A Traditional Outdoor Destination Wedding in Lake Como, Italy

The Happy Couple


Newlyweds Douglas Wurtz and Amanda Richman share a private moment after their ceremony.

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The Wedding Location


The wedding location, Villa del Balbianello, on Lake Como, Italy.

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Wedding Guests Arrive


Guests arrive at the villa by boat for the evening wedding.

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The Groom and His Groomsmen


Doug and his entourage walk the grounds before the festivities begin.

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The Bride Arrives


Amanda steps ashore, accompanied by her hairstylist, Wolfgang Steinbauer.

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Fashionable Wedding Guests


Fashionably dressed wedding guests walk from the dock to where the ceremony will take place.

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Before the Ceremony


Guests, decked out in black-tie garb, mingle preceremony on the villa's terrace.

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The Ceremony


During their vows, Doug and Amanda are wrapped in a tallith, a Jewish prayer shawl, to signify their unity.

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The Bridesmaids


Each of the eight bridesmaids wears a dress of her own choosing by Amsale; says Amanda, "I didn't have a color palette. I wanted the wedding to be fun, funky, and eccentric, but still elegant."

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Bridesmaid Accessories


In addition to the Amsale dresses the bridesmaids chose, they wear jeweled headbands from Lulu Frost and carry bouquets of roses by Rattiflora.

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Doug signs the ketubah, or wedding certificate, a tradition at Jewish nuptials.

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Family Portrait


After the nuptials, the bride and groom pose for a photo with their parents, (from left) William and Joanne Wurtz and Steven and Stephanie Richman.

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Mother of the Bride


The bride poses for a photo with her mother.

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Lake Como


A spectacular view of Lake Como from the grounds of the villa.

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Husband and Wife


Guests look on as the couple -- Amanda in an Elizabeth Fillmore gown, Doug in a Tom Ford tux -- leave the altar. "The ceremony was about all these people coming together," says Amanda. "They weren't just witnesses, but a part of our day."

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Table Decorations


The two long reception tables are dressed with custom-patterned runners, tall ivory taper candles, and centerpiece bouquets of tulips.

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More Flowers


Also decorating the tables are white hydrangea, lilies of the valley, gardenias, and white lilacs.

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Reception Under the Stars


With the sky as their ceiling, guests dine on an Italian meal of ravioli with basil, tomatoes, pesto, and sliced veal before dancing into the wee hours of the morning. The clear tent is lit with hanging chandeliers and oversize candelabras.

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The View


As guests dine they look out over a beautiful view of Lake Como.

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The Reception


A warm glow from the candles creates a beautiful and romantic setting inside the clear tent.

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First Dance


The newlyweds share their first dance to "Love" by Nat King Cole.

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Clever Escort Cards


Ushers help guests find their seats for the reception; ribbon pockets for escort cards were cleverly sewn inside their jackets.

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Pashminas for Guests


Pashmina shawls in white, cream, and shades of teal are draped over the backs of guests' chairs.

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A Toast from the Groom


Amanda, her bridesmaids, and guests listen as Douglas stands up to toast his bride in a heartfelt speech that touched upon his love for her, the picture-perfect setting, and the beautiful day. "At that point, I really didn't think it could get any better," says Amanda.

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But when he finished talking and looked to the sky, a five-minute fireworks display, set to a soundtrack of Italian opera music, lit up Lake Como. It took Amanda's breath away: "It was so beautiful; I didn't even have words," she says.

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The Happy Couple


The couple smile for the camera during dinner.

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Location: Villa del Balbianello
Event Planning: Annie Lee of Daughter of Design
Catering & Cake: Food Couture
Flowers: Rattiflora
Stationery: Julie Holcomb Printers
Digital Calligraphy: Kate's Paperie
Ketubah: shellartistreet.com
Tent: Tensotend
Wedding Photography: Roey Yohai
Videography: Open Eye Media
Gown: Elizabeth Fillmore
Hair Accessories: Lulu Frost
Bridesmaid Dresses: Amsale
Tuxedo: Tom Ford
Hair: Propaganda Haare
Makeup: Beauty Farm at Hotel Villa Serbelloni

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