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Lake Como Villa Balbianello Wedding

Scans: PhotoVision Prints | Ceremony: Villa Del Balbianello | Event Planner: Veronica Frasca
Reception Venue: Villa Flori | Dress Designer: Sottero and Midgley | Florist: Figli Dei Fiori

A few words from the fabulous couple: David: My favorite moment was standing at the altar with my bestman at my left, waiting for my bride to appear in one of the most beautiful places I’d ever stood, Villa Balbianello on Lake Como. Was I nervous? No, I definitely wasn’t nervous. In fact, I suddenly couldn’t understand why that seemed to be so common in weddings. Sometimes to the point where the groom keels over backward at the altar and passes out cold- What’s the deal with that?
Soon after everyone was seated, the lone violinist changed his tune to our song, “Elvis Presley – Can’t help falling in love.” Guests turned around in their seats to watch as my bride entered the Loggia. My eyes were locked, unblinking as she slowly walked the aisle. There she was, my bride. Absolutely stunning. Breathtaking. Lake Como had faded to a mere hazy back drop behind her. That was my wife. My life partner. My person. And suddenly, I couldn’t feel my legs and I understood how keeling over was possible.

Nellie: One of our favorite details had been a private exchange of our personal vows, which we exchanged on the morning of our wedding. Instead of reading them that day, we decided to trust one another not to read them after we exchanged them. We are going to wait until we celebrate our 1 year anniversary to see if we lived up to the promises we made one another over the course of our first year together as husband and wife.
I was gifted a pair of vintage earrings from almost husband, as my “something blue” for the wedding. He purchased them from a jeweler in the town of Bellagio on Lake Como. They were my first pair of earrings he’d ever given me and I plan to pass them down to our daughter/in law to wear on her wedding day.
The Weather: Before we left the states, we got a weather forecast for the week: scattered thunderstorms and a 90% chance of rain. To be well prepared, we sought out the most picturesque umbrellas a bride and groom could have. On the day of the wedding it was sunny and only slightly cloudy, we all kept our fingers crossed. I stepped off the boat, walked down the aisle and stood across from my soon-to-be-husband under the Loggia at Balbianello. As soon as we began our vows it started sprinkling rain and moments after we kissed for the first time as husband and wife, it stopped raining! We couldn’t believe the impecible timing. Just in time for us to walk down the aisle together and exit the Loggia to take photos on the grounds! During the last 5 minutes of our photography session it started sprinkling again and we got to put our umbrellas to use. We got the best of both worlds and it was then that I realized, rain or shine, anything was manageable with my husband by my side.

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