Black Tie Wedding in Lake Como

There’s nothing more classy than a black tie wedding, and Kathryn and Michael’s destination wedding in Lake Como is the perfect example. With such an incredible setting (Villa Balbianello in Lake Como, Italy), the couple elected to simplify the rest of their wedding details to keep the focus on their surroundings. An elegant black and white color palette was the perfect place to start, and with white and green florals, touches of gold in their invitations, and minimal decor, the sweeping views were indeed focused on. Climbing ivy was found throughout their venues, and one look at that ceremony space is certainly not enough to do justice to its majesty: with ancient pillars covered in greenery and the view of blue waters and wooded lakeside slopes beyond the couple, we simply can’t imagine a more breathtaking location to exchange vows at.

Read on for more from the photographer, Melanie Gabrielle:
“Kathlyn and Michael’s stunning destination wedding took place at the magnificent Villa Balbianello in Lake Como, Italy. With simplicity in their floral and reception design space, Kathlyn allowed the incredible natural beauty of the villa to shine. Kathlyn and Michael wanted their wedding to be timeless and classic with a simple color palette, classic tuxedos, touches of gold in their wedding invitation, a restored wooden boat that brought the couple to their wedding venue, and Kathlyn’s breathtaking gown that perfectly mirrored the intricate vines that cover the venue’s grand arches. They also added some sweet Italian touches to their wedding favors in the form of traditional Italian wedding puff pastries and small bottles of local limoncello. For their welcome party, Kathlyn and Michael invited their guests to join them for cocktails and hors d’oeuvres on the Grand Hotel Tremezzo’s floating dock at sunset. The afternoon after their wedding, we took the ferry to Bellagio, where they enjoyed shopping, authentic Italian gelato, and shared a coffee on the water. It was the perfect ending to an amazing weekend in Lake Como!”

Photography: Melanie Gabrielle |


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