THE MAGIC OF THE LAKE: THE DREAM COMES TRUE
Ever since she was a little girl, Meaghan dreamed of a fairy-tale like wedding set on the wonderful landscapes of Lake Como.
The dream came true.
One hundred guests from United States and Holland spent four unforgettable days on the lake.
Upon arrival they found an elegant Welcome Bag, in each room, containing a few personalized gifts and a welcome letter from the Bride and Groom.
The celebrations started on Thursday with a cocktail party organized on a steamboat dating back to 1904, exclusively reserved for the Spouses and their Guests. The boat set off from Moltrasio and coasted wonderful villas and picturesque corners until Bellagio. where it started its return: a “Happy Hour” was in the waiting at Villa Imperiale.
Friday night meant Rehearsal Dinner: an event held in the unique frame of Villa D’Este.
And then, finally, came the big day.
In the Suite of the Hotel Imperiale in Moltrasio the Bride got dressed and made-up
with her Bridesmaids and Maid of Honour. The Bride wore a gorgeous wedding dress, by Vera Wang, while the Bridesmaids followed in specifically chosen elegant aqua blue silk dresses,
The Groom and his Groomsmen dressed their tailcoats in Villa Regina Teodolinda: a marvellous hotel where part of the family was staying and that would be hosting the Wedding Reception a few hours later.
The guests were transferred by bus from the three Villas and Hotel, where they were staying, to the Parish Church in Moltrasio, while the Bride and her father arrived in Church on a smart black and silver vintage Bentley.
The Church was decorated with white peonies and roses, which in addition to lilies of the valley and stephanotis also appeared in the Bride’s bouquet.
The ceremony was officiated in Italian, as were the vows by the Spouses. A liturgical booklet with the English translations of the readings and the assistance of an interpreter helped the guests follow the ceremony.
An organist and a soprano played both concert and choral music, a few excerpts of which were played by some of the Bride’s family members, adding a touch more intimacy and involvement in the whole service.
Just outside of the Church, the Bridesmaids handed the guests carved vellum paper cones filled with rice & petals for the traditional “good luck” toss.
After embracing, congratulating and wishing their best to the Bride and Groom, all the guests were invited to follow them for a stroll down the hill, along a picturesque stone path. The Bride provided the Ladies wearing high heels with some simple and more comfortable low shoes, especially devised and packaged for the occasion. A couple of Bridesmaids walking ahead traced the course with white rose petals, while a sax, trumpet and guitar band led the corteo and created a rather striking atmosphere.
At the bottom of the hill, after a brief photo shoot, all the guests were invited to board a boat to reach the Reception location.
The Bride and Groom came in last at the Villa, on a beautiful Venice-style taxi boat, as waiters in white welcomed guests and attended their arrival with flûtes of spumante.
After a rich aperitivo served out in the lakeside garden, the guests and spouses moved into the main hall for an elegant table dinner.
Both the Bride and her mother put enormous effort and taste into the table setting: white linen table cloths, fine bone china dishes and crystal glasses (one for every wine, especially selected for the courses); a round mirror, at the centre of each table, placed as the base of an elegant high stem vase containing a fresh flower & fruit arrangements in the lily, pink and blue tones, above other three arrangements, placed below in smaller vases with different shapes; on each table place, a bowl with rose petals and candles floating in the water; little glasses with floating candles spread all over the table and on the mirror, which somewhat doubled the lights; and finally, elegant carafes were used to serve wine and water at each table.
On the outside, big bugie (a kind of tall and large vases) with petals and floating candles were placed on the small stone walls surrounding the gardens, while the trees were also covered by thousand of lights.
The overall atmosphere was really enchanting.
A six piece band with a remarkable female voice offered a wonderful soundtrack and ambience to the whole event, going through the Spouses’ opening dance, the Bride’s dance with her father and the dances for all guests.
Traditional Italian confetti were arranged in personalized little bags in moiré fabric embroidered with the Spouses’ two colour logo.
The Bride and Groom left their party on a boat, waving their guests good-bye, bathed in the light of a thousand sparkles. Just like in a fairy tale.
The wedding planning agency was THAT DAY (www.thatday.it). Photo shooting by Rajna Cascone Immagini (www.ajn.it).