!!
Thank you with all my heart--
Stacy Courtney & Mike
Esther & Kristian
We chose slow-dreams to be our wedding organisers as soon as we saw their website, and the Grand Hotel San Michele.
Like many of others we fell in love with the surroundings and olde-worlde look of this historic hotel.
Replies to emails were always swift, friendly and helpful. Bill and Janie understood how important it was for the whole holiday to work, not only the wedding, but it would be the first time for our families to meet.
When we arrived at the hotel, unbelievably, it was better than the website. The slow-dreams representativeowner of the hotel, Ornella was amazing from start to finish and met every single bridal demand! She took us on a little tour of the grounds the first morning we arrived, introduced us to the family and made us feel totally welcome, it felt more like a big house than a hotel. The staff...where do I start..amazing, friendly and incredibly kind, we were so glad to have them in some wedding photo's too. Anywhere we wanted to go around the area was no trouble to the drivers and staff at the the hotel, every recommendation to a restaurant turned out to be a great night. Ornella also took us on a tour for a day to a few local towns and scenic places, she was so informative and went out of her way to show us special things, all with a great sense of humour!
The day of the wedding...what can I say ..went without a "hitch"....due to Ornella, Lucia and Alida. We had fun from start to finish, beginning at the small registry office ceremony, followed by an amazingly relaxing afternoon. It all went to plan and was weirdly un-stressful. From the ceremony to the photo's, speeches to dancing, we had a ball!!!!!
We can't thank you all enough for making our wedding totally perfect, a fantastic holiday in itself, and for giving our families a perfect place to cement the beginning of a great friendship.
Thanks to you all from the bottom of our hearts......makes me want to get married again!!!Esther & Kristian
Maria Jose & Pablo
Hi Lucia, Danielle, Janie and all the team,
We wanted to thank you all for all your hard work to make our wedding the most amazing day of our life. We have no words enough to express our happiness and our appreciation for what we lived on the 26th.
Everything went perfect…even better from what we imagined. Everyone enjoyed and we didn’t missed any single second of laughs, dance, great food and good music.
We still have the voice from Lucia saying ‘you are in good hands’ but even we believed it, this was superb.
Please extend our thanks to:
- Alessandra, she was great with the coordination and always pending if we needed something. Even water for the bride during the mass because she had allergies (lol).
- Sebastian, he was amazing and always looking were to have the best shoots…we cannot wait to see the pictures.
- DJ was great too and listen to all our requests J
- Violinist was breath taking. Everyone enjoyed his music during the mass and the aperitif.
- The whole staff was amazing and making sure everything went smoothly.
Thank you thank you thank you once again.
Maria Jose & Pablo
Maria Jose & Pablo
Lorna & Dan
Hi Lucia and Janie,
Hope you're both well? I've just put a review on trip advisor for the hotel and you. I'm also forwarding a testimonial for your website which is in a similar vein:
We have been back a month from our wedding organised through Slow Dreams at Hotel Villa Delle Meraviglie in Maratea, and are still astounded by how perfect and truly magical it was.
We can't express our gratitude enough to Slow Dreams for making our dream a reality. We would recommend them to anyone thinking of getting married in Italy. Lucia (based in Italy) is simply amazing. We visited her last year and she spent 2 days showing us around the area and different wedding venues. She could not do enough for us. Nothing was ever too much trouble, and communication was always so easy and instant throughout the whole year running up to the event. Janie (based in America) is also an absolute pleasure to work with. She was always on hand and so helpful and efficient with family / friends that contacted her with any queries.
We were at the hotel for a week, with our wedding on the fifth day, and everything from start to finish was out of this world. Lucia arranged several meals for us and our guests in spectacular places, along with all the transport, and a pizza party at the hotel which was great fun. We definitely chose the right venue for us too. The wedding day itself was so emotional and picture perfect. From the flowers to the decorations, fairy lights, food, cake, music...I wouldn't change a thing. All our friends and family absolutely loved it too.
We have memories to last a lifetime and can't wait to go back to this special place on our anniversary.
Thank you again Slow Dreams, we're eternally grateful.
Lorna and Dan xx Lorna & Dan
Rachel & Tim
So sorry for the late reply! It's been a hectic few weeks! I'm over in Malta now and my WIFE and the 2 boys are following me out at the end of the month!
The wedding was amazing! So much more than we could have hoped for and Lucia was incredible! Augusto and Titta (Villa Maratea) were fantastic hosts and we’re hoping to get back to Maratea for our 1st anniversary!
We'll definitely be adding our story to the slowdreams site once Rachel and myself get an opportunity to put a testimony together. We are waiting to receive the professional photos so we can add a few too!
Thank you so much for delivering on all that was promised and more; our family and friends had a ball and will be talking about our big day for many years to come!
Tim and Rachel (Mr and Mrs Holland!) Rachel & Tim
Caroline and Simon
Dear Janie, Bill and Lucia
We would like to say a huge thank you to you all for making our wedding day and week in Maratea, so fantastic from start to finish. What an incredible day! We hardly know where to start as there was so much that you did, but here goes.
We were firstly extremely impressed by your comprehensive website (head and shoulders above the rest) that includes so much info to make things easy to plan. On our visit to Maratea in October we were enchanted by the town and the coastline as we were guided, by Bill, through our options.
Over the following 8 months Janie (so sorry never to have met you in person) was prompt and helpful with her replies to all our emails concerning everything from the big decisions about the day to the tiniest details.
Our choice of the Santavenere Hotel could not have been better. Our guests were treated to one idyllic setting and view after another as they made their way from the welcome drinks on the terrace, to the ceremony looking over the sea and finally down to the beach side restaurant. Lucia (you are amazing) was constantly on hand throughout the week and on the day itself to ensure things went smoothly and we are hugely grateful to you for your friendly, calm and efficient qualities.
The sunset provided the perfect backdrop for our exquisite meal and our guests were both surprised and impressed by the fireworks before dancing into the small hours of the night.
All our guests said it was the best wedding they’d ever been to and that they’d had an amazing time. That was not only down to the coastline and the hotel but the planning, organisation of the day and indeed the whole week. Thank you, thank you. Nothing was left to chance and as a result we felt extremely relaxed (the massage helped as well!) on what could have been a stressful day.
We would thoroughly recommend Maratea as a stunning location for a wedding and Slow Dreams as the organisation to run it.
Many guests said they would return to the area, as we will, very soon and also others are already thinking of recommending that friends should get married in Maratea.
We hope you are still operating when we return to renew our vows in 25 years time as we will put ourselves and our guests in your so very capable hands again.
With lots of love and thanks
Caroline and SimonCaroline and Simon
Helen & Robert
We have just come back down to earth after a dream wedding in the Hotel Santavenere! We decided to go through Slow Dreams when we saw the beautiful places on the website, we were determined to be married in the sunshine-and reading every testimonial of couples who were extremely happy with the service. Bill & Janie provided us with a dream wedding within our budget and there were no hidden costs, which was exactly what we needed as it was all going to be planned online!
We knew we had made the right choice of company and place and but work commitments meant we were unable to visit the location beforehand so we didn’t actually get to see stunning Maratea and the Hotel Santavenere, until our arrival 2 days before the wedding! We needn’t have worried, Lucia was on hand to answer any questions we had and her professional and engaging personality relaxed us immediately.
The day itself was absolutely the best day of our lives-we had the ceremony at Il Carrubo, a stunning and secluded part of the hotel grounds overlooking the sea, our guests were lost for words at the stunning setting, the beautiful Italian ceremony, and the food was nothing less than 5*. All 25 of our guests said it was THE best wedding they had ever attended and that they felt part of something special, which is exactly what we wanted.
We danced the night away to out favourite music with our special friends and family in a place that only fairytales are made of! Thank you Slow Dreams for making this possible and for being so helpful and friendly in the run up to the day!
We have just made the choice of our pictures, which are fantastic and we had so much fun in the Old Town, we felt like movie stars and each shot captures how happy we are, again, exactly what we wanted!
If you, like me, were searching for that dream place to have your wedding, look no further than the Hotel Santavenere with Slow Dreams, don’t hesitate, it will be the best decision you have ever made!
Helen & Robert.Helen & Robert
Terra & Elliot
We would like to thank Bill, Janie and Lucia at Slow Dreams for making our wedding day truly unforgettable! First of all, Bill answered all of our email questions promptly and thoroughly, no matter how many there were! Janie was wonderful in terms of organizing everything. Lucia was extremely helpful once we arrived in Maratea, making sure that we were happy at Hotel San Diego and ensuring our wedding day ran smoothly. She did the little things, such as recommending our ceremony to be on the mountain top, arranging a great cab driver when we needed one and checking in during the week. Thank you Lucia! Even though it was a small wedding of just the two of us, everyone at Slow Dreams treated us with attention and thoughtfulness. We are thrilled to have chosen Slow Dreams and Maratea, the most stunning and breath-taking area in Italy, for our wedding day Terra & Elliot
Tom & Clare
Dear Bill, Janie and Lucia
Where do we start? Thank you so much for the most beautiful wedding we could ever have imagined!
With Slow Dreams, we managed to organise our wedding in 6 months and avoid many of the typical wedding stresses and anxieties.
From the outset Bill was so quick and efficient with all our queries on location , accommodation, flights and quotes, usually replying to emails within the day. After the initial organising Janie and Lucia liaised with us to sort all the details of the day from flowers to table settings, readings and local info. When we encountered problems with flights and airport issues, they calmly advised us and adapted the accommodation needs.
We stayed in the Hotel Villa delle Meraviglie with 35 friends and family. The area of Maratea took our breath away immediately. It is totally unspoilt and stunning. The town of Maratea itself is full of character and gives guests somewhere to wander, eat out and relax in the days up to the wedding. Hotel Villa delle Meraviglie is so secluded, with beautiful grounds leading down to the sea. The staff were fantastic and catered for our every need, from providing meals throughout the day, drinks by the pool and taxis. They were so friendly and professional and we are already talking about going back there for a group holiday!
We chose the Hotel Santavenere venue of Il Carrubo which is down by the sea, for our ceremony and venue. Without having had the time to visit the venue at all, we were a little apprehensive about seeing it the day before. However the photographs on the website are an absolute true reflection of just how beautiful and stunning a venue it is.
Unfortunately the day of the wedding was rainy but Lucia was immediately on hand to reassure us of any concerns and had an amazing Plan B. We ended up having our ceremony in the Hotel Santavenere which was so beautiful and intimate for us and our guests. Even with the rain the views from the balcony were stunning and the photographs came out so well. Everyone has commented on the venue and the delicious bellinis and vast selection of 'nibbles' were very popular!
The hotel staff were fantastic, so professional, but friendly. We had the reception on a large terrace and enjoyed the most delicious meal. Even when our speeches ran on and on, the staff stood back and were very understanding.
The whole event was completely magical and so many guests have said how beautiful they found the hotel, views, food and accommodation.
We strongly recommend anyone to book their wedding with Slow Dreams. The team were so fantastic that we can't put into words how impressed and grateful we still are.
Thank you Bill, Janie and Lucia and we only wish we could do it all over again!
Love Clare and Tom x
Tom & Clare
Sarah & Andrew
What can we say that is worthy of such amazing people!
We booked our wedding with Bill, who was very helpful and managed to figure out the whole
wedding, price list etc in a matter of days. We were over the moon! Janie also helped from that
end, on the finer details in the run up months before. The whole thing went so smoothly, and
everything was looking great. We were put in touch with Lucia( Sapri,Italy) to deal with the paper
work, which we knew nothing about. Lucia guided us along the whole way, from start to finish. We
were settled for the big day, and it came so soon.
The hotel we stayed in was top notch, amazing staff, beautiful views, lovely rooms and in a great
location, best choice for our perfect week. When we arrived Lucia greeted us with all the info we
needed, even booking us meals the night before, such a helpful woman. (We loved her) the day of
the wedding went so smooth from hair and make up, to photographers and the amazing lovers
walk where we married. Beautiful, tranquil and so romantic couldn't have asked for anything more.
We loved it! After we said our part we went along to the port of Maratea where we had a fabulous
meal at the 1990, this was spectacular, the views, the owners, the food just to die for. This sadly
ended our dream day, but what a memory to keep. We want to thank all of you at slow dreams for
the best day of our lives and would happily recommend you to others.
Love and best wishes
Sara & Andrew
What dreams are made off! Sarah & Andrew
Billy & Gina
Bill, Janie & Lucia
We would like to thank you for organising the most perfect wedding we could have ever dreamed of, we couldn’t have asked for a more stunning location than the Hotel Grand San Michele. We would like to especially thank Ornella (owner of the hotel) and her staff who made sure all our guests felt welcome with their exceptional service. The wedding itself was no less than perfect from the amazing view on the terrace to the delicious five course wedding meal, everything met our expectations and beyond.
The hotel staff even managed to help Billy when he forgot to bring his wedding trousers which we discovered the night before the wedding. They found a matching pair of trousers and even had them tailored on the morning of the wedding itself, I think without the help of the staff we wouldn’t be married today!
We had the most fabulous wedding with many special memories to last a lifetime. Some of our guests commented they enjoyed our wedding so much they were thinking of doing the same, which I think says it all.
All our love
Billy and Gina xxBilly & Gina
Fiona & Clive
Sorry it's been so long coming but here, finally, is our testimonial.
As you can see, we had an absolute ball and exactly the wedding we wanted. And it was all thanks to you guys. We can't thank you enough.
If we can exchange the favour at any time just let us know.
Fi and Clive
Occasionally, just very occasionally, you do something absolutely right and they say things happen in three's!
Deciding to get married in Italy was one. Picking Slow Dreams was the other and taking Bill and Janie's advice to stay at the Santavenere Hotel was the third.
Our huge thanks to Janie and Bill who right from the start were always there. Bill with his clear advice and transparent costings. Janie with her good ideas and support.
Ours was only a small wedding, in fact just the two of us, but having both been married before we wanted it to be absolutely right and extremely special. As we're well travelled our expectations were high – wow – were they not only met they were exceeded beyond our hopes.
The Santavenere Hotel was amazing. Lucia, Slow Dreams' Italian-American partner in Maratea, handled all the paperwork with aplomb. Her arrangements were immaculate and the day went off just as we wanted – low key, high class and fun, so many thanks Lucia.
The wedding pictures were superb. Thanks to Luigi and Silvia, the laid back, ultra professional photographers, who helped the make the day so relaxed and fun and captured all of those things.
Many thanks to the staff of the Hotel, always friendly and courteous. It's hard to pick out one but special mention must go to Denisa, the hostess, concierge, helper, friend and hand-holder.
Take our advice. Have your wedding in Italy, have it in Maratea, stay in the Santavenere – and sit back and let Slow Dreams to do it all the hard work for you knowing their professionalism will result in your perfect day.Fiona & Clive
Alice & Steve
Hi Lucia and Alessandra
Thank you both so much we had the most perfect day yesterday it was all amazing thank you so much we are sad that it's are last day in Italy tomorrow but have had such a amazing time and will be back
Many thanks again Alice and steve xxxx Alice & Steve
Mark & Gail
Dear Janie, Bill, Lucia, Ornella and all at the San Michele,
As we were being driven up the coast to the hotel with our families, there was a chorus of sighs on first sighting of the cliff top hotel and the anticipation of such a spectacular setting for our wedding.
We cannot thank Slow Dreams enough for all the detailed preparation that made everything run so smoothly on the day, especially Lucia and Ornella who were so attentive at both the Town Hall & Hotel Garden ceremony.
The photographers, Silvia and Luigi created some fantastic photographs that really captured the spirit of the day and a final thanks to all staff in the hotel for making it such a wonderful relaxed experience.
We would highly recommend Slow Dreams and the Grand Hotel San Michele to anyone considering getting married in Italy, it met all our expectations and so much more.
Thanks once again
Mark & Gail
arianne & Chris
Dear Janie, Lucia & Bill,
What an AMAZING trio you are in the 'destination weddings' world!! We are so grateful to you for making our dream wedding a reality...Our guests thank you, as well!
It all started for us 14 months prior to our wedding when I came across this great web site with incredible wedding destinations, and equally outstanding reviews of experiences of other couples with Slow-Dreams. So, I wrote a quick note to this Slow-Dreams web site I'd found on the Internet in the middle of the night...And, low and behold I got a very quick response from Bill...This was the beginning of a great working relationship with Bill, Janie and Lucia as they are all very fast in their replies and quite informative, too. I, like so many other brides did not have much time to wait on answers, and thankfully I never needed to wait more than 24 hours (even though I'm in the States, and they are in Europe!).
Throughout the months ahead I had lots (and lots) of questions as all brides do...None of my questions, needs, desires or concerns went unmet (or unnoticed) by Janie whom I quickly started to work with for coordinating all wedding preparations via e-mail. She was wonderfully enthusiastic and helpful.
Charming Lucia met with us when we arrived and orchestrated everything beautifully from that point on...We LOVED working with her as she was so upbeat and cheerful...Lucia wanted our wedding to go as fantastically as we did!! Moreover, she smoothed any and all small bumps along the way with her gracious personality and willingness to please all...Thank you, Lucia!
Regarding our wedding flowers: We sent pictures of how we wished our boutonnieres, bouquets, flowers for arch, etc. to look--and they turned out even more gorgeous than the pictures we'd sent, but the designs were exactly like our pictures!!! The florist was truly gifted and the flowers were so fresh and vibrant in color (all flowers are shipped to the florist in Maratea and southern Italy from elsewhere and are fabulous!).
Slow-Dreams uses a fantastic make-up artist, Anna-Maria whom is delightful to chat with while she does her magic with make-up (she also does pedicures and manicures at her shop in Maratea--by the way, we live in Southern California and I have never had a French pedicure last so long or look so good! Thank you, Anna-Maria!!). Additionally, I'd asked for a more natural look to the make-up application (I did not want to appear so made up), and Anna-Maria was so good with this request--her technique would match the best of the best!! She could work in Hollywood!!!:)
As for the hairstylist, he is a little testy, but pretty good--loves his hairspray and pins!!!! (Ouch!) But, overall he tried to follow the pictures I brought of the hairstyle I wanted.
Upon our request, Janie made arrangements at Castello Praja in Praia A Mare for our wedding and an 8 day stay (with 14 of our guests). Castello Praja is a FABULOUS 12th-13th Century Castle in the region of Calabria...
Our stay and our wedding in this gorgeous castle was nothing less than a dream come true for us and our guests! We were met by the owners of the castle with open arms!! They treated us like royalty, and made us all (guests included) feel that we were a part of their family! Our guests enjoyed a cooking lesson with the great Filomena whom has worked at the castle for the past 50+ years! We all ate together around the large table in the castle kitchen for breakfast every morning, and for several dinners...This was amazing, too! We cannot say enough about these tremendously dear and wonderful people whom share their castle as if it is an honor to have you as their guests...Their family name is of royalty, and yet they treated us as if we were!!
The photographers, Luigi & Silvia are fabulously creative, professional, easy to work with, and willing to do some fun/silly and beautiful pictures...They are so gifted... They, too could work in Hollywood!! We really loved working with them...Although, we have not received our album or DVD, yet, we have seen the demo. of our album and proofs--and, they are FANTASTIC!!! We are so looking forward to showing our family and friends the album and DVD at our reception when they arrive!
Also, we would HIGHLY recommend couples (and their guests) marrying at Castello Praja or other areas near Praia A Mare drive the short distance to the village of Aieta which is perched on a hillside and has a palace and wonderfully charming local people whom love to be involved in pictures and making you and your guests feel welcome in their village...It is closer to the castle than Maratea and the local town's people are much more inviting and lovely! Again, we highly recommend this to all!!
We have and will continue to praise the Slow-Dreams trio to all family, friends and acquaintances abroad and at home in the States!
A huge THANK YOU to the great 'Trio' of Slow-Dreams: Janie, Lucia and Bill whom amazingly go out of their way to make dreams come true!
Marianne & Chris Lister arianne & Chris
Laura & Micheal
When we first went out to Italy to meet with Janie & Bill we were had set the date of our wedding August! As soon as we saw the places, we moved it to October the year before! From the very beginning every question and worry we had was answered and reassured by Bill & Janie. We picked Hotel Gabbiano for our reception, which is in an amazing location, right at the foot of a cliff on the waters edge! We picked the beautiful Church at the Port of Maratea, which is so quaint and romantic.
I have to say we had the most amazing time in Maratea, everything went perfect! It was the day I had dreamt about all my life! We had around 80 guests who came out with us to Maratea, each and every one of them loved it and couldn’t get over how beautiful the place was. The hotel staff couldn’t do enough for you and they made us feel so welcome and joined in with our celebrations. The food was amazing and the cake was stunning! I just got the photos back from the photographer and they are out of this world, truly amazing.
If you’re thinking of getting married in Italy, go for it, it’s the best decision we made, and definitely use Slow Dreams, they’re fantastic!
Thank you to Janie, Bill, and especially Lucia. She really is a fairy godmother, she looked after everything on the day, making sure it all went smoothly!
Thanks Slow Dreams for giving us the best day of our lives, we are eternally grateful.
Laura & Micheal Newell
Galway, IrelandLaura & Micheal
Justine and Andrew.
Janie, Alessandra, Lucia and Bill,
We arrived home at 2am this morning but felt that my priority was to let you know how pleased we were by how well everything went. Andrew and I would like to say a big thank you to all of you. Initially thanks to Bill on his guidance on a hotel to suit our group; secondly, to Janie for the quick and clear response to our many questions. When we arrived in San Marco, we had a meeting with Alessandra who went through the day's events and was very friendly and professional and actually went above what we would have expected which included being our personal shopper! She also sorted out any “non wedding” queries which was much appreciated. We met Lucia on the wedding day and again she was lovely, very calm and efficient which is just what was needed!
Also the flowers, music, food, etc, were fantastic. The staff in the hotel (L'Approdo) were great, especially the head waiter whose name unfortunately I didn’t get. All my guests were very impressed also, so you could well be getting some more English wedding requests.
Thanks once again for making our day so special and easy!
We will be adding on to the testimonials,
Thanks once again,
Justine and Andrew.Justine and Andrew.
Melissa & Sam
Dear Bill, Janie and Lucia
Thank you ever so much for making are dream wedding come true. It was perfect and a day that we and all our friends and family will never forget.
The way we could do everything in our own way made it a different and original one of a kind wedding just for us.
The boat was really ideal as all of Sam's family are great boat lovers it went down really well. The beach is now a place that we will always love and want to go back to.
The reception was beautiful, really peaceful and relaxing everyone was so wonderful and took good care of us and our guests. The food was great and what a setting at Santojanni.
The magical part for us was the fact that the statue was over looking everything and the weather was perfect.
We could not of asked for a more perfect day.
The weeks holiday before relaxed us both so we were not nervous at all just enjoying the beautiful scenery and having our friends and family around us it felt like Christmas everyday.
Any concerns or worries we did have Lucia was on the end of the phone line ready to help.
We were both pleased with the service that you gave us. It took the pressure off us so we could enjoy ourselves.
We just wish we could do it all again.
Sam and Melissa.Melissa & Sam
Leanne & Mark
When we started planning our wedding, we had our hearts set on going abroad, but no idea where in the world we wanted to be for our special day. Then we found the Slow Dreams website and the decision was made. Not only did Maratea stand out as providing a beautiful setting for our special day, but Slow Dreams seemed to know exactly what we wanted.
We’re glad to say that we were proved to be absolutely right on both counts. What a special place, we honestly could not believe how beautiful it is, the website doesn’t do it justice really. As we drove south from Naples airport the scenery grew more and more breathtaking and we knew we had made the right choice.
Obviously us Brides have a few wobbles and niggles and I have to say that Lucia was brilliant. I needn’t have worried, and when I did, she knew exactly what was needed. All in all, I have to say that it was relatively stress free, any changes or additions to day were never too much trouble and dealt with straight away.
We arrived at Villa Cheta quite late in the evening, so it wasn’t until the following morning that we realised just how gorgeous the grounds and patios were. Everyone at the Villa was lovely, so excited for us and helpful. They really helped to make our day special and nothing was too much trouble. In fact, the Villa is one of the best places we have ever stayed and absolutely perfect for a wedding. The service was excellent, food lovely, and it had such a pleasant, calm atmosphere, everyone was smiling.
Our room was fantastic, we had our own terrace, which made life interesting on the day of the wedding. Mum, sister and myself all in various stages of make up and hair preparations, and hairdresser and beautician despairing of us as we tried to catch a few last rays of sun before the ceremony.
Lucia popped up all over the place, honestly, we never felt any anxiety, she gave us a phone to keep in touch, took us through everything on our first morning, made sure everything was going well at the beauticians and even told off the hairdresser for me! Our guests have also asked me to thank Lucia, they really appreciated her help from booking their nail appointments to helping my mum pin on her corsage.
All the guests stayed in the San Diego, which is actually right next door, very handy for keeping tabs on them and everyone getting to know each other. Many a happy hour was spent socialising in the bar and the pool is something else!
So, to the day itself, well, it had been a little chilly in the evenings for a few days and being British we decided that we would not let that deter us from holding our wedding breakfast on the terrace overlooking the bay. Luckily, we woke up on the morning to brilliant sunshine and an excellent weather forecast (I know it sounds insane, but we weren’t entirely sure Lucia hadn’t had a word!), which I think greatly relieved the owners, they had been quite sweet - worrying about us being cold.
The beautician and hairdresser were great, and our lack of Italian wasn’t a problem, we managed to have such fun. The flowers were wonderful they had recreated my ideas and added a touch of flair which really wowed everyone. The ceremony was wonderful, everyone at the Villa had put so much effort into creating a beautiful setting and making all our guests feel special, and the photo’s went brilliantly. Our photographer didn’t have that bossy wedding photographer thing going on, he was so laid back and fun, everyone just went with the flow.
We couldn’t have imagined that everything would go so well, and looking back we really wouldn’t change a thing. The wedding breakfast was superb, from the setting and the service, to the food and wine. People are still remarking on the meal and the staff, who we really didn’t thank enough. The whole occasion was so elegant and well managed and it was the people that made it so special.
We have fantastic memories, not only of the day, but of our whole stay, as do our guests; Mark’s parents are determined to return to the Villa next year.Thank you all at Slow Dreams and Villa Cheta. Leanne & Mark
Sara & Anthony
Wanted to send you a thanks and a quick follow-up to our wedding on the 11th. It turned out fantastic! The pre-planning could not have been easier. I appreciate everyone's attention to detail. John's paperwork guidance in Naples was invaluable. His guidance and expertise gave us great confidence that we were taking care of all of the logistical steps necessary for the wedding.
Villa Sirio's location and the hotel itself far exceeded our expectations (and I shared with Bill that we are both particular travellers). Castellabate is an adorable sea-side town and Villa Sirio's prime location on the sea was extraordinary. The local residents were extremely friendly, accommodating, and were quite excited to celebrate with us on our wedding night. Alessandria did a good job of handling all the on-site details. She even took care of my last-minute manicure/pedicure request and drove me to the salon herself. The flowers were gorgeous and exactly like the photos that I sent you.
Again, many thanks to you and your entire team!
Sara.Sara & Anthony
Pip & Neil
Thank you so much to all the people involved for making our wedding such a special and stress free occasion. Castello Praja was such a beautiful venue and everything we wanted, relaxing, picturesque and friendly.
The team at Slow Dreams have been fantastic from the very initial arrangements. Many thanks to you all, we had a truly memorable and amazing time.
Neil and PipPip & Neil
Patrycja & Gavin
Dear Slow Dreams Team, Ornella and All Staff at San Michele,
We would like to thank Ornella and All Staff at San Michele for their hospitality, advice, help and patience! Also a huge thank you to everyone at Slow Dreams – Janie, Bill: thanks for promptly answering thousands of my emails, Lucia : thank you so much for everything on our wedding day…your help, advise, translation service… not sure how we would do it without you!
We recommend the Grand Hotel San Michele to any couple looking for the perfect wedding… San Michele offers everything from amazing history, through stunning location, breathtaking views, fantastic cuisine, beautifully furnished rooms and finally the true Italian hospitality! From the minute we arrived we became the members of the San Michele family…Ornella's warm welcome followed by the tour of San Michele estate were outstanding!
All Staff were so friendly and helpful we couldn't have asked for more…in fact EVERYTHING we asked for was not only delivered on time and to requested specifications…no EVERYTHING was bigger and better…I still can't believe the size of our beautiful wedding cake, a true masterpiece!
The Italian Religious ceremony and the reception were excellent; our guests couldn't stop complementing the waiters and our Maitre De who was fantastic on the night and also did a great job with table arrangements and seating plan suggestions, THANK YOU!!!
When we were leaving Ornella asked me if we were planning to have children I said yes, then she smiled mysteriously and said "there is something special and magical about San Michele…good luck" well I can confirm the "magic" as I'm now 7 weeks pregnant and am the happiest wife and mum to be!
Thanks again and see you soon, we can't wait to visit San Michele again!
Patrycja & GavinPatrycja & Gavin
Russel & Janice
Accommodations/Reception - Villa Cheta; Ceremony Venue - The Little Church on The Mountain, Photographer - Silvia & Luigi.
John & Debbie
Just to let you know we received the package today, just finished watching the video. Wow, we are at a loss for words the video is simply stunning, the best wedding video we have ever seen. Equally the pictures are breathtaking, more then we could have hoped. Please pass-on our sincere thanks to them both (Sylvia & Luigi).
Dear Janie, Bill & Lucia,
Thank you doesn¹t seem enough for everything you did for us. Not just the wedding day but for the entire week. And not just for us but for our families too.
We never thought organising a wedding abroad would be so exciting and stress free. We both had an idea of a perfect setting, beautiful scenery & sunsets. Maratea was all of that and more, it is definitely one of the most beautiful places we have been and to have our wedding there was amazing.
Janie and Bill you were so patient and helpful in the beginning which made it a lot easier for us to decide on what we wanted. Nothing was ever a problem and anything we asked for, you got - even the Harpist who came all the way from Naples. This gave the ceremony a beautiful touch. Every email we sent you, had a response within 24-48 hours.
You were with us every step of the way and never lost touch, which was a great comfort.
Lucia, our Angel, thank you for being like a big sister to us. You were so wonderful, everyone fell in love with you. We were really nervous about the big day and you were just so relaxed and never stopped smiling. Anytime we needed you, you were there. You were so wonderful with our families and friends too and everything was organised perfectly.
We couldn¹t have imagined our day to be more perfect then it was and a great part of that was down to the Slow-Dreams team. Everyone has said they will find it hard to find a wedding to match ours and that¹s all thanks to you, Janie, Bill and Lucia.
Silvia and Luigi from TTL Photo Agency were also incredible, remaining discreet throughout the day but capturing it with such clarity and emotion in both photo and video. We asked for informal and candid and they just took our breath away with what they produced.
Again, from the bottom of our hearts, thank you for making our special day so perfect.
John & DebbieJohn & Debbie
Catherine & Jeff
Firstly I would just like to thank Bill, Janie, Lucia and Rosa for all the wonderful support they gave us while planning and celebrating our wedding. They did it all in 3 months, but I doubt it would have been any more difficult if we had given them three weeks. They responded to every single email within hours, no matter how big or small the request which immediately settled my nerves.
People asked me how we managed to find Maratea and Slow Dreams, and the answer was usually “We threw a dart!” – and it was basically true. Who would have thought we would luck into such wonderful people when I sat at my computer one Saturday morning and googled ‘weddings in italy’! I clicked on the first site that caught my eye and we were sold. I was particularly comforted by the fact that all prices were listed up front so we knew exactly what we were getting in to, even before Bill sent the quote. I do have to be honest and admit that the pessimist in me did spend the entire 3 months before the wedding waiting for something to go wrong, but of course, nothing did. Truly! Everything we saw and did was EXACTLY how it was portrayed on the website, which I think is the highest praise I can give. There is nothing more disappointing than to get somewhere and find they have advertised photographs of rooms that are not available, or places you cannot get to or see. Everything was just the same!
The Hotel San Diego was gorgeous, and the owners could not have been more accommodating. Fabio and Massimo were wonderful hosts, and were very helpful, especially when we drank them out of vodka! I think they enjoy having big fun parties and they always made us feel very welcome. I would definitely go back and stay with them when I am in the area, as will most of my family I think!
We were very grateful for the support Lucia and Rosa gave us while in Italy. Lucia and Rosa made everyone feel comfortable and they inspired confidence. I was super relaxed on my wedding day, though my husband cannot same the same thing (!), and I attribute it entirely to the fact that I didn’t really care if something went wrong, because I knew either Rosa or Lucia would be able to fix it, so I didn’t need to worry. I sat back, watched some ‘Knight Rider’ in Italian and had no idea what was going on, and enjoyed the entire day. The hair and makeup they organized were brilliant, my mother was especially pleased with hers, and she is a tough critic!
The wedding went off without a single hitch. Pastore Mazzeo was fabulous, so happy and caring, and now a very firm favorite with both families. The service itself was excellent, and both families commented on how beautiful the ceremony was. The weather in the morning was spectacular, and while it rained in the afternoon (after the photos!) it wasn’t a problem. The hotel had set up tables inside just in case, and it turned out to be a great decision. The food was wonderful, and Luigi, the maitre d’, even smiled through his first dance with the bride!
Dino – well, what can we say! Dino might have been everyone’s favorite part of the trip! And now, after all his talk about Policastro, I am thinking about having my anniversary there instead! I suppose we should just call his family and check if it will be ok! He was so fun and friendly, everyone is still talking about him and all the fun they had with him. We took a day trip to Paestum and he was a wonderful tour guide. Our time wouldn’t have been the same without him!
I know I sound like a broken record, but we really couldn’t have been any happier with how things went. We are so thrilled that we managed to find your company, and I feel totally confident in recommending you to anyone else looking to be married in Italy. So thanks again, for everything, we really appreciate it all, and wish you all the very best in the future!
Catherine BoisvertCatherine & Jeff
Lisa - Bride's Sister & Wedding Arranger
Where do I start?! From my first contact with Bill, to Janie talking me through the legal/ paperwork bits and pieces, to my final contact with Lucia after the wedding some 6 months later, Slowdreams were brilliant. You provided a better than first class service from start to finish and made what could have been a stressful experience, an absolute dream. My lil sis has always wanted a laid back wedding abroad for as long as I can remember and when she asked that I 'help out' with the arrangements aka 'sort out everything from start to finish', I must admit to feeling slightly apprehensive about the amount of work involved. If anybody else feels this way, give them my email address and I will gladly tell them how little hassle and stress is involved if they choose to use you.
On arrival at La Loggia, we couldn't have been more pleased! The hotel was absolutely spotlessly clean and the staff we amazing... They invited us to treat the hotel as we would our home and treated us as friends... Nothing was too much trouble! They even let my sister cook breakfast every morning (don't panic, she's a chef!) which is testament to the cleanliness of the kitchen if nothing else! There were 14 of us in our party and 3 sets of us have booked to go back to La Loggia next year at various times! I really can't recommend them enough. The food was all organic and luscious! Not only did the food taste amazing, the chef would do anything at all that we wanted including a pre wedding fish banquet... I have never seen half of the fish we were eating and probably never will again! It was first class. They went out of their way to make us happy and we were so appreciative!
And what about Lucia?! Well, what can I say? I want Lucia to be my new BFF!
She is one of the loveliest people I have ever met and if she's ever in Wales or indeed the UK, I will make sure that we meet up as I definitely owe her dinner! When we go back to Tortora, I am sure we will 'do coffee'.
It just remains for me to thank you all again... Thank you somehow seems inadequate really for the amount that we all got from our experience.
Best regards and diolch yn fawr iawn gyd.
Lisa Lisa - Bride's Sister & Wedding Arranger
Mark & Sara
Bill, Janie & Lucia,
We had a fantastic Wedding Day, and enjoyed our stay at the Hotel Pisacane immensely.
You made the whole process of organising our Wedding Day and accommodation for ourselves and our guests very easy and completely stress free.
The Wedding Day itself was amazing and everything ran smoothly as you had arranged, down to the smallest of details, and the little extras, which altogether far exceeded our expectations.
Not only did you make our Wedding Day so special, but you also found time to keep ourselves and our guests entertained during our stay by arranging a boat trip along the coast of Maratea which was stunning and breathless under fantastic clear blue skies and sunshine, as it was for our Wedding Day and our entire stay.
The staff at the Hotel Pisacane were so helpful and attentive to our needs, they made our stay that extra bit special, like on our last day when they gave the children gifts and sweets wrapped up in a present.
The entire experience will stay with us for the rest of our and our guests lives forever. We cannot wait to receive our photos and video to remind us of our special day and the fun we had, especially with the Italian folk band at our reception.
Thankyou all from the bottom of our hearts,
Mark & Sara
Jennifer & Scott
When Scott first contacted Bill at Slow Dreams we were immediately impressed with the timeliness of his responses and attention to detail. He answered each and every one of my endless questions, patiently and comprehensively and we were confident with his suggestions as his knowledge of the venues and area was excellent.
After we had finalized the location and general details with Bill, we began working with Janie and Lucia, two wonderfully warm and helpful people, to make the final arrangements. We continually impressed with the promptness of their replies; they were even in touch when they went on vacation!! Hotel arrangements were made for our guests and in turn also answered our families’ many questions. Unbeknownst to me, my mom also made some secret arrangements with Janie and was very impressed with her discretion and support. It certainly took the stress out of arranging a wedding halfway around the world, complete with surprises!
When we arrived in Maratea, Lucia had everything organized for the ceremonies. Thoughtful suggestions were made about locations for the evening ceremony and she even drove us around to show us some beaches in the area (as I was determined to have champagne on the beach with our families!) Appointments had been arranged for our legal ceremony with the Mayor of Maratea, and for our nails and hair so we had nothing to fret about.
On the day of the ceremony, while the girls drank champagne (seeing a trend here?!) and got ready, the boys were jumping off cliffs into the Mediterranean Sea; there wasn’t a single thing to get organized or worry about. The ceremony and reception were truly a fairytale. I cannot possibly describe what romance the sunset, sea and mountains and the setting of a historic, exotic place brings to a wedding. (Two months later it still chokes me up!) My family commented repeatedly about the romance of the Italian vows, and how unique and distinctive the ceremony was.
*It absolutely could not have been more perfect.*
I cannot say enough about the staff and setting of Villa Cheta. The receptionists, waiters and hospitality staff were among the most friendly and considerate service staff we have ever met. Scott regularly travels the world on business and Villa Cheta ranks right up among the top hotels in the world. They went above and beyond to make sure everything was perfect for our wedding, all very unobtrusively. Even a simple lunch on the patio was made special with lace, silver and china to present the fresh seafood, fabulous!
I cannot forget to mention Dora and her two brothers who shuttled us and our families around, definitely the best taxi in town!
Slow Dreams is an example of how businesses should be run. The service was exceptional from our first contact in June to over two months after the wedding when we had some minor issues after we got back to Canada. Lucia has been as prompt and professional as ever in resolving the problem. Really our only complaint was that it went too fast!! I want to do it all again!
Thanks again Slow Dreams: Lucia, Janie and Bill. It was a fairytale!
Jen and Scott LumsdenJennifer & Scott
Mandy & Mark
Kristen & Mark
Dee & Scott
I would like to expand on my thoughts. First, when we reached Naples we had no trouble connecting with John that evening. He was extremely pleasant and accommodating. The next morning when we came down a few minutes before we were to meet him, he was standing there waiting on us with a genuine smile and wonderful manner. He wasted no time getting us to the consulate and, thanks to his knowledge, we went to the head of the line. Following his instructions, we finished the paperwork there in about 30 minutes. He predicted, correctly, every thing that the consulate staff would do.
Then we went to some Italian gov't office to get the documents authenticated. Thanks to his associate (I think her name was Marta) who got there early to be at the head of the line we were the # 1 to be processed. Again, we were gone in record time. The entire process was over by 10 am or shortly thereafter.
Then John took the time to explain to us exactly how to get to the train station and get tickets. He was right on.
John was of tremendous help. I can't imagine getting the paper work done without him. No doubt we would still be in Naples chasing from one office to another and still not have the paperwork done. Please convey to John our sincere thanks for his efforts (highly successful) and splendid attitude.
Now we get to Castellabate. Alessandra had cars waiting on us when we got off the train, and they whisked us to the hotel in no time at all. The hotel (Villa Sirio) exceeded out expectations by a mile. The owners were not only charming, they were genuinely friendly. Our room was beautiful as well as very comfortable and the view........ The next day Alessandra had every thing lined up and as a result it went smoothly.
Then the day of the wedding.....again Alessandra was right there taking care of everything and catering to our every need. The wedding went off without a hitch due to her tireless efforts. She is a gem.
I could go on, but I think you get the point that we were more than satisfied with slow-dreams. You guys have a great company, provide excellent service and value, and John and Alessandra are simply the best.
Please feel free to refer prospective clients to us. We will be happy to sing the praises of slow-dreams, and your staff, especially Alessandra.
Scott & DeeDee & Scott
Deidre & Cian
Dear Lucia, Janie and Bill,
thank you very much for making our wedding in the Church of the Immaculata and in the Hotel Gabbiano such a wonderful day.
Acquafredda is a picturesque little village in a gorgeous setting and the staff at the Gabbiano were extremely attentive to everyone's needs. Our guests are still talking about the wonderful setting and the delicious food they had there.
Bill, Janie & Lucia: from our initial contact with you by phone to your responsiveness by email and your attention on the day and follow-up you were available to answer every question and handle any request. Thank you again! We really enjoyed our wedding day and only wish we could do the whole thing again.
Deirdre & CianDeidre & Cian
Emma & Nick
Rachel & Dan
Dear Lucia, Janie and Bill
From start to finish you surpassed all our expectations to ensure our wedding was beyond our wildest dreams…. And then some….
Our wedding planning journey began in the UK with exploring different ceremony options and wedding venues. As nothing felt right, we became convinced that we would have to settle for something we didn’t necessarily desire for the big day.
Urged by a friend to describe my dream wedding, I confided that I’d always wanted to get married on a beach, surrounded by close family and friends. The next day I googled “Beach Weddings Europe” and found Slow Dreams. Bill responded to all queries efficiently and it soon became clear that Slow Dreams could fulfil our wish list by providing something different to the other companies, such as getting married on a Sunday, on a beach and offering us hotels we could take over.
The entire wedding planning process was so easy. My family were amazed that I was so relaxed, but this was as Lucia and Janie helped me with absolutely everything. They often responded to my emails within hours and I was reassured by their experienced advice as they guided us towards what would become our dream wedding.
My only concern was whether our 70 guests would be as enthralled with the area as we were - but they all absolutely loved Sapri! The restaurants were of excellent quality and value, the bars were great fun, and being so close to the beach was fantastic. We were totally spoiled by the staff at Hotel Pisacane who couldn’t do enough to ensure our stay was amazing. I can not recommend them highly enough.
The Wedding Day was phenomenal. I’d repeatedly told Lucia that we didn’t need a plan B as it wasn’t’ going to rain. In fact, there was not a cloud in the sky all day. The ceremony on the deserted beach was breathtakingly magical. The beauty of the bay and the intensity of being lucky enough to get married there overwhelmed us all.
Our biggest surprise was how welcomed we were by the entire town of Sapri. There were over 100 people lining the beach waiting for our boat to return - they seemed to really enjoy having us there and this really added to the atmosphere. I must thank Hotel Pisacane so much for ensuring the reception went as smoothly as it did. We were not an easy party to cater for as we literally danced from the moment we arrived back. They totally accommodated us in this respect and the buffet was outstanding. Everyone thought the food was incredible
I feel so privileged to have found such a fantastic wedding planner in Lucia. EVERYTHING she suggested, from the hotel, to the band, to the hairdresser etc was perfect. I felt as if my hand was held from start to finish. All our guests had a fantastic time and many told us it was the best wedding and event they had ever been to. I must say, we agree!!
I hope to see you all soon!!
Love Rachael and Dan xxRachel & Dan
Gillian & Eric
A message from Gillian's mom
I want to thank everyone involved in the planning of my daughter's wedding. Everything was just beautiful - we couldn't have asked for a more beautiful setting and the hotel (Hotel Gabbiano) was lovely. The staff was great, Pasquale, our waiter was the best. Words can't describe how great the food was, we all ate until stuffed each night. Lucia (?, spelling) was wonderful, she arranged an outing in Maratea the night before the wedding and made reservations for dinner for us - we had a great time. Now we are hoping Gillian and Eric return for anniversary trips and invite us.
Thank you again, Mary-Ellin Parsons.Gillian & Eric
Manda & Rob
Dear Lucia, Janie and Bill
Thank you so much for your help, advice and organisation of our recent wedding, we couldn’t have been more thrilled with your input throughout the process. From Bill’s (very patient!) advice which helped pinpoint exactly what we wanted from our day, to Janie’s efficient organisation throughout the planning stages, onto Lucia’s responsiveness to our needs on the day, it was more than we could ever have hoped for .
When researching wedding planners, Slow Dreams stood out as genuinely flexible, exceptionally helpful and friendly, and very accommodating – truly understanding our desire for a really intimate day. Your sensitivity to our wishes made the planning and carrying out of the day a true pleasure.
On the day of our wedding, Lucia genuinely seemed to be enjoying herself, which added to our pleasure immensely. It was like having a great friend around to look after us, and who handled our queries and requests with exceptional charm. Stopping for a coffee between ceremonies was one of the unexpected highlights of the day, and looks great as part of the photographic memories beautifully provided by Luigi and Silvia.
We can’t recommend Slow Dreams highly enough, and have already passed on your details to others.
If we’d thought getting married was going to be this much fun we’d have done it years ago!
Thanks again, and all the best,
Manda and Rob xxManda & Rob
Creena and Michael
Gemma & Rob
Finding slow dreams was a miracle for my husband and I!!!
We were having immigration problems (see note below) and Slow Dreams provided the answer. My husband is American and I am British and we decided to go for the no-hassle/fast track visa option, it proved well worth the money!! If anyone has had immigration problems you will know that having the paperwork handled in a quick and efficient manner is priceless.
The team at slow dreams were in contact with me constantly throughout the whole planning progress and when we arrived in Italy they gave us a cell phone and really took care of us.
The area where the weddings are held is breathtaking!!! We were first married by the mayor in a civil ceremony and even that was beautiful, the words were just perfect.
Later in the day we held a religious ceremony and it was just perfect! We were surrounded by flowers and lush plants, with the water at our back. The minister was lovely and it was fun having the ceremony first delivered in Italian and then translated. Slow Dreams blew me away! I didn't know what to expect but I was happily surprised. My flowers were amazing, so beautiful! The hairdresser was great! The photographers were so much fun and we have amazing pictures of our special day. The hotel (l'approdo) was really nice and we had an amazing view, they also provided us with a really delicious reception meal and lovely cake. For those that are not use to the heat be careful, we were married in June and the hotel doesn't turn the AC on until July so it was very hot! However, when Slow Dreams discovered this they quickly provided us with a fan which helped. Looking back it was an amazing day, It was perfect and I can't think of anything that I would change. The locals are very friendly and its a really relaxing environment. We are planning to go back for our anniversary. I would tell anyone thinking of using Slow Dreams but is a bit nervous or unsure to go ahead! They will bend over backwards to provide you with what you want for your wedding day!
Note from Slow Dreams:
Philip is a US citizen living in the UK. He found that by using the "no-hassle-approval", he did not have to worry about getting approval from an Italian consulate or paperwork that was in the Sates. e.g., birth certificate. He simply could bring his passport to the American consulate in Naples.
Gemma & Rob
I am so happy with the way everything turned out the day couldn't have gone any better. Me and Rob have been planning this wedding for over 2 years ( which was probably a little too long ) but Janie and Lucia were with us every step of the way. The only real means of communication was via email but they would respond to every mail within 24 hours with an answer.
Natash & Jody
If you want a magical wedding day that you will always remember, then you have found the right site. December, I was you, reading the testimonials & trying to decide. I had never been to this region of Italy however we took the chance & put the deposit down on a venue without seeing it or visiting the area. Friends & family thought we were mad ! We eventually visited about 6 weeks later to find everything from the venue to the area was amazing. The photographs on the website do not justify how beautiful the places really are. On top of that, the wedding co-ordinator (Lucia) is absolutely amazing & gets the impossible done. Everything we asked for, she arranged, nothing was too much trouble. The whole team was brilliant. Emma who is Lucia's right hand man, helped with a flower display on the day which turned out absolutely fantastic. We can't say enough about everything & everybody. The venue was a dream come true, the food was excellent, the DJ was brilliant & the photographers took the most amazing photos.
Diana & Ian
We would to do it all over again!! We had a magical day. Throughout the
whole day I kept saying how amazing everything was I truly couldn't have imagined it to be so beautiful. Your attention to detail down to the berries in our champagne glasses. It was first class all the way. We only have praise and admiration for the team of slow dreams, they made it all so easy.
From the moment I found the website definitely the only one that captured my imagination and also the ease at navigating my way round was a joy !!
Bill answered every question and more, from the word go our whole experience with Bill, Janie and Lucia was a complete stress free joy. Any request they considered and then made possible.
The ceremony at Villa Maratea was Romantic, simple and true to us both, there were tears all round. The catering was exceptional and the staff and team were polite, helpful and met all our needs. From the flowers to the music it was all such a pleasure for us to enjoy.
Ian and I our families and friends had a great holiday also the Villa Maratea has an amazing setting surrounded by mountains overlooking the sea.With 16 of us staying there the hub was the pool and BBQ made perfect with the gorgeous Maratea town below.
We have many amazing memories, we had guests writing to us thanking us for such an magical day and introducing them to the Romance of Italy. Can't
wait to come back. Thank you all for everything and more, we couldn't have ever imagined for our wedding day so perfect and the beginning of our lives together to be any better. Thank you !!!!! Diana and Ian
Gina & Terry
The photo's have just arrived and they are amazing. Thank you again for all the hard work you have put in over the past year and helping to create a day I we will never forget.
I will send a testimonial in the next few weeks when I get a moment to catch my breath.
Gina XXGina & Terry
Lucy & Mark
Melissa & Ben
Dear Slow-Dreams Family,
We are finally back in Mississippi, and things have pretty much returned to normal for us. I wanted to write and let everyone know how much we appreciate all the hard work that went into planning our wedding. No words can describe how special and memorable the entire event was for us.
Janie and Bill, from the very beginning of the planning process I was in awe of your helpfulness and professionalism. You must have answered over 100 emails from me!! People here in the states cannot believe I was able to plan an entire wedding in Italy
from Mississippi. What they don’t realize is exactly how much advice you gave me on every detail from picking the right wedding package for us to general traveling tips for Italy. When I think of all the time you spent arranging EVERYTHING (legal paperwork, wedding package details, our stay at Hotel Gabbiano, rental car service, the list could go on and on), I am so thankful to have had such knowledgeable and caring people looking out for us.
Lucia and Emma, when we think of Italy, we think of you. You took care of all of our worries from lost luggage to the last minute scooter ideas with grace and ease. You treated me and my family like we were part of yours. For that I will always think of you with much love in my heart. I will never forget any of your warm hospitality, especially the surprise good-bye at the train station before we left!
The people, places and companies you recommended to us also exceeded all we could have ever hoped for. Jon and Marta were so helpful and experienced. We could not have made it out of Naples with our paperwork without them. Hotel Gabbiano was like a dream. I have never been to a more beautiful spot on Earth; the view from our hotel room was absolutely breath-taking. Not only was its location beautiful, Gabbiano’s staff was just wonderful. Restaurant 1999 was a perfect choice as well. I know I will never enjoy a better meal than the one we dined on that evening overlooking the port of Maratea.
As I type now, I am tearing up thinking of all the wonderful memories you all helped us create. Our wedding experience was the best experience of our lives. I cannot think of a better place than Maratea to celebrate the beginning of a new life and family. I cannot think of a better organization than Slow-Dreams to plan such a celebration. You, the entire Slow-Dreams family, have a permanent place in our hearts. Benjamin and I are looking forward to a wonderful, long, happy life together, and we are honored to have Slow-Dreams be a part of our marriage.
Melissa Wise PhilleyMelissa & Ben
Laura & Dave
Janie, Bill, Lucia and Francesca,
Just back from honeymoon and wanted to thank you all so much for organising THE BEST wedding for us, we had such a wonderful time. We fell in love with Maratea and the venue ‘Inn at Fiumicello’ from the moment Bill showed us around! We couldn’t have received a better service, from the minute we got in touch with you nearly 18 months ago to the day of our wedding, the whole experience has been tremendous and stress free.
From initial discussions with Bill, who answered a million questions and took the time to show us lots of different venues, to planning the details of the wedding with Janie and then the onsite expertise of Lucia – everything exceeded our expectations. I would like to say a HUGE thank you to Lucia & Francesca who made everything on the day possible, even when it rained!! It was probably the only day of rain in the 3 weeks we were in Italy but with the stunning setting and smooth organisation of the wedding, it didn’t matter at all. Thank you Lucia for answering all our pre-wedding emails (and there were loads), for getting the ‘guest gifts’ for the rooms, and for sorting out small surprises for us on the day such as the frame for our table planner – you are simply the best!! Oh and finally, thank you to Luigi the photographer who captured all the events of the day in some stunning photos, he even took the time to take pictures the next day because it was so wet on the day of the wedding.
We had an amazing time in Maratea, and all our guests did too. The area is much more stunning than the Amalfi coast and we would definitely recommend Maratea and Slow Dreams to anyone that is considering getting married in Italy.
Thanks again to a great team for organising our special day!
Laura and DaveLaura & Dave
Olga & Nick
Bill, Janie and Lucia
I wanted to thank you all for a wonderful job that you did organizing our wedding – it has been a great experience for us and our friends and family. From the very beginning you have been very responsive and professional. Organizing a wedding in a different country may be very difficult but you made it very easy and efficient for us!
The event was exactly what we both wanted our wedding to be. I think the choice of the country and the location was perfect! Maratea will always be a very special place for us and we will be going back for many years. It is such a beautiful place and the fact that it is so secluded makes it even more special. I think we were very privileged that we were able to find such a special place and such a great company to work with!
Special thanks to Lucia for being so helpful and suggesting so many great ideas. Her knowledge of the area, the venues and other options was incredible. It’s a shame that we couldn’t have a boat trip due to the weather but again Lucia was very efficient in keeping us up to date and cancelling the arrangement. And the party was such a success that not that many people would have been able to make it to the boat anyway J.
For me a bride organizing a wedding overseas it was a real pleasure to work with both Janie and Lucia finalizing all the details for the big day. Thank you to both of you for being so flexible and supportive – I must have been the most “unstressed” bride as you made wedding planning a very easy and fun job for me. All I had to do is research what I wanted and let you know.
The set up of the dinner area was absolutely beautiful and the wedding flowers were stunning! The food was great! We seemed to have run out of appetizers but it was only a minor issues as we hade plenty of the main courses left. Thank you again for all your help!
Olga and Nick Olga & Nick
Ashley & Jason
When we decided to have a destination wedding, the first thing we had to come to terms with, was that we couldn't get upset if the flowers, cake, ceremony, etc. was not exactly what we wanted. Instead of picking the vendors yourself, tasting the cake and food yourself, you are basically trusting someone else to do all of this for you. Someone who doesn't know anything about your personality or preferences. It was a little scary, but we decided that hopefully the destination that we chose, would be so great that it overshadowed any shortcomings that could have evolved from having a stranger do everything for you.
We chose Italy first and then chose Slow-Dreams because when the gorgeous pictures came up on the internet, we felt like there was no other place in Italy to get married. We began emailing Slow-Dreams to get information...From that point on, everything was handled so professionally. No question was left unanswered, no request was made unattainable. Over a year and a half's time, we were in communication with Slow-Dreams at least a few times a week if not more. They took the time to really get to know us and our personalities.
They were so accommodating at every turn. No matter what it was we asked, they made it happened.
Over time, we sent them pictures that we found in a bridal magazine of the flowers we would like. In the bouquet there were these unripened raspberries that added a touch of greenery. It was so beautiful. Our expectation was hopefully the colors would at least be the same as the ones in the magazine (because all those brides out there who like to be in control, it's a scary things to relinquish it). We discussed what we wanted in the cake, and again we tried not to expect too much because they do wedding cakes very differently in Italy than they do in the U.S. Also, not being able to do the cake tasting yourself, anything could happen, right?
When it came time to do the paperwork, Slow-Dreams stayed on top of us to make sure we completed everything we needed to on our end. Everything you read about getting married in Italy, tells you there is a lot of red tape. Luckily for us, it seemed that Slow-Dreams absorbed most of that hassle and made the process very easy for us. They even had someone meet us in Naples to take us around to get our paperwork in Italy completed. And my goodness! We would have been so lost without their help in Naples! They took amazing care of us. Thanks John and Marta!
Now for the week of the wedding...Slow-Dreams was incredibly accommodating, even to our guests. Making sure we had transportation wherever we needed to go, suggesting the best places to eat (which there are MANY). They really just wanted to make sure that we were always happy.
The day of the wedding, it was pouring down rain! Slow-Dreams was so comforting to me that day, and Lucia and Rosa worked with the hotel (The Santavenere) to make sure that plan B was just as amazing as plan A would have been. One thing I really appreciated was that while I was stressed out all day because of the rain, Lucia was behind the scenes talking constantly to the hotel about what we needed to do, without me even knowing or being bothered with it. They really do everything they can to take all of the stress away from the bride. And not only did it turn out beautifully, but the sun came out and we even got a rainbow! How is that for good luck?
As for the cake, food, and flowers...When they brought the flowers into my room, I was in awe! They bouquets were an EXACT replica of the flowers in the magazine. The un-ripened raspberries were even in it! The food was out of this world! And usually, at many weddings, that is the most disappointing part! Not at our wedding! We can officially say that is was the best food any of our 25 guests had ever tasted at a wedding!
And the cake was beautiful! It had fresh flowers that matched my bridesmaids bouquets and it tasted incredible and moist. It was so perfect!
We began this experience feeling like we would possibly have to settle because we were letting other people take care of everything. Now we realize that is the beauty of doing something like this. Because as they bride, I'm so glad I didn't have to worry about every little detail. Literally everything was handle for me, and I was just able to relax and enjoy the moment. This also speaks to how important it is to choose a great company to plan your wedding. You want a company that is going to handle every little detail with the same care and importance, just as if it was their own wedding. That is exactly what Slow-Dreams did for us. Jason and I got very lucky finding Slow-Dreams. Even some of our guests who had been to other destination weddings said how lucky we got with this company. It was truly unbelievable! We did not have to settle at all. In fact, it not only exceeded our expectations, it was the kind of wedding you think you can only dream about.
Bill, Janie, Lucia, and Rosa...our dear friends...thank you so much for making the most special day of our lives everything that it should have been. We are so grateful for the special care you took to make sure that we had everything we wanted. Maratea is a magical place, and you all are wonderful people. Thank you.
Ashley & Jason DeFranco
We just got back last night, and it was amazing! I don't think we could have picked a better time to be in Italy with the World Cup finals and ITALY WINNING! The whole experience was unbelievable. And the wedding...I'm sure you all are used to getting these gushing emails from all the weddings you do, but it too was unbelievable. I'm sure you heard that I was stressed about the rain. But you know what, as soon as it was time to put on my dress, I didn't have a care in the world.
Lucia and Rosa were a godsend! The flowers, I can't even tell you how happy I was with them. And the food! My only regret on the food was that I wished I could have eaten A LOT more but I didn't want to be busting out of my beautiful dress! :)
I cannot wait to see the photos! They said they took 400 and I imagine we will upgrade our package. I need to send you a list of songs for the video. After discussing it with the videographer, I decided that it would be better to do so. I will get those to you by tomorrow.
I cannot believe we have been talking for so long. I'm sorry I didn't get to meet you. Thank you so much for everything! I'm sure you hear this from every wedding you do, but we loved it and we could not have wished for ANYTHING more. In a few days, once I get settled, I will be sending a great testimonial for you to put on your website. I just have to wait a few days to let my brain start functioning again.
Ashley & Jason
Thanks again for EVERYTHING! I will talk to you soon.
Vivian & Todd
Joyous! Magical! Charming! Enchanting! Romantic! Unforgettable! There are not enough superlatives to fully describe our wedding facing the sea on the veranda of the Villa Sirio in Santa Maria di Castellabate.
Bill, Janie & Lucia with Slow-Dreams made planning our wedding effortless from the moment we sent off our first email through the wedding dinner. The entire experience was stress free (with the exception of driving in Naples and our parents being inconvenienced by a train strike) and virtually seamless. We planned every detail by email and fax and just showed up! Everything from the planning, the accommodations, the site of the wedding, the food and wine, the Italian civil ceremony and the photographers was handled beautifully, professionally, and with unparalleled excellence.
John Waddington, our navigator through the legalities in Naples, escorted us from our hotel to the American Consulate and then to the Italian government office, where his assistant, Marta, was already waiting with the necessary stamps and a number that placed us at the front of the line. John was delightful and made what could have been a chaotic & frustrating process easy.
Our Slow-Dreams event manager, Alessandra at the Villa Sirio, coordinated everything beautifully. The accommodations were beautiful. We and all of our guests had rooms with views and the sounds of the sea. Alessandra eased us through all of the paperwork, escorted us to the town hall several times and provided translations beyond what we would have expected. She arranged mini buses to take groups to Paestum and Pompeii and arranged transportation to the train station for our guests. Her husband even drove a guest to the hospital in the middle of the night after a fall, and Alessandra met us at the hospital the next morning to assist with communicating with the doctors. She is a truly amazing!
Thanks to everybody at Slow-Dreams for a truly wonderful experience.
Vivian & Todd Harrington
Winchester, VirginiaVivian & Todd
Hannah & Rob
We had a lovely wedding, and thoroughly enjoyed our stay in Hotel Villa Sirio and Castellabate. We would highly recommend it, whether for a wedding, honeymoon or just a holiday. Allessandra, Andreas and their entire team at Hotel Villa Sirio were fantastic, the Hotel was beautiful, and the ceremony and reception were superb. We would like to thank you all at Slow Dreams, too - all the arrangements were made with minimal input from ourselves, and everything went perfectly. It was all so easy.
In particular, Janie, I would like to thank you for your kindness and understanding re the difficulties I had last year.
With best wishes and many thanks for a fantastic wedding,
Hannah and Rob Hannah & Rob
Naomi & Frank
Dear Janie, Bill, Lucia and Emma,
We wanted to share with you just how pleased we are with our experience using Slow Dreams to plan our destination wedding.
We left all of our wedding plans in your hands and could not have had a more pleasant, memorable and relaxed experience. From the beginning, when we contacted you only 6 months from our desired wedding date to the end when we said our vows, we could not have been happier. Our ceremony went off without a hitch and Lucia and Emma were so helpful. They were pleasant to work with and their demeanor made it seem as if we had two friends there with us. The civil service at the town hall was handled beautifully as well as the romantic sunset ceremony at the Villa and we are lucky enough to have wonderful pictures and video of the event that perfectly captured our experience. The photographers that you chose from TTL Photo, Silvia and Luigi, were so professional and nice that we ended up having drinks with them the day after our wedding.
Villa Cheta was absolutely fabulous with breathtaking views of the countryside, mountains and ocean. The staff was superb and the food was simply perfect. Every evening there was a pleasure. As a matter of fact, our experience in Maratea was so wonderful that we decided to cancel the rest of our trip which was going to be in Capri and remain at Villa Sul Golfo for an extra 5 days!
All in all, we couldn’t be happier with the planning; right from the translator, Mr. Waddington in Naples (personal guide to take couples to the American consulate) to the Maitre’D, Biaggio at the Villa we had an incredible time.
Again, thanks so much for your help and we will most certainly recommend your services to any one of our friends looking to do a destination wedding in the future.
Naomi and Frank LicariNaomi & Frank
Donna & Tim
Janie, Lucia and Bill,
Tim and I could not have been more pleased with our decision to have our wedding at The Villa Cheta. Their setting was perfect for an outdoor evening ceremony. The Villa has such a wonderful atmosphere with a friendly professional staff, comfortable rooms, very enjoyable meals and not to forget their beautiful grounds! We chose to have all our wedding pictures taken there and if the photos look as good as the proofs we made a great decision!
You three, along with the rest of your staff, were great in addressing all our issues and questions along the way and we can’t thank you enough for helping to make our “special day” just that. We would not hesitate to tell everyone we hear that wants to get married to use Slow Dreams and especially the Villa Sul Golfo as the place to make their dreams become a reality!
We know we’ll be returning again.
Donna & TimDonna & Tim
Natasha & Nick
Hi Bill, Janie, Lucia, and Emma,
Just back from Honey moon in Sardinia, and wanted to write and say a million thanks to all of you, you have been fantastic, right through from the very beginning to the end.
Thanks so much Bill, for all your help in the beginning and answering all my questions, even the silly ones, I really did bombard you with them, and you were just great in answering them for me. Janie too, in getting things organised and also answering my questions, you have been fantastic.
A really, really huge, special thank you to Lucia, you are one in a million, absolutely fantastic, from e-mail, answering all my questions, helping me put the final touches together, and then your amazing support too once out in Italy, and last but not least, Emma, thanks you so much also for all your support and help in Italy, for a new girl just training you were fab!!
Slow Dream are an excellent organisation, you made everything so easy for us, and also made it all possible, we really couldn't have done it without you, You made our day like a fairytale, you took all the stress away, there were no hitches on the day, and you always kept us in the picture and made great suggestions! I have no doubts in recommending you. If only things had been easier when we tried to organise our UK reception, you were 100 times better than any UK supplier we encountered.
The day it self was better than I ever imagined it would be, it all came together so well (We are still smiling about all of it), the band were brilliant, the photographers were amazing, what lovely people they were, they really made us feel relaxed. Big thanks to them.
The church (on the mountain) itself and surrounding area was surreal, it was beautiful, like some out of a fairytale.
Lucia, also big thanks for organising our boat trip with Mario, that was a great day, a nice wind down after the big day itself, Mario was fab, what a personality he is!!
Nick and I had the time of our lives thanks to Slow Dreams, really can't say thank you enough, you've all been great and made the whole experience wonderful and memorable. You gave us the most amazing, emotional, memorable day. All of our guests say it is the best wedding they have ever been to. We all loved Maratea, and I think most of is will return at some point, it's a beautiful, breath taking place, and we all miss it. Hopefully Nick and I will return with our Bambino's one day.
Once again thanks to all of you from the bottom of our hearts.
Nat & Nick Natasha & Nick
Emma & Irwin
We had a truly fantastic time in Maratea, the wedding turned out so beautiful
it was way beyond our expectations. Everyone enjoyed it so much it was unbelievable!!
We are still on our honeymoon and have just checked the email this evening.
The photos look fantastic we will have a hard job choosing!! Is there a number of photos we are allowed to choose for the album and how many loose?
Please thank Lucia and Emma for their help and guidance on the day.
We will be back in Ireland mid week so will get back to you on the choice of photos then.
We will definitely be sending on a glowing testimonial when we get back, we couldn't be happier with how it all turned out.
Emma & Irwin
Once again thanks so much!!
Emma and Irwin Malone
Jez & Liz
Belinda & Mike
When Mike and I decided to get married in Italy at first I was overjoyed, then a little panicked. How could I arrange a wedding in Italy to a venue I had never seen without speaking the language? As it turned out I didn’t have to arrange anything, Slow Dreams did it all for me and it was perfect.
First I must thank Bill for his patience. I lost count of how many times I emailed him to add more guests and hotel rooms to my ever-growing guest list. Janie answered all my pre wedding questions at lightning speed, which was great. Although I was in another country while my wedding was being arranged I still felt like I was involved but without any of the stress! It was just a matter of outlining what I wanted and Janie did the rest.
Lucia, Francesca and Rosa met us at the Hotel Gabbiano days before the wedding to go over minor details. It was obvious from the start that Lucia had everything under control and I was immediately put at ease.
On the day of the wedding all Mike and I had to worry about were getting ourselves ready. The rest just seem to magically happen! Rosa translated the vows from Italian to English (so romantic), the weather was perfect and the backdrop was stunning. I never dreamt for a second that our wedding day would be so perfect. I have asked myself what would I change about the day if I had the chance? The answer is nothing; I honestly would not change a single thing.
The Hotel Gabbiano was a dream come true, I am so glad that’s were we chose to get married. It is a very secluded hotel and we felt like we were in our very own paradise, the view was breathtaking, and the food was fantastic and both Mike and I were completely relaxed during the lead up to the wedding. Maratea is just beautiful.
Slow Dreams did and amazing job of making our wedding day more perfect than we ever thought possible. A perfect way to start married life!
Thank you all so much
Belinda and Mike xxBelinda & Mike
Saree & Nick
We'd like to start by saying thank you to Janie and Bill, for making the planning of our wedding easy and stress-free. We weren't sure how planning a wedding in another country would be, but the entire process went so smoothly, and we would do it again in a heartbeat! We appreciate your flexibility with our changing schedules and last minute updates!! Every email we sent to you guys was responded to quickly and we really felt like we were being taken care of. Thank you for your expertise and input along the way, and helping us make decisions. Thank you so much for helping us choose a location to have our wedding, it couldn't have been more perfect. Honestly, we can't think of anything we would have done differently. Our flowers were beautiful, and the photographers did an awesome job of capturing our day, and making our photos look more like art than just pictures.
We especially appreciated that as a part of our package we had a guide in Naples for our paperwork. John was incredibly resourceful and made something that could have been stressful more like a fun adventure. He helped us carry our luggage to the train (he actually carried my dress!) and waited there until our train left.
We want to say thank you to the Villa Sirio for being absolutely amazing and wonderful to us during the course of our stay. They treated us more like family and really touched our hearts. Andrea and Alessandra worked so hard to make sure our stay was perfect, from taking us to get our nails done to hanging out with us on the beach. Our wedding dinner was spectacular, our guests agree it was the best meal they've ever eaten. We can't say enough about their staff, especially Gino and Franco who were so much fun and so wonderful to us. The town of Castellabate itself was incredible. The people welcomed us, and took the time to celebrate with us. We can't wait to go back and visit!
Thank you again Slow Dreams for making our dream wedding possible!
Saree and Nick LorchSaree & Nick
Mary & Sean
Hi Janie, I just want to thank you for all your work, it was just a beautiful wedding, all of you went beyond our expectation, Alessandra & Andrea were absolutely fantastic, we could not have asked for a better setting and welcome by everybody, it was an experience that we will never forget, I am so thankful to have found your Company, I will recommend your service to anyone, it has been such a pleasure dealing with all of you and the Hotels (both the Palazzo and Villa Sirio) have done a beautiful job. I want to commend especially Alessandra and her husband for the wonderful people they have working there and them for being so helpful and enjoyable to work for.
Brent & Lynda
Jennifer & Billy
everything went great.. the castle (Castello Praja) and the wedding were more amazing than we could have hoped for! And Adriano and Fiore were just amazing... they took such good care of us. It was really fabulous!
we will definitely work on a testimonial and send you some pics in the coming week.
sorry this is so short, but I've got a lot of catching up to do back at home, but we really were very pleased!
thanks for everything!!!!
jenniferJennifer & Billy
Jody & Darren
Liz & Darren
Thank you so much for everything that you and the company did for our wedding. Everything was perfect, even the thunderstorm in the evening added a bit of excitement!
I couldn't think of enough superlatives! We recommend the Grand Hotel San Michele and the fantastic work of the Slow Dreams team to any couple looking for the perfect hideaway in which to spend their special day. The whole party loved every minute of their stay and we wish to thank everyone who was involved in making our wedding adventure the best and most perfect day to start our new life.
The Grand Hotel San Michele is a stunning location with breathtaking views of the Mediterranean and nearby towns. The rooms and suites are beautifully furnished and have fabulous views from their balconies.
We were warmly welcomed and all the guests settled in well with drinks and food on one of the many terraces. The service was impeccable and all the staff were on hand to provide the party with their needs.
The first part of the wedding service took place in the old town hall of the quaint town of Cetraro. The afternoon part was held on the terrace which had been decorated like the rest of the hotel with fantastic floral arrangements. Much of which had been selected and hand picked from the vast array of flora from the estate.
The planning and preparation of the wedding day was second to none and we both felt that we could not have had a more perfect day. Even the weather held out for us during the ceremony! The Italian wedding vows were the most beautiful any of the guests had ever heard and there were few dry eyes by the end.
There are so many great places to have photographs taken, with the foliage, fruit trees, steps and buildings that offer amazing backdrops.
The reception was superb and the food divine – even if there was too much! Everyone's taste was catered for on the seven courses and the chefs and waiting staff did us proud.
LizLiz & Darren
Carley & Mike
We are back in Shanghai and have been welcomed by rain. It's usually difficult for us to come home but this time was even more difficult! We could have easily stayed a few more weeks.
We are slowly getting settled in, unpacked and getting back into the work grind but will definitely be going on your social media channels to comment on what an amazing job your team did. From Bill's initial speedy response to our first email, to Lucia taking us around Maratea and not forgetting one detail. The hotel San Diego was perfect for what we needed and I feel as though they are underrated on their sites. The entire team there was welcoming and tolerated quite a bit!
We had the perfect day (and days leading up to) and wouldn't have changed one single part of it. We are so excited to see the photos and have a nice bottle of Italian red to open as we look through them.
Thank you again and we'll be in touch soon to comment!
Our most sincere thanks!
Carley & Mike Carley & Mike
Jody & Mark
On behalf of myself and my husband, I want to sincerely thank you and Slow Dreams for all of your assistance in creating the most beautiful and romantic wedding any woman (or man) could ask for.
To be clear, I would like to commend you on the following:
-- You and your team held the up most level professionalism
-- Incredible follow-up and responsiveness
-- Friendly and caring associates at every step of the wedding/ceremonies
-- Amazing accommodations and a beautiful setting in Santa Maria Castellabate
I was a little nervous at first working with an overseas company to plan my wedding (one of the most important days of my life). However, you and Slow Dreams way exceeded my expectations and I will be forever thankful for how special your company made our wedding day.
Thank you so much,
JodieJody & Mark
Brian & Lisa
WOW! Where do I begin? The positive experience that my husband, Brian and I had with Slow Dreams was so much more than we imagined and hoped for. We knew we wanted to get married in Italy because that's where we fell in love over three years ago. We thought that Italy was such a romantic place. When we did more research, we realized that our ancestors were both from around the area near Maratea! How perfect!
We researched many different websites and coordinators extensively for many different regions all over Italy. Bill and Janie at Slow Dreams were the most thorough and efficient coordinators we found! We simply told Bill and Janie what our priorities for our wedding were, and they found us the perfect hotel. My husband called them with three pages of questions :-) and they had great answers for every one of them. We paid for the wedding ourselves and had a strict budget. They always responded quickly, and held our hands throughout the paperwork process. They are fluent in Italian and English which made things very easy. They are both very diligent and organized... much more than we could have been.
We finally arrived in Italy, and Slow Dreams had organized everything to complete our paperwork in Naples. It was so easy with all of their help! Lucia contacted a great guide and translator named John, who was so kind and helpful! The price for the guide was very reasonable. The hotel in Naples was very spacious, clean and friendly. However, the hotel was near the train station and we recommend staying in a more aesthetic area.
We decided to get away from the city and went to Sapri (10 minutes outside of Maratea) a week early. We didn't expect Slow Dreams to take care of us until the time of the wedding, but Lucia was there to greet us at 8pm with all the necessary information and the cell phone. She took our wedding dress and suit, so we didn't have to travel with it. She also took our big bags so we could back-pack around Italy, and she even delivered them to our hotel in Maratea! She was SO organized, caring, and helpful. She was available to us as early or as late as we needed her. We hopefully didn't take too much advantage of her availability of that because she had numerous other weddings to worry about, but she did not let us know if we were too obtrusive :-) She went ABOVE AND BEYOND what we expected! She organized everything for us! She helped us with renting cars, cabs, restaurants, and with ideas with seating charts. She even walked us over to get materials for our wedding!
Lucia went out of her way to ensure our happiness any time we started getting stressed before the wedding. We even had a slight paperwork issue (which was my fault), and she not only remained calm and had a plan B, but she also had a plan C and D too:-) We had so much confidence by the time the wedding came, that NEITHER of us were stressed at all! All of the guests and the coordinators commented on how I was the calmest bride that they had ever seen! I did not have to worry about anything. Not only were they competent, organized, and thorough, but everyone in Slow Dreams really cared about us! I think they even shed a tear or two when we exchanged vows:-) We really enjoyed everyone we met from Slow Dreams. Our guests had such a beautiful time. The rooms were affordable, and the amazing breakfasts AND dinners came with the rooms! All of the rooms at Gabbiano had ocean views, and at the end of the night, all of the guests would walk to the beach with a bottle of wine and look at the billions of stars that were out. Southern Italy in May was the perfect time!
Anytime we wanted something that was not listed on their website, they were very eager to provide it for us. For example, they helped us put together very beautiful welcome baskets for our guests. We wanted a Calabrian Band for our wedding instead of a DJ, which they had never done before at our hotel, but they accommodated us.
Slow Dreams was very concerned with detail, and they were worth every penny for coordination, even though we were on a tight budget.
THANK YOU Bill and Janie. And ESPECIALLY thanks to Lucia who went above and beyond every time we needed her! You are great at your job Lucia:-)
Brian and I truly had the happiest day of our life, and you really enabled that:-) Brian & Lisa
Mary & Itai
We could not be happier with our experience working with Slow Dreams. There are a few differences with this company that stood apart from the start and in the end we were happily proven correct:
- they do not add extra costs
- they are totally transparent
- they are trustworthy and very kind
- they love the region of Maratea and are committed to sharing it
To say that we and all of our guests were enamoured is an understatement. I can honestly say there is absolutely NOTHING we would have done differently. We were just so overjoyed. It was everything we had envisioned and more - in a word: perfect!
Lucia, our onsite planner extraordinaire, was incredible. She took me for an all day tour of Maratea and Sapri a month before the wedding. It is so clear that she is passionate about what she does and she goes beyond the call, every time. Lucia was so generous with her time and always had great suggestions. She helped us plan activities and lunches for our guests and has all the local contacts to do so smoothly. We were totally taken aback when she came up with a great plan to sweep our guests away for a boat tour. It felt so special and VIP, without being forced. She was also willing to receive shipments for us from Europe, for example, we chose to have some special fans made for the bridesmaids in lieu of bouquets. She organized my makeup and hair appointments, and I was so pleased with them both! Lucia was right there, making sure everyone arrived on time and according to schedule. She was also our translator at the ceremony, and she did an amazing job. She provided amazing support - logistically and emotionally!
Our guests stayed at Hotel Villa delle Meraviglie (www.slow-dreams.com/meraviglie.htm) . Paola (the owner) was so accommodating and her hotel is truly both a gem and a great bargain. (Shhhh!) Hanging there near the water, we could watch the sunset amid the gorgeous rocky outcropping and the Tyrrhenian sea . It was the perfect place for our guests. We would absolutely recommend this hotel as either a venue or for accommodations, or both.
Santavenere (www.slow-dreams.com/santavenere.htm) was a dream. The grounds are beyond words and pictures - it felt so genuinely Mediterranean. We were humbled by all of the natural beauty. Although it is more costly than the other venues, it was a 100% first class experience all the way. From the ceremony with the beautiful sea as the backdrop, gorgeous panoramic views of the mountains, the elegant and delicious dinner, to dancing well into the night --- it was certainly the party of a lifetime. In fact, our guests did not want to leave.
We are so pleased to recommend Slow Dreams. If you are considering getting married in Italy and are looking for something uniquely beautiful that you can call your own, consider Slow Dreams!
Mary & Itai
Mary & Itai
Blair & Victor
Hi Bill, Janie, and Lucia!!
We feel like we are still walking in the clouds after our wedding in Italy! We cannot begin to thank you enough for giving us the most special event of our life and for making it flow so smoothly. From start to finish, we have been more than impressed with you all! We felt like we were your focus, your only priority and from reading other testimonials, that is exactly how you make everyone feel! A talent, a gift…much more than just a wedding service!!!
From our first encounter with Slow Dreams, we were impressed with quick service, accurate information, quality recommendations, and cost effectiveness. When we decided to elope, our first thought was to elope in Italy, but we didn’t even know if that was possible. After researching and sending inquiries to wedding planners in Italy, Slow Dreams was the first to respond and we had all the information we needed in minutes. Throughout the planning process prior to the trip, Bill and Janie kept in close contact with us, answering all our questions and guiding us even with small details like which restaurants to choose and day trips to possibly take. When we first started communicating with Lucia, she also guided us and kept in close contact. Without Lucia and Bruno taking care of us in Italy, we truly would’ve been lost, but everything flowed so smoothly, so meticulously literally at every moment! I just kept thinking it was all too good to be true and that maybe after it had all happened, I would be able to believe it wasn’t a dream, but I feel like I still can’t believe how perfect and flawless our wedding was, all because of Slow Dreams!
When we met with Lucia, she was attentive, caring, and truly involved in our wedding process. Without having our families there, I thought it might be less emotional, but with Lucia, the witnesses, and even the mayor, we felt like we did have family there! The Hotel Pisacane was beautiful; more than we expected and Lover’s Walk was a mystic, magical spot for us and for our wedding. The whole day felt like we were in slow motion, living out our perfect fairy tale. When we arrived at Hotel Santavenere, we were greeted with such a warm reception, again it felt like we were arriving to family! The hotel grounds were also magical, the landscape and scenery more impressive than I could ever describe. We felt overwhelmed at this beautiful place!
Slow Dreams made our wedding more than we ever thought it could be. Lucia even arranged a private taxi back to Naples for us to catch our flight, this company truly takes all the work out of getting married and they care about all the details, the people involved, and most especially, the bride and the groom!
When we arrived back home and loaded our wedding photos, again, we stood in amazement. The quality of the photos, the way the photographers captured our day, was unbelievable. When showing the pictures to our families, they said they felt like they were there with us! We both have never had such beautiful photos and will treasure these for a lifetime.
Slow Dreams is a dream, a perfect dream for us and our hearts will forever hold this special experience. It was more than a wedding, it was the most beautiful way to begin our lives together and Slow Dreams did that for us!
Victor and Blair Hranowsky Blair & Victor
Kate & Antony
Janie, Bill, and Lucia-
I want to thank you all for creating the wedding of our dreams. From the start, you were all so responsive to our many emails and questions. It can be a little scary planning a wedding in another country, but you took care of every single detail. My friends and family kept asking me about the difficulties in planning a wedding from afar, and I told them repeatedly how easy it was because you took care of everything. When we arrived in Sapri, Italy, Lucia was warm and welcoming. We planned out an amazing day trip with my family before the wedding at the shoe factory and limoncello factory. I can honestly say that other than our wedding, that was the best day of our entire vacation in Italy! We felt like we found new family there. Our wedding was amazing. Starting with the violinist, my husbands daughter singing Ava Maria , the mayor marrying us and going to lovers walk, every detail was thought out and executed perfectly. My words do not do justice to the fantastic experience we had in working with you all and the precious wedding memories that I will forever cherish. Thank you for all you did to make that day so very special for us.
Katie Oliva Kate & Antony
Sharon & Peter
I honesty cannot speak highly enough of Slow Dreams. We got married on 27 August this year at La Loggia in Tortora. We spent 11 days at the hotel & had 27 guests who stayed for varying amounts of time.
We consulted a lot of wedding planners in the run up to deciding what our plans were & Slow Dreams were by far the best & most professional. They were incredibly helpful right from the start & Janie helped us every step of the way in terms of making plans & giving us suggestions for the day. They sorted absolutely everything for us including guest bookings & transport from the airport for everyone. In the run up to the wedding we were in contact with Lucia in Italy who was fantastic & one of the nicest people you could meet. We met her on the first day & she visited us a few times before the wedding day to make sure everything was ok. She was incredible on the day & was there throughout the ceremony in the town hall & at the hotel & translated throughout. It was really like having a friend there rather than a wedding planner! She also made sure we had our photo disk before we came home which was fantastic.
It probably sounds too good to be true but they really were amazing & made our stay in Italy incredibly special. We couldn't have wished for more and it's an absolute pleasure to help you. I would highly recommend using them as I honestly don't think you could find anyone better.
I'm not sure which location you are looking at but I would also highly recommend La Loggia. The location of the hotel is spectacular & the views are amazing. The people there are incredibly friendly & will do anything for you. We were amazed at their hospitality & I could talk forever about some if the things they would do for us!
Apologies for going on a bit, but I am very passionate about the service we had from both Slow Dreams & the hotel. It was truly an incredible experience.
If there is anything else you wish to know then please do not hesitate to contact me. Sharon & Peter
Tina & Kevin
Janie, Lucia and Bill-
Thank you, thank you, thank you! When Kevin and I first decided to get married in another country, we knew we had a lot of obstacles to overcome, mainly with family and friends. I can't even begin to express my gratitude to all of you for making this decision the best decision I've ever made... (besides marrying Kevin of course! ) I was concerned that juggling a full time career, a new home as well as planning a wedding was going to be too much to handle-you all made it so easy! I hardly had to do anything. I am still in awe of how beautiful everything turned out. I spent 6 months with Janie and Bill on Email making all kinds of decisions "sight un-seen", leaving my trust in them. I could not have been more happy with how everything turned out. Maratea is the most beautiful place in Italy and La Locanda is an amazing hotel with an amazing staff. I had always had a vision of how I wanted my wedding to be and Janie, Lucia and Bill not only made it come true, but far exceeded my dreams! It was like a fairytale wedding and it is an experience I will never forget and always cherish!
Thank you all for making my dreams come true! Thanks again Janie for everything-I could not have asked for more-you guys are awesome!
A Note from Tina's Mom & Dad
We want to thank you for making Tina's and Kevin's wedding possible. We were very pleased with all the work you have done to make their dreams come true. Thank you for trying so hard to find sign language interpreters but we were not able to use them for a reason. Maratea and the Locanda Hotel was a perfect place not only for them but for all of us. Standing next to us, your help in following their vows by pointing at those words as they are being spoken will forever be etched in our memories. Some day we hope to return and spend our vacation time in this lovely quaint town. We have given our wonderful travel agent, Debbie, your name and email address for her future clients and others who hope to have the same experience as Tina and Kevin. We know that you and your associates love doing your jobs to see happiness among those participated in your plans. Tina & Kevin
Sandra & Dominic
Dear Janie, Lucia, Rosa and Bill,
Firstly I would like to thank Bill for his quick responses for all my questions regarding queries on the wedding itself. No other company or agency were able to give me such a detailed and accurate answer to any query I may have. This made dealing with Slow Dreams, a joyous and stress free way to plan my wedding. So a big thanks to Bill.
Secondly, I cannot thank Janie, Lucia and Rosa enough. You also made my wedding event relaxed and stress free. Who can say that on their wedding day two hours before the wedding ceremony the groom was swimming in the pool, taking it all in his stride. The formal ceremony in the evening was more than I ever expected. It all went beautifully. with blue seas to my right and glorious mountains to my left and clear blue skies above, I could not have pictured a more romantic and idyllic setting for my wedding day. The service at the dinner was next to none. To the waiters and caters thank you for topping off an already perfect day.
The hotel Meraviglie was absolutely beautiful. The staff were brilliant and went out of their way to help with every circumstance. From the Owner of the hotel to the taxi service, I cannot write down in words how welcome and how well we were looked after. So a big thank you there.
Again, I would like to Thank Janie, Lucia, Rosa and Bill for making my wedding event something that I will look back with great memories. I will have to get Dominic to bring me back each year on our wedding anniversary.
THANK YOU ALL.
(Now, a note from Bill the web site man - Sandra goes on to say in this subsequent email below what she really wanted to say about Janie, Lucia and Rosa, but could not say until she was safely out the country and had received her wedding album that the evil trio was controlling)
I know you are the best Bill, I just had to mention them (a note to readers - "them" refers to Janie, Lucia & Rosa, the evil trio ). I didn't want them to feel left out.
Regards Sandra & Dominic
Dan & Linda
Janie - It was wonderful to meet you and Lucia! Our time in Italy was so special and very romantic!! Slow Dreams perfectly orchestrated our wedding and helped to make everything run smoothly. I don't know any Brides who could have had as leisure a morning as I did....with a long walk on the beach holding hands with my one and true love. Thank you so much for making plans behind the scenes and handling all the potential "upsets" before I even knew about them!! Things could not have gone smoother or been more special.
You also provided an excellent photographer!!! WE LOVE THE PHOTOS and loved working with you and the photographer to capture the beauty of Southern Italy! They were very creative and easy to work with - thank you for walking around with us to help spot the perfect setting for a photo!
Dan and I would highly recommend Slow Dreams to anyone! Let us know what you would like for us to fill out for your website comments & we will be happy to comply. Slow Dreams helped us to understand all the steps necessary for getting married abroad. You took care of the arrangements for everything......and remembered every detail....even down to a daily agenda.
We loved your personalities and that you were flexible and easy to talk with via emails. Thank you for making our wedding day EXTRA SPECIAL!! Dan & Linda
Melissa & Kevin
Thank you so much for everyone's help planning our wedding - it was incredible, just what we wanted, and virtually stress-free which was the best part! You're welcome to use me for anyone that has any questions or needs a reference...Thank you so much for all your help!
The hotel (La Locanda) was amazing - the entire staff was just outstanding. If we ever happen to go back to that area or hear of someone that is we will definitely recommend that hotel. Nicola down in the restaurant was the best. Although Cathy, at the front desk, didn't speak much English she tried her best to understand us and get us what we needed.
Our pictures turned out wonderful - Luigi and Silvia were incredibly nice and they did an outstanding job on the pictures - this is exactly what I had in mind when I thought of pictures in Italy.
Thank you for arranging everything - you helped make it exactly what we wanted! Melissa & Kevin
Laura & Bryan
Janie, Bill and Lucia:
Just wanted to let you know that we have all made it home safely. What an incredible adventure we all had in Italy. Thank you so much for all of your hard work, we definitely couldn't have gotten it all together without your help. The wedding was absolutely perfect! We couldn't have asked for anything more beautiful. Besides that, the food was to die for!
Also, I just want you to know that our group can't say enough good things about the staff at the Grand Hotel Pianeta. They were incredible. The hotel, staff and food were all excellent.
If you have anyone that would like to contact someone who had used Slow Dreams, we would definitely be willing to give you a huge thumbs up.
Thanks again, Laura & Bryan
Chris & Karen
Hi Janie, I would like to thank you for absolutely everything!!! Our wedding day was the most wonderful day of my life. I couldn't have asked for anything more, or painted a prettier picture. I think that I can speak for both of us when I say that we would be more than happy to give a testimonial when and where you would like. There is nothing negative that we could possibly say about Slow-Dreams or the hotel. Both were most helpful and accommodating. It was definitely an experience of a lifetime and we will cherish those memories forever. Your job has to be most rewarding.
The rest of our trip was wonderful. We are both looking forward to returning and possibly visiting your area one day.
Thanks again for everything and please convey my gratitude to Angela and the staff at the hotel!! Chris & Karen
Jeremy & Autumn
The Slow Dreams team took care of our every need. They were there to help us with every step of the way, from planning and decision making, to helping us find the right train to get to Rome. They hotels they recommended were all first rate, and we would not have had as much time to relax and enjoy the honeymoon without their hard work. My wife and I were already planning the next trip on the plane home, and Slow Dreams will definitely be helping us plan that as well.
In all honestly, I can't think of a single bad thing to report, Bill. You guys answered every question we had, and the arrangements were perfect.
Thanks again, Jeremy & Autumn
Amanda & Nicholas
Dear Bill, Janie, Lucia, and Alessandra,
Where do we start...we are so grateful to each of you for making our wedding day absolutely perfect. Bill and Janie were always extremely detailed and responded immediately to our every query. You were all very patient during the planning phase and answered each and every one of our endless questions. John and Marta were invaluable in guiding us through the bureaucracies of the American Consulate and the Italian Prefettura in Naples. The staff at the hotel was outstanding and always very accommodating. The photographers, Luigi and Silvia created beautiful memories that will be treasured forever. The location (Santa Maria di Castellabate) is truly a piece of heaven on earth and the people that live there are extraordinarily warm and welcoming. We will look forward to returning to this special place to celebrate our marriage in the years to come. Making the decision to get married in Italy was a difficult one, but discovering Slow Dreams made our romantic dreams a reality. Thanks to each of you for all of your hard work and caring attention to detail. Amanda & Nicholas
Michelle & Tim
Thank you for planning such a beautiful wedding day for Tim and I. The hotel was much better than either of us could have ever expected. The professionalism of the SLOW DREAMS staff, the attention to detail, FAST response to emails, and the HOTEL VILLA SIRIO were just perfect. The entire week was like a fairy tale. We still talk about it often, and cant wait to visit again. I would recommend SLOW DREAMS to anyone thinking of getting married in ITALY. At first, we were discouraged at all the paperwork needed to marry US citizens in ITALY. SLOW DREAMS took care of all the details, from large to small. It was very easy to get it all done. There isn't one thing Tim and I would change about the entire week and of course the wedding day. I still cant get over how special the day was! The pictures, the video, the dinner, the harpist, to the accommodations! Everything was absolutely perfect! Thank you so very much for a wedding to treasure.
Sincerely, Michelle & Tim
Brad & Emma
Dear Janie, Bill and Lucia,
When we first discovered your Slow Dreams website and Castello Praja on the Internet, there was no way we could have possibly imagined what a true gift we had stumbled upon.
I think it's fair to say that we didn't give you an easy task. At every turn it seemed we were asking the impossible from you: A short, minimally religious ceremony, a scaled back menu, almost twice as many guests as the Castle accommodated, a last minute boat trip down the coast, last minute decisions about hair, make-up and hire cars, last minute confirmations of numbers. The list goes on and on.
Of course this was made worse by the fact that at the same time we had just relocated to London from Australia, so were unable to devote as much attention as we should have to the wedding arrangements. Plus we were doing it all in a relatively short space of time, and of course there was the endless stream of questions we bombarded you with. Throughout all this you all remained so utterly helpful and kind. We lost count of the number of times you gently reminded us about something which had slipped our attention, or gave us thoughtfully considered advice.
However, it wasn't until we travelled to the Castle that we truly realised what a gift you all were. You met us at the station, and the greeting you gave us could not have been more warm and genuine. Over the next four days you were there to support and help us, and the arrangements you had made on our behalf could not have been better.
The Castle itself was a dream. We could not (and still can't) believe we were lucky enough to be in such a special place. Fiore, Marco, Daniella and the ladies at the Castle gave us an equally warm welcome, and could not have possibly have been more generous and thoughtful. They attended to every detail, down to the gum leaves they included in the decorations for the wedding. And the food was just superb.
I don't think it is possible for us to ever express our gratitude enough, for all you have done for us. Our wedding celebrations were completely without stress, and were full of laughter and happiness. A wedding is such a personal moment in life, and we could not be more delighted that you were part of it. You definitely have our highest recommendation. We certainly echo the thoughts of all our guests when we say it was such an amazing and special time. We are all still pinching ourselves! Thank you so, so much once again.
Warmest regards, Brad & Emma
Stephanie & Guy
Dear Janie and Bill, many thanks for all the hard work you put into making our wedding day so special. The venue, catering and accommodation was all top notch, and the setting at the Inn at Fiumicello was spectacular. The paperwork, ceremony, and the whole day was superbly organised. We would have no hesitation in recommending Slow Dreams to anyone looking for a romantic Italian wedding in a stunning location. Stephanie & Guy
Sandy & Jerry
Hi Janie & Lucia:
Thank you so much for your hard work and dedication to making our wedding day perfect!! Let us start thanking you for the Villa Ceeta. You recommended the perfect setting for our stay and our wedding. The villa was wonderful, the service excellent , the food... well perfect, and the setting charming. I think our girls enjoyed Maratea as much as any of the marvellous sights of Italy. They got this wonderful opportunity to explore the town, shop in the shops and imagine life in a coastal Italian village. I have to tell you... we will be back!
The wedding day went off without a hitch, or the slightest of nerves! Everything was perfectly planned and the minister was lovely. As any bride and groom, getting married across the sea, we worried a bit about how will our clothes be pressed, or what will the flowers would be like... honestly, we met you both, and the wonderful people at Villa Cheta, and we knew we were in good hands! We are still wondering how you managed to pull off the beautiful sunny day!
There are so many places today that cater to the "destination" wedding. So many choices. We are absolutely thrilled with ours! No crowd, no fuss, no stress. We felt so blessed to have found each other, we wanted a quite, private and intimate setting to make our commitment and receive our wedding blessing. You surpassed our expectations. Sandy & Jerry
Shawn & Phil
We received our pictures yesterday. They are amazing. The video, album and all the pictures made our day-we have already watched it again. We are attaching our testimonial and a picture if you choose to use them. We could have easily written more, but......... Thanks again for all your hard work. We will treasure our memories forever! Shawn & Phil
Becky & James
Bill, Janie & Lucia
Thank you for everything you did to make our day special. Everyone had a fantastic time and a number of them said it was the best wedding they'd ever been to!
We loved the location (Inn at Fiumicello), which lived up to the pictures on your site, and from seeing our photos we've had 3 couples ask us where we were as they are interested in getting married there. We're quite happy to recommend you as you ensured that everything ran smoothly, it can't have been easy with us finding decision-making so difficult but you coped with that admirably.
Everything you organised we were very happy with, from the flowers to the meal. We were able to relax as we were confident everything was being looked after, and we're very grateful for that. We really don't think the day could have gone any better, it got our marriage off to a perfect start and we're so pleased we decided to come out to Maratea to do it.
Thanks again Becky & James
Haley & Martyn
Dear Janie, Bill, Lucia and Rosa,
Both of us wanted to say how very much we enjoyed our wedding day. It really was the most fantastic day and better than we could have ever imagined. Thank you all so much for making our day so special, there wasn't a dry eye in the house by the time our ceremony was over! You all made the whole process so easy, even providing answers to questions that we hadn't got round to asking! You were all so great in dealing with our unreasonable/unusual requests (the cricket themed table plan, Welsh and English flags, etc) and for accommodating all of our guests. The setting for our ceremony at the Hotel Meraviglie was so romantic and perfect, and all the staff so friendly and helpful. The area of Maratea itself is beautiful and unspoilt, and all the people we met were friendly. We have both already recommended Maratea and your company to other people. I am also holding Martyn to his promise of taking me back to Italy's last hideaway for our wedding anniversaries.
Thank you once again so much, it is a day we will both remember for ever. Haley & Martyn
Rachel & Duncan
Dear Janie, Bill, Lucia & Rosa,
Wow, where do we start?
Firstly, thanks to Bill and Janie for all your emails of endless information and reassurance over the past year. It's difficult to arrange a wedding & accommodation for 30 people so far away but you guys were great and also very patient. Thanks also for the great welcome packs in everyone's rooms, all our guests were very grateful for those.
When we first arrived in Maratea in absolute pouring rain, you 3 lovely ladies were there to reassure us that it'll all be fine on the day and if it was still raining, plan B was still a beautiful option. Luckily, my dad was looking down on us and the sun shone all day long which meant we could go ahead as planned and get married overlooking the sea at the stunning Il Carrubo at the Santavenere. All our guests were utterly gobsmacked at the amazing natural beauty of the surroundings at the Il Carrubo, we would recommend a wedding here to anyone and everyone! The staff at the Santavenere were more than helpful and the waiters were very charming. We had the tastiest, most fantastic 6 course meal ever (and the most filling as well!).
The photographers, Sylvia and Luigie were great too, both so laid back they made us feel very relaxed. They even came back after the meal to take more pictures! Thank you both of you for your great work.
Lucia and Rosa did a fantastic job with decorating the tables with all the little jars and butterflies we'd brought over from England.......thank you.
To sum up the day, we had the most amazing, perfect day of our lives and feel very lucky that 28 of our closest family and friends came all the way to Maratea to share that day with us. Many of our guests have said it's the best wedding they've ever been to and also how they would love to return to that part of Italy again. The whole day ran extremely smoothly and we are both very thankful to all of you at slow dreams for making it possible. we are already planning to return for our first anniversary!
With love from Rachel & Duncan
Joanne & Chris
Janie, Lucia, Bill and Rosa
Well.....What can we say? We almost can not find words to describe what a perfect wedding, and all round experience we had. We had our wedding in Castello Praja, Praia a Mare, and it is something we will never, ever forget. The minute we first saw this imposing building, we were genuinely stunned at its sheer beauty and breathtaking views, and it only got better once we had a look around inside! WOW! Never have we, or our guests been lucky enough to stay somewhere so special, in such a stunning location. From the minute the family of the castle met us it was genuine warmth and kindness all the way. Not only did they make us all feel very welcome, but we felt as though they had somehow embraced us almost as part of their own family, something we were very humbled by. Nothing was too much trouble for these wonderful people, in fact amongst the nicest we have ever met. Even when some of our guests had experienced problems en route, both Slow Dreams and the family were on hand to make sure things were sorted out, and relieve the stress from an already stressed out bride and groom. Wonderful.
I have nothing but great things to say about Slow Dreams too....Every question that I have ever asked has been dealt with immediately and professionally (not always the case when dealing with other countries, I can tell you!). We had the best day of our lives, and without Slow Dreams it certainly would not have been possible, you were with us every step of the way, and it was lovely to finally meet you (sorry I did not get to meet you too Bill). I would recommend Slow Dreams to anyone considering a marriage in Italy, and the locations on offer can not be bettered. We honeymooned in Sorrento, which although we enjoyed, was in stark contrast to the wonderful Italian lifestyle we experienced around Calabria, and we secretly wished we would have stayed there for the honeymoon too! We will certainly be back, in fact, I am looking into flights as we speak!....
We can not wait to see Silvia and Luigi's handiwork on the photographs. I have never seen two more enthusiastic photographers! If the proofs are anything to go by they will be very interesting!
Thank you all so much for everything you have done, and helping ensure we have had not only the best day of our lives, but the best holiday too. I'm sure most of the guests would bear testimony to that too.
Love Joanne & Chris
Vera & Korstiaan
Janie, Lucia, Rosa & Bill
Many thanks for helping us to organise our wedding. We could not have been more happy with the way everything turned out.
From the moment that we contacted Slow Dreams (on a rainy Sunday in Ireland) the plans for the wedding & honeymoon just came together so quickly and easily. It was just the two of us travelling over and both Janie & Bill reassured me that we would have a lovely wedding day and holiday in Italy. It was true! We spent a few months emailing and making decisions but this was all greatly helped by Janie and Bill's quick replies and recommendations.
Maratea is a really beautiful part of Italy and the La Locanda is a beautiful hotel with the best Receptionists I have ever come across. Please pass on our appreciation to them - they answered all our queries, booked restaurants, beauty treatments etc. and made us feel very welcome during our stay. The restaurant in La Locanda is really excellent and we enjoyed many nice dinners there. We also used the beach in the Santavenere hotel and we have to say that the facilities and food were excellent there also.
We cannot thank Lucia and Rosa enough for making our wedding day so relaxed and stress free. From meeting us outside the Town Hall, delivering our flowers, introducing us to our photographer to translating both Italian ceremonies and providing a tissue when it was required (thanks Lucia!), both Lucia and Rosa were great. The church was really really lovely and exactly what I imagined it would be like. Our pastor gave us a present of a bible after the ceremony and it will be something we will treasure for a long time.
What can we say about our photographers Luigi and Sylvia? They were really good and even though we had to dodge the puddles caused by the rain earlier, we had many laughs and giggles walking around Maratea's old town for photo opportunities. 1999 in Porto Maratea was an excellent restaurant and provided a lovely ending to a really excellent day. The service and food were both very good and in fact we visited it again on our last night in Maratea.
We spent our second week up in Castellabate and stayed in the Palazzo - what a lovely place! With a big pool, access to a beautiful sandy beach, excellent food , wonderful gardens it was the perfect spot to relax and enjoy the lovely warm weather before heading onto the busy city of Naples.
Again, we would like to thank you all for making our wedding day an event that we will look back on with great memories. Vera & Korstiaan