One of the most exciting adventures in recent years was a trip to Italy to attend The Secret Retreat – a fabulous wedding photography workshop run by women for women focusing on destination wedding photography.

I met an amazing group of women who have all inspired me to push myself further to be successful in my business, and to broaden my experiences by photographing weddings abroad.

As part of the retreat we spent some time with two wonderful couples for a walk around Santa Maria di Castellabate, capturing their love in the beautiful Italian sunshine.

We also spent quite a while wandering the streets and coastline near our hotel, dining in some beautiful restaurants overlooking the coast, and enjoying plenty of dancing, laughter and bonding.

Thank you to Claire, Andrea, Lucy, Melissa and the Italian team for a dream come true experience which I will never forget!

Sissi and Antonio

Our first couple are Italian and very much in love, Sissi is very beautiful with a natural smile, and Antonio a true Italian gentleman who absolutely adores Sissi.

Michael and Chloe

Our second couple flew out from the UK to join us for the retreat. Michael was an absolute star, and kept everyone entertained with his banter and dancemoves. His wife Chloe is gorgeous and they are a wonderful couple madly in love!

Supplier Love

Thank you to The Secret Retreat team as well as a long list of wonderful suppliers who made our trip to Italy so successful, enjoyable and rewarding.

The Secret Retreat Workshop – www.the-secret-retreat.co.uk

Location planner – My Secret Italy – www.mysecretitaly.com

Shoot locations – Palazzo Perotti (the private home of Baroness Roberta Perotti) and the UNESCO world heritage town of Castellabate

Stylist – Mandy Beck (Saddleworth Shindigs)

Flowers – La Maison Marie, Santa Maria di Castellabate

MUA – Costabile Pascale, Santa Maria di Castellabate

Hair – Anna Capazuto, Santa Maria di Castellabate

Models – real couples (Michael & Chloe Kenny, Antonio Brunetti & Sissi Carrino)

Sissi dress – ASOS

Sissi shoes – Kurt Geiger

Antonio shoes – ASOS

Antonio jacket – Top Man

Michael & Chloe outfits – their own