Archive for August, 2011

Natalie & Greg’s comments

Tuesday, August 30th, 2011

To Annabel, Gwen and all the team at LGW,

It is difficult to put into words how lucky we feel to have planned our wedding with you. Every bride and groom dreams of the perfect wedding and our day really did exceed our expectations in every way. We couldn’t have asked for anything more. You have been supportive and honest from the very first email and everything about your service is outstanding.  We can still remember flying out to visit you 18 months before the wedding to meet you and look around and we knew from that moment that we were in safe hands. Malcesine is simply beautiful and we feel so lucky that we came across your website.  Throughout all of the wedding planning you have been excellent in calming our little worries and concerns and you would always email back so fast! We were always given peace of mind, which is priceless.

The  week of the wedding was so exciting and Annabel was fantastic during our welcome meeting and on the day.  We felt in such safe hands and we knew everything was going to be perfect. Everything we had requested was organised and sorted and I had no questions at the end of the meeting! Also, the night before our wedding Andrea had organised a pre-wedding dinner at Al Mariana which was unbelievable, so please pass on our thanks to all the staff there too. Also, thank you to the hairdresser who created a beautiful ‘up do’ with no guidance from me! I asked her to do ‘what she thought best’ and I was so happy with the result!

Gwen, the photographs are fantastic and we still spend hours looking through them all with our families. We really struggled to pick photographs for our album because they are all great! We especially love the picture of me holding out our rings and the one where a gust of wind blows up the bottom of my dress (very Marilyn Monroe!)!

Another massive thank you goes to Laura at La Voglia who was so helpful and friendly.  Presentation of each dish was stunning and it tasted even better. Once again, everything ran like clockwork and Gwen took such lovely photographs (half of which we don’t even remember her taking as she is so discreet).  MG Project were awesome and dancing under the night sky with all our friends and family was the highlight of the whole day. In fact, passers-by were also dancing in the street to their music! It was magical.

Also, a tip for any future brides – do not even bother looking at weather forecasts! I was obsessed by them and the weather on ALL websites predicted black cloud and thunderstorms on the day, but they were all wrong. The weather was beautiful. Forget them and ignore them because it caused stress we didn’t need.

Overall, the entire day was perfect and if there is anyone reading this who is thinking of making contact with the team – just go for it. They never let us down and we trusted them 100%.

Thank you wholeheartedly for everything. We really couldn’t have done it without you.

Natalie and Greg xxxx

Jane & Paul’s comments

Tuesday, August 30th, 2011

Hi Angelika, Gwen and everyone a Lake Garda weddings,
Thank you for the information.
We are fine, really enjoyed our honeymoon in Italy and now settling back into work.
We will definitely write a comment on the web site.
Thank you so much for everything, we had an amazing wedding day. Everything we could have wished for! Your organisation was perfect.
Angelika- we thought you were so professional, yet cute and funny at the same time- all of our guests have commented on how great you were!
And Gwen, the photos are amazing- you were so good at getting everyone in the right place and we just love all of the photos!!
We were very pleased with La Voglia- it was exactly what we wanted. The food was scrumptious, everything perfectly timed and the location stunning.
Actually we just want to do the whole day again!
We can’t wait to come back!
Thank you for everything!!
Jane & Paul.
Jane & Paul’s comments

Stacey & Lee’s comments

Friday, August 26th, 2011

Hi Angelika, Gwen and the rest of the team,
Thank you so much for the lovely message! We had the best day of our lives. Everything was perfect right down to the little details. I can’t actually believe how smoothly everything went and all of our guests commented on what a classy, magical and beautiful day it was. I loved the fact that everything we wanted in our day was accommodated by you and the team- everyone loved Angelika and her organisation; Gwen, the photos are fantastic and it’s so nice to have the CD and be able to look at all of the beautiful pictures you took; and a huge thank you to Laura who set up our tables at La Voglia just as requested! Another person who really made our day and holiday was Sergio who accommodated so many of our family and friends at The Sporting Residence, served us a delicious meal at La Pace on the night before the wedding and then we had the most ‘out of this world’ meal at La Voglia and an absolutely fantastic time dancing the night away overlooking the lake on the evening. People say you can get the ‘wedding blues’ once home, but I haven’t because our day was just perfect in every way and I will always cherish the memories and be able to relive it with our beautiful pictures. 
I really can’t thank you all enough for all you did to make our day so wonderful and I know friends are already recommending you to friends who are looking to get married soon. Everyone was so impressed and will be talking about the day for a long long time! 
We will definitely be back as Malcesine is the most beautiful place in the world, so we will see you in the near future.
A final thank you and best wishes
Lee & Stacey Tudor! Xxx

Helen & Paul’s comments

Wednesday, August 24th, 2011

Buongiorno Gwen and Andrea (and all at LGW)

Now back from our wonderful holiday and wedding in Italy,we felt the need to put in writing how much we enjoyed “our day” (and trip)

to beautiful Malcesine and how Lake Garda Weddings had big part in making our dreams come true.

After looking for a suitable venue for our wedding abroad and discounting various places,we were recommended LGW by a “very happy past customer and bride.”

It was such a bonus that we could deal totally with an English corresponding company,afterall with so many questions to ask (and we did have a lot of questions to ask!) and plus legalities to complete anything less would have been more stress for us.

All along the process, you were prompt to reply and nothing seemed to be too much trouble (such a great customer service and credit to you),anything to make our big day straightforward and stress free.

On our arrival in Malcesine, Andrea, you did a brilliant job of walking us through the day and taking us to look at settings we hadn’t had chance to see before (as you might when booking a wedding in the UK).

Then on the day, you were totally organised, in control and made the ceremony (and after) go just perfect.

We must tell you, that we had so many compliments from our guests on how wonderful you were and how nothing seemed too much, to ensure

everyone had a great day

Gwen,you were fantastic. We know wedding photographers need to be in control and to a degree bossy,to get the shots. You made sure that it all happened with a minimum of fuss,but with such a great manner. You made us feel very relaxed, it was like we had been friends with you for ages.

In addition you were happy to accommodate our photo requests and set ups (both based on your previous wedding shots and some additional ideas)

These have resulted in some great photos and ones we can be very happy with long into our married life.

We were concerned when unable to get our first choices of reception; you suggested La Voglia (a restaurant that had yet to be re furbished

and open up)…why were we  worried?…believe us, looking now at the professionalism that LGW had in getting our wedding right,we

should have had no doubt that you wouldn’t guarantee the same for our party afterwards.

We can definitely say that La Voglia exceeded our expectations. Its beautiful location,outside seating and meal area were fantastic. It far outshone

other options and exclusivity to us made it all the better.

Laura at La Voglia,was professional and committed to getting everything right,from the welcoming drinks and canopes to the well presented and delicious 6 course meal. It was served Italian style,with plenty of time between courses to relax and chat to guests which made the day drift along

in the relaxed manner we really wanted. It also left plenty of time after the meal for our guests to watch the sun go down then dance in the moonlight.

Additionally we would also like to thanks and add that the flowers were beautiful and in keeping with our requests, the half hour boat trip to the restaurant, from Malcesine harbour was a welcome and cooling addition after the ceremony (and loved by everyone) and the 2hours+ that our party occupied the terraced garden  Il Museo bar (at the foot of the castle) was just right and a great addition to the day. We must also thank the La Pace “tuk-tuk” as this has to be one of the highlights and we were made to feel so special on our way to the port thru the tiny streets being cheered and congratulated by everyone in the viale. and piazza’s.

We know its easy to get gushing about such an emotional day and highlight of your life,but to other prospective LGW customers we would like to say that you should have no doubt Gwen and her team will ensure that your day will be one of the best experiences of your life..a shinning example

of why “you should get married abroad”

GRAZIE MILLE!

Lucy & Jon’s comments

Tuesday, August 16th, 2011

Beautiful and magical, perfect in every way! We had the best day of our lives. Planning a wedding with an expert team is such an enjoyable experience. Lake Garda weddings have everything under control from the very first email! We can highly recommend this wonderful, friendly service. From the moment we met Andrea at our welcome meeting we felt at ease, no stress and so a perfect start to our wedding! The make up artist Jacqui came in the morning and made a calm and enjoyable atmosphere and I was so happy with the final look! It was everything I asked for. The ceremony was beautiful, the view from the castle is stunning, Andrea stood and translated our service, her lovely smile made it so easy and loads of fun! She looked after us and our family all day and we can’t thank her enough, she is a little gem! We had a boat trip on the lake, which was a perfect opportunity to take a breather with our family. A relaxing and beautiful way to reflect on our wedding in the castle! An absolute stunning place that we will hold in our hearts forever. We had our reception at Al Corsaro, a wonderful location right on the lake and the food was truly magnificent! All our guest were very impressed! They looked after us really well and took care of all my decorations! We have some amazing photo’s of our day! Gwen put us at ease through our shoot and put up with our funny poses! It’s a perfect location to get married, do not hesitate getting married with these guys, you won’t regret it… The biggest thank you to all at Lake Garda Weddings! We loved our big day, we are still smiling now and will remember it forever! All our love, Mr and Mrs Green! xxx

Alison & Julian’s comments

Monday, August 15th, 2011

Hi Gwen, Annabel, Andrea and the LGW team….
 
This is a very very belated thank you email and hello!!! After our wedding we headed straight off on honeymoon for another couple of weeks, when we got back we were straight into work and preparing for our UK reception and since then we have totally been consumed by work… so finally have I come up for some air!!!
 
Thank you again for working so hard to arrange our wedding. We are still having great flashbacks and enjoying chats with our parents reminiscing on a lovely time together in Malcesine. Despite the weather, we enjoyed ourselves immensely. In fact we were pleased we married on the Saturday and not the day after as the weather really did go for it. A few of us decided to go up the cable car that day to celebrate our 1st day of married life and last day in Malcesine and got stuck up there in the thunder storm and a power cut! Fun times.
 
Thank you Gwen for showing my parents some of the photos from the wedding to reassure them about the weather not impacting on them. They told us that they were good and we shouldn’t worry. We needn’t have worried as they are all great. It didn’t seem that long that we were walking around the castle, but we have so many shots and so many different shots too – I don’t think my other friends who have got married before have such a variety of shots and that is because the castle is such a great photographic location and of course you know the spots that work. Also the variety in the lighting, I think the weather actually did us a favour, the shots on the jetty have such a lovely feel to them, my friends have all commented on those particular pictures and the ones with the brolly! So thank you for doing such a great job and also for staying on to get a few shots of the speeches and in the reception. We really appreciated that, and you got some great photos there.
 
Please also pass on our belated thanks to Tizi and her team at the hairdressers (we so nearly forgot to go by on the way to ceremony for my veil!), the registrar was great too, he delivered a great service and made us feel very at ease. the musicians were absolutely spot on – they did a great job playing the music we requested and we had so many people say how much they loved the music. in fact they thought having the ceremony inside made the whole ceremony much more intense and the music was a big part of that. to the team at La Pace – they are so welcoming and the food was unexpectedly plentisome, and so good – we knew it would be as we ate there a couple of nights before and it was very good. the parmesan was amazing as were the crab and olive canapes. The tuk tuk was just great, in fact one of our friends bought us a replica model as a wedding gift. And Al Corsaro, everyone commented on how much and how good the food was. I think they all fell in love with the risotto! and they did such a good job catering for our guests with special dietary requirements. the reception venue was just perfect, it was quite magical watching the storm over the lake from al corsaro’s lovely windows and we could drop our stuff off at my parents hotel (castello) on the way home. The staff were all lovely and they did a great job of laying out our tables. and then the band were just brilliant. everyone said how great they were, and they all loved dancing. Annabel was great, we really appreciated her staying at al corsaro to check we were all happy. it was just a great day and we loved every moment of it and will remember it forever. so thank you for everything you did to make it all happen for us.
 
We are now in the process of setting up our married life together and joint bank account is on the list – amazingly we never had one before. We have the three copies of the wedding certificate we took from the ceremony plus the decorative one. I remember Annabel saying the one with the castle picture was purely decorative – have I remembered correctly? The three plain copies are in Italian – I recall somewhere along the line you mentioned about getting an English copy, or that we would have to get it translated or something… can you resend me any info you have, or is this something you can arrange or advise on what we need to do. I have an Italian translator I work with, but I wasn’t sure if there was some legal process or special office you needed to go through to get a wedding certificate translated.
 
Hoping that you are all well and that it is lovely and sunny over there and thank you once again for helping to arrange possibly the best day so far of our lives!!!
 
Best wishes
Alison & Julian

Jemma & Chris’s comments

Monday, August 15th, 2011

Hi Angelika, Gwen and the rest of the team!

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We would like to say a massive thank you to Lake Garda Weddings for making our day absolutely perfect! Especially Angelika for her organisation and help, not just on the day but prior to our big day too. We would also like to thank Gwen for her excellent photography which will give us so many happy memories to look at time and time again! We’d also like to give a special mention to Laura and the restaurant staff at La Voglia for their hospitality throughout the reception.

Firstly, the months leading up to the wedding were completely stress free due to the efficiency and speed in which our emails were replied to. Thank you! When we arrived at Lake Garda the wedding meeting was very informative, answering any questions we had and put our minds completely at rest. Angelika went through every single detail allowing us to be relaxed and enjoy the lead up to the big day. Also the administrative details were extremely easy and quick to complete.

The day itself ran smoothly throughout, with everything arranged and organised to perfection, allowing us to just enjoy the day. On arrival the bar right below the castle was open very early for the nervous Groom to have a drink with his best man and ushers! This also provided an excellent meeting point for our guests. Only the wedding party was allowed in the garden which made it more personal in a busy place.

Sergio the Tuk Tuk driver was a real character and helped calm nerves with his humour! The hairdressers and make-up artist were excellent and their experience helped us look exactly how we wanted to look. I’d definitely recommend having hair and make-up done by them.

The ceremony itself was more perfect than we could have imagined. It is held overlooking Malcesine with the beautiful scenery and town, an idyllic setting. It was very elegantly decorated and was a lovely simple service. The registrar definitely made the ceremony by showing a genuine interest in us. Although the castle is open to the public, they are not allowed anywhere near the wedding party at all times, making the ceremony private. The organisation of the ceremony was all taken care of by Angelika who regularly kept everyone informed. After the ceremony Gwen arranged the photos swiftly, which meant the guests weren’t hanging around. The castle bar was again available just for our party, whilst just the Bride and Groom had lots of fantastic photos taken!

The Tuk Tuk ride from the castle to the harbour for our boat trip on the lake made us feel like celebs! Everyone was waving and cheering us through the streets of Malcesine. Something we’ll never forget! The boat trip is a must! It allowed everyone to relax and cool down. It made the day so unique and special, our guests loved it! �

When we arrived at the restaurant La Voglia, the tables were set beautifully and decorated with what we had brought over. We were given appetizers and time for a drink before we sat down which was nice. We opted for the speeches before the meal which meant everyone could relax and enjoy the exceptional food. Everyone commented on how nice the food was which was pretty good going as there was 50 guests! We liked how the meal was spread out allowing time to talk to our guests and savour the moment. The restaurant backs right onto the lake and is a perfect setting where we loved drinking and dancing under the stars!

Overall, Lake Garda Weddings by far exceeded our very high expectations, everything was perfect and organised so professionally. I wouldn’t hesitate in recommending them to anyone. We can’t thank you all enough, we just wish we could do it all over again!! Thanks Lake Garda Weddings! All the best, hope to see you again when we return. Jemma and Chris x

Keeli & Bill’s comments

Monday, August 15th, 2011

I would like to say a huge thank you to Annabel, Gwen and the team for our fantastic day. Everything went perfectly and just as I imagined! The tuktuk was amazing and everyone was so nice in malcasine as we passed through. The ceremony was great and the views fab from the castle. La pace was a fab restaurant and we were absolutely stuffed! All of our family and friends had an amazing time and will remember the day forever. Thank you sooooo much Keeli and Bill Xxx

Christina & Mark’s comments

Tuesday, August 9th, 2011

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We just wanted to say a MASSIVE thank you to Angelika, Gwen and the team at Lake Garda weddings for making our wedding a truly magical day. When we got engaged we actually already had a holiday booked to Lake Garda and whilst we were researching on things to do we happened to stumble across the Lake Garda weddings website. We had already decided that we would like a small intimate wedding abroad and from that first visit to the website, looking through all the wedding albums we instantly knew that this was the venue for us… We contacted the office to arrange to meet with LGW during our trip and received an immediate reply along with lots of details regarding the services offered. We visited Malcesine in June 2010 and were shown around the castle and possible reception venues. We fell in love with the place and were very impressed with the amount of information and time that the team spent with us. We knew we were in good hands. From the moment we booked our wedding to even now a few weeks after LGW can’t do enough to help. We took full advantage of the services offered and have to say we couldn’t fault a thing. The hairdresser was fantastic and did a great job. She created exactly what the girls and I wanted and the styles lasted the whole day. Jackie the beautician was lovely too. I left all make up decisions in her hands and again I was over the moon with the results. I was a little worried that the makeup wouldn’t last in the heat but it was fine and didn’t budge all day! Both great girls and they really added to the morning of the wedding. The florist too did a great job. The flowers were beautiful and exactly what we asked for. We were really sad to have to leave them behind. Angelika in the build up to our wedding and on the day you were amazing, so professional and organised but at the same time really fun and friendly. Our guests all commented on how fantastic you were and most were disappointed to see you leave. Gwen we have looked through our photographs (all 1000 of them!) and can’t thank you enough – We absolutely love them! You really made us feel relaxed and you have managed to capture so many beautiful memories. Lake Garda Weddings are a very professional, organised fun team who go that extra mile to create that perfect day. You would struggle to find a more dedicated team and they really do take all the stress out of planning a wedding. We would and will recommend you in flash. If you already have your wedding booked through these guys then don’t worry about a thing – you will not be disappointed, in fact it will be better than you could ever possibly imagine. Malcesine is the most beautiful and romantic setting for a wedding and it will of course always be a very special place for us. We will definitely be back to visit as will many of our family and friends. I’m sure my addiction to your website will continue and I will carry on getting excited every time a new album is uploaded. Thank you so much again for everything you did for us. You guys rock!!! xxx

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Jayne & Steven’s comments

Tuesday, August 9th, 2011

“We’ve been delighted with our decision to ask Lake Garda Weddings to support us with all our wedding plans. From our very first meeting a year before the wedding, right through to the reception,the LGW team were there helping us all the way. Nothing was too much trouble and all their recommendations on locations and every other kind of detail proved absolutely right. On the day itself, Andrea was a total star, whilst Gwen made us, and our families and friends feel totally at ease with the photographs. We cannot recommend Lake Garda Wedding more highly”. Jayne & Steven