Italy ~ Villa Mosconi Bertani

The secret is out! We love Italy and are expanding our services to plan destination weddings in the most fascinating country in the world. In the first post of our Italian wedding venues series, we visit the glorious Valpolicella in the Veneto region of Italy; located just east of Lake Garda in the province of Verona. Here the hilly vineyards of Corvina, Veronese, Rondinella, and Molinara vines wind through the small villages of the Valipolicella, creating a picturesque landscape that one can only dream up in a romantic fairytale.

Villa Mosconi Bertani

Within the heart of the Valpolicella Classica rests the elegant, neoclassical Villa Mosconi Bertani: the birthplace of the Bertani family’s Amarone and Valpolicella wines and home to lush vineyards considered to be some of the finest in the Veneto region. Since its sixteenth century origin, this elegant estate has been known for its innovative production techniques, excellence of its walled vineyards, ample space given for grape drying, and the extensive cellars ideal for long-term aging.

Corvina Grape Drying Racks

Although the term “Amarone” was not coined until 1936,  the Bertani family had been producing the same wine since the early 1900s under the name of “Recioto Secco” and because of this, many wine enthusiasts consider Gaetano Bertani the father of Amarone.

Volare Planning & Design was fortunate enough to visit the beautiful Villa Mosconi Bertani and meet Mr. Gatano Bertani himself. We were graciously shown much of the family home, living quarters, the wine cellar, and of course participated in an informative and delicious wine tasting, which was followed by gracious gifts from the ledgendary winemaker.

The most stunning space on our tour was undoubtedly the Salone Delle Muse (Chamber of the Muses).

The Salone Delle Muse is Ideal for Wedding Receptions Hosting 100 Guests Seated

The Salone Delle Muse is magnificent space for wedding receptions of up to 100 guests seated and 150 standing. Standing three stories in height, the lavishly decorated room features 18th century frescoes of stunning trompe l’oeil, figures of the muses of art and science, and an allegory of time’s flight depicting the four seasons; a clear reference to the agricultural setting and purpose of the estate. In the center, sitting amongst colorful flowers is the goddess Flora. To her bottom left perches Aestas, or Summer, painted in warm, bright colors. On the opposite side, in clear contrast, in dark storm clouds, are Fall and Winter.

The Salone Delle Muse

If your wedding guest list exceeds the 100 mark, the lush lawn in front of the exquisite villa allows for memorable vistas for guests to experience on a beautiful day with the vines themselves. And after dinner, you may pay tribute  to one of the most famous wine cellars in the world.

Villa Mosconi Bertani Facade

Villa Mosconi Bertani provides the perfect combination of Italian neoclassical elegance, the rustic ambience of lush farmland, and an undeniable respect of legendary winemaking at its finest.

Villa Mosconi Bertani
Località Novare
37024 Arbizzano-Santa Maria
Verona , Italy

Bailey + Michael’s Grand Texan Soiree at the Chandelier of Gruene

Bailey and Michael fell in love with the down home feel, historic features, and character of Gruene, Texas, and after discovering the newly opened Chandelier of Gruene, they knew that it was meant to be their destination wedding location.

The Chandelier of Gruene’s lovely chapel paired with its large ballroom-style hall allowed the couple to comfortably accommodate their 400 guests for a grand Texan wedding soiree.

Their January wedding day felt more like an early spring day, as wildlife emerged from every corner of the beautiful property throughout the day. The sun constantly peaked through the oaks to provide amazing light for Shy Laurel Photography to capture these beautiful images.

 

We consulted and brought in rental items and linens to compliment Bailey’s chosen color palette. We also coordinated with her florist, Merveille Events, to achieve the vintage, let elegant vision that Bailey so wanted for her big day.

 

After the ceremony, the reception started off with a bang with over 400 guests participating in the Grand March led by the Royal Dukes Band. What a sight it was to behold! The bride and groom had the most fun of all!

We thoroughly enjoyed working with this adorable couple and the Chandelier of Gruene to make Bailey and Michael’s day the day they always dreamed it would be. Congratulations Bailey and Michael, and thank you for trusting us with your wedding; we will always hold it near and dear to our hearts.

Band | The Royal Dukes Band
Bar | Bartenders 4 You
Beauty/Hair |
Kaci Blagrave
Beauty/Makeup |
Sara Lane & Team
Cake & Dessert |
Serendipity Cakes
Catering | 
Outlaw Catering & The Party Staff

Ceremony & Reception Venue | The Chandelier of Gruene
Ceremony Entertainment | Lindsay Crofts – Violinist
Cinematography | Bailey Hart Creative
Florals |
Merveille  Events
Phtography |
Shy Laurel Photography
Rentals & Linens |
Great Events
Transportation |
 Rockin R Rapid Transit & Star Shuttle and Charter

 

Hiring a Wedding Planner

Hiring a qualified wedding planner is the absolute best investment an engaged couple can make. No other wedding vendor will ensure that your wedding day is seamless and remove the unnecessary worry that comes with planning the most important day of your lives. Here are some common misconceptions about wedding planners, as well as solid advice on what to look for in a wedding planner.

The Complimentary Wedding Planner: Some wedding vendors and venues claim to offer a complimentary wedding coordinator or planner with the purchase of another product or service. Because of the tremendous amount of work involved in planning a wedding, no one would ever do it for free. It is also important to mention that an event coordinator at your venue should not be confused with a wedding planner. Event coordinators are employed by the venue and their main concerns are sales, safety and compliance. Although they may provide a list of approved vendors, they will not communicate with your chosen vendors, help you hire needed vendors, check references, negotiate contracts, or implement your wedding vision. They also do not construct the Wedding Day Timeline for your big day; a very crucial plan of action that ensures that your day is flawless. Your hired wedding coordinator or planner however will work collaboratively with the facility’s event coordinator, so that you and your vendors are in compliance with the facility’s rules and regulations on your big day!

The Wedding Day Timeline: In order for your wedding day to be the day you have always dreamed of, a timeline of the day’s events with detailed vendor expectations for all parties involved needs to be prepared. The Wedding Day Timeline provides transparency and will give you peace of mind in knowing that your day will be organized just the way that you have envisioned it. The construction of the Wedding Day Timeline should be initiated and written by the wedding coordinator or planner and approved by you.

Know What You Are Paying For: Wedding planners usually provide three types of wedding planning packages, which are defined as: Day-of-Coordination, Partial Planning, and Full-Service Planning. While these packages may be referred by the same name, they however are described very differently by each individual wedding planner. For instance, one wedding planner may quote a day-of-coordination package hundreds of dollars less than another wedding planner, but before rushing to sign the contract with the budget friendly planner, you should understand what you are paying for. Some questions to ask are: When will you become my wedding coordinator or planner (how many days/months before the wedding)? Will you construct my Wedding Day Timeline? How many wedding planning meetings will we have? How often will you communicate with me by phone and by email? How many hours will you be present on my wedding day and will you be there until the very end? Will you read my contracts and communicate with my vendors to ensure that there are no issues on the day of my wedding? Will you have an assistant on the day of my wedding? How many vendor meetings will you attend? Additionally, it is vital to have a legally binding contract with your chosen wedding planner. Both partial planning and full-service packages should have contracts stating that the planner will secure qualified vendors for your event, as well as assist or be responsible for the the design of your event. The more details in the contract, the more protection for you.

Read, Read, Read Reviews and Obtain References: Unbiased reviews will provide great insight to how previous clients’ overall experiences were. Reviews are also the ultimate way to find the best of the best in the wedding industry. Be sure to use unbiased reviews on reputable sites such as The Knot and Wedding Wire. If the reviews do not seem to match the expertise of the vendor, feel free to ask for references and telephone numbers from past clients.

Review Your Budget: This is the most important day of your life, so be sure that you trust the person you are putting in charge of your wedding day, while also staying within your budget. Remember that a wedding planner’s duties require a tremendous amount of time, resources, and travel, which would not be given away for free or for a very low price. If you are considering more than one wedding planner and one price is drastically lower than the other, you should reexamine your choices – this rule applies to all of your vendors for your wedding.

Amanda + Christopher on Top of the World at the Rosenberg Skyroom

Amanda and Chris not only wanted a reception venue that would accommodate 350 of of their closest friends and family members, but also a venue that was close to their church and held some sentimental value as well. Chris had once been a student at University of Incarnate Word, so he was overjoyed with the idea of he and Amanda having their first cocktail of the evening in the bridal suite that backup up against his former college dormitory.

For Amanda, color was of high importance. With the help of our professional wedding planning software and design tools, we were able to establish a bright jewel tone color palette from Amanda’s inspiration board to discover hues of pink sapphire, ruby, tanzanite, citrine, and alexandrite.  This jewel tone color palette allowed this January wedding to feel like a jewel in the midst of winter.

Amanda and Chris were a constant ray of sunshine throughout the entire planning process, and we were overjoyed to make their wedding dreams a reality. Congratulations to the lovely couple!

Featured in San Antonio Weddings Magazine

 
The Rosenberg Sky Room at Incarnate Word
847 E Hildebrand Avenue
San Antonio, Texas 78212
(210) 805-5805
http://rosenbergskyroom.com


Beauty | Vixen Hair & Makeup
Cake | Cakes and More by Cynthia Gallagher
Catering & Bar | Rosemary’s Catering / RK Group
Ceremony Venue | St. Peter of the Apostles Catholic Church
Cinematography | 2911 Films
Dessert | Mel Suess Sugar Cookies
DJ & Uplighting | Lumen Events
Florals | DeVinnie’s Paradise
Getting Ready Location | Wyndham Garden San Antonio Riverwalk/Museum Reach
Greenery & Floral Wall | DPC Events & DeVinnie’s Paradise
Ice Sculpture | Signature Ice
Invitations | Carlson Craft by Volare Planning & Design
Menus and Programs | Ibettink
Photography | Joshua Michael Photography
Reception Venue | Rosenberg Skyroom
Rentals & Gobo Wall Lighting | Reese Events Group
Transportation | Elegant Limousine and Charter

Heather + Matt’s Christmastime Fairytale on the Riverwalk

Heather and Matt’s big day began by getting ready at the historical Menger Hotel. The Menger’s quaint courtyard was the perfect backdrop for the couple’s first look with David Sixt. The hotel provided unlimited wedding party photography options, and the exquisite Menger Christmas tree brought forth the spirit of Christmas.

The ceremony was held at the couple’s church, Holy Spirit Catholic Church in San Antonio, and the wedding reception brought everyone back to the Riverwalk for an awesome party headlined by Chinatown Band. The venue was dripping with glitz and glamour in the Venue Villita ballroom, and Heather’s fairytale wedding ended with an open carriage ride for the grand departure.

We so enjoyed working with this sweet couple to make their day the day they always dreamed it would be. Congratulations Heather and Matt!

Venue Villita
401 Villita Street
San Antonio, Texas 78205
(210) 481-1200
http://vabsa.com

Band | Chinatown Band
Beauty/Hair | Hair by Adam
Beauty/Makup | Amos J Makeup Artistry
Cake | Cakes and More by Cynthia Gallagher
Catering & Bar | The Heavenly Gourmet
Ceremony Venue | Holy Spirit Catholic Church
Florals | DeVinnie’s Paradise
Getting Ready Location | The Menger Hotel
Invitations | Carlson Craft by Volare Planning & Design
Photography | David Sixt Photography
Photo Booth | MBP Photo Booth
Reception Venue | Venue Villita
Rentals, Pipe and Drape & Uplighting | DPC Events
Transportation | Yellow Rose Carriage