Services | Italian Lakes Wedding Planner The insider's guide to wedding in Italy Thu, 27 Dec 2018 16:48:14 +0000 en-US hourly 1 3251675 A Caricatured Portrait for your Wedding in Italy Thu, 27 Dec 2018 16:48:14 +0000
If you follow us on our social media you might noticed that this year we thought about something different for our Christmas wishes. We wanted to think out of the box and do something original and fun. We wanted to be beautiful but at the same time fun and unconventional. So we’ve got an idea… a drawing, or better a fun drawing of all of us in a wonderful evening gown or suit for men.
We contacted talented Valentino Villanova a lovely sketcher who works in wedding business. He does amazing things and we decided to host him in our blog!
So you can admire his works and what he can do for your wedding… It could be a fun and very original idea… do you want to know more?
We let him talk about his work we hope you will enjoy it!


Valentino Villanova – Illustrator, sketcher and caricaturist

Hi! I’m Valentino Villanova and I’m very please to have this space in Italian Lakes Wedding blog to introduce my self and my work.
I work that I love that make me always feel happy.
I’m a happy and elegant illustrator, sketcher and caricaturist.
Through my drawings I’m able to tell your story as a couple and your guests’ story always in a original and fun way.
I have a rapid line and a high quality graphic design. My drawings are caricatured portraits. Kindness, punctuality and professionalism is what you will always find when you will get in touch with me.

I work with many national magazines, media and I collaborate with many artists in the show business. I worked in tv shows too drawing portaits of guests always putting them at ease.
If you would love to give a touch of originality to your wedding, a sketch from a photo of yours could be a great idea! You could use it in all the ways you want to make your wedding day even more personal.

Do you want some ideas?
Imagine your caricatured portrait on invitations, table plans, table signs, escort cards, menu cards, ceremony booklets, wedding favors tags or even on fun decors on team bride or team groom t shirts! Just to give you some examples.






Caricatured Portrait – How does it work? Easy!

You can send me one or two photos of you smiling where I can see your happy faces.
You can contact me at
You can also send me some indications of your interests, the sport you like and your personality to make the sketch more personal and fun.
Then it is my turn! In few days you will receive a color or black and white caricature in digital format ready to be printed everywhere you want.







Find more ideas following my web site:
Or for further information you can write me at

My sketches are not grotesque caricatures to make defects more evident. I do not like them.
My caricatures come from cartoons and comics and their aim is make you smile. Faces are “comicized” and they always have beautiful smiles.
The smile I draw is the smile that portrayed person will give back to me.
So no caricatures but caricatured portraits!

We are our own kind of beautiful here!
🎄🎄 A wonderful MARRIED Christmas to everyone! 🎄🎄
A huge thanks to fantastic…

Pubblicato da Italian Wedding Company su Mercoledì 19 dicembre 2018

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A good Farewell to 2017 and Welcome 2018! Wed, 10 Jan 2018 20:53:27 +0000


aise your hand if you are a bride of 2018!! We are looking forward to tell you about our wonderful brides and groom this upcoming season and about the great project we are following at the moment!
Very exciting.

We also have a great project for 2018 that you will read about soon. As the matter of fact 2018 is going to Italian Lakes Wedding site 10th Anniversary! Believe it or not, we are here since 2008 telling about our stories, our couples and our fantastic weddings on Italian Lakes and not only!
Many things have happened since 2018 and we will be pleased to celebrate this in the best way!

But let’s have a look back to 2017 too!
2017 wedding season has been great, full of joy, happiness, challenges and amazing couples who chose us!
December 2017 was was a good way to close our year.

International Wedding Planners

Our planner Valentina Lombardi – Piemonte Branch Office – was among the winners of 8th Edition of Belief IWP Awards.
She won in Special Photo Category thanks to a wonderful shot taken on Hannah and Kai’s wedding back in September 2017.
Credits of the photo go to Nabis Wedding Photoraphy coming from Rome. They have been chosen among all Italian Wedding Photographers to be the official ones on the day. They did a perfect job, in spite of the rain they created a very dramatic and mystic setting for enchanting shots.

The wedding was a great success in spite of the rain and Hannah and Kai had the best day ever. A romantic Roman Catholic ceremony in Maria Assunta Church with a toast in the square and fun reception to follow at Ustaria Ca dal Rat by Lake Orta shores.
As mentioned rain did not ruin the day….it was great in all its parts and it got awarded too!


In December 2017 Italian Wedding Company has been nominated among the finalist at Italian Wedding Awards in Wedding Destinations Planners Category.
Italian Wedding Awards it at its 2nd edition. Its goal is promote professionally and excellence of Italian Wedding suppliers: a real Wedding Academy Awards event!
It has been a real honour be among the finalists of this special event!




A delegation of our Team reached Fortezza da Basso in Florence where Gala dinner and Awards was held.
Event has been planned by Camelia Lambru and Marima’ Event in collaboration with Regione Toscana and Florence Municipality.
It was a great night, we loved meeting many wonderful friends, colleagues and wedding professionals and Wedding VIPs coming from all over the world.

Our good friend photographer Alessandro Zingone was present to the event too.He was Italian Wedding Awards official photographer! So credits patinate and beautiful images of Italian Wedding Company delegation at Italian Wedding Awards in Florence go to him. Thanks Alessandro!


What a great way to close our 2017! An exciting way to start with enthusiasm a great 2018!
We are looking forward to all this year can bring to us and most of all looking forward to make our 2018 wedding couples happy!

Welcome 2018!

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BELIEF IWP AWARDS » Special Photo Awards to our planner Valentina Sat, 17 Dec 2016 09:32:09 +0000


e are very proud and happy to announce that our planner Valentina have been awarded by Belief International Wedding Planners in occasion of their Wedding Awards 5th Edition.

Belief IWP is an international network of International wedding planners located all over the world. They plan four times a year their Belief Awards. It is an online contest to celebrate best wedding planners, designer and coordinators around the globe.
Valentina has been awarded in other previous editions of the contest together with our other planner Alessandra – see our announcements here.


In this 5th edition Valentina won in the category best wedding photo. The awards goes to the best and more unique impactful moment, detail or design in a wedding.
Winning photo has been taken by Ordine della Giarrettiera which we would love to thank so much. 
Alice and Antonella at Ordine della Giarrettiera are two talented photographers based in Milan who shot a very special moment in occasion of Kia and Riccardo’s wedding last June 2016.


The photo is really iconic for an Italian wedding. You can see it here.
Bride and groom go out of the church right after the Roman Catholic ceremony and everybody tossed them with rice throwing.
It is a traditional moment that cannot miss in an Italian wedding. In our tradition all guests go out of the church – or ceremony venue- before bride and groom and they wait inside the church. As soon as they go out of the ceremony venue everybody need to throw rice on their heads as symbol of good luck and prosperity.
Every Italian couple has a framed photo in their home with a photo like this… but we can say that this is one of the best one we’ve ever seen!

Kia and Riccardo got married on Lake Maggiore last June 2016. They planned a lovely and fun wedding in a lovely villa in Stresa with a full day of celebrations, garden games, music, dances and a gourmand lunch.
Their Catholic ceremony has been celebrated in a wonderful stone church overlooking Lake Maggiore in tiny village of Belgirate, few kilometres from Stresa. We talked about this wedding in our June – Just Married post but we will come soon to tell you about the full story with a dedicated post… so stay tuned.
The wedding will be also published on Italian Blog in January 2017.


What a great successful wedding!
Congratulations to Valentina and Alice and Antonella at Ordine della Giarrettiera for this great achievement!

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Italian Wedding Company among the Winners at Belief IWP Awards 3rd Edition Sun, 05 Jun 2016 08:38:15 +0000


k dear readers this might seem boring… but we are incredibly proud to announce that our planner Valentina Lombardi – who follows Piemonte and Aosta Valley regions for Italian Wedding Company Team, for the third time has been awarded by International Association Belief IWP.

Italian Wedding Planners Belief Awards 2016

She won in the category Wedding Concept submitting enchanting Clare and Rob’s winter wedding she planned last March in Sestriere on Olympic Alps.
We will tell you more soon about this amazing wedding with a dedicated post on our thematic sites Italian Country Wedding and Italian Winter Wedding. So stay tuned.




Belief IWP plans 4 contests per year and Italian Wedding Company team tries to submit always some of the great wedding we plan over the year, we hope next contest will see also other planners of the Team among the winners. We are preparing some great shots to send so… finger crossed!

Congratulations to our planner Valentina and a huge thank to Clare and Rob, bride and groom who permitted the use of their shots and Independent Pictures Photography for amazing pictures of this magic Winter Wedding on Italian Alps!

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Italian Wedding Company joins 5 Stars Wedding Directory Sun, 08 May 2016 20:34:38 +0000


e are very happy to announce that Italian Wedding Company and all affiliated sites have been invited to join luxury wedding site 5 Stars Wedding Directoryleader in luxury weddings.
5 Star Wedding Directory is surely one of the best referral site if you are keen to plan a gorgeous and fantastic wedding. It features UK and International best wedding professionals, top wedding planners and luxury venues.
We are proud and glad to be featured on this fantastic web site!


LAKE ORTA – photo by Independent Pictures


LAKE MAGGIORE – photo by Enrico Mocci


LAKE COMO – photo by David Christian Lichtag

5 Star Wedding Directory was established in 2006. It features great content and very well written articles that excites brides to be. Their articles are full of fresh and original ideas for sophisticated brides. Engagement, Wedding and Honeymoon ideas to make a fantastic and inspiring journey.
5 Star Wedding Directory is a great help for couples who really want to plan and make real personal their luxury wedding choosing a collection of the best wedding supplies such as haute couture wedding dresses and groom suits, fantastic wedding venues, delicious wedding cake, incredibly good wedding photographers, most sumptuous wedding flowers and top wedding planners.


LAKE GARDA – photo by Luca Rajna Progetti Fotografici


ROME AND LAKE BRACCIANO – photo by Alessandro Zingone


APULIA – photo by Estella Lanti

You can be sure that 5 Star Wedding Directory has one of the most exceptional collection of the world’s better wedding brands.
We are so happy to be here and we really thank 5 Star Wedding Directory for inviting us and let us being part of their amazing Team.

You can visit our page on 5 Star Wedding Directory here.
We are also pleased to write some articles for them and to be featured in some of their posts.
Up today you can “read us” here and in this guide about destination weddings in Italy but stay tuned we will be featured in more contents on 5 Star Wedding Directory soon again!
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Italian Wedding Company joins Grace Ormonde’s Platinum Member Vendor List Thu, 10 Mar 2016 14:38:42 +0000


ow this is a great news we are proud to share with you all!
We have been accepted to be part Grace Ormonde Platinum Member Listthe luxury wedding source! This is a great achievement for us!


Grace Ormonde Platinum List includes only about 300 of the most exclusive wedding designers, destination and luxury wedding planning resources around the world. We had the chance to be contacted by Grace Ormonde’s staff. They were pleased about our work. We decided to join their fantastic group and we are really happy to be part of this fantastic team.


We are sure you know perfectly Grace Ormonde Wedding Style Magazine site and magazine.
For the ones who do not know this amazing wedding source let us tell you a little more.
Grace Ormonde Wedding Style is an interactive site to help and inspire couples who are planning for a very special wedding. They are the state of the art in wedding industry suggesting readers innovative and creative ideas and helping them to find the best way to achieve their wishes. They select carefully their advertiser and we can really say that is one of the most talked about luxury wedding magazine worldwide.


They also feature real weddings and some of ours have been already posted on their pages such as Polina and Simon’s wedding or Kelly and Mark’s wedding. We will come back to you shortly to tell you more about this fantastic wedding on Lake Maggiore. Soon there will be also Anastasia and Manuel’s wedding featured and many others to come!


We really want to cheer on this fantastic opportunity and we are so very proud to be part of this fantastic team of wedding professionals!

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Honeymoon in Italy? Italian Wedding Company’s new partnership with a honeymoon planner expert! Tue, 01 Mar 2016 18:00:11 +0000


xciting news! Today, we are officially announcing our partnership with The Honeymoon Hopper, LLC. Stephanie will be joining us as our luxury Honeymoon Planner & Wedding Consultant for The Italian Wedding Company. 

Check out this exclusively written blog post from Stephanie – Honeymoon Planner & Wedding Consultant – Owner & Founder of The Honeymoon Hopper, LLC.


Stephanie Broder – Owner & Founder of The Honeymoon Hopper, LLC


I am beyond excited to partner with The Italian Wedding Company and I’m looking forward to getting started! I am based in New York City, but I’m currently in Italy for three months continuing to seek out the newest and hottest honeymoon spots throughout Italy and to meet with The Italian Wedding Company.

I offer unique luxury honeymoon planning services within Italy. The Honeymoon Hopper customizes one-of-a-kind trips all throughout Italy for honeymooners who demand the best, want the most for their money and expect a trip of a lifetime.

I have traveled, researched, and evaluated tons of different hotels; villas, tours and I know some of the best-kept secrets all throughout Italy.


Stephanie with Katiuscia, our planner and manager for Veneto region

Recently, I just went to Turin to meet with Valentina, Wedding Planner & Coordinator for Piedmonte and Aosta Valley regions. We had multiple site inspections together and we’re excited to share with you some photos of our visit below. Warning: Salivating food & swoon worthy hotel photos below. I apologize in advance…


Stephanie with Valentina and Ernesto (Piemonte Branch Office)


© The Honeymoon Hopper, LLC


© The Honeymoon Hopper, LLC


© The Honeymoon Hopper, LLC


© The Honeymoon Hopper, LLC


© The Honeymoon Hopper, LLC

For an informal chat about your honeymoon or if you would like to know more about my services, please don’t hesitate to email me at

Stay tuned… the link to my official website is coming soon!


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Belief IWP Awards 2nd Edition – …and the Winners are… Thu, 04 Feb 2016 09:50:20 +0000


e are incredibly happy to announce that two of our main planners: Valentina Lombardi and Alessandra Fabi have been awarded by Belief International Wedding Planner Association for their Belief IWP Awards 2nd Edition.
More than 200 planners joined the contest all around the world and two of our planners have the honor to be awarded by this great International planners association.

BELIEF Intenational Wedding Planners

For our planner Alessandra this is the first award by Belief – and we hope the first of many other. She has been awarded in Special Photo category.
A wonderful photo taken by Cristiano Ostinelli photographer.
This photo was taken in occasion of Kate and James’ wedding at Villa del Balbianello. A wonderful joyful shot that express the happiness and charm.
They had a romantic ceremony in one of the most beautiful venue on Lake District: Villa del Balbianello with a fun reception to follow in a Beach Club on the shores of Lake Como.
Alessandra planned this great wedding in collaboration with her partner Veronica Frasca.
Have a look at it isn’t it great?


Valentina has been awarded for the second time by Belief IWP. She really did not expect to win for the second time and she is very happy about it. She was awarded in Wedding Concept category. Winning photos have been taken by David Bastianoni and they were take in occasion of Polina and Simon’s special wedding on Lake Maggiore. This wedding was truly magical. Couple is just gorgeous and so sweet and the location was simply spectacular. A ceremony by the shores of the lake, a boat trip with wedding photos on fantastic Isola Bella and a joyful reception at Villa Muggia in Stresa.
We told you the story of this great wedding in our previous post and the story was also published on Grace Ormonde blog
This one was really special for sure!




This is what Valentina and Alessandra say:

We are truly happy to be part of Belief IWP Team and we are honored to get this special award from them. Judges appreciation for our job makes us proud of what we do.

We want to share this award with the ones who have been involved in the wedding. Our couples: Kate and James and Polina and Simon, venues where the photos have been taken, talented photographers who took this great shots: Cristiano Ostinelli and David Bastianoni, our webmaster Mauro who always do a great job and our work partners: Veronica Frasca and Ernesto Troncarelli who are great supporters and help.

Thanks to all!

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BELIEF IWP AWARDS 1st Edition: and the winner is… Thu, 15 Oct 2015 20:00:24 +0000


e are happy and very pleased to announce that one of our planners Valentina Lombardi has been awarded yesterday by Belief International Wedding Planners Association.
Belief IWP recently launched a contest for the best 2015 season “Special Photo” and the best “Wedding Concept”.
More than 160 planners joined the contest froma all around the world.

Valentina submitted some of her works thanks to the help of skillful photographers Andrea Beretta and Francesco Portelli of Independent Pictures who are part of our Team too.
Valentina has been awarded for Special Photo thanks to a picture taken by Independent Pictures team in occasion of Kelly and Mark’s wedding on July 10th on Lake Maggiore .
It is a fun picture of Mark waiting for her soon bride to be Kelly inside the wonderful pretty church of Isola Bella.


Valentina has also been awarded for best “Wedding Concept” again thanks to wonderful photos by Independent Pictures team.
Belief IWP Association asked for three photos to describe the atmosphere of a special wedding and they chose one of Valentina’s. The three photos awarded were taken in occasion of Claire and Kevin’s wedding on Lake Orta just the day before of Kelly and Mark’s wedding, the 9th July. Isn’t it funny? They perfectly describe the atmosphere of the day… the bride arriving by rowing boat to the civil ceremony at Villa Bossi, a romantic boat trip for the newly weds for some great shots and a travel themed table chart designed by our stationary designer Darena.

You can see awarded photos here below, aren’t they just stunning?




Valentina is incredibly happy for this award:

I’m really pleased for this award and I really want to say thank you to Belief IWP staff and board who voted for me.
A very special thanks first of all to these two wonderful couples: Kelly and Mark and Clare and Kevin. They have both been wonderful!

A very special thanks to Independent Pictures: Andrea and Francesco for these amazing shots. A special thanks to Darena our creative stationary designer, you can see her work in one of these photos.

A big thanks to my colleague Ernesto who works with me in every wedding I plan so I share my success with him. Another big thanks to our webmaster Mauro who always give me the possibility to share our successes on our websites, to my Team and colleagues working on other Italian areas and to all professionals who worked with us on Kelly and Mark and Claire and Kevin’s weddings to create the fantastic unique atmosphere you can see in these photos.
I love to think that this is a success not only for me but for all our team!

Congratulations to Valentina and as she said to all our Italian Wedding Company Team!
Let’s celebrate!
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Italian Wedding Company and Italian Lakes Wedding joined BELIEF International Wedding Planners Sun, 24 May 2015 20:26:27 +0000


e are proud to announce that Italian Wedding Company and all associated thematic sites including Italian Lakes Wedding joined BELIEF International Wedding Planners.

belief-iwp-member_italyBelief IWP is an international group where wedding planners worldwide meet and share their professional skills.

Belief IWP is the place where all the best professionals in wedding industry meet in the most ambitious way to share and develop new partnership and ideas!
It is a wonderful challenging and successful Team we are proud to be part of.


Belief IPW is based in New York City: a city that talks for itself: innovative, charming and outstanding.
We think about us in the same way so being part of Belief is surely a great opportunity for all the Team.


Another great achievement of our great Team! Thanks for having with us Belief Team!

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