Villa del Balbianello: the journey of joy

Villa del Balbianello: the journey of joy
Published: 01 October 2021
Villa del Balbianello: the journey of joy

"To get the full value of joy, you must have someone to divide it with."
Mark Twain

That Lake Como is one of the favorite destination of VIPs from all over the world is well known. In the last few years, the lake has become a destination for social events often organized by George Clooney and his beautiful wife Amal, whose walls of their luxurious villa are home to equally famous friends, starting with Cindy Crawford and family, ending with two former presidents of the United States: Bill Clinton and Barack Obama, guests of the Hollywood star with their respective complete families. 

But the list of celebrities who in some way linked their name to Lake Como is very long and it is impossible to mention all the characters who choose it as a location for their wedding or as a residence: among these we cannot forget the wedding of Spotify CEO Daniel Ek (with actor Chris Rock who officiated the upbeat ceremony, Mark Zuckerberg supported his friend and Bruno Mars performed). 

The legendary historic villas of Lake Como are a wonderful opportunity to go back in time and experience the life of the wealthy European and families who lived there, the famed novelists who wrote, the composers who created, the artists who painted, and the people who fell in love, all inspired by the charm of this special Italian paradise. And one of the most iconic is Villa del Balbianello, at Tramezzina, a treasure chest of memories of exploits and adventures on the western shore of the lake.

The true pride of Villa del Balbianello is the panoramic terraced garden, which is dominated by the elegant loggia. The garden is a real masterpiece, in which every element relates to the lake, its shores and its mesmerising waters.

In this Villa were also shot some scenes from the film "Star Wars: Episode II Attack of the Clones". The directors, George Lucas and Jonathan Hales decide to show Villa del Balbianello as the retreat where Padmé Amidala and Anakin Skywalker hid, while Obi-Wan Kenobi tracked down those responsible for attempting to assassinate Amidala and where the clandestine wedding of Skywalker and Amidala took place.

But Star Wars is not the only film shot at Villa del Balbianello: in 2006, Martin Campbell decided to set here some scenes from the movie 007 Casinò Royale, the 21st film in the saga of the most famous secret agent in the world, where Daniel Craig was treated after one of his many and eventful adventures.

The following reportage is about the wedding day of Yuli and Avner, from Te Aviv (Israel) to the waterfront of the Lake Como, shrouded in a light misty fog. The getting ready took place at the Grand Hotel Tremezzo, Lake Como’s Grandest Dame, one of the most important five-stars venue on the lake. The ceremory and the party were located at Villa del Balbianello.

 

Wedding photographer: Cristiano OstinelliSony Global Imaging Ambassador - [more info]
A short note about the wedding photographer: Cristiano Ostinelli grew up in the field of photo reportage since 1995, making a name for himself in several international competitions. He is active in wedding photography: he photographed prestigious weddings all over the world - Italy, Greece, Spain, Austria, France, England, United States, Russia, India, Cambodia, Vietnam, Hong Kong, and United Arab Emirates, always with his spontaneous and extremely refined style. He's a member of WPJA Wedding Photojournalist Association, ISPWP, Fearless Photographers and WPS.
Cristiano was nominated PHOTOGRAPHER OF THE YEAR in 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2018 by Wedding Photojournalist Association, and in 2018 the International Society of Professional Wedding Photographers considers him the top wedding photographer in the world [more info].

 

Getting ready location: Grand Hotel Tremezzo - Tremezzina - Lake Como - [more info]
Wedding location: Villa del Balbianello - Tramezzina - Lake Como - [more info]
Videomaker: AG Studio Videography - Milano - [more info]
Performing: Blunotte Eventi - Chiasso (CH) - [more info]
Boat Service: Menaggio Water Limousine - Menaggio - CO - [more info]
Catering: Class Eventi - Garlate - CO - [more info]

 

Related Cristiano Ostinelli wedding photoshoots at Villa del Balbianello:
https://www.ostinellicristiano.com/blog/star-wars-wedding-villa-balbianello/
https://www.ostinellicristiano.com/blog/villa-del-balbianello-prewedding-photoshoot/
https://www.ostinellicristiano.com/villa-balbianello-wedding-lake-como/
https://www.ostinellicristiano.com/blog/balbianello-wedding-photo-shoot/