We are both from Birmingham in England and have been together for just shy of 12 years. We met in September 2007 in Birmingham. We met at the age of 21 and got engaged in April 2017 in Jamaica after 10 years together. Being together 12 years we have done our fair share of travelling and have never come across anywhere more romantic than Italy. Plus the food! As soon as we were engaged Jacob agreed that Italy was our dream place to be married and so the hunt began.
We were certain on Lake Como when I stumbled on the dream venue that is Villa Del Balbianello and the hunt for a wedding planner began. We soon found Gemma from My Lake Como Wedding after many planners let us down. Gemma made us feel at ease instantly and so began our wedding planning journey. We headed to Lake Como in November 2017 to view venues and instantly fell in love with Villa Del Balbianello. We wanted a different venue for our reception and viewed Villa Regina Teodolinda and so our venues were settled. After our wedding planner suggested I revive my Pinterest account I found that Villa Del Balbianello was on my own Dream Wedding Board and now we’d booked it! My Pinterest dream was becoming a reality! We choose this date as on Sunday 4th August this would mark my husband’s moms 70th birthday and she passed away back in 2008 so it felt that she was with us. Villa Del Balbianello is closed to the public of a Monday so we could marry earlier in the day which is what we wanted.
Highlights from the wedding:
For me, the bride, it was Jacob’s reaction when he looked at me as I got to him down the aisle. He never looked at me coming down the aisle but when he did he was overcome with emotion and it hit me how special and important what we were doing was.
For Jacob, it was seeing me in front of him at the altar.
The Riva boat taking us from Villa Del Balbianello to Teodolinda was phenomenal. Boats were waving and stopping to look and take photos and give us their congratulations. It was amazing. We got to travel the lake just taking it in as man and wife. It was an amazing time alone. Jacob also got to drive the Riva boat – boys and their boats!