Camila Carril
CAMILA'S BRIDE DIARY

Camila’s Bride Diary: Our wedding in Florence – Part 1

26th September of 2017, on a beautiful summer day in Florence at 4pm I walked down the aisle to the man of my life. There he was standing with a smile on his face and a tear rolling down. As I walked in I saw the most important people of my life, family, friends reunited to celebrate with us the most important day of our lives. One and each of the faces I have saved in my memory just like in a movie. It was probably 60 seconds, arm to arm with my dad, I just wanted to make this moment eternal. It was so beautiful, so special and one in a lifetime experience. How to even describe it? Blessed by God under one of the oldest churches in Florence Chiesa di Ognissanti and witnessed by our loved ones. We said yes to a life together and to forever be there for each other. Best decision we’ve ever made.

The location we chose for our destination wedding was Florence, a place we both have been and love, and not to be unfair to either side, I am Brazilian and Anthony is English (although he does have a family foot in Italy). We had 165 guests flying over from all over the world and we are so lucky to have them all in our lives. The wedding was at the beautiful Villa di Maiano organised by Juli and her team at the Savvy Events Studio. The decoration was classic with green and white palette of colours and the project was done by the master Vincenzo Dascanio. The most spectacular flower arrangements were the wisteria and eucalyptus hanging over our table with low bouquets of creamy flowers and golden candelabras. 

Let’s try to rewind from the very first moment on that day. I woke up and jumped out of the bed to go over the balcony. Anthony stayed at the West In across the piazza as it is a tradition to spend the night apart. From my window of St Regis hotel I could see the church where we would be married later in the afternoon. The bell rings and it is Nina, my bridesmaid, she comes bright and early and we have an amazing breakfast together. We were speaking about many things and how beautiful last night was by the Ponte Vecchio and our first event of the wedding. Then slowly I am joined by my other bridesmaids – Lais, Carol, Priscilla, Emma and Maria. We have a little meeting together and run through the schedule, they make me change the whole thing by one hour earlier: “Let’s be honest Camila you need more time!” They know me well enough… and they were right! Everything run extremely well and we were unbelievably on time!

My make-up was done by Tom Ford who flew from the UK for my big day and I feel so honoured to be able to work with such amazing professionals in my career. I couldn’t have had a better make- up artist, thank you Lori Woodhouse for my DREAM bridal make-up! My hair was done by Fernanda and Leticia from FHB salon also based in London, I’ve been with the girls for over 5 years and only them look after my hair and wouldn’t be different on my wedding day!


Wedding planner – Juliana Calvo from Savvy Events Studio | DecorationVincenzo Dascanio | Catering – Galateo | Dress – Ashi Studio and Galia Lahav | Groom’s suit – Tom Ford | Church: Ognissanti | Wedding reception: Villa di Maiano | Hotel: St Regis | Jewellery and rings: Damiani | Band: ART collective | Samba band: Sol Ipanema Shows | Lights and audio: GB audio | Film: Maru Films | Photograhy: Tali Photography |Make up: Lori Woodhouse from Tom Ford | Hair: FHB salon | Bridal party gift: By Kilian | Bridesmaids robes: Agent Provocateur | DJ: Gianluca Baroncelli & Alex | Opera singer: Stefano Fini

This post became so big that I had to split in two! Tomorrow the second post will be live! Leave your comments below would love to hear from you :)

Lots of love,

Your bride.

Lifestyle

Camichella

Few weeks ago we set off to Bodrum for my HEN party. I was just so excited for it and couldn’t wait to manage to gather my friends from Europe and Brazil all together in such a beautiful place. #CAMICHELLA

We were a group of 12 friends from the UK and from back home! It started off on the bad foot when my maid of honour and my cousin missed their flights, they normally say when something happens right at the start, the rest should be all ok. Not sure if the theory is correct but I must say we had the best time apart of this little incident haha.

As soon as we landed we were greeted by the the very friendly staff from Il Riccio that took us to the amazing hotel. Set by a paradisiac rocks and sea, white and blue themed, so dreamy! We checked-in, then straight for lunch at their restaurant. A feast awaited us as we came for lunch, the most delicious seafood and mediterranean food – just what we needed to fuel up! The best part was yet to come… once we  finished our meal the staff took us to the “Temptation Room” which is a room filled with the most amazing sweets and everything you can think of really… the only rule is to eat as much as you want! We definitely obeyed it.

After lunch we headed for a cocktail party at the busy and very lively Maçakizi hotel. The mixture of relaxing paradise with the lively vibe was perfect for the HEN. We all had a great time.

Later that evening we headed for dinner in Bodrum busy city centre where the marine is. For my surprise it is a very modern place with lots of tourists and such a nice place to hang out. We had a yummy dinner at FENIX and partied the night away there.

Next morning we were off to D Maris Bay. The place is located right in the middle of an absolutely gorgeous nature area, in between the volcanic rocks and almond trees. We had the pleasure to enjoy the views towards the Aegean and Mediterranean seas. 

My favourite part of our stay at D Maris Bay was the incredible boat trip we took around the island. My friend Edson has a brand called Alto Giro. His brand actually designed all the CAMICHELLA swimsuit for us! It was so special! I couldn’t ask for better friends on earth, really…

Thank you to my forever gorgeous bridesmaid Nina for organising the Hen. Thanks to all my friends for coming and making it happen! And finally thanks to D Maris Bay and Il Riccio team for hosting us.

Travel

Le Vendôme

Le Vendôme is situated in the heart of Beirut, right in the coast overlooking the Mediterranean sea. It’s very close the main shopping areas, such as the Beirut souks and Hamra street. 

As soon as you come in, your attention will surely be caught by the beautiful gold furnishings, there’s gold everywhere you look actually. Another thing which is very clear about the hotel is the fact that it’s a very quiet and private place. Unlike other places, Le Vendôme is the perfect hotel if you’re looking for privacy. 

The hotel hosts Sydney’s restaurant, which is for many the best in town. The restaurant is on the rooftop and has an amazing panoramic views over the sea. It’s absolutely beautiful! Sydney’s serves incredible classic dishes and it is also 24 hours. Breakfast is also served there, you can enjoy the outstanding morning view as you have your breakie! 

Le Vendôme is everything you could expect from a hotel, I would definitely recommend it!