Lake Como's Villa del Balbianello is the Definition of Old World Romance

George Clooney isn't the only great thing about Lake Como. There's also Villa del Balbianello. It is steeped in old world romance, and insanely stunning views. Now pair that backdrop with the mastery of Kaleb Norman James and O'Malley Photographers, and there's not a single person on earth who won't want to high tail it to Italy stat. Get inspired to infuse your wedding day with some Italian romance right here.

From Planner Kaleb Norman James... Lake Como is one of the places where it feels like time somehow, just kind of stopped. Where the character, charm and stories of it’s history remain ever present, waiting to be retold and continued. The richness of these experiences and the remarkable surroundings were the only inspiration needed for this shoot.

The towering green hills and aged orange/yellow tones of the surrounding villas set the mood for our color palette, while the architecture and lush foliage set the tone for the design. Villa Del Balbianello leaves little to be desired, so rather than competing with it, we simply embraced it.

We brought rich embroidery into the linens to mimic the balustrades and doorways of the Villa, and embraced a more traditional, old-world calligraphy for the invitations with old prints and paints of Como throughout.

The Villa’s wisteria trees were at peak bloom and inspired some of the accent tones with the jewelry and detailing in the gowns, while we kept the groom in a simpler look, with neutral tones in the jacket and shoes, pulling in the rich stone work colors throughout.

Photography: O'Malley Photographers | Stationary: The Idea Emporium | Shoes: Alexandre Birman | Bridal Boutique: The Dress Theory | Ceremony & Reception: Villa del Balbianello | Hair & Make-up: Samantha Pretto | Hairpiece / Veil: Erica Elizabeth Design | Lavender Gown: Alexandra Grecco | Linens: Crown Linen Designs | Menswear: Noose & Monkey | Planning, Design & Florals: Kaleb Norman James Design | Rentals: Tableset | Vow Books: elmo Paperstories ltd. | White Gown: Eli By Flora