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Long time no see! Anna is back, catching up on the summer and on the latest adventures

23 Oct

Dear Readers

it has been over two months since my last post, which was totally wedding planning related after the beautiful wedding I organised for my clients on the shores of Lake Como,I am still living all the memories of that beautiful day and I am so grateful that I finally received yesterday all the official pictures, looking forward to update my website now!

My summer has been busy between trips to Italy, Miami and Formentera and I finally have some time now to share the latest after such a long time.

I do love my blog and I do love when I people send me emails asking about it and why I don’t post that often but as you guys all know, I am not a:

Fashion Blogger (I wish…and I might try!)

or

Food blogger (I just love cooking)

but I am a bit of “everything goes and I talk about everything” blogger and sometimes I don’t always feel like sharing everything, especially things that goes on in your life… that’s why I don’t post as often and it goes by a few months sometimes between blog posts, but I am here, writing with my new MacBook air, so let’s make the most of it.

Apart from organising the wedding this summer I spent time in Miami with my husband and friends, I went to Formentera with my two best friends, where I totally left my heart…what a beautiful and amazing place to relax and have fun! More italian trips for my birthday and my husband’s birthday down on the Italian riviera, where I turned 31… (where is the turn back time button? I need one!) and more Miami time in September with my husband…we have been back for a month and it feels already like a lifetime!

I am still obsessed with cooking and baking as always, thank God for my great metabolism otherwise I would look like a barrel with all the cooking I get involved in…still totally obsessed with online shopping, please take all the devices away from me (and delete my paypal account!) and Coco, my furry companion, she is always by my side and she might raise to stardom soon, as we were called to go for an interview and photoshoot for a dog’s disease awareness campaign in London…watch this space!!

I am going to add some recent pictures and … keep in touch!!

Have a great weekend

xxx

Anna in Her Wonderland

Coco and I on a photoshoot in London

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Enjoying the time in England, pub lunches and fire on in the evenings

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Spending some time with good friends and their gorgeous toddlers

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Miami good times, out for dinners and fun

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Forgot to mention my latest act of clumsiness, I broke my toe! six weeks on it’s finally getting sorted

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Great times and great food in Italy for our birthdays

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Food, food and more cooking and baking

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Good times in London with friends and with the family!

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Formentera with my bestie, what a great holiday

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I left my heart on Lake Como, once again! Wedding planning is the way forward, amazing wedding for my clients

31 Jul

Dear Readers

I haven’t been around for a few months and I apologise for that, I did not forget my blog but unfortunately the last few months have been quite busy with travelling and wedding planning and now I am back. I spent 9 days in Italy last week to attend and coordinate the wedding of my British clients which it was absolutely AMAZING!!!

Villa del Balbianello and Lido di Lenno on Lake Como (not far from Laglio, George Clooney’s town) are stunning and the ceremony, the food, the cake, the flowers and the party were incredible, worth the hard months of planning, I just published the THANK YOU to all the suppliers on my website Italianweddinginwonderland.com but I am going to do it here too to give them the visibility they deserve

Maia and Ricky’s wedding, Villa del Balbianello and Lido di Lenno (Lake Como, Italy)

 I am so proud to have organized the wedding of Maia and Ricky, a lovely young couple from Brighton, parents to their little gorgeous daughter India, who contacted me in April 2014 when they were travelling around the lake Como seeking for their perfect wedding venue to tie the knot. We have been working closely together in the past 15 months with emails, phone calls and meetings (where I enjoyed cuddle up with India while talking about wedding planning).
Balbianello lake como Italian wedding (2)For their wedding venue they have chosen Villa del Balbianello, a stunning villa that was built in 1787 on the site of a Franciscan monastery for the Cardinal Angelo Maria Durini. After the cardinal’s death in 1796 Giuseppe Arconati Visconti bought the villa and made improvements to its gardens and the loggia. In the nineteenth century the villa belonged to the Porro-Lambertenghi family. By the early twentieth century the buildings had fallen into a state of neglect when an American businessman, Butler Ames, purchased and renovated the villa and its garden. In 1974 it was bought by the explorer Guido Monzino (leader of the first Italian expedition to climb Mount Everest), who filled it with rich collections, including artifacts acquired on his expeditions. Monzino, who died in 1988, left the villa to the Fondo per l’Ambiente Italiano, the National Trust of Italy. Famous too for its “role” on films including A month by the lake (1995), Casino Royale (2006). The villa was also used for the lake retreat scenes in Star Wars: Episode II Attack of the Clones (2002) however CGI was used in place of the building’s true exterior.

Balbianello lake como Italian wedding (4)The bride and the groom spent some days around Tremezzo and Lenno back in 2014 when the bride was pregnant looking for wedding venues and by recommendation of a restaurant owner from Tremezzo (thanks to Alex at the Red and White restaurant), they visited Balbianello and they fell in love for it and they decided they big day was going to be there.

Balbianello lake como Italian wedding (3) The catering has been provided by Lido di Lenno, restaurant, bar and club situated just 2 minutes boat ride from Balbianello, venue chosen by the bride and groom to carry on the wedding party after the ceremony and wedding breakfast at the historic villa. I must admit as a foodie I loved spending my time translating wedding menus for my clients, I also had the pleasure to travel to Como with the bride in May to do the food tasting and the food was superb, on the tasting day and even better on the wedding day. The staff at Lido di Lenno is truly professional, precise, friendly and accommodating to all our requests, and I will look forward to work with Diego, Nathalie and their team again in the future and recommend them to all my future clients interested in the Lake Como area.

Balbianello lake como Italian wedding (5) A huge thanks to Pasticceria Ramperti located in Cermenate (Como) for the stunning looking and tasty wedding cake for my clients. For who doesn’t know this patisserie is very well known, not for nothing George Clooney asked them to make his wedding cake for his Venetian wedding to Amal Clooney, née Alamuddin.

 The photographer who worked closely with Maia and Ricky is the British photographer Philip Bedford based in Brighton, who flew the day before the wedding day and captured precious moment of the wedding preparation at the Grand Hotel Tremezzo and in the stunning setting of Villa del Balbianello.

Balbianello lake como Italian wedding (7) A big thank you for the flowers arrangement made by Barbara Botta Fiori, flower designer based in Cernobbio (Como), the bride wanted a rustic theme using sunflowers and the bouquet, the bridesmaids bouquets and the center tables were absolutely stunning and they worked so well with the casual yet sophisticate style of their wedding.

 A big thanks to the Ufficio di stato civile at Tremezzina town hall especially to Paola Codara, who has been so understanding and thanks for all your help with the wedding procedure and a huge thanks to Rita Annunziata, the official translator/tourist guide who translated the ceremony with the bride and groom, adding a touch of Italian fun to the day.

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I must mention the boat transfer service provided by Igor De Ascentis, who brought the groom and groomsmen and bride and bridesmaids from Lenno main square to Villa del Balbianello in a wooden boat which gave such a great touch to the whole wedding, and thanks a lot to his colleague Daniel Carminati to have taken all the 60 + guests including me to the venue and back for a mini lake trip before kick starting the party at Lido di Lenno.

Balbianello lake como Italian wedding (7) I am sure I have forgotten someone and if I did please forgive me, I am so pleased about how this stunning wedding turned out, the weather was amazing and we were very lucky despite the weather forecast, I am so pleased to have met and to be now in contact with so many nice people, all so helpful and friendly, I couldn’t have asked for a better experience on the shores of Lake Como, where four years ago I got married myself. And what’s better than receive a call from my bride a few days after who said:

“Anna, thank you, Friday was the best day of my life”. Well, this is the biggest satisfaction.

Will be back soon, busy wedding planning on Lake Como!

26 Jun

busy wedding planning annainherwonderlandSorry guys I haven’t been posting for a few months now and I do miss my blog, I just had some busy months but I will be back soon, -28 days to the Italian wedding I am planning on gorgeous Lake Como! Have a great weekend everybody

x

annainherwonderland  

http://www.italianweddinginwonderland.com

The Italian week, the wedding planning, the two lakes, the British sea, the Italian family over, the domestic goddess and the next trip to the land of the free and home of the brave, Anna is keeping busy!

8 Jul

Dear readers

As usual I am really late at posting updates on the blog, sorry guys I lose track of time sometimes! I spent a week in Italy with my family checking out wedding venues for my next bride and groom to be, so pleased to have had the chance to go over the beautiful Lake Como again, work meeting pleasure is always the way forward! And I spent the weekend enjoying time with the family, going clubbing on the other lake, Lake Garda, relaxing and having fun… sometimes just a few days home recharge my batteries so much to keep on going better and stronger!

Back home I keep on feeling like I need to cook and bake all day, yesterday for example I wasn’t feeling my best but suddenly after dinner I thought..I fancy a cake! Opened the fridge, found two large oranges, butter, yogurt and eggs…one hour later we were all eating orange cake!

I have had my family over last weekend where we spent a nice day in Brighton on a beautiful sunny day, shame Coco is in season and we were chased by male dogs on the seafront…and shame a few days after going back into Brighton I curbed my wheel very badly…my husband wasn’t impressed as you all can imagine, my excuse was “I have had the car for 4 months and this is the first time, I am doing quite alright for myself!”

Anyway I felt boring last week so I decided to change my look, so short bob hairstyle with blonde highlights, I am only a month and eleven days from turning 30…I am probably experiencing a beginning of midlife crisis…and between a cup of tea and a walk with the dog we are getting ready for the next Miami trip, only ten days to go!

Have a good week everybody

The first thing to do when in Italy? Espresso is my must

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Followed by a polenta based lunch

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How can you not fall in love for Villa del Balbianello? good enough to film Casino Royale and Star wars…good enough for me!

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From Lake Como to Lake Garda to party with friends

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Back to England back to cook! Italian food of course, orecchiette con le cime di rapa, thanks to gino d’acampo recipe

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And orecchiette with cream and smoke salmon, thanks to Gino again

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And coconut muffins for afternoon tea
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And with Coco being Coco

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Getting ready for a night out with friends

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What do Italians eat on a Sunday? My lasagne!

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A day of gardening in the sun

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Anna in her wonderland in British winter mode, BACK TO FITNESS!

29 Jan

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Dear readers

My last post was about how much good time we had in Miami over new year with my husband and my family, it seems so far away but it was only three weeks ago!

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I finally recovered from jet lag (despite mornings are always hard for me, I am not a morning person is written on my sleeping mask!), me and Coco went back to our daily routine of walking and sleeping (I am talking about the dog not me!), lots of cooking, lots of experimental baking, lots of work on the wedding planning department (come to visit my website www.italianweddinginwonderland.com ) and after been lazy for a few months I started today my new training at a local gym followed by a trainer, only 30 minutes of workout but I feel good, and I set to myself that no matter what, I have to carry on and enjoy the fitness, the previous gym I used to go for over 2 years was great, gym, Jacuzzi, sauna, pool…but I wasn’t motivated to go and I had to cancel my membership at the end of the year…I loved the exercise today so let’s hope to carry on (that’s why it’s raining so heavily here today!)

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I am trying to keep the motivation up so please allow me some motivation images!!!

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Being 51kg and 168cm I do not need diets, I just need to keep busy and enjoy!

My husband has a ski trip scheduled for mid February and it will be great for me, that I do not ski, to go home and spend a week with family and friends, I cannot wait, plus after that it will be the Miami trip in March during the winter music conference and spring break, it is going to be busy!!

Have a great week you all

xxx

Winter is here

annainherwonderland back to fitness regime (1)Enjoying a walk with Coco to the pond

annainherwonderland back to fitness regime (2)Evening face massage

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Dog/ iPad holder, what a great idea!

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Friday was my mum’s birthday so why not post a picture of us?

annainherwonderland back to fitness regime (4)Saturday night in, with a lazy dog!

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Happy Valentine’s day from a new pets lover, and from Coco of course! Let’s celebrate and why not plan a wedding…LOVE IS IN THE AIR!

14 Feb

love is in the airDear readers

I just wanted to wish you happy Valentine’s day. Ok, I do agree sometimes that Valentine’s day is a commercial thing, it’s all about spend money on flowers and chocolate to make the retailers rich…whatever, when you are in love you feel it today more than ever! My gorgeous Coco wanted to say Happy Valentine’s to everyone…and let’s all celebrate tonight…

And for the newly engaged…remember my Italian wedding planning services as well! www.italianweddinginwonderland.com

Have a great day everyone, love is in the air!!!

xxx

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FOLLOW YOUR DREAMS AND YOU WILL BE HAPPY….that’s what I am doing and I am so proud of myself today! Anna in her wonderland is launching Italian wedding in wonderland!

28 Nov

I haven’t felt that happy and satisfied for a while. I mean, workwise. I have finally pulled myself together and I have followed my dreams and now my perseverance is paying off. I am so proud to announce that Anna has created Italian Wedding in Wonderland…I even designed the website on my own! I feel so pleased with myself and I am so happy that at the moment I have two lovely clients who are helping me every day to build the strength to carry on and do what I really want to do, be an Italian wedding planner.

If you want to have a look at my website, this is the address

www.italianweddinginwonderland.com

Any comment, positive or even negative will be appreciated.

Thanks a lot to all my readers…Buena Suerte to me!!!

Xxx

Every day is a new day and a new start, whatever you are going to do to be happy!

16 Oct

I have been struggling for a long time in a work situation that wasn’t ideal and that wasn’t make me happy, I mean there was and there isn’t nothing wrong with that but I just felt constantly anxious and frustrated about (and I was starting to annoy the people around me as well with my unhappiness) so today I finally said that’s enough…and I feel so much better and relieved.

No matter what you do if you don’t feel in the right place and if you don’t feel it right it’s better get out before the situation can “ruin” you and try to do something that will make you happy, whatever it’s going to be! Do you want to be a mother? Well time to get pregnant then…do you want to be a housewife? Be a housewife then…do you want to start a new career? Go for it and do well with it.

I am not sure what I want to do with my life yet, I just maybe want to take it easy to start to sort my head out and keep on thinking, I want to walk in the fields and feel the wind and sunshine on my face, I want to enjoy more family and friends and… I would love to work in an environment where I can help people to organize events and weddings…as I am doing right now while helping out a friend… Life is too short to be frustrated and unhappy, just live and enjoy!!!

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