That’s Amore: Claudia and Kiel Aruba Wedding

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“Two Families are becoming one. Choose a seat not a side.”
A grand ceremony on Flamingo Beach is not your typical day. Whisked away to their own
private island for the day, guests enjoyed views that they will never forget.
An intimate occasion to take in the ocean breeze and the sound of nature all around them.

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Claudia Coppola and Kiel Ridolfino met while working at Claudia’s father’s Italian restaurant.
Friendship secretly turned into romance. “It got more and more difficult as we started to fall in love and couldn’t stop flirting with each other,” teased Claudia.
So, finally they told their family and Coworkers that they were an item.

After years of dating the couple started talking about marriage. When they got engaged, they
faced a dilemma: “Initially, we expected to have our wedding in Italy, as it is a tradition to get married in the town my family is from,
but the idea of a Caribbean wedding had always been a dream of ours,” Claudia explained.
The couple had vacationed in Aruba before. “It’s our happy place.

We love Aruba for its landscapes—sun, sea, and nature everywhere,” said the bride.

They hired wedding planners Maryla Colandrea and Giuseppe Scotto of Art of Perfection
Events, a company that specializes in luxury weddings abroad, to coordinate their destination wedding—whether it be Aruba or Italy.

“Since they, too, are from Italy, it was easy to communicate our needs to maintain traditions and to speak Italian when needed with guests,” the couple shared.
Art of Perfection Events suggested Renaissance Island, a small private island just a short boat ride away from the Aruban mainland.

The idea alone made Claudia and Kiel start dreaming.
Sight unseen, the couple trusted their wedding planners word and secured the venue.
“This made the day of the wedding even more exciting for us—it was not only a surprise for our guests, but an unbelievable one for us as well!” exclaims Kiel.

Nabilah Luxury Beach Wedding South Italy
Nabilah Luxury Beach Wedding South Italy

They hired wedding planners Maryla Colandrea and Giuseppe Scotto of Art of Perfection
Events, a company that specializes in luxury weddings abroad, to coordinate their destination wedding—whether it be Aruba or Italy.

“Since they, too, are from Italy, it was easy to communicate our needs to maintain traditions and to speak Italian when needed with guests,” the couple shared.
Art of Perfection Events suggested Renaissance Island, a small private island just a short boat ride away from the Aruban mainland.

The idea alone made Claudia and Kiel start dreaming.
Sight unseen, the couple trusted their wedding planners word and secured the venue.
“This made the day of the wedding even more exciting for us—it was not only a surprise for our guests, but an unbelievable one for us as well!” exclaims Kiel.

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The Décor

Art of Perfection Events designed a luxurious island-chic ambiance that was both natural feeling and whimsical.

“The couple chose to utilize a lot of greenery matched with a variety of white flowers, accented with touches of gold and silver. The ceremony had an unbelievable palm leaf arch that overlooked the water, together with bamboo chairs, it created the island feel Claudia and Kiel were looking for.

With the privacy of the beach, the intimacy of the atmosphere, and the flamingos walking around as they said their vows at sunset, it was like being in a deserted paradise,” passionately explains planner Maryla Colandrea.

The Attire

Claudia worked in fashion before becoming a teacher. While working at the iconic New York
bridal Salon Kleinfelds she fell in love the the Maison Signore brand. An Italian brand that was created in Naples Italy where Claudia’s family is from.

So naturally, when it was time for her to choose a gown, “I said ‘yes’ to a Maison Signore gown with an illusion back and delicate lace detailing,” informed the bride. In this way she was able to still combine elements of Italy to her special day. The bride wore Stuart Weitzman wedding shoes. The groom wore Hugo Boss attire and accessories.

nabilah wedding theme
nabilah wedding theme

The Attire

Claudia worked in fashion before becoming a teacher. While working at the iconic New York
bridal Salon Kleinfelds she fell in love the the Maison Signore brand. An Italian brand that was created in Naples Italy where Claudia’s family is from.

So naturally, when it was time for her to choose a gown, “I said ‘yes’ to a Maison Signore gown with an illusion back and delicate lace detailing,” informed the bride. In this way she was able to still combine elements of Italy to her special day. The bride wore Stuart Weitzman wedding shoes. The groom wore Hugo Boss attire and accessories.

Luxury Beach Wedding Celebration

The Reception

The wedding was infused with lots of cultural aspects. Italian, American and Aruban traditions were included to create an unforgettable experience. A steelpan musician greeted guests for the cocktail hour gathering, while they enjoyed special Aruban cocktails and signature Balashi Beer.

A plated dinner—with each place setting marked by a palm leaf with personalized calligraphy. The dessert station included a variety of mini Italian pastries as well as a traditional Italian Confettata with Jordan Almonds of all delicious flavors.
The couple combined musicians from Italy, New York, and Aruba to form their band, which
played all their favorite old and new songs, with Kiel—who is a musician/singer—joining in.

The couple also incorporated local touches like hand-rolled cigars and a phenomenal surprise performance by renowned Aruban of Carnaval dancers.

Welcome Dinner and Natural Bridge Photo Shoot

The couple began their festivities with a sunset welcome celebration the day before the wedding at the Divi Resorts. “All of our guests wore white—it was magical. Our Italian singers, Ciro Alma and Ciro Bellocchi, played guitar and sang, and Kiel surprised me with a serenade while our guests gathered on the sand around us. We danced the tarantella, a traditional Italian dance, under the stars—it was incredible!” States Claudia.

The couple decided to do a photo shoot a few days after the wedding at the Natural Bridge as a symbol of the beginning of their lives together.
With the wind in their hair and the sound of the ocean brushing against the rocks made it a
perfect new beginning for this couple.

wedding celebration nabilah
wedding celebration nabilah

Welcome Dinner and Natural Bridge Photo Shoot

The couple began their festivities with a sunset welcome celebration the day before the wedding at the Divi Resorts. “All of our guests wore white—it was magical. Our Italian singers, Ciro Alma and Ciro Bellocchi, played guitar and sang, and Kiel surprised me with a serenade while our guests gathered on the sand around us. We danced the tarantella, a traditional Italian dance, under the stars—it was incredible!” States Claudia.

The couple decided to do a photo shoot a few days after the wedding at the Natural Bridge as a symbol of the beginning of their lives together.
With the wind in their hair and the sound of the ocean brushing against the rocks made it a
perfect new beginning for this couple.

The Vendors

Ceremony and reception location: Renaissance Private Island
Wedding planner: Art of Perfection Events #APeventdesign
Décor: Letz Aruba
Flowers: Shar’s Flowers
Wedding Cake: W Cakes
Photography: Lucia Dovere Photography
Music: Sunny Ray Aruba (violinist, steelpan musician, local musicians for dance band
collaboration)
Additional musicians for the dance band: Alma Y Musica with singers Ciro Alma (Italy) and Mike
Latham (New York)
Hand-rolled cigars: Aruhiba
Photo booth: Awesome Photo Booth
Carnaval dancers: The Super Dancers
Videography: Alberto D’aria Videography
Hair: Simona Schiano
Makeup: Indulgence by the Sea

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