Trying to write a review on the best week of your life sounds like an easy task but writing it is quite different. There is so much I want to say about Villa San Crispolto, Marco, his team and suppliers.
The Villa is a truly magical and unforgettable place. I was honestly sad to leave but I feel so lucky to be able to look back at such a wonderful week and wedding day. If anyone has any reservations about planning a wedding abroad all I can say is do it, do it, do it! And make sure it is here under the guidance, support and planning of Marco!
The villa, its gardens and pool is outstanding. They are immaculately kept and when I was there I felt like I was sitting inside the pictures that I’d been staring at for the 6 months we’d been planning the wedding. I could not get bored of looking or walking round the villa. Staring out onto the lake from the terrace and relaxing by the pool with my family and friends. Our guests said it was the best wedding venue they had ever been to.
We visited the villa in February 2013 and married July 2013. Marco was able to facilitate all our legal and catholic paperwork in this time. Marco and his team are honestly faultless. They have thought and experienced everything, so no task is too big or too small for them to take on. All correspondence we had was always answered the same day and if I was waiting on supplier/hotel/travel responses, they would always chase them too.
Marco and Monica were a joy to meet. They are two of the most genuine, attentive, interested and thoughtful people I have ever met. They instantly feel like your friends who want to be a part of your day and ensure that it is a success. It doesn’t look like work to them, they are effortlessly organized.
Passignano Sul Trasimeno surprised me! It was busier than I had imagined with plenty to see and do. The lake is very picturesque and the local restaurants and bars are so friendly.
Cortona Cathedral was where we were married and it is one of the most beautiful churches I have been in. Its old architecture, paintings and sheer size is overwhelming. I am so lucky so have been married there
Renata was our caterer for the wedding day, she also catered our welcome BBQ and breakfast the day after the wedding. The food was delicious, the catering service was amazing and our guests said it was the best wedding food they’d ever had.
Pots & Pans created the most beautiful and tasty 4 tier sponge and fruit wedding cake. The quality of the cake was outstanding and I wish I could have personally met and thanked the talented ladies who made it.
Christina was our florist and she created the most beautiful flower arrangements. In our correspondence before I arrived she was given pictures of our colours and general style. She went beyond my expectations and everything was beautiful.
Milo was my hairdresser and I cannot recommend him enough! He is one of the kindest, interested and talented man I have ever met. He is a complete perfectionist and even got involved in my makeup look. I gave Milo a picture of what I wanted and he created something better. He also did our mothers and bridesmaids and all of us left feeling and looking sensational.
Marianna was the makeup artist and she made us all look and feel flawless. She was very attentive and knew what would look better than we knew ourselves. Milo and Mariana worked together so well and I would love to see them again. Milo works for a few days once a month in London, I think maybe I will see him again :)
Jules Bowen was our photographer and he was the person I was most relaxed about working with. During the planning process I looked through all the suppliers Marco recommended and when I saw Jules’ portfolio I knew he was the one. His work is amazing and he created the most beautiful photos for us. Even though I was quite difficult to work with as I don’t like to pose for photos Jules worked around my own awkwardness and produced photos that I will treasure for the rest of my life. I can’t stop looking at them and he captured the day brilliantly.
Kamil was our videographer and he is such a lovely man. So patient and so ready for everything. He blended into the wedding day so well. Jules and Kamil had also worked together preciously so it is comforting to see such competent and relaxed working relationships.
Alex was our DJ and another lovely man to meet. He was full of ideas and enthusiasm for the evening and kept people on the dance floor all night.
I am so sad that our wedding week at the villa is over. I look back and can’t believe how wonderful and perfect it was. How nothing went wrong and how there is not one thing I would change. The villa, Marco and his team have a very special place in our hearts and we are already discussing how and when we will go back.