Lake Como Wedding: Laura + Matt

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It’s Friday, so let’s dream of a magical + beautiful place – how about something like Lake Como, Italy! Such a gorgeous backdrop for a wedding! Laura is American and Matt is Australian, but they live in London, so it was a bit of a challenge deciding where to hold their wedding that would be easy for their friends + family to attend. Since they both love Italy, they decided that Lake Como was the perfect location. Their color palette for the day was pulled from the setting: the greens of the mountains, the blues of the sky and the lake, and yellow of the sun and Italian lemons. It was most important for them to throw a party that their guests would remember forever, and to showcase their love of music, nature and traveling. Oh, and staying in a beautiful villa for a whole week was an incredible way to do that! Big thanks to Jonas Peterson for the photos and congrats to Laura + Matt!

beaded wedding dress

bride getting ready

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tissue tassle garland

lake como wedding

lake como wedding

Processional: Cupid de Locke – Smashing Pumpkins

Recessional: Howlin' for You – The Black Keys

First Dance: Let's Stay Together – Al Green

lake como wedding

lake como wedding

lake como wedding

lake como wedding

lake como wedding

As everyone says, there were so many, but one that I loved a lot was walking out of the back of the villa, on my way to the ceremony. Across the street there was a group of Italian policemen sitting outside the police station. When they saw me and my bridesmaids walk down the stairs they let out a crazy cheer and kept cheering the whole way. The wedding was on a Monday afternoon, so it really set in how crazy that moment was for me and the Italian village that we took over!


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bridesmaids wearing yellow

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bride and groom lake como

bride and groom lake como

How awesome is that photo above?!!

groom playing guitar

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I just wanted to add that one of my favorite details was the signature cocktail we made. We named it after the Iceland volcano because that was how we met. To explain… In 2010 I was living in NYC and Matt was there on holiday. We met, on what was supposed to be his last night there. The next day the ash cloud from the volcano caused so many delays and cancellations so he wasn’t able to fly back to London for another week. We hung out every night on most days and fell in love. So our cocktail represented that! :)

Ask for help! I definitely tried to take on too much on my own, even though people offered to help. Also, make sure to EAT on the big day! Everyone is there to hand you a glass of champagne, but not many remember to offer you some food!

photography: Jonas Peterson // venue: Villa Navalia, Menaggio, Italy // wedding dress: Badgley Mischka (designed by friend of the bride) // shoes: Calvin Klein // bridesmaid dresses: Anthropologie and BeBe // groom suit: Paul Smith // cake: local Italian baker

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  1. SO good – and Laura is the best. Cheers to them!!

  2. What a beautiful, beautiful, beautiful, beautiful, beautiful, beautiful wedding! Love Jonas’ imagery and the location – wow. Look like a fabulous couple that had the most wonderful wedding day.

  3. Thanks so much, Jen! We LOVE it! And as luck would have it, we are going to Iceland for a weekend today!! Sitting in the airport now. Thank you for allowing us to continue feeling the magic. Xx

  4. Amazing, showstopping dress. Lovely photos.

  5. Wow! Gorgeous color palette, and stunning scenery! Love the image at the cave opening and the random guy hanging above!

  6. It is always the little details that pull everything together. The different color glasses are so fabulous and pull the color scheme of the table together….!!!

  7. Sooooo lovely! Everything looks awesome and you’re really such a beautiful couple! and the song of your first dance is so romantic! Congrats! =D


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