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An Intimate, Epic Lake Como Elopement

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Ever dreamed of eloping to Lake Como, Italy? Well, Stacey and Shane did just that! The couple said “I do” during an intimate Lake Como Elopement at Villa del Balbianello. Always dreaming of an elopement in Europe, this sweet couple chose Italy for its gorgeous views and romantic ambiance. And because, well…. ITALY!!

But although they had an Italian wedding in mind it wasn’t until they found their photographer, Rochelle Cheever, that they truly fell in love with their venue. Stacey said, “We decided to look for destination photographers first, then stumbled upon Rochelle Cheever. We immediately knew she was the one for us. Her lighting and the ability to capture wide scenic views, while still making the couples the star focus sealed the deal!”

The couple saw a recent Lake Como Wedding Rochelle captured, fell in love and wanted to wed at the same place.

Planning A Lake Como Elopement:

If you hire an experienced wedding planner and wedding photographer, you can take comfort in their expertise. “We had never traveled out of the country before and were filled with intimidation,” shares Stacey. “I now couldn’t imagine eloping with out the help of Rochelle and our planner, Alessia of White Emotion. They carried me through the day like family. It all went flawlessly. I even tripped once tearing part of my dress and it didn’t affect anything.”

  • How long did it take to plan your Lake Como elopement? Once Lake Como was chosen as our destination, all the details and booking, as well as wedding dress creation were completed in approximately seven months. I don’t believe seven months would be realistic if you were doing destination wedding planning on your own, but with a wedding planner it was possible!
  • How did you choose your wedding planner? Alessia Santa from White Emotion was recommended to us by our photographer who had worked with her before. Once I spoke with Alessia she provided us the confidence we needed to elope in a place so far away from home. Instantaneously she made what felt impossible, possible and our dream started feeling like a reality!

  • How did you handle booking details like cake, florist, hair stylist, etc? We utilized Pinterest to find inspiration for flowers and cakes as well as Trip Advisor for restaurants and lodging. Our planner, Alessia was familiar with Lake Como and knew the best bakery and florist in town for us to use. She recommended several restaurants that would be near Villa del Balbianello that would be appropriate for our special occasion dinner after the wedding. Alessia also made booking and payments for the entire wedding a breeze as there weren’t separate payments for each item or phone calls to make. This was a huge relief as I barely speak Italian! The only thing we had physically prepared was our wedding attire. Alesia booked, planned, traveled and delivered the rest! It was fantastic. She even remembered to bring tissues for my tears, how did I forget those?!

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Wedding Planner: Alessia at White Emotion

Venue: Villa Balbianello

Dress Monique Sandoval: Cleo and Clementine

Brides Hair:  Caprani Nicoletta (Tremezzo)

Lake Como Wedding Flowers: Vertuani Fiori

Antique rings: Goldadore (UK)

Groom’s Attire: Ben Sherman


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