A bride and groom in front of wrought iron gates in lake Como

Dreamy Waterscape Wedding at Villa Sola Cabiati


May 27, 2024
Words by Kristi Blane
Photos courtesy of Hannah Quintana

Lake Como, Italy, with its breathtaking beauty and historic charm, has long been a coveted destination for weddings. This styled shoot, captured by the talented Hannah Quintana, takes inspiration from the very essence of the lake itself, creating a romantic and ethereal atmosphere at the exquisite Villa Sola Cabiati.

Collage of wedding invitations, champagne tower and scenic wedding venue

Hannah describes the shoot as the brainchild of Lauren Fair’s renowned destination workshops. “Lauren Fair’s workshops are legendary,” she says, “and this shoot was a perfect example of how collaboration can create something truly magical.”

A bride and groom pose

The inspiration for the shoot stemmed from the allure of water. “The way light reflects on the surface, the mythical tales of mermaids and sirens, the delicate shells, and the mesmerizing colors of a seascape,” Hannah explains. “We wanted to capture these elements and weave them together with the inherent romanticism of Villa Sola Cabiati.”

Collage of photos of a bride and groom posing at a fairytale wedding venue
The ceremony scene embodied pure simplicity and a connection to nature. The team opted for a climbing floral installation which accentuated the villa’s grand gates. This organic approach set the tone for a celebration that was both elegant and intimate.

Collage of photos of a wedding reception set up and an Italian villa

For the reception, the focus shifted to a luxurious tablescape. “A long table adorned with cascading fabrics, flickering candles, and overflowing floral arrangements formed the centerpiece,” Hannah says. “We wanted every detail to feel rich and intriguing, so we incorporated a variety of textures, fabrics, and paper elements alongside the abundant flowers.”

Collage of photos of an Italian villa set up for a wedding reception

Collaboration was key to the shoot’s success. “Lauren and I worked hand-in-hand with Leandra from Eventoile,” Hannah explains. Leandra’s expertise ensured seamless coordination between the international and local vendors involved.

Collage of photos of an Italian speedboat (Riva) and the grand entrance to a villa on Lake Como

When asked about her favorite aspect of the shoot Hannah answered quickly: “The iconic Lake Como experience – a vintage wooden boat ride across the water! It doesn’t get much more dreamlike than that!”

This styled shoot offers a glimpse into a wedding experience that is both luxurious and deeply connected to its surroundings. The result is a celebration that is as unforgettable as Lake Como itself.

Vendors: Photography: Hannah Quintana; Design & Floral: Rachael Ellen Events; Planning & Logistics: Eventoile; Venue: Villa Sola Cabiati; HMUA: Jordan Simpson; Paper Goods: Letterink; Linens x Ribbons: Allegoria Textiles; Rentals: Tableset and Latini Design; Tux: The Black Tux; Gowns: Hermione de Paula; Jewelry: J Brooks Jewelers; Boat: Lake Como Classic Boats

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