August 14, 2017 - Comments Off on 5 Lakeside Wedding Destinations you need to see!
Inspiration by Kate
The swish of your wedding dress catching the wind, mimicking the soft waves beyond.
Lakeside destination weddings are an absolute favourite of mine. Now in this post you're getting two for the price of one inspirations for glorious lake locations... the obvious choice & then an unconventional alternative!
5. Orta over Como, Italy
I couldn't very well do a blog piece on Lakeside weddings without a mention of the Italian Lakes… Como, Garda, without a doubt serene & picturesque locations. And just like their infamous resident George Clooney, I wouldn't kick them out of bed. But I have a little gem up my sleeve when it comes to Lakeside views in this neck of the woods. The lesser known & smaller Lake Orto has plenty - if not more - to offer.
There are ceremony opportunities on the lake island, Isola San Giulio, with stunning frescos in the church or The Sanctuary sitting atop a cliff edge with phenomenal views across the landscape.
It's no surprise the Italians in the region have dubbed the lake La Cenerentola (Cinderella) the ethereal, secret & arguably more beautiful compared to it's larger siblings Como & Garda.
4. The Lost Lake over Lake Tahoe, North America
The combination of glacial mountains & dense woodland, in a more intimate location sets the Lost Lake beyond it's bigger cousins in West America.
Think reading your vows with your toes in the shore of the lake, thermos filled with hot chocolate & marshmallows round a campfire - or 's'mores' if we're really going cross-continental. The Lost Lake is for the true wild at heart, with little to no amenities. This would suit elopements or at the very least with like-minded friends & family who are sleeping beneath the stars!
3. Loch Maree over Loch Lomand, Scotland
Loch Maree in Wester Ross (Any Game of Throne fans see any link here?), Scotland steeped in Celtic history. A harsh, but equally beautiful silver scenery has been noted as bewitching to many of its visitors.
A custom on the lake is to locate the money tree on the lakes island & slot into the trunk to bring good luck & financial freedom in your marriage. The oldest coin in the tree backdates to 1828. With a few choice locations for a wedding reception, this is made up by the inspiring lake side coves & holy sites to exchange vows.
2. The Blue Lakes (Lake Tarawera) over Lake Wakatipu, New Zealand
The most exotic of the bunch; white sandy beaches and as the name suggests the clearest of blue waters. Lake Tarawera is one of the 4 lakes surrounding the its namesake volcano on the North Island.
As you can imagine from the New Zealanders, relaxed weddings are the name of the game. Whether this in a barn, garden, lodge or wine cellar, there are plenty of styles to choose from around the lakeside.
1. Bohinj over Bled, Slovenia
Now to those that know me, this is a shocker! Stevo & I got married in Lake Bled a few years ago & for me to announce any other Lake above this one is unheard of... however, I did promise an unconventional alternative destination & here you have it - Lake Bohinj!
Just under 30km away from the serenity of Bled, Bohinj offers you thrill seekers the ideal location. Bouldering spots, gorj walking, an abundance of water sports, the lot! Plenty of activities for your guests to enjoy. The Savica Waterfall is the perfect lunch spot on one of the many hikes in the surrounding Triglav National Park.
Swap the boat to the Island church on Bled for a stroll across the Bohinj bridge to Cerkev Sv. Janeza Krstnika (John the Baptist). Witness some of Slovenia's oldest frescos & intricate masonry.
A wave of guilt has prompted a dedicated post on Lake Bled... one to come in the future, I promise!
Published by: Kate Kennedy in G