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Romantic Lake Como Bridal Session

Having made the trek all the way from Hong Kong for their pre-wedding bridal session, these two love birds were meant for Lake Como and for the magic of Greg Finck and his lovely lens. Scenic mountains and the quaint villages of Bellagio and Varena served as the beautiful backdrop for every breathtaking capture, which pair beautifully with the moments in motion from Naz Films.

Greg Finck PhotographySylvester and Rachel had travelled all the way from Hong-Kong to do their engagement session on breath-taking Lake Como. I remember the first email when they enquire and asked me suggestions fif they should choose Paris, the Alps, or Lake Como for their engagement. I answered without a doubt, as Lake Como is such a wonderful location. Surrounded by mountains the Lake stretches as far as the eye can see. On its shores, the beautiful villages of Bellagio and Varena are the key touristic attractions. There are marvelous places and you need to take a boat to get there. Everything is preserved, and beauty is everywhere.

As it was a beautiful and sunny summer day, we decided to start shooting very early, meaning 6am. We had the most amazing sunrise on the lake and started to shoot with the first rays of sun backlighting the couple. We had a walk in Varena, and then took a boat trip on the Lake to reach the fabulous Villa Balbianello. This amazing venue held the movies James Bond’s Casino Royale, Ocean’s 13, and Star Wars.

This was undoubtedly a memorable day for our lovers. My friend Naz, from Naz Films, realized a great 8mm movie which translates, along with the photographs, the beauty of that day.

Photography: Greg Finck Photography | Videography: Naz Films | Bride's Shoes: Christian Louboutin | Private Villa: Villa Balbianello

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Elegant Outdoor Lake Como Wedding

I’d give just about anything to abandon this brutal winter and whisk away to the shores of Lake Como, but this gallery from Marcus Bell of Studio Impressions Photography is probably the next best thing. He beautifully told the story of this destination “I do,” and if this image doesn’t instantly give you the Italian travel bug, I don’t know what will.

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From The Bride… We met as starry-eyed finance graduates in our first “real job”. It didn’t take long before we were spending every spare moment as friends, and then evolved to something more. When we’re together, we’re always laughing with (and at) each other. We’re each other’s rock and partners in crime in every sense and we back each other up. We’ve changed a lot since when we first met, and whilst some changes were hard, we feel stronger for having evolved together and supporting each other through it.

When Jehan and I got engaged, we wanted a venue that had dramatic views, nature, water and somewhere our well-traveled friends and family had not been before. Jehan suggested Lake Como as he knew it’d been a dream of mine to go, and when we saw the first Google image of Villa Balbianello our jaws literally dropped and we knew we had found our place! With a destination wedding in mind, we had our hearts set on planning a week long amazing vacation with all of our nearest and dearest.

Living in New York and being away from our friends and family in Sydney, we were determined to maximize our time with our guests and make sure everyone felt spoilt!

Waiting for our guests in their rooms were handmade welcome bags with a personalized welcome note, local goodies and an events list detailing the fun to come for the week – Welcome Drinks at the Grand Hotel Tremezzo’s glam lakeside pool bar, separate on-the-lake bucks and hens, rehearsal dinner at a restaurant nestled high up on the hills complete with panoramic views, and a day-after pool party pizza brunch to aid in recovery. We also slipped in a custom designed map of Lake Como, a cheat sheet of must visit restaurants and activities, as well as a directory so guests could easily connect with one another.

Following the outdoor ceremony under the vine covered loggia, an acoustic guitar duo serenaded the guests as they enjoyed a selection of cocktails accompanied by Italian and modern canapés.

The overall aesthetic of our wedding day was modern chic with pops of glam. Lush Italian branches and small pared back arrangements of white flowers and candles gave the reception dinner an intimate feel and a luxurious touch without taking away from the already beautiful venue and surrounding landscape. We DYIed the save the dates, wedding invitations, the menus/ ceremony coasters, guest book forms, escort cards, after party lights, L&J marquee lights, buon appetito greenery letters and the welcome bags.

Guests were ready to party as they got off the boat at Grand Hotel Tremezzo where we had transformed a cave wine bar into our secret speakeasy-themed after-party. Rachel and the team from the Lake Como Wedding Planner did a great job in transforming the space with all the lighting elements we had DIYed and brought with us, including the L & J marquee letters we’d made to set the scene. The party ready guests, amazing cocktails and DJ did the rest!

Our favourite moments from the week would have to be the personalised vows we read to each other at the ceremony, the photo shoot on a Lucia boat (an ingenious idea by Marcus, our photographer!!), and our first dance, which we had secretly choreographed and practiced for weeks and never thought we could pull off!! But surprisingly, like so many other parts of the week, surrounded by our nearest and dearest, it felt natural and completely fun!

We are real DIYers at heart and our wedding was a true labour of love. We had the best time scheming on how to execute a particularly tricky idea or when beavering away together on our projects. We still feel giddy and extremely lucky to have executed our wedding in such spectacular fashion. From the bottom of our hearts, we want to thank our beloved family and friends who created the unique energy of the week, and our amazing vendors who made it all possible. In particular, the ladies at the Lake Como Wedding Planner and Marcus Bell our photographer who helped create and document our adventure with his breathtaking images to remind ourselves every day that it wasn’t all a dream!

We can clearly see all the depth and emotions captured from the day and we felt like it accurately captured who we are as a couple by the unique and innovative talents of Marcus Bell – the Lucia boat photos are inspired, and we feel so incredibly blessed with all the timeless mementos we now have of the wedding week, including the incredible day after photos!

A few words of advice: embrace the planning, and try to have fun with it! If you approach it as a chore, chances are it will feel like a chore and where’s the joy in that? Try to add your own twist to things, even with some DIY projects and personal touches to reflect both your styles. Remember what the day is meant to be about! The union of the two individuals as a couple. When making decisions during planning, whilst other opinions can be sought and taken into account, respect each other’s desires above all.

Photography: Marcus Bell | Wedding Planner: Rachel Birthistle | Wedding Dress: Vera Wang | Ceremony Venue: Villa Balbianello | Reception Venue: Villa Balbianello | Shoes: Chanel | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Jenny Woo For BHLDN | Hair: Carolyn O'Neill | Groom's Attire: Tom Ford | Jewelery: Chanel

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Lake Como Wedding from Andrea Kuehnis

We all know that Italian weddings are magical.  I mean, one look at this darling Lake Como wedding and it takes about five seconds to know that is true.  But dive even further into this pretty, pretty affair and it becomes something sooo much more than a drop-dead gorgeous wedding; it’s a day that is literally overflowing with heartwarming moments and smiling faces, a day that is all about the l.o.v.e and sharing that love with awesome friends and family.  See it all captured by Andrea Kuehnis right here.

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From Andrea Kuehnis… This Wedding took place over three days, with a cocktail night, a rehearsal dinner and the actual wedding day on the beautiful villa Balbianello in Italy. The couple, Mallory and Travis, are both US citizens and world travellers, but live in Zurich, Switzerland. They had their whole family and friends invited to be part of this unforgettable, fantastic event.

Photography: Andrea Kuehnis | Wedding Planner: Weddings Italy By Regency 1987 | Bridal Dress: Legends by Romona Keveza | Cocktail and Residence: Grand Hotel Tremezzo | Rehearsal Dinner: Villa Aurora | Villa Balbianello: Villa Balbianello

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Lake Como Wedding by SugarLove Photography

It is one of our favorite, favorite days here on Style Me Pretty where we get to delve into a mega-lineup of wedding inspiration that runs the gamut in terms of style and location. There is one common thread that runs throughout each of these features though…each is unbelievably, undeniably gorgeous. And since we have so much to share, we are keeping things short and sweet and if you are dying to see more, simply click on the gallery for the FULL wedding.

First up is a Lake Como wedding captured by the ever so talented SugarLove Photography that is filled to the tippy top with elegance and breathtaking Italian views. And believe us when we tell you that these two things are quite possibly the most perfect combination we’ve ever laid eyes on. Be sure to stop by the gallery for a little vicarious living in the form of this glorious Italian wedding.

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Photography: SugarLove / Wedding Dress: Melissa Sweet for Priscilla of Boston / Shoes: Mui Mui / Rings and Jewelry: Philip Press / Wedding Planner: Lucia Masserini of LM Weddings / Bridesmaid dresses: Butter Dress from Bridesmaids Only / Groom’s Suit: Emporio Armani /  Venue: Villa Passalacqua, Lake Como, Italy / Entertainment: Nandy and Maya McClean

Lake Como Wedding by Corbin Gurkin

Ciao Ciao SMPers. Hope you all had a lovely, relaxing weekend because we have a jam packed day of wedding greatness and you will need a full tank of energy for these pretties. See, Mondays aren’t that bad. In fact, they just might be the new Friday. Up first is a ridiculously gorgeous wedding at Lake Como from destination wedding photographer Corbin Gurkin. I happen to have a extra special place in my heart for this photography genius because she shot my wedding so I know first hand, she is the bees knees. And this wedding, ohhh this wedding. It is bringing the romance and the pretty. Be prepared for a rapidly beating heart and of course,you can always find more glorious goodness from Corbin in the gallery.

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When Mark and I first started looking into places to be married we envisioned being near water. After visiting a few locations in California, my brother, Alex, mentioned looking into Italy. Villa Balbianello in Lake Como was Colpo di Fulmine (love at first sight) as the Italians would say! We knew as soon as we stepped on the property that it was the place for us. The ambience was perfect – we were in love with the deep blues of the water, the intense mountains, the gorgeous villas along the shores and the incredible gardens. It truly is a magical location! Bellagio, where we stayed before the wedding day, was the ideal little town the guests to enjoy a true Italian experience – quaint cafes, stunning views, truly an amazing place for a holiday.

My favorite colors are red, pink, green and silver. Lisa Hoffman (Ceci NY) helped me to find the specific shades of those colors when we were planning out the save-the-dates and invitations. We decided to go with just the pink, green and silver and work the red in through floral arrangements. Once we had those colors chosen we maintained it through all aspects of the wedding planning. Laura Hooper, who designed all my accessories paid specific attention to the colors as well as what had already been put in place. She created the most amazing maps, which I was able to use on totes (given as gifts to my bridesmaids) and to be given as keepsakes. She also used the same color green and silver on all of our menus and place cards. In doing so, she made everything look elegant, polished and consistent

Photography: Corbin Gurkin/ Venue: Villa del Balbianello / Invitation Design: Ceci New York / Event Coordination: Helen Kershaw & Helen Lord of Love & Lord / Flowers: Vertuani Fiori, Milan / Catering: Food Couture / Wedding Gown Designer: Jenny Lee / Shoe Designer: Jimmy Choo / Tuxedo Designer: Favourbrook, London England / Bridesmaid Dress Designer: Coast / Accessories: Earrings – Fourtane Estate Jewelers, Bracelet was a wedding gift from Mark / Veil: Judd Waddell / Calligraphy Menus, Table Cards, Totes: Laura Hooper / Music: Michelle Pappadia

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