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Top wedding venues in Lake Como

Villa Erba Lake Como
Villa Erba Lake Como

Getting married in Lake Como is an experience like no other. Imagine celebrating your love surrounded by breathtaking natural beauty and romantic charm. The serene waters of the lake and the lush greenery of the hills provide a beautiful backdrop for your day. The light reflecting on the lake creates a magical ambience, creating a perfect setting for both intimate and larger ceremonies. The panoramic views of the surrounding mountains are breathtaking and will be forever etched in the memory of your guests. Here are some of the many stunning venues you can choose from.

Villa Erba - the filming location for Ocean’s Twelve - offers one of the most stunning lakeside settings in Lake Como, in the village of Cernobbio. With beautiful large gardens, it's an ideal location for outdoor ceremonies and drinks receptions on the steps. The romantic interiors and historical details make it an excellent choice for indoor events too, holding up to 300 people in the main dining spaces - or up to 400 with the addition of a marquee.

I was lucky enough to photograph the stunning wedding of Kate and Eddie at Villa Erba earlier this year, where they had a gorgeous lakeside ceremony, filled with flowers.

This villa is a historic building with a beautiful garden, terrace and panoramic views of the lake. It's definitely a venue for hosting more intimate affairs than Villa Erba, with a unique atmosphere and charming details.

Villa Regina Teodolinda has accommodation for up to 12 people and a small backyard pool.

On our trip last year, we spent the morning getting ready overlooking the lake, before exploring the grounds. Daria wore a gorgeous dress by Aleena Leena Bridal, with her hair in a low sleek bun and statement pearl drop earrings.

We hired a Lake Como Boat just before sunset, to capture the glow on the water. This is something I highly recommend - it adds a truly different aspect to your day and photos like they're fresh out of a magazine. All the Vogue vibes!

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In a similar area, near Laglio, is Villa Pizzo. There’s a reason this place is among the most exclusive and popular venues in Lake Como! The picturesque, classic Italian gardens and lakeside courtyard overlooking the lake make Villa Pizzo ideal for your destination wedding. The villa's elegant interiors and exquisite frescoes provide a romantic setting for indoor events as well.

Aside from the stunning location on the shores of the lake, this villa has a private dock and has won awards from the British Society of Garden Designers for its lush gardens. The air is filled with the sweet fragrance of blooming flowers and the gentle breeze delivers a refreshing touch. It's phenomenal for outdoor ceremonies and receptions, offering a truly magical setting.

Located in Bellagio and hosting up to 220 people, this grand villa offers a classic Italian feel, with luxurious interiors and artistic frescoes

. The terrace provides a breathtaking view of the lake, making it a perfect spot for outdoor events. At Villa Serbelloni, you can exchange your vows in front of the shimmering waters and the gentle sound of waves while the sun sets on the horizon. It has everything you need, including an in-house Michelin star chef.

This traditional villa has grand archways and columns, is located in Lenno and offers a unique atmosphere and stunning views. Villa Balbianello can accommodate up to 150 guests and you can choose one of the many settings, both in- and outdoors, for the ceremony and the party (and with no neighbours, there's no curfew!)

Known primarily for being a museum, Villa Monastero is the perfect, with beautiful outdoor areas that overlook the lake and its timeless Italian architecture. A unique and historic venue, Villa Monastero holds a mix of elegant interiors and beautiful gardens. It's unrivalled for intimate, luxurious marriage celebrations or elopements, with all the charming details.

All of these luxurious venues offer great opportunities for couples looking to get married in Lake Como. Each one has its own unique charm and beauty, providing a gorgeous setting and stunning backdrop- approved by any Lake Como wedding photographer.

Lake Como is the unexcelled destination for a romantic, intimate and elegant ceremony, where every detail is taken care of and the natural beauty provides an unforgettable setting. Enjoy delicious food and wine, dance under the stars and create memories that will last a lifetime. I would jump at the chance to go back to Lake Como anytime, so please head to my website to see more of my work or contact me if you'd like to chat about your plans.

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