Marry Or Honeymoon In Portofino At The Belmond Hotel Splendido

Hotel Spendido

Imagine your wedding taking place against a backdrop of beautiful Italian countryside and the shimmering Mediterranean. Not too hard to picture, right? Well, let’s take things one step further. The destination wedding you’ve been dreaming of can indeed become a reality when you plan your big day with the event experts at The Belmond Hotel Splendido! Nestled in a little corner of paradise, this romantic setting, paired with the hotel’s unique cuisine and impeccable service, will allow for an unforgettable Italian Riviera wedding.

The Belmond Hotel group has many amazing hotels, trains and cruises throughout the world. And since they have a several absolutely stunning properties in Italy (which is one of our absolute favorite destinations!), we’ve been loving sharing them with you through our fun Belmond Hotel series! Hopefully this series will help those of you dreaming of a wedding or honeymoon in Italy! Or if you’re already married, consider one of the Belmond properties for an anniversary trip.

Today, we get to chat with Carlo Lazzeri, the events manager at The Belmond Hotel Splendido, who has organized over 300 weddings at the hotel:

GWS: Do you have a favorite wedding that was held at your property? If so, what made the wedding so special and memorable? 

After organizing hundreds of weddings, it’s difficult to say for definite which one was my favorite wedding, each one leaves a sparkle in my soul. They call me “the man who makes everything possible”, as I say yes to any request, however extravagant. That’s what I love about my job and that what I always end up with when the music has stopped playing. What it makes it so special is trying to make their ‘dream’ become a reality and always give extra touch of something special to their desires. It is important for me to be close to them throughout the day, but also to be invisible at the same time. I’m ready for any last minute request which might arise, and believe me there are many!

Hotel Splendido Wedding Ceremony

Hotel Spendido Favorite Eats

GWS: What is your must have dish at a restaurant on property?

For couples looking for a true taste of la dolce vita, our chef suggests a pasta dish created for the legendary actress Elizabeth Taylor- spaghetti with fresh tomatoes, basil and sun dried tomatoes, aptly named ‘Spaghetti alla Elizabeth Taylor’. A traditional local dish potato gnocchi with local Taggiasche olives, finished with fresh tomatoes and basil. We also have wonderful fresh fish from the Gulf which can be cooked however diners desire.

GWS: What is your favorite drink on property and where is your favorite place to enjoy it?

My favorite drink is the sweet and fruity Bellini cocktail, made fresh peaches with Prosecco. For those in search of a bitter aperitif we suggest the very Italian Campari Spritz – Campari, Prosecco and soda water. There’s only one place to enjoy these, sitting back on one of our elegant summer chairs, surrounded by blooming flowers whilst taking in the view of the Gulf below as piano music wafts through the air.

Hotel Splendido Guest Raves


GWS: What activities offered by your property or locally do you recommend to your guests?

Our couples love learning how to taste the difference between Italy’s liquid gold in our traditional olive oil tasting experience at La Terrazza restaurant. It’s a fun way to find out how different regions produce totally different tasting oils. We also hold a fun pesto class at the Chuflay Bar restaurant, guests always remember the great personalities who conduct these two classes, we have some really characters!

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GWS: How do you make a visit special for a couple on their honeymoon?

I like to surprise them with a nice and romantic table in a garden area (just the two of them) together with a romantic violinist and lush flowers scattered on the table. What could be more romantic then gazing at your new husband or wife as the sun sets?

GWS: What is one local destination, store or restaurant you recommend our readers experience during their stay to give them a true sense of the local culture?

Guests enjoy heading down to the Chuflay Restaurant located in the main Piazzetta of Portofino at our sister property Belmond Hotel Splendido Mare. This is the real local experience with the same great service as Belmond Hotel Splendido, but you can soak up the pizzazz of the piazza. You’re seated in the heart of the town, and you can watch the couples and families taking their evening walks and watch the little fishing boats bob on the water.

Hotel Spendido Activities

GWS: What’s something unique to your property that you can offer to couples to make their wedding or honeymoon truly special? 

At the end of a relaxing day, we invite couples on an exclusive Sunset Cruise along Portofino’s Bay, followed by a romantic dinner on the rustic San Fruttuoso Beach – ideal for in search of la dolce vita following the footsteps of Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton. We have also just unveiled a beautiful suite, named La Dolce Vita suite which has the perfect mix of elegance and privacy for honeymooners.

Incredibile, no?! This stunning property sounds pretty perfect for a memorable wedding or romantic getaway with your love! If you’re intrigued about visiting or planning an event in Italy or Mallorca, The Belmond Hotel group has created an informative online magazine you can flip through to learn more! And for more information on hosting your destination wedding or planning your honeymoon at The Belmond Hotel Splendido in Portofino, be sure to visit their website!

This post is part of our series, Find Your Italian Honeymoon + Wedding Destination with Belmond. Be sure to check out all the other amazing properties!

Thanks to Jacqueline Campbell Photography for the top image of  the couple outside the church in the Piaggio.

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Modern Botanical Wedding Inspiration

modern botanical inspiration

We’ve been loving the abundance of the incredible wedding inspiration, influenced by beautiful botanicals, that we’ve been seeing out there lately. And while it’s only natural to think florals + foliage when conceptualizing a styled shoot, it takes a lot of creativity + intent to get the right look. We love that today’s gorgeous session, sent to us by This Love of Yours Photography + Harvesting Love Events, applies a beautiful balance of masculine + feminine design and details to inspire an event that truly brings the outdoors in.

From Lorraine of Harvesting Love, The best way to describe this photo shoot is West Elm meets Anthropologie. If you’re in love with midcentury, botanicals, vintage, and copper, this is the styled shoot is for you. It was very important to me to create something that incorporated a masculine look but with a lot of femininity to the design. Oftentimes I find that my brides get carried away with making their wedding look very feminine that they often forget about infusing their partners taste as well. I believe it’s important to make sure an event truly reflects those that are being celebrated.

botanical invitation

modern botanical bride

protea botanical bouquet

protea flower arch

bottle candles


We totally adore the location for this one…a historical two-room schoolhouse in Northern California.

bottle candles

protea botanical bouquet

modern botanical bride


Long-sleeved wedding dresses always get us! For look similar to this one, check out BHLDN’s Anabelle dress paired with the Amelie Topper and La Belle Sash.

modern botanical bride

eames chairs

copper flower vases

amber stem glasses

fern place card

fern place card

fern place card

modern botanical inspiration


A fun DIY to try: Since copper is really expensive and I did not want to spend $100+ on just one vase, I ended up using copper metal sheets to cover the glass vases. Instead of paying $100, I ended up only spending $6 or less for each vase including materials. Plus, it only took me 5 minutes to do!

modern botanical inspiration

modern botanical inspiration

modern botanical inspiration

modern botanical inspiration

modern botanical inspiration

anemone

modern botanical inspiration

modern botanical inspiration

modern botanical inspiration

modern botanical inspiration

modern botanical bride


And are you as in love with this fern “hair clip” as we are? It’s not some expensive metal adornment, but actually two real fern leaves sprayed with copper spray paint! Lorraine recalls, The fern leaf was very sturdy. All we did was used some bobby pins to pin it on. Another easy 5 minute project!

gold leaf hair piece

copper vase

modern botanical bride

botanical cake

botanical cake

botanical cake

modern botanical bride

modern botanical bride

gold leaf hair piece

modern botanical bride

king protea


Such a sweet shoot! We love how you can take bits + pieces of this editorial and easily incorporate them into your event’s design! Big thanks to the talented team of creatives below for sharing their work with us today!

photography: This Love of Yours Photography // planning + design: Harvesting Love Events // venue: Machado Heritage School Morgan Hill, California // florals: Flowerstory // makeup + hair: Makeup by Quis // invitations + escort cards: Written Word Calligraphy // eames chairs: Midcentury Monger // cake: Amanda Fu // model: Christine Ngyuen

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One-of-a-Kind Marfa Texas Wedding: Michelle + Tyler

Marfa wedding

If we could do it all over again, we’re thinking we just might run off into the isolated desert fields of Marfa, Texas and host an epic, adventurous wedding weekend just like Michelle + Tyler did! We’ve been dying to share this one with you guys since we laid our eyes on it. M + T’s day was just so beautiful + unique and was 100% handmade by the two of them and their fam + friends! While it’s nearly impossible to pin-point a favorite detail, the rustic, yet understated ceremony site, along with the geometric-infused reception decor definitely stand out as being pretty darn amazing! Just wait until you see for yourself. But first, Michelle has more to share with us about the day:

We decided that Marfa would be where we would get married on our first trip there. Marfa is a special place and everyone that spends time there has a different adventure and that is what we wanted for our guests: an adventure. Some people weren’t excited to do all of the traveling and others were just confused, so we knew that we might have a smaller wedding and were okay with it. In the end, 150 people came in cars, planes, and trains to spend the weekend with us. We had to do what felt right to us, and those who were able to come found an unexpected new special place and memories.

Big thanks to Brooke Schwab Photography for the incredible images + congrats and best wishes to Michelle + Tyler!

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marfa tent wedding

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Loving that vibrant bouquet, designed by Michelle’s aunt, Lynn!

ring

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marfa bride

marfa teepee first look

marfa teepee first look

marfa teepee first look

marfa teepee first look

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So many incredible locations for photo-ops!

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marfa bride

marfa wedding

marfa wedding

little ones

hay bales


Tyler’s parents made that fun metal structure and Michelle’s family macramed + dyed rope to create the backdrop for the ceremony. Family also brought in hay bales for seating and Tyler’s mom hand dip-dyed the covers for each one. We love that Michelle + Tyler created such a unique space, in the middle of nowhere, to exchange their vows!

marfa desert ceremony

marfa desert ceremony

I am not typically a very emotional person EXCEPT at weddings. I have fumbled through many a Maid of Honor speech, so I was fairly certain it did not matter what my vows said because they would be unintelligible. They day of the wedding we had about 35 miles per hour winds on the land, and since I was wearing a cape, I almost flew away (taking my little cousin with me) the second I walked out of my trailer. My parents had to come running and instead of walking me down the aisle they held my cape while my ten pound bouquet kept me on the ground. All of this is to say that instead of being nervous and crying and being overcome with emotion, I had no choice to keep my eye on the prize and just make it to Tyler. Quite the metaphor for staying grounded.

marfa desert ceremony

marfa desert ceremony

marfa desert ceremony

marfa desert ceremony

marfa desert ceremony

marfa desert ceremony

marfa bouquet

sleeved cape

marfa desert ceremony


Michelle pulled off such an incredible + unique look! We love her BHLDN dress, which she paired with a belt from Anthropologie and a cape she custom designed + had made from fabric she ordered from Mood.

dress cape

marfa desert ceremony

geoemtric hangings


The reception was chock-full of amazing details and a fun, geometric-centric vibe. We are totally digging that white graphic on the floor (designed by Cathy, one of the bride’s good friends), the colorful paper goods, desert-y blooms + those killer wire mobiles – shaped like gems! – that hung from overhead.

string art seating chart

eclectic centerpieces

eclectic centerpieces

eclectic centerpieces


Our place card holders were also our favors. We bought a bunch of unopened geodes online and my dad used a rock saw to make a space in each one for us to put a place card. Tyler’s dad made metal stands for each one. Guests had instructions to take their geode outside where we had a station set up for them to crack them open! 

geode place card

coloring book

geometric dance floor

favors

geode favor

geode favor

geoemtric hangings

DJ

firepit

marksfa

Plan ahead so you can relax when the time comes. Approximately a hundred things went wrong during our weekend, but we had so much planned that no one noticed. I was determined not to be the bride still organizing things the day of. I delegated like crazy and it was a good thing because I had a little too much fun at our Welcome Dinner and couldn't micromanage the next morning. I didn't even see the ceremony space until I was walking down the aisle and it was actually wonderful to let go of it and get to be surprised.

photography: Brooke Schwab Photography // venue: ceremony – private residence about five miles outside of town owned by Corte Del Norte; reception – The Capri Lounge Marfa, Texas // day of coordination: bride’s cousin, Mandy Sitz // florals: Bride’s Aunt, Lynn Bielman // catering: Future Shark // churros: Katy Rose Elsasser for Snacks on Snacks // music: Michael Antonia of The Flashdance // photobooth: Smilebooth // hair: Bride’s friend, Kara Friendt  // makeup: Groom’s cousin, Carly Wolk // bride’s dress: BHLDN Contessa gown with an altered neckline // bride’s cape: bride designed and ordered fabric from Mood, Arlene at A Beautiful U created + altered // accessories: cuff from Tootsies and a belt from Anthropologie // second dress: Anais gown from J.Crew – altered to a deep-v neckline // late night outfit: sequined romper from J. Crew // shoes: Alice + Olivia from Tootsies, Maison Martin Margiela wedges from Buffalo Exchange, booties from Anthropologie // welcome bags, graphics + other signs: designed by Tyler // dance floor graphics: Cathy Sun from Past Paper Future // ceremony sound + equipment rentals: Marfa Recording Co. // invitations: designed by couple’s friend, Camille Domangue and letterpressed by Workhouse Prints, using vintage stamps // save the dates: designed by couple and printed by copy.com // flower girls + ring bearer’s attire: girls – Crewcuts dresses,  boys – Crewcuts shirts, pants, and chukka boots. Bow ties made by bride’s mom with Guatemalan fabric from Etsy. doggie ponchos, bow ties + indigo tuts – made by bride’s mom // groom’s attire: tux from J. Crew, chambray oxford shirt from Gitman Vintage, bow tie by The Hill-side purchased from Stephen Alan, pocket square by The Hill-side from  J. Crew, Alden suede chukkas, Anonymous ism socks from J. Crew, Moscot NYC glasses, Taylor Stitch undershirt, alterations done by Suit Supply

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