For those who, like me, operate in the event business and especially with weddings, summer is the season where most events take place. Notwithstanding, I could turn down the invitation of my special friend Stefania Arrigoni, founder and president of AWP Associazione Wedding Planner for which I am also a consultant and trainer.
And that is why I found myself embarking on a three-days Farm Tour to Valle D’Aosta, a true journey for a wedding planner to discover secret of weddings in one of the most magical places of Italy. With us of course were other wedding planners: Natalia Kulinova, successfull Russian wedding planner, an expert in bridal style and and Editor-in-chief at JM Just Married; Monica Billi, AWP representative for Emilia Romagna, bon ton and etiquette teacher and wedding planner since 2005; Elena Pasini, interior decorator and organizer for theme parties; Michela Maccaferri, sales rep at T’a Milano, the famous catering belonging to the historical Lamagna family. Emilia Ala was also there, wedding planner, tour operator and AWP representative for Tuscany; Patrizia Zannoni, expert in private and business events; Martina Rovatti, AWP associate and owner of a wedding and event planning agency in Pavia. Last, but not least, my dear friend Simona Spinola, community manager for the Zankyou web portal with whom i have had the chance to collaborate during the Stresa Wedding Club and with whom I have established a very deep friendship.
As soon as we arrived at the hotel, we were greeted by the staff that prepared a small welcome reception in the garden, right at the foot of the Monte Bianco that was then followed by the dinner during which we had the pleasure to taste some local delicacies and where we were lucky enough to witness the amazing creations of the local artist Chicco Margaroli that translates tradition also for future newly weds thatnks to his artistic sensitivity that unites nature, art, creativity and experimentation. Something we couldn’t miss!
After and very relaxing evening and night, the day after we embarked in an adventure: the SkyWay is a very romantic and original wedding location, suspended at 3.500 meters amogst the Monte Bianco glaciers. The cabin rotates 360° and leads to 3 extremely modern stations that have unique event areas and where a wedding, that is celebrated at Punta Helbronner, is valid based on an agreement with the Courmayeur district.
Once we were back to earth, so to speak, we headed to the Introd Castle, a fascinating castle situated on a promontory protected by the rough clefts of the Savara torrent and the Dora di Rhêmes one (the name Introd in fact originates from ‘entre-eaux’, which menas ‘between watres’) and probably dates back to the XII century. Arond 1260 Pierre Sarriod of Introd transformed the primitive castle that, after the renovations made in the XV century, will take on the almost round polygonal shape that differentiate it, still nowadays, from the rest of the typical local castles. Property of the Caracciolo di Brianza Counts, the castle is lent to the Introd district. The management was entrusted to the Grand Paradis Foundation that ensures it is used regularly. At the castle we were welcome by the staff dressed in the local traditional costume and that tempted our tastebuds! A starred chef cooked for us and prepared a menu that was perfect for a 0 kilometers wedding banquet. Pureed soup of courgettes from the orchard, flower and sour herbs salad, Monte Bianco yoghurt, mousse of cream of Cogne and the typical breusà with raspberries and blueberries are the delights of these hours we spend discovering this magical place where, starting from next year, the castle will also open the justice room and the octagonal room to the public for banquets and buffet events.
In the afternoon we moved to the Royal Castle of Sarre seated on the promontory dominating the Aosta plain. the castle was built in 1710 by Francesco Ferrod of Arvier on top of a 1242 fortress house, after several transfers of property, it was purchased in 1869 by Vittorio Emanuele II that renovated it and used it as residence for his hunting trips in Valle D’Aosta. In 1989 it was purchased by the Valle D’Aosta region that has since made it available to the public for private events.
And at last a visit to a luxury chalet, Au Coeur des Neiges, in the majestic setting of Courmayeur Mont Blanc.
These three days have been so pleasant and have passed in such harmony, between the beauties of nature, magical and surprising places, local typical food and amazingly talentes artists. And of course the constant exchange of views with the colleagues on the opportunities of wedding tourism and destination weddings in Italy.
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