Elopement in Lake Como, Reception in the UK: the story of Alice and Alex

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Elopement in Lake Como, Reception in the UK

A beautiful two-part event between an elopement in Lake Como and a wedding reception in Cheltenham



Between Italy and the UK, a celebration of love, union, romance, and fashion for Alice and Alex


Our history with Alice and Alex dates back to mid-July 2020. The whole world was pretty much locked up at home, with some minor openings, a time when no one could travel to other countries, but one could still dream, think, and leave room for love and romance (and wedding planning!). From our first video chat, we knew this couple was simply… special. The groom, Alex Klien, is a film producer from the UK who has been working in the movie industry for years; Alice is a beautiful woman, a doctor, a mother, and a designer with a fantastic fashion sense. They wanted to have a private, romantic, legally-binding elopement in Lake Como and a grand wedding reception at their home in the UK – and most of all, they wanted to display the wedding video in a private screening for their guests to see before the beginning of the celebrations.

Let’s start with part one – The Elopement in Lake Como.




Elopement in Lake Como, Reception in the UK: the story of Alice and Alex


Take the Grand Hotel Tremezzo, Villa del Balbianello, and a warm sunny day in Lake Como. Take a black-tied groom and a beautifully dressed bride: take a water taxi, sunglasses, champagne and the beauty of slow living for a little while.
That was Alice and Alex’s elopement in Lake Como: a true celebration of love and romance, being able to live a wedding day to the fullest, exactly how they wanted it to be. From getting ready inside the GHT to the first look at the staircases, from the emotional civil ceremony to the water taxi ride, from the streets (and gelato!) of Bellagio to the sun setting over the Lake, everything was exactly how Alice and Alex wanted it to be.
They wanted to keep this part private, to live it with one another only; but then, they wanted to share it with the people they love, and they wanted to do it in their home. Literally.




Elopement in Lake Como, Reception in the UK: the story of Alice and Alex



One week later, we were on a plane to get to London, take a rented car, and drive to the North, up to Cheltenham where Alex and Alice live. They bought and restored a wonderful Regency Villa – what could have been a better location for their wedding reception?
With the help of Katrien, the wedding planner, they had a tent built in the garden of the villa that hosted their guests wonderfully. In the morning, after having gotten ready, they had a private screening of the video followed by a family portrait session done in their family home. That was really an exciting moment for us – also at the second screening, especially considering all of Alex’s guests who work in the film industry!

After a grandiose entry on the couple’s convertible BMW and a wonderful champagne tower, the bride and groom welcomed and enjoyed a lovely afternoon aperitif with their ecstatic guests. An England-meets-Italy- style dinner followed, and to it, dances and a beautiful party. The night ended with one of the closest friends of the couple playing piano on the living room of the villa, together with the saxophonist. A movie-worthy ending for a movie-worthy experience.


elopement in lake como and reception in the uk


Photography & Cinematography: Selene and Alba from ManiSol Wedding
Venues: Italy – Grand Hotel Tremezzo and Villa del Balbiabello / UK – Private Home in Cheltenham
Bride’s dress: Halfpenny London
Shoes and bag: Sophia Webster
Groom’s suit: Zegna 
Shoes: Prada
Wedding Rings: Chopard and Bulgari
Hair & Makeup: Samantha Pretto
Flowers: Italy – Barbara Botta Fiori / UK – The Big Bloom Room
Planner: Italy – Angela from Bespoke Weddings – Lake Como Wedding Planners / UK – Katrien South Event Specialist – Atelier Ateljee
Water Taxi: Como Classic Boats
Stationery: Ink and Paper LND

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