Alessandro and his sweet wife, who was the second shooter, were an absolute joy to have at our wedding. We met them before booking them and felt immediately comfortable with their warm personalities. They were discreet while working. It was exactly what we wanted - no forced poses. Many of our family/friends actually thought they were our friends! Most importantly, the pictures turned out wonderful. They managed to capture the beauty of our surroundings that day. There are some of our pictures in the gallery on his website. I found Alessandro on the WPJA site.
Ideally, we would have had our ceremony in Varenna itself, however the comune there required reservations one year in advance. We visited several neighboring city halls but Mandello del Lario ended up being our choice. It had the nicest hall/room where the ceremony would be held, and also a very accomodating staff (it is more work for them). We expected to have to pay some fee for the use of the room, but was pleasantly surprised when we were not charged anything. And not only that, they actually gifted us with a small souvenir (a framed picture of the town from the lake) as a momento of the occasion. We were very satisfied with our choice of comune.
We cannot say enough about Villa Cipressi. Davide, the hotel manager and event director, took care of every detail flawlessly. After deciding on the venue, we only really spent one hour with him a few weeks before deciding the entire menu, wine, linens, timeline, table arrangements - all things related to the reception. The day before, I dropped off our seating chart, menus and table numbers (they also will print personalized ones for you but I diy-ed mine), confetti (traditional sugared almonds) and other candy. Our friends picked up our flowers from the florist and dropped them off that morning. When we arrived there after the ceremony for the party, everything was arranged perfectly. From the cocktail hour, to the multi-course lunch, to the cake-cutting and the dessert buffet, everything ran smoothly. Davide was on top of it all and I didn't have to worry about a thing. When a guest arrived late, they immediately set up a place for him (that they had previously cleared away), all without me having to even signal the waiter. The venue itself is a dream. A picturesque 14th century villa on the shores of Lake Como... it was everything that we hoped our special day to be.
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