There really aren't many spots in the world more romantic than Lake Como in Northern Italy which is why Merek & Matt chose to elope there. Southern California wedding photographer CHRISTINE DONEÉ captured these beautiful photos of their intimate celebration which took place overlooking the lake at beautiful VILLA CARLOTTA

The gorgeous bride tells us more about their special day, "After getting engaged during a romantic getaway, I immediately knew I wanted to replicate that intimate experience for our wedding and elope! We discussed a honeymoon abroad and from there, worked backwards to plan our elopement in Lake Como followed by a dream honeymoon throughout Italy.  

My vision for our wedding was classic - a glamorous style overlooking the iconic Lake Como. I wanted a relaxing day as my groom-to-be and I ate lunch overlooking the Lake before separating to get ready at the exclusive spa at the 
GRAND HOTEL TREMEZZO. Everything had been planned except the flowers, which I had left up to the groom to select his boutonniere and my bouquet. It was touching to know he arranged the bouquet just for me!  

The day started off with heavy rain, but thankfully cleared up enough for us to keep our outdoor ceremony plans. It was very exciting to have our first look on the lawn at GRAND HOTEL TREMEZZO before walking over to Villa Carlotta for the ceremony. During our vows, a gust of wind completely blew my veil off and made for a light-hearted moment!

We made the best decision to elope — nothing else mattered in that moment or that day besides our commitment to each other, and it made the start of our marriage exactly how our engagement began— about one another and just us. We were able to enjoy everything about our idyllic wedding and honeymoon without the stress of hosting and entertaining guests.

A huge thank you to Southern California wedding photographer CHRISTINE DONEÉ for sharing this gorgeous Italian wedding with us. Christine is a fine art portrait and wedding photographer based in Los Angeles, California and a valued member of our vendor guide. With a fashion and studio art background she captures love with a purposeful eye and a strong passion for detail. She is inspired daily by the beauty around her and looks forward to bringing your joyful day to life through her elegant photography.

Be sure to check-out more of Christine Doneé's wedding photography work here... and especially this Classic Malibu wedding at Calamigos Ranch.