HOW DID WE CHOOSE LAKE COMO FOR OUR WEDDING?
Italy is a special place for many reasons; I studied abroad on the adjacent Lake Lugano in Switzerland and had always dreamt of sharing this amazing part of the world with friends and family. I took my husband Greg there before we were engaged, but we stayed about 40 minutes outside Lugano in a small lakeside town called Varenna that my parents suggested. The second we got there, we were completely taken. The Alps and the lakefront scenery is so grand yet the town is small and the people are incredibly warm; it was our favorite place we had ever been. The night before leaving, I walked into an old Villa (our future venue) that we heard had beautiful gardens and asked the front desk if I could look around. Upon seeing Villa Cipressi, we were both in awe. We weren't engaged at the time but we had been dating for about 4 years, so I’d be lying if I said my wheels didn’t start turning a little bit!
After we got engaged, it was hard to choose where the wedding would be. I’m from Virginia, Greg is from Michigan, we met in NYC, we now live in Chicago, and my parents live in North Carolina. So anywhere we would have it, 80% of our guests would have to fly, making it somewhat of a destination wedding by default. Italy was our dream that we initially wrote off as being too big of an idea, but over time, we realized that it would mean more to us to have a unique shared experience with the people we love than to just throw a party.
You know when you travel somewhere amazing, and all you want is to share it with other people? That’s how we felt about Varenna, and even though planning from afar can be a little daunting, I knew that no décor decision I made or logistical hiccup would override the joy of sitting around tables with my favorite people in my favorite country, drinking wine, and reminiscing.