Alan & Yvonne

After the shabby-chic season with its the dove-grey, white and ecru hues was over and the birdcages and lace décor were left behind, it was time to test my skills as a  wedding planner in Lake Garda  at a vintage and sophisticated elopement.
Yvonne and Alan’s interpretation of ‘vintage’ was exquisitely refined yet very personal.
A Chinese citizen from Hong Kong and a world citizen respectively, the bride and the groom selected a villa of rare beauty and unique atmosphere to organize their wedding on Lake Garda’s largest island, owned by the Cavazza family.

Rich in vintage elements, this villa features one of the most beautiful gardens I have ever seen
throughout years of visits as an event and  wedding planner in Lake Garda , Como and Maggiore.

Alan and Yvonne’s wedding package to get married in Italy on a hot summer day included ad-hoc
gifts for all guests: women received hand-embroidered Chinese fans, while a fragrance was
created for men especially for the occasion: all guests wore a vintage allure – but fans also helped
with the summer heat!

The bride elegantly carried in one hand a red-rose bouquet recalling the early 1930s.
Old roses (Ocean Song, Lady Moon and – my favorite! – White O’ Hara) also composed the décor,
that ranged from vintage pink to pearly hues of white.
Alan and Yvonne’s package for this vintage lake ceremony also featured a band that entertained
guests with a jazz and swing repertoire during the aperitif in the Italian-style garden, but no
package to get married in Italy or, for that matter, in the world, could include the glorious sunset
on the lake we enjoyed! The terrace and overarching loggia were the frame of this perfect day at

Included in the 360-degree-service, the wedding invitation suite demonstrated an attention to
detail only the bride (and wedding planner) can show: printed on coupled watercolor paper,
invitations bore the same decorations that appeared on the menus and seating.
The extra notch? Upon their arrival, personalized shoppers were awaiting guests by a buffet of
perfumed waters.
An enchanted, lantern-lit path led the way to the party as celebrations continued near the island’s


Photos: Carlo Carletti / Lorenzo Schiff
Wedding dress: Acquachiara
Wedding invitations: Dizeta


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