The reasons to love this wedding from Lisa Poggi are countless. The stunning Italian setting, the gorgeous details planned by Varese Wedding, the beautiful couple? It’s all enough to write pages on. But then you find out that the Bride’s dress has been worn by not only her grandmother but also her aunt and mother, and you realize the beauty of this wedding is so much deeper. Get lost in all the lovely here.Laura at Varese Wedding…I met Meghan and Drew in Italy 1 year before the wedding, Drew’s family was origin from Piemonte and his dream was to get married in a beautiful place in Piemonte , where the guests, coming from the United States, could enjoy the beautiful places and the good food. That’s why we suggested to visit some venues around the lake in Stresa and Verbania. After our trip with the couple and its family , they got in love with Villa Rusconi and they decided on a wedding on the lakeshore. We were very lucky with the weather, as after some rainy days the sun kissed everybody. The ceremony was held on the roses garden in front of the lake, followed by a cocktail on the garden in front of the villa. The wedding dinner was served under the winter garden with a live band background music. The couple chose a classic millefoglie cake, instead of the traditional multi-tiers wedding cake. The italian wedding cake was prepared in front of the guests and decorated with strawberries by Meghan and Drew. The wedding style was a mix of country chic and shabby chic with white and green color and a touch of blue. Dj music and pizza cooked on the wood oven of the villa closed a beautiful day. From The Bride…We live in New York, but we chose Italy because Drew’s family is from the region. We wanted to share with our family and friends the culture and beauty of Northern Italy. We also wanted to carry on the family tradition of the newlyweds beginning their honeymoon in Stresa. My dress was first worn by my Grandmother Irene Farro in 1955. She purchased it for $150 US! It was then worn by my Aunt Sandy in 1976 and then my mother Susan in 1980. It is made of delicate lace that was tearing so often during alterations I did not know if I could wear it. But Vera from NYC was able to salvage the dress and adjust it so it fit perfectly. I admire and adore vintage craftsmanship and wanted to display this beautiful work of art. It was an honor and privilege to where this dress. The best part of the wedding is hard to choose. Everything was perfect and without fault. Laura and Varese Weddings along with Maio Group, The Wonderful Band, and Lisa Poggi allowed Drew and I to enjoy our day while keeping all aspects flowing smoothly. One moment that does stand out was the conga-line that was formed. This is a Cuban dance that became a household name in the US. The dancers form a long, processing line that snakes throughout the room. When I turned around and saw my 86 year old Grandmother dancing I was in hysterics. We also loved the boats to and from the villa, the beautiful aisle and decor, the cocktail hour, dinner, beverages, and overall ambiance. It was exactly the day Drew and I had envisioned. Laura and her team captured everything we could have wanted. Not to mention living in the US and communicating mostly through email. Choosing linens, glasses, flowers….all without seeing first. It was absolutely perfect. For those couples who envision a destination wedding should definitely inquire about a wedding planner. I felt that I had little to worry about and had ultimate confidence in Laura and her team along with the Maio group. I was calm and had no worries the day of the wedding. Everything was perfectly orchestrated, communicated, decorated, and every guest was ecstatic! I would also suggest to each the bride and groom, that on the day of your wedding, stop and look around and remember specific moments (like I did with my grandmother). The day is gone in the blink of an eye and stepping back to cherish these moments makes you appreciate the celebration more. Buona Fortuna!
Photography: Lisa Poggi | Event Planning: Varese Wedding | Floral Design: Profumo Dei Fiori | Reception Venue: Villa Rusconi | Shoes: XinXin Lu | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Amsale | Catering: Maio Group | Bride's Jewelry : Tiffany & Co | Champagne Glasses And Cake Knives : Vera Vang | Groom And Groomsmen's Shoes: Gucci | Groom And Groomsmen's Suit: Windsor Custom | Second Wedding Dress : Liv Harris In Boston | Vintage Bridal Dress: Marie Of Pandora