On the shores of Lake Como sits an elegant butter patina mansion built in the 18th c, and you’ll get a deep dive into the interiors and grounds of this beloved Italian wedding venue in today’s Villa del Balbianello wedding between two star opera singers, Boru and Hao. Their elegant destination nuptials is design alchemy to say the least. Flourishing citrus petals juxtaposed against rough stone textures, chinoiserie patterns set beside etched crystal stemware, haute couture jewelry in an Old World style… these are just a few of the entrancing details you’re going to find in the images from Camilla Anchisi Photography below. Every special moment from the Italian speedboat arrival to the candlelit reception dinner was carried through to perfection by Benevent Planner with florals by Figli dei Fiori Como parading across the venue as if they always belonged there. Fawn over this culturally rich wedding with us below!
From Camilla Anchisi Photography: Our bride and groom, Boru and Hao, are two young opera singers, who move to Italy to pursue their dreams and careers. They fell in love with Lake Como and when they visited the stunning Villa del Balbianello (Tremezzina, Italy), they knew instantly there was no other choice for their special day. The Villa is a magnificent 18th-century mansion, well known as one of the most romantic and outstanding venues on the shores of Lake Como. A perfect place to hold an unforgettable ceremony and reception. The bride and groom’s preparations, instead, took place at the nearby luxury Grand Hotel Tremezzo.
Hao opted for a tailored and elegant blue tuxedo from Sartoria Rossi. The bride chose an haute couture Yolancris wedding dress, embellished with golden thread embroidery, for her dramatic entrance. A long cathedral veil and a statement crown created by Martina Dorta were the perfect bridal accessories to compliment her princess gown, together with a pair of Dolce e Gabbana’s earrings. Boru, was definitely a breathless vision while she arrived at the villa for the ceremony, and Hao’s smile said it all!
We all forgot in an instant that, just half an hour before the rite, the beautiful sunny day turned into a storm with pouring rain that nearly ruined flowers and decor at the villa, endangering the celebration…
For her walk down the aisle, our bride carried a bouquet from Figli Dei Fiori with David Austin roses, lisianthus, dahlias, lily and tangerines as symbols of a happy marriage, good luck, and longevity, following the Chinese culture. Even the bride and groom’s four-legged friend was suited up for the occasion!
The intimate ceremony was held under the loggia Durini, the most scenographic spot in the mansion, decorated with lush and organic flower arrangements intended to enhance the natural beauty of the villa and its stunning vistas. The rite was full of emotional moments and heartfelt speeches from their dearest friends and parents. After exchanging vows and sealing the marriage with a kiss, the newlyweds took a walk down the panoramic terraces and villa’s garden for some scenographic shots.
The festivities continued under the loggia Segrè with Italian antipasti and wine followed by an intimate dinner. A dreamy atmosphere was created by Benevent Planner who set up a candlelit imperial table full of lush floral centerpieces on the shades of cream, yellow, coral and a hint of foliage. The bespoke stationery, created by Dodo Design, showcases the big day’s aesthetic and warm color palette: the classic and timeless invitation is paired with a lavish envelope finely decorated with florals and peacocks illustrations. The peacock is also used as a fil-rouge in the decor and appears in the fine tableware.
This Villa del Balbianello wedding is one in a million, right? The cherry on top is this enchanting film from Giorgio Guerrieri Films below!
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