This elegant, romantic 18th century mansion and its magnificent gardens played host to one of the most wonderful celebrations Lake Como has ever seen.
When you choose to plan your wedding at Villa del Balbianello in Lake Como, you are opting for exclusivity. A luxury wedding venue in Lake Como that is a feast for the eyes at every turn. It is a truly magical, and historic setting that has played host to Hollywood royalty, and some of the most respected members of Italian hierarchy. And it is this magnificent location that Sara and Adam decided was their dream destination wedding venue in Italy, with a little help from our wedding planners!
Sara and Adam are lifelong friends. Soulmates, that grew up together, learned about the world together and eventually decided that they were the one for each other. They never had an official first date, but they certainly knew something was blossoming after a wild night in Chicago feasting on seafood, and sipping dirty Martinis. An engagement was a natural progression for them. And as soon as Adam had popped the question, they were planning their dream destination wedding in Italy. When they contacted our wedding planners, the couple were unsure of where in Italy they wanted to tie the knot. Which was not a problem for us! We love to plan from scratch! Once we had got to know Sara and Adam, we soon realized that a wedding in Lake Como would suit them perfectly. More specifically Villa del Balbianello.
Villa del Balbianello, an ancient building overlooking the glorious Lake Como
Villa del Balbianello is located in the town of Lenno, and was constructed in 1787. It has passed through many notable owners through the years, all of which have left their creative mark. However now, it is cared for by the National Trust of Italy. It has been featured in many Hollywood movies, and played host to countless high-profile weddings. And it is impossible not to understand why. The villa’s gardens are beyond magnificent, with incomparable views of Lake Como and its rolling hills.
The famous American writer Ralph Waldo Emerson once said ‘It’s not the Destination, It’s the Journey’, and he could’ve been talking about Villa del Balbianello. Because this beautiful Lake Como wedding venue is best reached via a charming river boat ride. And so on the morning of Sara and Adam’s wedding in Italy, our planners arranged for elegant boats to escort the happy couple, and their guests to the ceremony. The journey was fabulous, with views stretching out across the lake, sound tracked by the sound of gentle waves bumping against the boat. Upon arriving ashore, and whilst taking the short walk-up to Villa del Balbianello, the guests were amazed at the sight of the venue. Its sheer majesty even more spectacular than they had previously imagined.
Once they had taken the elegant stroll up through Villa del Balbianello’s manicured gardens, they arrived at the ceremony space. A refined, understated arrangement we thoughtfully decorated to enhance the villa’s decor. The main hero of the space is its high, looping arches. Looking out over Lake Como, these arches frame the view. On that day they provided the most iconic backdrop to our couples’ exchange of vows. After a very sentimental, and touching ceremony, our couple and their guests were in the mood to party! And so, our planners guided them through to another majestic garden in the grounds of Villa del Balbianello. Here they enjoyed fresh canapés, and cocktails while sharing stories and a few laughs.
Swathes of fresh greenery & crisp white linens provided the reception backdrop
A wedding at Villa del Balbianello is a truly relaxing experience because they take care of you from the moment you step off the boat. You benefit from the fact that you can host your whole wedding there, from ceremony to first dance. You will never need to leave their ancient walls! And Sara and Adam made the most of this, with a lavish reception dinner awaiting them post-cocktails. Decorated in swathes of fresh greenery and crisp white linens, our team created a chic extravaganza that defied the expectations of the newlyweds. Lit by crystal chandeliers and candlelight, the mood was romantic and glamorous, without ever being ostentatious. Our couple dined on the finest Italian cuisine, surrounded by their loved ones, until it was time for their first dance!
Dancing till dawn on the open air terrace of Villa del Balbianello
Out in the open, our couple took to the dance floor and performed their first dance. An exceptional moment, sound tracked by our live band playing their chosen song. When the time was right, our couple beckoned their guests to join them on the dance floor. That was when the party really got started! The live band played the couples’ favorite songs into the small hours of the night, while Sara and Adam’s guests danced out in the open-air. Only stopping briefly to watch on as the happy couple cut their enormous wedding cake together. It was a jubilant end to a decidedly glamorous, and loving day at one of the finest wedding venues in Lake Como, Villa del Balbianello.
We would like to wish huge thanks to Villa del Balbianello for being such gracious hosts, and letting us create the wedding of a lifetime within their wonderful wedding venue. And to Sara and Adam, it was an honor to plan your dream destination wedding in Italy, and we hope that you live a long and happy life together.
We hope we have inspired your own destination wedding in Italy. Or maybe you’ve fallen for Villa del Balbianello in particular! As wedding planners in Italy we have expert, local knowledge of the venues and vendors across the country. From the jaw-dropping destinations of Tuscany and Portofino, to the historic cities of Rome, Venice, Puglia and Florence. Wherever you choose to tie the knot in Italy, we have the know-how to make it perfect. If you’d like to book Sposiamovi as your Italian wedding planners, then please feel free to visit via our contact page. And meanwhile please browse our other real weddings in Lake Como and beyond!