Ever since visiting Italy two years ago, I’m counting down the days until I can return! There never was a more romantic (or tasty) place on earth–at least as far as I’m concerned! So Melisa and Christopher’s wedding in Lake Como, Italy is an absolute dream. And if I can’t actually live the dream, I suppose these images of the dream by Shawn Connell of Christian Oth Studio will have to do!
From Christian Oth Studio:
Melisa Moehlman and Christopher Melling had crossed paths many times before they began dating at the end of 2009. They shared a circle of friends that kept insisting they were made for each other. It turns out, their friends were right. Chris proposed in January of 2011 aided by a scrapbook filled with the reasons why he loved Melisa and a diamond ring tucked into one of the pages.
Intrigues by the idea of an overseas destination wedding, the couple was elated when they secured an historic Italian setting, Villa del Balbianello, for their September wedding. “We loved the idea of a celebration with a timeless, Old World feel,” Melisa admits. “Because the venue was so beautiful, we kept everything very elegant and simple.”
They recited their vows under a romantic ivy-covered loggia overlooking Lake Como. Cocktails were served in the garden and a candlelit dinner for 100 followed. “I would not have changed a thing,” the bride reflects. “It was a wonderful time to spend with our family and friends, and the perfect beginning to our lives together.”
The newlyweds spent the next two weeks in Africa on a safari and exploring the beauty of the Seychelle Islands.
Venue: Villa del Balbianello // Photography: Shawn Connell/Christian Oth Studio // Cake and Caterer: AFM Banqueting // Planner: Daughter of Design // Floral Design: Figli dei Fiori // Tuxedo: Domenico Vacca // Wedding Gown: Monique Lhuillier