Following Martine McCutcheon and Jack McManus' fairytale wedding in Lake Como, Italy last weekend, HELLO! Online has obtained an exclusive look inside the villa where the magic took place.
Destination weddings have become extremely popular and with venues such as Villa Balbianello it's no surprise. Situated on a small peninsular on the edge of Lake Como it is an ideal venue for a truly luxurious wedding.
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Idyllic locations like Lake Como can offer spectacular backdrops for unforgettable wedding photos. Martine and Jack's choice of villa is surrounded by lush vegetation and, although protected from the mainland, offers up panoramic views of the lake and surrounding mountains.
And it is precisely this spectacular scenery that has been captured on films such as Casino Royale and Ocean's 12. George Clooney is just one of many A-listers, alongside Helen Mirren and Richard Branson, to been charmed into purchasing a waterfront property in the area.
Roberto Benetello, who handles this exclusive property for BestWeddingAway.co.uk says to expect nothing less than complete privacy and seclusion:
"When we tell clients the villa will be theirs for exclusive use, we really do mean this. So if, like Martine & Jack, you are looking for guaranteed privacy for your wedding reception then this villa offers that, and more."
You can further enhance the VIP experience by arriving in style by speedboat on the lake or via a private wedding cruise. After the ceremony take an opportunity to treat yourself and guest to exploring this breathtakingly beautiful area of Italy for the most fantastic gelatos around.
Making the ceremony complete, a wedding breakfast can be served on the exquisite main lawn, offering the couple and their guests a 180-degree view of the shimmering lake as you dine on some of the best Italian food.
Even late in the year, the weather at Lake Como is still warm with beautiful balmy evenings making it a perfect wedding destination all year round.