Hindu Wedding, Lake Como

Sumit & Anisha, Villa Erba, Lake Como.

Sumit and Anisha, Villa Erba, Lake Como.

When Sumit and Anisha asked us to plan their Hindu Wedding in Lake Como, our eyes lit up with excitement. Famously known as a five day affair, Indian weddings bring the most lavish and flamboyant productions to life…the gauntlet was down and the challenge was well and truly accepted.

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The Wedding Ceremony

For those who have been lucky enough to venture to India for a Hindu wedding, would have experienced the extravagance and grandeur that these colourful celebrations display. It’s always a huge honour for the family to invite over1,000 guests to join them for their special day. Many young couples, like Sumit and Anisha were keen to try something new, something more intimate but still with that wow factor. There was a sense of adventure in their spirit that brought them to Italy with a desire to share this fantastic journey with their families too.

Vila Erba, Lake Como, Italy

Villa Erba, Lake Como

The Venue

Sumit & Anisha wanted to stun their guests with a venue with decadence, grandeur and with a unique history to it. Their story was therefore set in the picturesque Villa Erba in the North of Italy on one the world’s most famous lakes, Lake Como. Surrounded by a stunning landscape and mountains, this waterside venue ticked all the boxes for the couple.

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Bride Anisha

The Mendhi

The five day affair always kicks off with the Mendhi – the pre-wedding ritual for the Bride as they paint the most intricate henna on the hands along with all the women of the bridal party. It goes without saying that Hindu weddings have such beauty and elegance in every sense of the word.

The family union

The Family Union

The Barrat

As we move onto day two of the wedding, it goes without saying that the union of two families is a momentous occasion, and this is marked with an elaborate and traditional arrival of the groom. Adorned with a display of dancers, horses and plenty of music, this procession, also known as the Barrat, brings together the Bride and Groom for their ceremony. And yes, sourcing white horses for a Hindu Wedding in Lake Como Italy is well and truly possible.

Sumit & Anisha, Villa Erba, Lake Como

The Mandap

Adorned with the most colourful and vibrant floral display, beautifully put together by Simona at Floralia, the ceremonial structure was erected on the waterside with a stunning backdrop of Lake Como in the background. The wow factor and Bel Paese left guests stunned, adding to the sense of beauty and elegance that an Indian wedding deserves.

It goes without saying that organising an Indian wedding in Italy, is a marriage of two cultures in itself. Both renowned for it’s five star focus on hospitality and food and both with strong family traditions, the Italians understand the priorities of the Indian culture, it’s no wonder that it has become the number one destination for young Indian couples for their wedding.

Wedding planning & Event Production by Raffaella Alflatt, WedinItaly.co.uk

With special thanks to Villa Erba, Salshan Photography & Video and Simona Giordano of Floralia.

Destination Wedding Tuscany – Villa Bordoni

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Full of style and grace, Melissa and Mark’s boutique Destination Wedding Tuscany, was set in the most romantic venue Villa Bordoni.

The Photography

We just love sharing weddings that are created by the incredible Nabis. Capturing the moments in reportage style, Chiara & Massimiliano from Nabis Photographers were the perfect choice for Melissa and Mark, who were both keen to make sure they had their wedding day photographed naturally, which Nabis nailed from start to finish.

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The Invitations

Designed by a close member of Melissa’s family, the look and feel of the invite was very natural and rustic. Pulling in from the natural surroundings of the Tuscan villa and the vintage feel of the wedding, it was a perfect accompaniment that set the scene for the guests at the wedding.

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Bride Melissa

The Bride

Getting married abroad can sometimes be daunting, but Melissa took everything in her stride… There were so many personal touches to this destination wedding, we simple don’t know where to start, but one that impressed us the most was Melissa’s dress. Passed down from two generations, Melissa wore her grandmother’s wedding gown, beautifully altered by her best friend, she certainly rocked the vintage look in the most honourable fashion.

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The Venue

Villa Bordoni, a beautifully renovated watchtower dating back to the 11th Century, was a perfect choice for Melissa and Mark’s wedding. Now transformed into a luxury boutique Tuscan hotel, the venue is set in the hills of Greve in Chianti where the couple and their guests had the entire place to themselves to really let their hair down. The Decor All beautifully brought together by Wedding Planners Wedinitaly, together with Melissa and Mark, Raffaella and her team created all the finishing touches that brought such a personal element to this fun-fuelled destination wedding in Tuscany.

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The Food

The day ended as the sun set over the hills at Villa Bordoni, where guests were spoilt by the friendly staff and indulged in the exquisite menus of chef Colin and Scottish host David. The rich Tuscan four course à la carte menu, gave guests their own choice of wedding breakfast – all washed down nicely with wines of the Chianti region. The cake was served in pure traditional Italian style, as a delicate millefoglie with fresh fruit and creme patissiere.

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The Transport

The nostalgic style of this destination wedding in Tuscany was complete with a well sought after Citroen DS, rare in it’s kind, and a big passion of the groom’s. Wedinitaly’s wedding planner Raffaella just had to find the right model! And boy are we glad she did, as this drove Melissa & Mark from Greve in Chianti to Montefioralle for a fun-filled photo session with photographers Nabis, set in a Tuscan vineyards.

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Destination Wedding Tuscany – Villa Bordoni

With special thanks to:

Venue: Villa Bordoni, Greve in Chianti
Photographers: Nabis Photographers
Flowers: Stiatti Fiori

Vintage Wedding at Borgo Stomennano

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One of our last weddings of the past season was held in the beautiful Borgo Stomennano, a very small village located in the medieval Monteriggioni’s district, a few kilometers from Siena.

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A Dream Wedding in Rome

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Our first post of 2016 is dedicated to our beloved Rome, and one of its more famous venues: the astonishing Villa Miani, mentioned several times on our blog.

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Wedding in Rome at the incredible Terrazza Caffarelli

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On the last wedding season we had the opportunity to get back in one of the many enchanting venues which the Eternal City offers.
Terrazza Caffarelli is on the top floor of the building which houses the Musei Capitolini, in one of the most ancient areas in Rome, beside the Campidoglio – also called Capitoline Hill – and above the Roman Forum.

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Fascinating Wedding at Villa Cimbrone

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We can’t find further words to describe the beauty of the Amalfi Coast, that was the perfect backdrop for many of our 2015 weddings.

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Wedinitaly on Rock My Wedding

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We are very pleased to share this nice article published on “Rock My Wedding” website, which told about one of our events at the often mentioned Castle of Vincigliata.

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Wedinitaly in DHWA Magazine

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We are happy to report on our blog a fine article published in the latest issue of DHWA – Destination Weddings & Honeymoon Abroad – magazine.

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Craig and Jon’s Wedding at Villa Pitiana

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We are happy to share with our readers the story of a joyful 3-days event at Villa Pitiana, about which we have already dedicated several posts.

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An Intimate Wedding at Villa Bordoni

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Villa Bordoni is a Patrician villa converted into a luxury boutique hotel, located in Greve in Chianti, a few kilometers south of Florence.

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A Sunny Wedding at the Castle of Meleto

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It’s always a great pleasure to organise a wedding at the incredible Meleto Castle, on which we already posted recently.

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Now We Are Three !

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One of the greatest satisfaction of our job is our friendship established with married couples, and often we receive their greetings on special occasions, as Christmas and/or their anniversaries.

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Magical Wedding in the picturesque Ravello

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The wedding described in this post was held in Ravello at the end of last May.

Ravello is considered the gem of the Amalfi Coast – a small village full of bars, restaurants and craft shops, with winding streets that suddenly open onto breathtaking views and glimpses over the Tyrrhenian Sea.

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Joyful Wedding in the heart of Tuscany

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Today we are pleased to share with our readers a memorable event which was held in two different venues: the stunning Castle of Verrazzano and the enchanting Villa Bordoni, both very close to the lovely town of Greve in Chianti, half an hour from Florence.

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Superb Night at Villa Aldobrandini in Frascati

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A few posts ago we told you about an exclusive Indian wedding which was held at the magical Villa Miani, one of our favourite venues for weddings in Rome.

We dedicate this post to the night before that memorable event, when the newlyweds welcomed their hundreds of guests at another stunning venue: the magnificent Villa Aldobrandini in Frascati.

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Memorable Wedding at Villa Le Piazzole

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The charming Florence makes another appearance on our blog, with a memorable wedding that took place at Villa Le Piazzole a few years ago.

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Magical Wedding Overlooking Florence

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The wedding in this post was held in a magnificent venue in beautiful Florence.
Villa Il Garofalo is an elegant and ancient mansion on the Florentine slope of Fiesole, which in the past centuries hosted several aristocratic families, including the famous Dante Alighieri – who’s considered the father of the Italian language – and his beloved muse Beatrice.

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Vintage Wedding at the Castle of Meleto

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We are pleased to introduce to you another beautiful venue in the heart of the Tuscany, in the oft-mentioned Chianti area.

Meleto is a stunning castle and village surrounded by bucolic vineyards and olive groves, on the hills near to the small and lovely town of Gaiole in Chianti.

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A Fascinating Wedding in Tuscany – Borgo San Felice

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Today’s post is about a beautiful wedding that was held in the heart of Chianti area of Tuscany.

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Unforgettable Wedding on the Shore – La Posta Vecchia

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We have not yet finished telling you about all our weddings in 2014, but we can’t wait to dedicate a post to the first event of this new season!

The unique La Posta Vecchia, thanks to the warm spring weather, made the perfect backdrop for the special day of our newlyweds Belen and Alejandro, and their family and friends.

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A Fairy Tale Wedding at the Castle of Vincigliata

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By now we have lost count of how many weddings we organised in the enchanting Castle of Vincigliata!

It is certainly a venue that does not fail to capture the interest of our couples, for its uniqueness, and its proximity to the beautiful Florence.

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Hindu Wedding at Villa Miani – Rome

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We already wrote about Villa Miani on our blog, but there are never enough words to describe the grandeur and beauty of this venue, one of the most popular in Rome.

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Vintage Wedding at Villa Catignano

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Villa Catignano, a stunning borgo 10 minutes from Siena, is confirmed as one of our popular wedding venues in Tuscany.

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Autumn Wedding at Villa Catureglio

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The final event of our last season was held in a venue that we never dealt with in our blog.
Newlyweds Lauren and Greg chose to celebrate their marriage with family and friends on the hills surroundings the province of Lucca, an ancient town of Northern Tuscany.

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Elegant Wedding at the Castle of Spaltenna

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Dear readers, as mentioned in a previous post which introduced a beautiful and unique venue such as the Castle of Spaltenna, we’re pleased to share with you our photos took during this unforgettable event!

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Vintage Wedding in Magic Ravello

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One of our 2014 weddings was held in the amazing Amalfi Coast, in the fantastic and unique town of Ravello.

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Venues in Tuscany – The Castle of Spaltenna

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Dear readers, it’s our pleasure to introduce a special location which we’ve never written about on our blog: the Castle of Spaltenna, where one of the most elegant and successful weddings of last season took place.

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Magical Wedding in a Borgo in Tuscany

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Today we’re pleased to introduce another beautiful location, situated in a part of Tuscany less well known, but not without its own history and beautiful landscapes.

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Charming Wedding at Castle of Vincigliata

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Last season served to confirm that Castle of Vincigliata remains one of the most popular venues for our couples.

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Greetings from Rome

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One of the greatest joys of our job is to hear from our clients even long after we helped them make their special day unforgettable!

We’re happy to publish and share with you the photo that our new friends Roxana and Gary took in Rome on the occasion of their first wedding anniversary!

Roxana and Gary starred in one of our memorable weddings in Tuscany in 2013, at the charming Borgo Stomennano in Monteriggioni, a few kilometers from Siena.

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Wedding in Tuscany – Villa Grabau

It’s a great pleasure to share with all our readers the stunning photos by Facibeni Fotografia taken in occasion of the Zhaleh & David’s wedding at Villa Grabau, an incredibly beautiful historic residence at the gates of Lucca, one of the most important towns of the green Tuscany.

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A Luxury Wedding at Castiglion del Bosco

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The season that has just ended was so busy, we had not enough time to update our blog!

However, in the coming weeks we’ll post photos of some of events we have planned, from the stunning area of Lake Como to the breathtaking Amalfi Coast.
And obviously the enchanting Tuscany is always a must, as it’s so beloved by our couples!

The photos in today’s post were taken in the beautiful and exclusive resort of Castiglion del Bosco near Montalcino, famous for its production of the finest Brunello and Rosso di Montalcino wines.

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Joyful Wedding at Castello di Vincigliata

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This season, the Castle of Vincigliata has remained among the most popular venues for our couples to celebrate their wedding in Italy.

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Colourful Hindu Wedding at Villa Pitiana

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As announced in a recent post about Hindu weddings in Italy, here is our report from the beautiful and colourful wedding of the lovely Darshna & Hitesh.

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Elegant Wedding at Villa Aurelia on Style Me Pretty

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Thanks to Style Me Pretty for posting another article about one of our weddings in Rome: an elegant, classic wedding in the charming and stunning Villa Aurelia.

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DestinationIdo blog – Forever in Florence

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We would like to share this article published on DestinationIdo, a website dedicated to dream weddings worldwide.

The article is about an intimate wedding in beautiful Florence, featuring stunning shots by the gorgeous photographer Rochelle Cheever.

Florence and Tuscany remain the most preferred destinations to celebrate weddings, and looking at these photos it’s not difficult to see why!

Check out the gallery clicking here!

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Weddings in Tuscany – Villa Pitiana

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The first wedding of the upcoming season will be celebrated in the beautiful Villa Pitiana, already mentioned in a previous post.

We would share with our readers some photos of a nice wedding held a few years ago in this fantastic venue surrounded by the lush of the green hills of Tuscany, and just half an hour from Florence.

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To Each Wedding Its Own Chair

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Soon, a new exciting and intense season will start, and we can’t wait!

Meanwhile, we will publish a series of posts dedicated to weddings of the past years, and also about “technical” aspects of planning a wedding in Italy, such as the presentation of the venues and choosing flowers, decorations, and furniture.

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Unique Weddings at Relais La Suvera

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We are happy to introduce a charming and unique venue in the heart of the green Tuscany: Relais La Suvera.

Relais La Suvera was founded nearly 25 years ago, a project born from the passion of the Marquis Giuseppe Ricci Paracciani and Princess Eleonora Massimo for their countryside residence.

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Wedinitaly Vintage Wedding on Style Me Pretty

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Thanks to Style Me Pretty for posting an article about one of our most amazing wedding of the last season: a vintage wedding in the beautiful Borgo della Merluzza, Rome.

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Dancing at Italian Weddings

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An evening of dancing is undoubtedly the ideal closure of the Wedding Day.

Here is a series of photos taken during several weddings that we have organised.

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Vintage Wedding in Rome – beautiful shoots by David Bastianoni

It’s our pleasure to share with you the beautiful photos of David Bastianoni, one of our favourite wedding photographers in Italy.
Picture were taken during the wedding of Diane and Philippe at the stunning Borgo della Merluzza in Rome.

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