Since the day I fell in love with weddings (and those of you who know me know just how long it’s been), I have been excited about the idea of planning a destination wedding. I picture somewhere far, romantic, and removed from every day life in the busy cities of San Francisco or LA – a departure from reality. We’re not just talking about Ojai, CA or Tulum, Mexico here – this wedding I’ve dreamed up is a a plane, train, and boat ride away on Lake Como, in Italy.
George Clooney and John Legend’s wedding aside, Lake Como has gained more and more popularity over the last 10 years – and it’s apparent why. Italian Lake Country (in the northernmost part of the country) is surrounded by steep alps, crystal clear lakes, and a seemingly endless array of sprawling Italian villas, rich with history. Though it’s not they type of wedding to be hosted on a small budget (flights alone are more than a thousand dollars), it is the type of exotic locale to inspire a week’s worth of wedding festivities, and a lifetime’s worth of memories. A destination wedding here would need to be tailored down to the tiniest detail: a guest list comprised exclusively of one’s closest friends and family, the perfect seasonal (and local, duh…) menu of Italian foods and beverages, and a perfect aesthetic of mediterranean elegance and organic elements (I picture a lot of green). Swoon!
Enjoy the inspirations below, and let me know if you could picture yourself in a villa on the lake, celebrating your own wedding and living ‘La Vita Dolce’ – I know I could!