British couple Zara and Ryan’s Sorrento wedding photography story from Villa Antiche Mura on the Amalfi Coast of Italy. A beautiful and exciting destination wedding in the heart of Sorrento that provided an opportunity to combine street style inspired photography with documentary wedding photography.

The couple wanted natural looking wedding photography with a touch of creativity and chose Wes Simpson Weddings because that is exactly my speciality.

By choosing me to photograph their day, the couple wasn’t away from their family and friends for too long. Nothing was staged or over posed and every photo is a true insight into their wedding and a timeless reminder of the best day of their life.

The couple were joined by family and friends who jetted out to Sorrento for 7 days of celebrations, this included a prewedding welcome meal, wedding at Villa Antiche Mura and a post-wedding photography shoot.

Here is their story…


Bride and groom crossing busy road in Sorrento wearing wedding dress from wedding


We are Zara and Ryan (Sav) Saville from Buckley, North Wales. We met in our local pub one Sunday afternoon and got engaged in Sri Lanka after I graduated from University. Ryan proposed whilst we were trekking the jungle on an Elephant, he had secretly extended the holiday and we went to Dubai to pick my ring!!

Our wedding took place at the beautiful Villa Antiche Mura – Il Tuo Matrimonio in Sorrento on the Amalfi Coast of Italy. We had always wanted to get married abroad as we are both lovers of holidays and the Sun.

We went to Italy for a weekend and fell in love with Villa Antiche Mura. It has amazing views and the best spot in Sorrento for a bit of fizz in the sun.



Who did you wear? 

My dress was Pronovious, it was a fitted lace number with feather detail! Nothing like what I thought I’d wear but I fell in love with it when my mother in law, best friend and I went dress shopping. It was a perfect dress for a wedding in Italy, felt really comfortable wearing it outside all day and night at Villa Antiche Mura.

What about your bridal party?

The wedding theme was royal blue, so the Bridesmaids wore long flowy blue dresses that matched the groom’s men’s grey suits and blue detail. Sav wanted to stand out so his whole suit was a bright royal blue.

What type of flowers did you choose?

Royal blue and white roses, we went for roses because we are massive Everton FC fans and they made the bouquets look like little footballs.


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About the wedding.

We flew only the closest friends and family members out to join us tying the knot at Villa Antiche Mura, we had 56 in the end. We are both very family orientated so it was so overwhelming that everyone made such an effort, we all know how to have a good party and that’s exactly what it was.

Standout moment.

One of the best parts of the day was when we took the horse and cart into town for photographs. Everyone was congratulating us and we had such a laugh with Wes. It was nice to chill out and take in what had happened, oh and eat some ice cream (as husband and wife).

How did you tame your wedding day nerves?

I had no nerves at all, I was so excited! Sav contemplated the Gym- but that never happened. Haha!



What do you love about your wedding photography and would you recommend Wes?

YES, 150%…I have never seen wedding pictures like ours. When we got back from our honeymoon we had random people we’d never met approaching us in the local bank telling us they had seen our pictures on Facebook and complimenting them! Wes turns a normal scene into a magnificent memory that we will keep forever.

What did you like most about working with Wes?

He is so creative, he uses the location and surroundings to their absolute potential and created wonderful images. He is really down to earth and made us feel so comfortable! He listened to what we wanted and gave his own input! The girls and I had a right laugh with him whilst getting ready in the morning. He made us all feel so at ease and offered lots of practical advice.

What is your favourite picture from the wedding?

I love all the photos at Villa Antiche Mura but it has to be when Sav and I are crossing the road in Sorrento. I can’t even describe it, you just go ‘WOW’ when you see it. That road is in the middle of Sorrento town and it’s is crazy busy, and there I am in my wedding dress holding my husband’s hand. It’s a moment in time captured perfectly.



Do you have any advice for future brides or grooms reading this?

A few people thought I was crazy to fly out a UK based wedding photographer to photograph my wedding at Villa Antchie Mura, obviously, there are photographers based in Sorrento and throughout the Amalfi Coast, but the photography was really important to us.

If you just want basic pictures of you and your guest at your wedding then any photographer will do, if you want every special moment told in a story, everyone ounce of emotion captured and photographs that when you look back will make you feel you are reliving the day, Wes is the man.

Also, the day goes so fast, so I’d suggest getting married as early in the day as possible. We had a mid-day wedding, yes it was HOT, but it was worth it to spend more time with guests and each other.

What are you most looking forward to as a married couple?

Travelling the world together and plenty of adventure.


Villa Antiche Mura is an exclusive wedding venue located on the cliff of Sorrento in Via Rota. Overlooking the beautiful Sorrento Peninsula, Villa Antchie Mura is just 55 km from Naples by car. The nearest International Airport is Naples which is 50 km.

Nearby the Villa, guests may find restaurants, bars, pubs, discos, night clubs and shopping area. Villa Antchie Mura offers a strategic position for the excursions to Capri, Pompei, Positano and Amalfi Coast as it is very close to the train and bus station and Sorrento harbour.

The venue offers different areas where you can personalise for your unique day, these include:

The elegant lobby for more than 100 guests overlooking the Bay of Naples.

The choice of two beautiful outside terraces overlooking the bay of Naples.

Characteristic citrus grove garden typical of the Sorrento area.

Direct access to the sea and a room for the bride and the groom for the whole day.

The address: Villa Antiche Mura, Via Fuorimura, 7 | 80067 – Sorrento (Na).

Points of interest close to Villa Antchie Mura.

Hotel Antiche Mura: Which is 15 minutes walking distance or 3 min by car.

Sorrento Main square which is called Piazza Tasso: 15 minutes walking distance or 3 min by car.

Sorrento Cloister for Civil Ceremony: 18 minutes walking distance or 4 min by car.

Sorrento Train Station: 13 minutes walking distance or 3 min by car.



In many ways, I believe hiring a photographer you trust and whose style you like is even more important when planning a destination wedding than getting married at home.

Family and friends invest in holiday to see you tie the knot in unfamiliar surroundings and everyone back home will want to experience the excitement of your wedding through your photographs.

If you’re planning a wedding at Villa Antiche Mura, Sorrento or anywhere else on the Amalfi Coast, don’t hesitate to get in touch to book me to be your destination wedding photographer in Italy. My passport is ready!

Take a look at my portfolio for examples of work, the blog for the latest weddings and my approach page to photographing your wedding. Contact me today with any questions, to schedule an appointment or to book me to be your wedding photographer.

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