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Insert by Rachael & Grant – Malcesine (5/1/2013)

Well how do i even begin to thank you all for everything that you have done over the past 18months leading up to our special day.

I stumbled across Malcesine when i was looking for wedding venues in Italy. I instantly fell i love, and after emailing a number of wedding planners i found Lake Garda Weddings. From the first email i knew you were the wedding planners for us. A decision i will never regret.

I immediately got a warm feeling and my confidence in you grew with every email.

I decided to visit in October 2011 with my dad as my H2H was away on business.

I absolutely fell in love with Malcesine and of course Andrea. You were amazing showing us around and i knew this was where we would marry. I had no doubt that although Grant had never been to Malcesine, let alone Italy that he would love it as much as i did, and I was not wrong.

It is such a beautiful, romantic, magical place and the scenery is just breathtaking.

We arrived back in the UK and within days we had booked and paid a deposit. The date was confirmed in Jan 2012. I was over the moon and could not wait for my big day.

I came across the Lake Garda Weddings (Private) Facebook Group in May 2012. Well what can i say its like a family of Malcesine Brides. You feel like you know every brides story.

Any questions or query big or small are answered with care and kindness from the BOMs and WOMs oh and i cant forget Andy Hoe. He knows everything you need to know and is a true gent.

I surprised myself during the lead up to the wedding at how calm i was. LGW did everything; it was the perfect stress free wedding. Who knew getting married abroad would be so simple.

We arrived to beautiful sunshine and could not wait for my guests to arrive and be as blown away as we were with the scenery

Day 2 – RAIN, RAIN and RAIN. The storm over the lake was horrendous yet we had our welcome meet so we braved the weather and met the ladies at the office.

Despite the rain and getting absolutely soaked, Malcesine was still stunningly beautiful. Jac we instantly loved you from the moment we met. Although we had never met before this visit i felt like we knew you.

You instantly put our minds at ease and explained how our day was going to run. All my questions were answered without having to ask. Even the rain wasn’t going to dampen my day i was on cloud nine.

That evening i had a hair trial – Tiziana you are amazing within minutes i looked like a bride and she knew exactly what i wanted without even asking. I think she knew me better than i knew myself.

By Friday night the storms cleared and we had an amazing meal at Al Cervo with our guests. After the weather on Thursday i did not image sitting outside eating and drinking amazing food with my friends and family.

Al Cervo is a little way out of town but a real must for a great night out and gorgeous food–we had complimentary Aperol Spritz and Limoncello. The owner even made 2 trips to take some of my friends and family to Bar Museo for a few pre wedding drinks.

The wedding day – I did not want to open the curtains at first for fear of rain but i plucked up the courage and it was a perfect day. No rain clouds in sight.

I had my hair and make-up done by Tiziana and Jacqui. My hair was amazing and Jacqui worked her magic on my make-up. I didn’t have a make-up trial but i trusted Jacqui 100%. I would recommend that every bride has their hair and makeup done it was worth every penny. I have never felt so beautiful. Jacqui how did you do it? and despite plenty of happy tears my make-up did not budge and my hair stayed in place despite the wind on the boat. Jacqui you really are such a lovely person, you made me feel at ease all morning – your kindness and professionalism is second to none.

The Tuk Tuk picked us up and we met Gwen for some pre-wedding photographs – Gwen you really are such a pro you instantly captured me in the most beautiful light.

I did not see my flowers until i met Gwen – one word ‘Stunning’ they were perfect better than i expected. The florist really does have a good eye.

We had the String Quartet – having never heard them i put my trust in LGW who assured me they were fantastic- They were not wrong. Such beautiful music, they really set the mood for the wedding.

Gwen – the photographs you took of the wedding and after the wedding were unbelievably good. Out of over 900 pictures we managed to whittle it down to 750 likes. I do not know how we are going to pick our favourites they are all beautiful. You are a very talented photographer and we are so happy with who you captured the day and the fun we had around the castle.

Champagne Toast – the perfect setting to relax after the wedding. We mingled and chatted to guests with delicious food and champagne before our 1hour boat trip.

The lake was crystal clear and so calm after the storm, the view and the waterfalls were spectacular.

After visiting Vecchia on our recce i fell i love with the views and the warmth and welcome we had at the restaurant. For me this was the perfect place for our meal.

I had high expectation from the restaurant and i was not disappointed. 5 courses of delicious Michelin star food. Every single one of my guests commented on just how amazing it was.

You will not be disappointed with this restaurant.- I cannot wait to return next year.

We had the DJ who played most of our song selection he was great fun and really made the night special. The dance floor was never empty- the sign of a good party!

Our wedding day is a day i will never forget. I would not have changed a single thing. LGW our wedding was perfect because of you and we cannot thank you enough for what you have done for us.

It was a very emotional day for a lot of people and they are still saying that our wedding was the best wedding they have ever been to it was absolute perfection.

I could go on and on……..

Love to you all and thankyou so much

Rachael & Grant (Edwards)