Sophisticated Lake Como Destination Wedding at Villa Lario Resort Mandello

December 16, 2017 | Junebug Weddings

Kerri and Armando’s luxurious and intimate Lake Como destination wedding at Villa Lario Resort Madello was an exclusive and romantic three-day event full of gorgeous Italian sunshine and sophisticated details. The magical backdrop of snowcapped mountains, golden shores, and Renaissance architecture was the perfect setting for a romantic outdoor ceremony and reception. The bride’s sexy and elegant strapless Martina Liana wedding gown paired perfectly with her chic ponytail, simple accessories, and groom’s classic tux. Katie Harmsworth photographed this swanky celebration and this sweet couple enjoying their enchanting day with only their closest family and friends while Eric Ronald, drone captain and second shooter, capturing the stunning surroundings and chic reception set up from above.

The Couple:

Kerri and Armando

The Wedding:

Villa Lario Resort Madello, Lake Como, Italy

When planning our wedding we knew we wanted an intimate wedding surrounded by our closest family and friends. We came across Lake Como, Italy and knew right away it embraced every essence of the magical evening we dreamt of.

It was important that we truly enjoyed celebrating with our guests who traveled to be with us and so we planned a 3 day wedding celebration that included a family dinner, a welcome reception followed by the big day. The evening of our wedding felt like a dream dinner party. Watching our guests laugh over stories from the wedding weekend was everything we hoped for.

Be true to who you are and if there’s something you envision or that is important to you that might not seem traditional, don’t let that stop you from planning your dream wedding.

How we chose our venue was really by chance. As soon as we began to consider the option of a destination wedding, we looked at a map of the world and realized we could go anywhere. That was perhaps the most exciting part once we became open to the idea of traveling; and there was nowhere that felt more romantic than Italy. When we came across the villas of Lake Como, we knew this was everything we dreamt of and more. Our venue, Villa Lario Resort in Mandello, offered everything we were looking for, including a beautiful backdrop of the lake and a first class chef to prepare a delicious three course Italian dinner for our family and friends.

Our photographer, Katie Harmsworth, was hands down the most amazing and professional photographer ever. What made the wedding day feel more natural was the pre-wedding couple shoot the day before the wedding. Not only did we get an extra day of photos for our wedding album, but on the day of the wedding when Katie arrived to the villa it felt like we were old friends and we knew right away she was going to capture every special moment

Wedding Party Processional: So Into You by Childish Gambino
Bride Processional: Can’t Help Falling in Love by Elvis Presley
Recessional: September by Earth, Wind & Fire
First Dance: The Way You Look Tonight by Frank Sinatra sung by the Groom’s Father

It’s truly hard to pinpoint the most memorable part of the day. Reflecting back, there was a special moment just between the two of us when we made sure to pause while everyone was dancing and just take in the moment under the stars. Knowing that 60 of our closest family and friends flew to Italy to witness our wedding was surreal.

The Wedding Team:

Photography – Katie HarmsworthEric Ronald
Event Planning – Wedding Box Lake Como
Venue – Villa Lario Resort Madello
Floral Design – Rattiflora
Catering – Luca Mozzanica
Videography – AG Studio Videography
Wedding Dress – Martina Liana
Groom’s Apparel – Art Lewin


Congratulations to Kerri and Armando and special thanks to Katie HarmsworthEric Ronald for capturing this jaw-droppingly gorgeous wedding! For more destination inspiration full of romance, check out this romantic dusty rose French Riviera Wedding at Chateau Saint Georges!

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