Such a nostalgic day! One year ago today–June 22, 2019–our daughter and her fiance married in Positano, Italy.
It was the trip of a lifetime. Twenty of us traveled across the ocean from the United States to see the bride and groom exchange vows of love and commitment along the Amalfi Coast.
How many times we have exclaimed this spring: Thank goodness the wedding was last year instead of this year! Can you imagine if you’d planned an Italian wedding in 2020 amidst the coronavirus pandemic?
We look back at our holiday in Italy so fondly. Well, most of it. Less than a half hour after disembarking from our Delta flight at the Rome airport I became very sick with my ongoing digestive issues. The first two and a half days in Naples passed in a blur of intestinal woe. (And yet–you know how life works–so many good memories stand out even in the midst of illness.)
I was so afraid of missing my daughter’s wedding due to illness. The morning we were scheduled to take a tour to Pompeii with our son and daughter-in-law and friends, Deb and Chuck from here in the Upper Peninsula, it felt impossible to go anywhere. We called a private taxi to transport us to Positano–even though that felt impossible as well.
We discovered we wouldn’t be able to check into our Airbnb until 3 p.m. so I would be sitting on the curb sick anyway.
“Let’s cancel the taxi and go to Pompeii anyway,” I mustered. “I can sit on a bench while you guys tour.”
We proceeded with that plan and guess what? Within an hour of leaving Naples I felt so improved that it was possible to tour the ancient ruins.
The rest of the trip I ate like a monk. Sparingly. No ravioli, no pizza, no tiramisu. No wine, no sugar, no breads, no grains.
The wedding was saved! At least for this mama…
After our Pompeii tour we lunched at a winery in the modern city of Pompeii our shuttle driver drove us to Positano. The Amalfi Coast–as you can see in some of these photos–is stunning.
The cars and motorcycles zoom around the curves like acrobats avoiding falling off the steep coast into the sea.
I didn’t look down. I actually may have said a prayer or six.
Most of these photos are provided courtesy of our son, pictured above with his lovely bride. We attended their wedding in the fall of 2012 in San Diego. (Their wedding was just as wonderful!)
How can one adequately describe such a beautiful place as Positano? I have no words. It is one of the most amazingly beautiful towns we have ever visited. If you ever have a chance to travel to the Amalfi Coast in Italy–don’t hesitate.
You will not regret it.
Here are some pictures of our Airbnb rented villa. As you can see, it was lovely. Our son found it online and we shared it with him and his wife. By the designs of a crafty Universe we “accidentally” ended up next door to our daughter and her fiance!! How synchronistic was that?
The only challenge with our villa: the Wifi refused to work with any dependability. Our TracFone also didn’t operate in Italy (except with occasional Wifi) so we were often inconvenienced.
What’s a little inconvenience when you’re visiting Paradise?
One of the delights of the villa: a long balcony planted with beautiful flowers overlooking the Mediterranean Sea. Softball sized lemons grew from a tree at the end of the balcony. We often sat out gazing at the magnificent view.
I still cherish a late-night memory of the family (including our soon-to-be son-in-law) and the laughter as everyone sipped the town’s famous Limoncello with the twinkling lights of the city beneath us.
Except I did not sip the Limoncello. With the stomach still tentative I drank sparkling water and counted my blessings.
The day before the wedding we took a boat trip to the Isle of Capri.
More beauty. More fun. More appreciation.
Both of my brothers and their partners attended the wedding. That was one of the greatest gifts–to be with them for this special occasion. I felt so grateful that they made the time and effort to join us in the celebration.
The wedding took place in a restaurant high above Positano.
We looked down to see specks of boats shining in the sea.
We listened to the beautiful heart vows written by both the bride and groom. This was one of my favorite parts of the wedding! I learned so much about their relationship just by listening what they chose to express to one another. Their friend, Justin, officiated the ceremony. It was delightful listening to his observations as well.
The bride and groom met in New York City ten or eleven years ago. He proposed to her in Belize. And here they became wife and husband.
In “real life” they now live in Portland, Oregon. We don’t get to see them as often as we would like.
Italians, like most Europeans, stretch meals forever. I don’t recall exactly but they may have served five or six courses. The appetizers arrived first. So many appetizers–an entire meal’s worth of food! But the courses kept arriving, hour after hour. We started eating around 5 or 6 p.m. The desserts appeared around 11 p.m. In between courses we talked, drank, laughed, sang, enjoyed this special time together.
At some point in the evening a local musician appeared to play his guitar and sing. “Mama Pasta” came out of the kitchen and joined in the revelry as we waved our cloth napkins as accompaniment.
It was a trip and wedding we will remember all our lives. Thank you for joining us on this one year anniversary to celebrate the love of our daughter and son-in-law.
Happy Anniversary, kids! Let’s go back someday….
For a lady who lives in a little house in the woods, you live a most exotic life!
John, you know, I am going to take your words to heart this morning. Sometimes it feels like nothing much happens here. That may be an illusion!
Wow! What an enchanting place to make such wonderful memories!
It truly was, Lunar. And I didn’t share any of this on the blog last year so wanted to (belatedly) tell a little bit of our family wedding.
Oh what a lovely setting for such a special wedding! I never heard of Positano before. The scenery is breathtaking! And the mother of the bride is positively beaming. 🙂 I’m so glad you made it and how lucky for all of you that it was last year before the pandemic hit Italy so relentlessly. I can sympathize with your digestive issues. I’m so happy you were able to get the flare-up under control. (I’m going to have to try your sparkling water solution – I’ve been searching for something festive to drink at celebrations.) Lovely, amazing memories with the ones you love. Best wishes to the happy couple on their first anniversary!
Barbara, thank you for your enthusiasm–you have me quite smiling this morning! The scenery was so gorgeous you almost couldn’t believe it. And we still can’t believe our good fortune that it happened last year rather than this year. I know you totally understand about digestive flare-ups as well. It seemed to be the all-night flight with jet lag that started this entire episode. Or perhaps the two glasses of wine I had on the plane to celebrate. (Haven’t had a glass of wine since.) Hope you enjoy the sparkling water. Club soda with lime or lemon is another favorite for celebrations. Thank you for your well wishes!
What a beautiful memory! I don’t believe that not having wifi or internet is an inconvenience – it’s a luxury! And I know that you took full advantage of this trip that was created out of love, in spite of spotty wifi and an uncooperative gut. Congratulations to your daughter and husband, albeit a year later.
P.S. Whenever your stomach allows, indulge in the limoncello (sp?). It’s heaven. Almost as good as the gelato. I gained 5 lbs. in Italy because of my weakness for gelato. 🙂
Hi Stacy! I love what you say. Turning it around so the lack of wifi and internet is a gift instead of a challenge. Thank you for the turnaround. The uncooperative gut was not quite the blessing, but the joy of the trip superseded it. And guess what? We still have the bottle of limoncello in our refrigerator–just waiting for the proper moment to sip it. My friend, Deb, loves it sooo much. As for gelato…my daughter and I indulged so much on a previous trip. It IS delicious!
Glad to hear that! No trip to Italy would be complete without a little bit of independence, even if it waits in the fridge for a more propitious time. XOXO
Such beautiful, precious memories.🌹
Thank you, Ruth! I so enjoyed walking down Italian Memory Lane this morning, even though it took a very long time to get and post all these pictures into this blog. And thank you again for watering our garden for us when we were gone. 🙂
Memories are the best souvenir of all travels, especially when the travels are so beautiful and for such a lovely reason. A wedding to be remembered for always.
Carol, I know you’ve traveled to many beautiful places as well. After being so sick last year it was hard to write a blog and share. It took a long time to recover. Plus it was challenging to get my hands on pictures until other people decided to share! So grateful Chris let me use some of his lovely shots.
Oh my I love Italy. I’ve only been once, but I could live there. Our first couple of nights were on the Amalfi Coast too, with a view much like yours. It’s a beautiful country, and so wonderful your daughter and her husband could get married there, and that all of you could be there too! I know it was a wonderful time! Happy Anniversary to them!
How cool that you have been able to visit the Amalfi Coast, too! I had no idea about how beautiful it was until last year. It was such a gift that we could make the trip and toast to the newlyweds.
Happy anniversary, Kiah and Diaa! ❤
I am sure she will end up reading these comments! Thanks, Larissa.
That was a memorable destination and the bride looked beautiful and the groom was dapper. It looked as if the trip was well worth the expense. Beautiful setting, great food, wonderful friends, and lovely lodgings. I can see why you’d love to go back. Was there a particular reason they chose Italy for their wedding?
It was not an inexpensive trip, that’s for sure! We were all fortunate to be able to make it happen. The reason they chose Italy was because they had visited southern Italy before–maybe one or two times. They loved it. However, they wanted to go to somewhere they hadn’t been before. Our daughter’s best friend had been to Positano and said: that is where you need to get married. You will love it! (Plus her best friend and family, including five year son, attended.)
Oh, what a beautiful wedding. The trip looks lovely in all. It is crazy how everything has changed from a year ago, and it is awesome they were able to have this event – hard to imagine what it will be like if it was this year!
Oh we have said that a hundred times–if not a thousand times! I keep imagining brides-to-be and grooms-to-be with reservations and flowers and rehearsal dinners all set up. With thousands of dollars invested and perhaps not refunded? So much uncertainty these days. Thanks for reading and commenting.
I suppose it is a good test for the marriage? Haha! But no, nobody needs that much stress.
How incredibly fun! Your photos are wonderful. I can feel the joyful vibes just by looking at them. Thanks for sharing them here, especially considering how many of us are beginning to forget what travel is all about.
Thank you, Ally. Many of us ARE forgetting what travel is all about, so maybe a post like this will give us a wish and a prayer that someday in the near future we can all travel safely again. Glad you enjoyed.
Holy moly, is this ever a joyful, beautiful. memorable post! I’ve been waiting (a YEAR) to hear all about your Italian trip and special daughter wedding. Now, it’s come, and the story and photos of the wedding are all I’d hope they would be and more. Your daughter has a smile just like yours (I assume you’ve been told that before, many times). She’s beautiful, just like you. I love Italy and have traveled there three times, but… I’ve never been to Positano. And now, I so hope I can travel again some time to this magnificent country.
You are a brave woman to get through this exciting trip with ‘gut’ troubles. I can imagine how dreadful this was for you, and your terror that it would continue through the wedding. Thank the lord ad goddesses and Spirit of the Universe that it did not. I’m hoping your stomach issues are better. Are they?
We all here are honored that you shared this most precious time. ❤
Pam, I always so appreciate your enthusiasm ! Yes, you’ve waited a long time to hear about the Italian trip. Besides trying to fully recover from tummy troubles after returning, so much was going on. Ended up heading downstate almost immediately to assist my mom and it was a crazy couple of months let me tell ya. The stomach issues are not 100% but are not too challenging either. It was a lovely wedding all around with so many memories to think about now. May sound like a broken record but all of us recommend the Amalfi Coast. It is rather tourist-y inJune though. We would opt for September or maybe early October for a repeat visit. Glad you enjoyed this. 💗
Beautiful! So lovely that you made it there despite being sick. Its a lovely place which i dream of visiting again! Thank you for sharing 🙂
Glad you enjoyed the wedding memories, Shilabantu. And how cool that you’ve been there!
Just Beautiful. Love it. One day I hope to go there.
Thank you, Jeannie. Hope you get to visit here as well!
What an incredible place to marry! It was definitely a time and a place and a fabulous wedding to remember. And how beautiful you were too! I am so sorry you were plagued by the fear of a stomach crisis, and how brave you were to soldier on.
Thank you so much, Dor. It did require a bit of bravery at times. But one has to make one’s daughter’s wedding, right? As for beautiful…it was the late evening light off the Mediterranean. It colored my graying hair, lol!
What a beautiful wedding journey, Kathy – thank you for sharing it with us. The Amalfi coast looks breathtaking – such bright colours, dramatic cliffs, colourful houses… Your pictures captured it all so perfectly that I felt almost as though I was there too. For a little while, I forgot where our world is right now.
What a contrast to our daily life now… looking back, I wish we had created (and taken) more opportunities to travel. It seems impossible that we will ever travel overseas again, in such a carefree, joyful, confident, lighthearted way. We had always promised ourselves – let’s keep working hard and saving up, so that, one day, we can step on a plane and fly to these extraordinary destinations, and explore other countries and cultures with joyful curiosity. But Corona has slammed the door shut, and firmly said No. Even if borders open again, even if international flights are permitted again, the logistics of traveling with masks and hand sanitisers and adhering to physical distancing measures (impossible on a plane), and the constant fear of catching this virus and falling seriously ill have changed our world utterly.
I am sooo happy for you and Barry and your family that you got to share these beautiful memories with your daughter and son-in-law. We will always fondly remember meeting Kiah for coffee in busy New York. Lots of love to you all.
Reggie, it makes my heart happy to have shared this wedding story when I hear how it has uplifted a few people beyond the boundaries of our smaller backyards these days. So glad you had an opportunity to meet Kiah when she lived in New York!
Your comment has caused much thought and pondering in this head since reading it yesterday. How sad if you and Richard can never visit the extraordinary destinations you’ve saved for and planned about. I had not yet even thought about international traveling being a forever no. I sure hope that’s not the case. However, it is clear that I will probably get on an airplane again in this country because it feels impossible to live without physically being with the kids again. The question is when. Not this summer, for sure, although I may drive downstate to see my mom. It’s like playing Russian Roulette, isn’t it?
Much love to you as well, dear Reggie!
I hear you, Kathy. Short flights seem easier to cope with, don’t they? But international flights, with several ‘hops’ and changes of planes, and the need to wear masks *all the time*, and being fearful of who is sitting near you, and who has touched what surfaces, and whether the air conditioning in the plane or in the airport buildings will spread the virus far and wide… – it’s just too daunting to even contemplate at the moment. I have grown to like my masks, because I know they keep me safe(r), but they often cause my glasses to steam up and then I can’t see a thing. So the prospect of wearing it for up to 24 hours of traveling is not a happy one. It feels much less risky to drive, even if it’s a long distance. I so wish for you that you will be able to visit your family again soon. Keep safe, dear friend.
A very very sad state of affairs all the way around. And darn those steaming glasses–I’ve got that problem too. 😦
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Well the first place I had to come was to read about the lovely wedding. What wonderful memories you all have…well except for your health issues. No wine, no pasta but a beautiful ceremony in one of the prettiest places imaginable.
Glad you came to read about the wedding. And it’s funny—I don’t really have a feeling of missing out on anything!