Meet the Team
Bestweddingaway is comprised of a team of highly energised, dedicated professionals. The backgrounds and skills of the team vary from marketing to sales, from tourism to accountancy, with most of the experience having been gained through working in large multinational companies. This mixture of skills works well together to ensure we offer the best possible service to our couples.
As all of our wedding planners live locally to the areas where we arrange weddings we all have an expert knowledge over the areas of Italy, Greece and the Balearic Islands in Spain for which we look after as well as speaking the local language. This local knowledge is vital in ensuring the practicalities of marrying abroad are followed as well as ensuring we get you the best deals from the local suppliers. We can also offer advice on the local customs and generally ensure through our eye for detail, that everything concerning your wedding runs smoothly and that your dream destination wedding is everything and more you hoped it to be!
Roberto’s international experience has been obtained through senior managerial positions in large English and American multinational companies. In his last position Roberto was a Country Manager for the Italian, Spanish and Portuguese branches of an American company operating in the sports and leisure industry. This company is a market leader in its sector and its parent company is a US Fortune 500. Roberto has worked in different industries, including, medical, pharmaceutical and wellness, covering a variety of roles such as sales, marketing, sales management and, for the last ten years, general management. In these positions Roberto has held responsibility to develop new markets internationally, introduce new products into European markets, organise national and international events at a high-profile level, develop marketing and communication campaigns and provide consultancy. All these skills are brought to Bestweddingaway as Roberto has overall supervision of all weddings, selection of wedding venues and suppliers as well as promotion and advertising.
Roberto possesses a first class degree and a second-class degree, which he achieved while living in Great Britain for six years. Furthermore he has achieved a Master in Business Administration at SDA Bocconi di Milano. Roberto is 44, has two children and lives in a beautiful village in the province of Verona by Lake Garda.
Irene – Wedding planner : UK, Germany and Tour Operators
Irene was born in the north east of Italy. Travelling and studying foreign languages and cultures have always been one of her biggest passions. English, French, Spanish and German are some of those! After getting her Bachelor Degree from the University of Trieste in Interpreting and Translation, she spent some time working in an hotel in Mallorca in the customer service section, where her passion for tourism grew! She then did her Master in Foreign Languages for the International Communication and Cooperation at the University of Padua, where she acquired the skills of intercultural mediator. During this period, she lived and worked in Germany for almost one year, where she also met people from all over the world. This led her to have excellent people skills and developing a good knowledge of foreign cultures. Her experience as an interpreter in international fairs and translator for UNRIC in Brussels has assisted Irene to gain the skills required for her job role! Her multicultural background together with her Italian one allow her to understand the needs of the client and at the same time foster good relationships with Italian suppliers.
All of these elements combined with optimal organizations skills and attention to details are guarantee of an unforgettable and successful event!
Cate - Wedding Planner: UK, US, Ireland
Cate obtained an International Hospitality degree at the University of Central Lancashire in 1999 and immediately moved to Italy where she started a career in the tourism business working for a big British tour operator. Cate felt she was the luckiest girl alive, living in her ‘dream’ country, doing a job she loved interacting and helping people and using the hospitality knowledge she had gained during her University studies.
Over the years, Cate’s knowledge of the local area, national culture and command of the language has improved, allowing her to communicate efficiently in both personal and professional situations. Cate’s work experience has provided her with a good business basis in her ability to create, manage and implement projects, deal with financial matters, negotiate at all levels, foster good supplier relationships and develop excellent interpersonal skills for working in a team. Cate has a teaching certificate which helped her gain further experience of dealing with people from all walks of life and assisted her in becoming the very calm, patient and helpful woman that she is today. In her wedding planner role, Cate can bring to bear her “forte”- her interpersonal skills. Each wedding is a great, special and important event and Cate’s enthusiasm to create something unique every time is a great asset. The ‘bespoke ‘ wedding organisation is what really fascinates Cate, each wedding becomes a new project; new locations/ venues to discover, new suppliers to meet the end result being an individual, unique and fantastic wedding event.
Anna – Wedding Planner, Amalfi Coast Specialist
Anna was born in Ravello where she still lives with her husband and 2 children. She is very proud of her region and has detailed knowledge of the whole Amalfi Coast, from the most famous and well-known areas, to the most secret and treasured corners.
She has worked in the Tourism industry for many years assisting mainly British tour operators organising holidays on the Amalfi Coast. She started to coordinate weddings in 1998 and since then has developed a fantastic knowledge which she uses to aid couples in planning their dream wedding in Italy. The Amalfi coast and especially her native town Ravello have given her the chance of working with some truly elaborate events of famous movie stars and also with simple romantic weddings.
With Anna’s expertise and knowledge she will guide you throughout the wedding planning process to ensure everything is fully under control. Her passion in being there for her couples at all times ensures the success of the event.
Anna’s experience as a wedding planner will ensure you feel comfortable and relaxed, resulting in a truly unforgettable day.
Katharina – Wedding Planner: Germany, Austria, Switzerland and Slovenia
Katharina was born and raised in Austria and studied Tourism and Management in Innsbruck. Following her studies she worked at the Congress Centre in Innsbruck as the Event Manager where she honed her excellent people skills. She also developed her language skills and speaks 5 languages fluently: German, English, Italian, French and Slovenian.
Having been fortunate enough to travel to many countries over the years as well as having lived in Austria, Slovenia, France, Switzerland and Italy, Katharina is acutely aware of the differences in cultures and traditions. Now living in Italy, Katharina supports couples looking to get married in Italy and brings an eye for attention to detail to her weddings. She enjoys being a wedding planner as her passion is in organising unforgettable events. She loves the creative aspect of the job and loves to come up with innovative ideas to ensure that couples have a wedding day abroad that they will never forget. Her motto for couples is nothing is impossible!
Her top tip for couples looking to get married in foreign countries is to utilise a local wedding planner. This will ensure that the preparations go smoothly and the couple are not driven crazy or stressed out by the bureaucracy required to get married overseas.
Katharina’s hobbies including skiing, horse riding, sailing, mountain biking, trekking, running, and gardening - she is always on the go!
Carole – Wedding Planner: Spain and the Balearic Islands
Originally from the UK, Carole first encountered the island of Mallorca on holiday where she immediately fell in love with the island and decided on working there.
Her professional background has been diverse working as a hotel receptionist, management secretary, holiday rep, store manageress, estate agent, eventually moving on to hold a top management position in one of the largest privately owned commercial airlines based in Spain.
Having been head hunted to work as a Commercial & Marketing Director she took the bold move in 2001 was to start up her own consultancy company serving the airline industry which she is still involved in today.
Over the 35 years of living in Mallorca, Carole has acquired a wealth of knowledge both commercially and locally which she has found to be vital in wedding planning.
Her involvement in weddings and being an events planner arose after helping a number of friends and commercial acquaintances with arrangements for weddings, product launches, incentive programmes, holiday villas etc. Her organisational skills, attention to detail and passion ensure each couple have the overseas ceremony they dreamed of in Mallorca.
Carole speaks fluent Spanish, and has good knowledge of Catalan, French and German.
Joanna – Wedding Planner: Santorini, Greece
Joanna began her career in Greece’s hospitality industry in the hotel Food and Beverage departments, and soon fell in love with event planning. It was her dream to provide a full wedding and event planning service to clients. Joanna quickly became known as a leading event designer and planner in the Cyclades and the islands of North East Aegean.
Joanna brings over 15 years of experience to the industry, as she began her event planning endeavours at a young age. When she was nineteen she began working as a waitress at weddings and special events and throughout college she was able to design several weddings. Determined to incorporate the creative finer details, floral and event design were very quickly added to her repertoire of skills.
Joanna is native Greek from Chios Island and has been living in Santorini the last two years. Her passion for travelling, together with her extensive knowledge of the Greek islands have recently earned her a Master’s Degree in Tourism Management.
Joanna uses her eye for detail, love of style, passion for beauty, commitment to excellence and unparalleled work ethic to define and interpret the style of each couple. From this she then creates timeless celebrations that are forever remembered.