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From the bride, Julia– “Our love story began a few years before the wedding. Time flies so fast that we did not notice how years passed and our feelings were the same as during the first days of dating!

One year before our wedding, in a restaurant where you can see the patterns of the clouds and beautiful landscape Vitaly asked me to marry him and I couldn’t refuse. We carefully chose the wedding date with astrologer’s help as we wanted it to be positive and successful for us.”

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“In choosing the location of our wedding we decided on Italy. Why did we choose Italy? Because of the fact that Italy is a country of feelings, a country of emotions, and despite the fact that we travel a lot, we have not yet been in Italy. We wanted to discover this country together during this momentous occasion.

With planning a destination wedding in Italy we didn’t know where to start and we realized that a wedding abroad with all the details is a very time-consuming task. We knew that it would be very difficult to find a place for wedding preparations, ceremony location or even a simple restaurant for dinner if you have never been to Italy…”

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“We visited many wedding exhibitions to find a reliable wedding planner and then we were invited to ‘bride’s party’ – a traditional event that often invite future brides to meet wedding professionals: photographers, stylists, designers. Honestly, I am not a fan of these events but I guess it was a destiny because it was there that we saw stunning photos of wedding in Italy so we found out who the wedding planner was and contacted her!

We met Victoria and her wedding agency WeddItaly. She patiently offered us as many locations in accordance with our wishes and she was willing to keep in touch with us at any time of day and night.”

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“We arrived in Italy a few days before the wedding to enjoy and explore the country together.

We chose Lake Como as wedding location because it is a wonderful creation of nature – the bright colors against the azure surface of the lake, the old palaces and villas, elegant hotels – all this fabulous beauty and it is all surrounded by perfect parks and gardens. It was a fairytale location!

Our first date with lake Como was in the Palazzo Del Vice Re, we fell in love with it immediately and Victoria offered it to us as accommodation option. It is a historical palace with

several rooms, well restored, but keeping its antique charm and comfort. Palazzo Del Vice Re is a magical place on the lake shore, where we enjoyed our perfect privacy, time together and our stay in this place could be described in one phrase ‘Dolce Far Niente’ which translates as ‘Sweet doing nothing.’”

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“The wedding morning was fabulous – just two of us on the Alps Hills. The wedding dress combined all my dreams and once I tried on it, I realized it was mine. The corset is made of lace and completely covered with beads and the open back has a light string of pearls. My shoes were from Carlo Pazolini and the earrings were Swarovski.

The legendary Riva boat took us along Lake Como and a few minutes later we saw the ceremony location, which was decorated with flowers, had wonderful sounds of the harp emanating from it – it was the perfect place to say YES!

The birds are our special symbol: on our first date, next to our table was a cage with canaries.”

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“The ceremony speech was in two languages – Italian and Russian. After the ceremony and photo session we went to Villa del Balbianello by boat. Villa del Balbianello is undoubtedly one of the most romantic and breathtaking places on Lake Como. The magic atmosphere and the magnificent architecture amaze with their beauty and leave an indelible mark in the memory of any person who have ever been there.

At the end of the day we had a wedding dinner in restaurant, located between Italy and Switzerland, in the stunning Val d’Intelvi. Our table was alone on the edge of the garden, the garden was decorated with flower arrangements and candles. We could enjoy hills and panoramic views of lake Como. We enjoyed every minute!”

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Photography: Maria Orlova // Planning:  Victoria Kharitonova of WeddItaly / Marry Me on Lake Como // Videography: Oleg Serbin // Floristry: Fiore all’Occhiello // Stylist: Olga Lozenkova // Location: Palazzo Del Vice Re and Villa del Balbianello at Lake Como, Italy.

About Sara Burnett

Editor of Burnett's Boards, which she founded to showcase global creativity in the wedding industry. Sara currently lives out of a suitcase while island hopping the Caribbean and beyond. Learn More // Follow on Instagram.