Medieval Village Styled Shoot on the Cilento Coast, Italy (1)

This utterly dreamy styled shoot comes to us from Johanna Jacobson of Ambientimage Photography, based in West Hills, California! Here’s Johanna to tell us more:

The Cilento Coast remains an off-the beaten-track secret destination wedding retreat that is filled with medieval villages, pristine beaches, and historical myths that date back to ancient Greek mariners. Considered the wild, undeveloped alternate to the nearby Amalfi Coast, Cilento enchants all who visit. Stretching along the Tyrrhenian Sea, with Punta Licosa on one end and the Amalfi Coast on the distant other, the romantic beach hamlet of Santa Maria di Castellabate is quickly becoming a haven for destination weddings.

See more after the cut!

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Only about a two hour drive south from Naples, the sleepy beachside resort falls within the Unesco protected Cilento and Vallo di Diano National Park, cradle of the Mediteranean diet, and home to the decendants of shipwrecked Greek sailors. This styled shoot photographed by Johanna Jacobson of Ambientimage Photography and expertly styled by stylist and planner Rosie Meleady was inspired by the Greek mythology of the Sirens, beautiful female creatures who sang their “Siren song” and lured sailors with their enchanting voices and melodies to the cliffs and rocky coastline.

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According to the myths surrounding the area, sailors would fall in love with their music causing shipwrecks and tragedy for a number of lovestruck Greek sailors and fisherman. Nestled between the nearby Greek temples of Paestum dedicated to the god Poseidon and ancient Greek city of Velia, this breathtaking village was likely visited by Ulysses himself. Using Santa Maria di Castellabate’s pristine beach as a backdrop, our model could be mistaken for one of the ancient Sirens with her stunning dress by Sara Foy and jewelry inspired by the pearls of the sea.

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With a message in a bottle washed ashore containing a love letter and driftwood collected along the beach, the simple beauty of the location casts a dramatic spell. Using local flowers which grow along the rocky coastline, decorating duo LuSy created a simple but vibrant tablescape that reflects the subtle beauty of this lovely seaside hamlet. Amongst the evocative stone arches of the ancient port and the backdrop of the historical Torre Perrotti, the archaeological sites, castles and villas attest to the hamlet’s rich history of myth and lore.

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Medieval Village Styled Shoot on the Cilento Coast, Italy (2)

Truly lovely; thank you Johanna for sharing! For more information about Ambientimage Photography, please visit their website.

What do you think of today’s styled shoot? Let us know in the comments below!

Photographer: Johanna Erin Jacobson
Stylist and Planner: Rosie Meleady
Dresses: Sarah Foy
Model: Chiara Ianni
Decor, Fabric bouquet, Silk Cake and Location Manager: Just Lusy
Stationary: Smitten On Paper
Feather headpiece: The Feathered Head
Pearl ring: The Feathered Head www.thefeatheredhead.com
Pearl headpiece: Nayna Jewelry
Beachfront Location: Le Gatte Restaurant
Tower: Torre Perrotti
Hair Stylist: Angelo Incagliato, Evolution Hair Fashion
Make up Artist: Costabile Pascale


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  • Thank you WeddingLovely for featuring Ambientimage Photography and the talented team behind this Italy wedding styled session. We agree that Cilento is dreamy along with the nearby Amalfi Coast (…and the rest of Italy that isn’t too shabby) where we specialize in destination weddings. The studio is full of ideas for off the beaten track cities and the top venues so reach out to us for your upcoming Italy wedding, Italian elopement or destination engagement session. We speak English and Italian. http://www.ambientimage.com / http:/www.instagram.com/ambientimage / http://www.facebook.com/ambientimage.photography

    • weddinglovely

      You’re most welcome, thanks for sharing with us!

  • Blumen riviera

    Wow!! these all look amazing. I would love to visit Italy u2013 in fact I would love to tour all of Italy, it looks so beautiful.nItaly holiday homes

    • weddinglovely

      Glad to hear! Hope you get to have a tour on this romantic city. :)