This wedding took place on Lake Maggiore and, as with every wedding in the Lake Region, the water is a big part of the wedding day and everyone arrived by boat.
Lake Maggiore had its heyday during the Belle Epoque. The hotels are almost entirely of an opulent, Art Nouveau style and they line the lake edge in front of the Borromeo islands which are the highlight of the Lake Maggiore.
When I met the bride she had a distinct color palette in mind. It was to be gold, rose gold and silver. The bridesmaids dresses were silver, the table runners were gold and there were rose gold and pink touches throughout. The gazebo where the dinner was held was a very large space and so we opted for two long parallel tables which also fill up any room and give more importance to the space. Among the flowers were hydrangea, Sweet Avalanche and Vendela roses, lisianthus, pink and white snow berries and tuberoses.
The boat ride from the hotel to the villa was a stunning trip with the mountains all around for scenery. As the bride’s boat approached all the guests rushed to the guard rail on the lawn to watch. It was a stunning site to see the bridal party alight on the narrow dock escorted by the father of the bride.
The groom went with the guests in the first boats to depart for the villa. It was a twenty minute boat ride. Everyone was so relieved because it had rained the night before and they were worried about the boat crossing if it were to rain and to be slippery. And so when the sunshine broke out only three hours before the ceremony was to begin the bride was giddy with relief.
The cake was a traditional Italian wedding cake of millefoglie with pastry cream and fragoline, wild strawberries. It was done in a delicate, antique looking style. When the cake was cut the dancing began. After several hours of dinner and dancing the guests returned to the boats to be transported back to their hotels. In the water were thousands of luminary candles afloat to greet them.