The somptuous wedding of a glamourous couple in Villa Erba,
an antique Villa in Lake Como, Italy

Jeisa Chiminazzo and Oliver Ripley got married in Como, Italy

The romantic Lake Como

Villa Erba on the shores of Lake Como, Italy was the superb location for a unique and luxurious wedding ceremony that perfectly captured the majesty of the setting.

Lake Como is one of the most sought after locations for luxury weddings, a high class enclave favoured by a cosmopolitan clientele, that the poet William Wordsworth described as a ‘treasure whom the earth keeps to herself’. This top wedding destination was chosen by the Brazilian model Jeisa Chiminazzo and the British businessman Oliver Ripley to celebrate their union. The wedding planner Jonathan Gray and his remarkable team surpassed themselves, transforming Villa Erba and its lakeshore park into a stylish and elegant wedding venue with a romantic theme.

A Magical and Beautiful Day at Villa Erba

Villa Erba
Guests arrived at the historic and romantic Villa Erba by boat and were escorted to the lush gardens and parkland. Cocktails were then served on the garden terrace, with the imposing 1900’s grandeur of the Italian style Villa Erba in the background and panoramic views of beautiful Lake Como in the foreground as a gypsy band and violinist entertained.

The ceremony took place on the lakeside. The bride and groom stood on a specially erected glass floored platform to exchange their vows, surrounded by streamers of white blossom. A violinist played Vivaldi airs as their 200 guests, a young, lively crowd, many from the modelling and fashion worlds, looked on.

To reach the beautiful Orangerie which had been created for dinner, guests were escorted via a tunnel, cleverly erected, to shield the nightclub which would wow them later in the evening.

Arriving in the elegant marquee, guests were impressed by the stunning and refined decoration. In the centre of the Orangerie, a magical white painted tree adorned with real flowers was the centrepiece of this amazing reception. Mirrored tables were set with glorious globes of white Roses and romantic candles and sparkling glassware were in keeping with the classic and elegant style.

At the end of the dinner and after the traditional cutting of the cake, the Gypsy band lead guests to the club. Glossy black walls, red carpets and sparkling mirrors enhanced the glamorous and impressive nightclub setting where guests danced well into the night. A triumph of sophisticated design and decor created by the team of Jonathan Gray, and the perfect encore to a spectacular wedding day.

Castadiva Resort – the scene of the pre wedding Gatsby Party and the post wedding Brunch

The day before the wedding the couple and their guests all wore 1920’s dress for a fabulous pre wedding Gatsby themed party complete with 20’s bands, Charleston dancers and casino tables at the prestigious Castadiva resort and spa, just across the cool Lake Como waters in Blevio. This luxury hotel & spa was entirely privatised for the use of the wedding party, and celebrations concluded with a brunch the day after the wedding.

To create your own luxurious themed wedding, or to organise your special day in the refined atmosphere and romantic setting of Lake Como, like this amazing wedding, please get in touch with Jonathan Gray on

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