Lake Como Wedding by Corbin Gurkin

When Mark and I first started looking into places to be married we envisioned being near water. After visiting a few locations in California, my brother, Alex, mentioned looking into Italy. Villa Balbianello in Lake Como was Colpo di Fulmine (love at first sight) as the Italians would say! We knew as soon as we stepped on the property that it was the place for us. The ambience was perfect – we were in love with the deep blues of the water, the intense mountains, the gorgeous villas along the shores and the incredible gardens. It truly is a magical location! Bellagio, where we stayed before the wedding day, was the ideal little town the guests to enjoy a true Italian experience – quaint cafes, stunning views, truly an amazing place for a holiday.

My favorite colors are red, pink, green and silver. Lisa Hoffman (Ceci NY) helped me to find the specific shades of those colors when we were planning out the save-the-dates and invitations. We decided to go with just the pink, green and silver and work the red in through floral arrangements. Once we had those colors chosen we maintained it through all aspects of the wedding planning. Laura Hooper, who designed all my accessories paid specific attention to the colors as well as what had already been put in place. She created the most amazing maps, which I was able to use on totes (given as gifts to my bridesmaids) and to be given as keepsakes. She also used the same color green and silver on all of our menus and place cards. In doing so, she made everything look elegant, polished and consistent

Photography: Corbin Gurkin | Venue: Villa del Balbianello | Invitation Design: Ceci New York | Event Coordination: Helen Kershaw & Helen Lord of Love & Lord | Flowers: Vertuani Fiori, Milan | Catering: Food Couture | Wedding Gown Designer: Jenny Lee | Shoe Designer: Jimmy Choo | Tuxedo Designer: Favourbrook, London England | Bridesmaid Dress Designer: Coast | Accessories: Earrings – Fourtane Estate Jewelers, Bracelet was a wedding gift from Mark | Veil: Judd Waddell | Calligraphy Menus, Table Cards, Totes: Laura Hooper | Music: Michelle Pappadia

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