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Getting married abroad? Getting married in Italy? View real weddings in Italy. Here's some couples, who have decided to tie the knot away from home with a wedding in Italy.
A beautiful Day on the Lake
Sheralin and Ellis wanted to get married abroad, somewhere hot. Italy is the most romantic country, with good weather and excellent food and the lakes have the most beautiful scenery. They chose a lovely 19th century villa to have the ceremony and reception at. The ceremony was set in the gardens of the villa in front of a fountain . It was a beutiful and sunny day and the wedding arch with white roses was perfectly integrated into the italian garden of the villa. The ceremony was very romantic and emotional with background music of 2 violinists and a harpist. After the ceremony , the couple and the guests moved to another part of the garden and enjoyed an aperitif with canapès, finger foods and champagne. At sunset a reception dinner was served under the marquee.
THE BRIDE: "We had 58 guests who all flew out to Italy from the UK for our wedding, and also friends from Denmark. Our wedding planner worked with me for 18 months before the wedding to help put it all together. We both worked hard in deciding what we wanted for the day and our wedding plannerwas so fantastic and patient. There was no dress code apart from smart as it was peak summer in August so we wanted the guests to wear what ever is comfortable. The style that we wanted was elegant, and classy, a fairy tale wedding. I chose the colour scheme to be a copper orange as the bridesmaids dresses were a copper that I fell in love with first so we worked around that.
I was so nervous before hand that I could feel myself shaking, as I walked down the isle and I looked up and saw Ellis looking back at me I started to break down and got emotional. But I held myself together and we said the vows perfectly and held hands throughout the ceremony. I wore a beautiful dress made by Spanish designer Pronovias with a heavy laced train length veil. My dress had swarvoski crystals and beads embroidered into the bodice. I wore a ring on my right hand that was sentimental as it was my Father in Laws Mothers wedding ring. I wore some diamond ear rings that were given to me as a wedding gift by my husband the day before the wedding as a surprise then we drank champagne overlooking the lake.I had 4 bridesmaids, they all wore copper dresses that were made from chiffon and they wore white orchids in their hair and a small bouquet of cream roses. My bouquet was a ball rose bouquet, with marrakesh copper roses and green berries. The bridesmaids had smaller ivory cream roses which contrasted with my wedding dress and the bridesmaids dresses. For the table centerpieces, we had cream roses and for the head table we used a long centre piece of roses and white lilies.
The reception was in the garden grounds of the villa under the marquee. It was decorated all Ivory and creams. We had fairy lights all up each pillar of the marquee which on the evening added a lovely romantic atmosphere along with the candles on the tables when it got dark.We had a 4 course sit down meal. We had served Aspargus and Prosecco Wine Rice, Trofie with Basil and Shrimps, Main was Angus Fillet with tomatoes and balsamic Vinegar and also a vegetarian option. We had a chocolate fondue with marshmallows, fruit & biscuits. And then 2 tier wedding cake. 1st tier chocolate and 2nd tier fruit and jam which had rose petals sprinkled over. We had music gently playing during the meal in the background, then at 8.30pm a DJ arrived and the lights went low and we had party music after that, and an open bar all evening for all the guests. The reception ended at 1am. It was truly the fairytale wedding and nearly everyone of our guests said it was the best wedding they have attended. Italy and the Italian Lakes were a perfect location to choose."
photography : Studio Fotografando Milano
Warm Autumn wedding in Italy
Mariam and Samuel discovered and fell in love with Lake Como during an holiday in Italy. An year later Samuel proposed on a bench overlooking Moltrasio and they decided that their marriage had to be intimate and on Lake Como. The wedding celebration lasted a full day. The ceremony was in a beautiful villa in Varenna. The couple exchanged their vows under a floral arch in the beautiful terrace overlooking Bellagio. An aperitif with Prosecco wine and italian food like Parma ham and parmesan flakes of Grana Padano followed the ceremony. After having a light lunch, spouses and guests enjoyed a boat tour on the lake. Than they reached a private villa on the other side of the lake. Here's an aperitif on the garden and a sit down dinner followed. The evening ended with fireworks on the water.
THE BRIDE: "The theme was generally speaking classy but not too much. We chose black/white/grey for the decoration of the reception, and white/red for the ceremony.The guests could come as they wanted, no particular dress-code.Since we were taking care of all expenses for our guests, we had to limit their number to 35 only, including 9 children. (our guest were coming from England, Holland, France, Belgium, Spain).
We exchanged our vows at the end of the ceremony. It was picture-perfect, as we both sat, hand-in-hand, amongst our beloved guests and in front of the lake and the mountains.The biggest moment of the ceremony must be when I walked down the stairs with my mother (extremely important for me as I lost my father when I was 2 years old), as the harpist started to play our songs. Everyone agrees there wasn't any dry eye in the assembly! The guests were facing the lake, on with-clothed chairs, in a semi-circle form. A white and red roses alley was leading from the stairs to the bride and groom's chairs, sitting under an arch of white and red roses.The ceremony was breath-taking. Everyone who witnessed it told us it was like a fairy-tale. Being from different religions, the civil ceremony had to be more full of emotions and touching than for other couples. And it certainly was! Everyone was feeling like in the clouds, incredibly moved by the beauty of the surroundings.
We wanted a reception on the Eastern shore of the
Lake Como, where we've spent so many great weekends. We
therefore looked for villas capable of hosting 30-odd people. We
found a villa in Lenno, right on the lake, which was just
perfect for accommodating some of our guests and hosting the
reception on the wedding day and the day after.After the
ceremony, we all had aperitivi at the villa, and walked around
its botanical garden, while posing for the photographer.Then we
walked back to the boats, the newly weds in the small boat and
the guests in the big one. We reached the Villa Bella Venere on
the other side to see that the table had been set beautifully
well by the wedding planner, and that two staff were ready to
serve another aperitivo before heading inside for the 7-course
Apart from that little stress at some moments, we must admit we were rather relaxed on the day. Things were planned, and did not go as planned but perfectly… like a dream, fairy tale become just real! Nothing happened that could get us out of our dream, our guests were overwhelmed and felt very very emotional during the all day. I guess all weddings are different, but for brides getting married abroad, a good wedding planner is definitely a must, at least for the administrative bits. Our wedding planner ensured that everything would go smoothly and coordinates all different events perfectly"
photography : Davide Pelloli, Como
Planning a wedding in Italy in 2 weeks
originally planned to get married aboard a cruise ship midway
through a Mediterranean cruise whilst docked in Pisa. Three
weeks prior to sailing, we were devastated to find out that the
company we were cruising with had made a massive error with our
booking and we had no confirmed wedding plans and no
arrangements for our 100+ guests. We were unable to have the
planned wedding. We desperately sought a wedding planner in
Italy who could arrange a wedding for our guests in this short
We needed to find a venue, very closed to Livorno port ( Tuscany), where the boat docked. We got married overlooking a lake in the gardens of Puccini's Villa .The venue was breathtakingly picturesque and certainly created a unique and unforgettable venue.We wanted to create an intimate setting for our 100 guests, who were dressed in 'Hollywood Glamour and Waistocats' .My husband and I are from different cultures and it was important that the wedding day ceremony included traditions from each culture so that every one felt included. Our ceremony included the vows we had written as well as family members and close friends to perform these traditions and readings.
The guests, bridegroom and ushers left the cruise ship in coaches at 10am to travel to the venue. I left half an hour later with my mother, mother-in-law, bridesmaid and auntie. When the guests arrived at the venue they walked up a tree-lined avenue to a drinks reception I had some photographs by the lakeside and then was driven up to a waiting area as the guests were all seated for the ceremony. My father came to meet me and we had a toast before my mother, mother-in-law, bridesmaid and auntie went to be seated. My best friends daughter and Neils nephew, who were bridesmaid and page boy, walked ahead of my father and I down an isle which ran through the middle of our seated guests.
During our vows we had family and friends join us for reading and blessings. As soon as the ceremony was over, we had a band that started playing music and there was lots of dancing and cheering. We had some amayzing group photographs and Neil and I had some beautiful ones of the two of us whilst our guests carried on dancing and drinking. Our planner had arranged an absolutely huge and beautiful cake which was brought out and we had the band play more music as we all danced together. The photographs, cake and dancing took about an hour after which we all sat down in an elegantly decorated, tented dining area and enjoyed a beautiful three course meal. We then listened and laughed to some hysterical speaches and some of our guests did imprompu toasts. Regretfully 4.30pm came too soon and we had to get back the coaches in time to board the ship for its departure, however everyone sang and joked all the back and into the early hours once on board the Cruise Ship.
The day was organised to perfection and all our guests were blown away with what the planner had created for us. As it was so last minute, Neil and I had not seen anything first hand and everything from the location to the photographer was beyond our expectations."
photography : Studio Fotografando Milano
Apulia and Uk on Lake Como for an unforgettable wedding
Corinne, an english teacher, met Roberto in Apulia, at Language school, where she was working and she fell in love with this beautiful region and the future husband. After 6 years being together, they had a beautiful daughter and decide to get married on Lake Como.
THE BRIDE: "We asked Varese Wedding, a wedding planner, to help as with having a baby and living abroad I felt it would have been too much of a stress to do it alone. She showed us around various venues and in the end we chose this private house. I fell in love with the place as soon as I saw it. It is in a really rustic old Italian Village literally in the middle of no-where, even though the location in Lake Como you need to drive along lots of narrow twisty and turning roads quite a way up the side of the lake to reach it. As it is high up the views are spectacular. The thing that drew us to the location wasn’t necessarily the villa but the garden. The garden is absolutely beautiful and set on various levels due to the steepness of the location. It is full of flowers and various magical elements, such a bush you can actually go inside, a canopy of kiwi plants and cave like passage from one level to another, there is even a tiny church. Lake Como is a very popular destination for weddings and the Villa offered a beautiful location that wasn’t too formal. The Villa is private and lived in by the owners, it’s their family home so the feel of the place is extremely warm and not like a stately national trust home which although beautiful often lack that personal touch."
They had guests coming from Apulia, Uk and some from Spain and New Zealand. The ceremony was set on the garden overlooking the lake. There were white chairs laid out for the guests with an aisle in the middle leading up to a table with the celebrant. The aisle was made of petals and just in front of the table there was a heart shape on the ground also made of petals for us to stand in. Table was decorated with pink and white flowers and greenery. They didn’t have much decoration really, because the garden was full of flowers so it wasn’t necessary. They held the ceremony in late afternoon because of the heat (it was very hot).
THE BRIDE: "I arrived with my dad and we had to walk down various zig zag walkways to get to the right level so we had quite a long bridal march. We had given all our guest bubbles to blow and the kids bubble guns to shoot so when I arrived it felt like I was walking through a sea of bubbles. The celebrant led the ceremony in English and also did Italian translation, we had 2 readings one in Italian from Roberto’s sister and one in English from a friend of mine. Roberto’s dad in true Italian style also stood up and made a speech. I was quite nervous especially about having to make my vows in Italian and needless to say I made a few mistakes. I felt really emotional when my friend did her reading, she had come all the way from New Zealand and is my oldest friend, we have know each other from birth so I really appreciated her being there. Roberto couldn’t wait to kiss me and kept asking the celebrant whether it was the right time and finally at the end she said ‘and now you may kiss the bride".
The aperitif was arranged on the garden and than back to the villa for a starter buffet and 3 courses served meal, followed by a dessert buffet under a gazebo outside the house. The dj played the background for the first dance and than 70'-80' dance music.
THE BRIDE: "We planned to hold the reception in the garden, but after a week of looking at the weather forecast we decided to hold it inside the villa. This was a very wise choice because just after the ceremony had finished and we were happily tucking into our aperitivo, it poured it down. It was literally torrential rain so we had to run up all the garden levels into the villa. I was quite upset as I really had imagined everything in the open but on a positive front it bought all our guest together and got people talking as everyone was sharing umbrellas and taking shelter under trees together. Unfortunately we were a bit squashed inside the villa but again this got people socializing. By the time we had finished eating the rain had stopped and we were able to go back outside for a buffet of desserts and the cutting of the cake. We had a buffet of starters in the villa which was going to be standing but we ended up sitting down due to the rain. We then had our main meal which was 2 first courses (one pasta and one risotto), a main meat dish followed by a buffet of desserts outside. In between the first and second course were the speeches. Before cutting the cake one of our friends who had come from New Zealand, dressed in traditional Maori costume and performed the Hakka for everyone and gave a fantastic explanation in Italian (he doesn’t actually speak Italian). We then did the first dance and everyone joined in, thankfully, as we are definitely not professional dancers and hadn’t had time to practice anything. We finished off the evening by launching Chinese lanterns from one of the levels of the garden and they floated off into the night over the lake. "
photography : Studio Fotografando Milano