Leah & JJ’s Testimonial…
My wife and I were married at Villa Balbianello. We had dreamed about getting married at lake Como but never thought it was possible. We were worried about planning something overseas and not knowing the language and not being able to plan all the details. We were also worried about sending money overseas and were stressed that someone over there might take our money in some sort of a fraudulent internet scheme. Then the greatest thing happened- we found Sally! There are no words for how extraordinary she is. As English speaking people from the U.S., it was very helpful that she was British. She is highly organized, has a great knowledge of Lake Como and all of the surrounding areas and speaks fluent Italian.
Our first contact with Sally was in August, so nearly two full years before our wedding. It’s good to plan in advance; we couldn’t book much that early, but we had plenty of questions. Sally answered all of our questions, from then until the wedding day, almost immediately. Nearly every email sent had a reply within 24 hours. We had first contacted another company, but they were slow to respond, which is especially nerve-wracking when planning a wedding in another country without meeting anyone or seeing anything (we had travelled to Lake Como before, but not during the wedding planning)!
Sally thought of every detail and there was absolutely no stress for us. She knew that the musicians we needed were exclusive to Villa del Balbianello, and was happy to contact them or have us contact them. Sally has access to great photographers, restaurants, hotels and even a flower shop that created our only flowers – a beautiful red rose bouquet. She permitted us to wire money to her, then she put down deposits for the rehearsal dinner, ceremony, reception and the private boat and shuttle. The planning process was a breeze in the months leading up to the ceremony and she helped us to think of all of the things we were forgetting. She even went out of her way to help us with a few things outside of Lake Como that we were trying to plan in the days leading up to the ceremony, including dealing with a frantic Skype video call trying to reserve “The Last Supper” in Milan.
The morning of the wedding, both Sally and her helper, Gemma, met with us at the hotel. Sally then went to make sure everything was being set up properly at the ceremony, and Gemma stayed to eventually guide us to the boat that would take us to the ceremony. At the wedding, every detail was thought through, organized and executed smoothly. The celebrant she set us up with was wonderful. The villa was personalized and even though we did not pay to have it exclusively, she set it up so that it felt like it was all ours! The restaurants Sally recommended for the rehearsal dinner and the reception had exceptional food and service. And again, every detail was perfect. The photographers Sally recommended were true artists. And when we realized that we had signed our photographer contract for the wrong date, they helped us work through it and had a nearly immediate solution. Sally offered every amenity that could possibly be offered at a wedding, but understood that we were on a budget and helped us to stay within our budget. Sally celebrated with us and even came to the reception and danced with us! There is not a rating high enough, not enough stars and no words to describe the experience Sally provided.