Thank you so much! We had a wonderful time at the cooking class and we had an amazing wedding weekend thanks to you 😊 everything was perfect! Thank you for making our weekend so special. We are now relaxing on our honeymoon in Sicily 😊😊❤️
We give you abs your agency a 5 for each category! And yes, feel free to post our email for references. We are happy to make the recommendation for DIW!
Thank you again for making our day special. We are forever grateful for all you hard work and efforts. It was a truly unforgettable experience!!!
Elina and Simon
So finally getting to put this down!
The things we loved the most:
We couldn't recommend it more. It was simply stunning and really captured the essence of Tuscany. We loved the versatility, with lots of different areas for different parts of the weekend and having everyone staying onsite was incredible. I would have expected to rent buses to bring our guests to different areas but Montegufoni had so much in it, that no-one got bored and everyone really loved discovering new places in it. Everyone loved their rooms and the pool area made for a great common area. The owner was wonderful, to the point that we thought he was the hotel manager until we asked him; he checked in every day to make sure everything was ok and he and his staff were super attentive and fun (the chef partied with us on the dancefloor first night!). The food was flawless and the wedding cake was many guests' 'favourite dessert ever'. We'll definitely be returning to Montegufoni.
We had so many comments from people to say that it was the most romantic ceremony that they'd ever been to, and that was all down to Andrea. I've never seen my friends cry so much before! We loved the rituals he suggested to us and he managed to keep the ceremony really personal. He brought so much love to the day, that I'm just sorry we didn't get to thank him properly on the day.
Music, lights & flowers
The Ale Fusco band were fantastic and they did a great job opening up the dancefloor on the first night - we loved them. The sax player did a great job and lots of people said their highlight was dancing to song he played as we entered in for dinner. The mixtape were one of my highlights for sure, so I'm glad we took the risk (though I probably wouldn't recommend others do!) and Guty e Simone were great on the Sunday too. The lighting worked really well on the day, especially in the courtyard for dinner. The flowers were beautiful and I was so happy they were able to make an archway for the ceremony in the end.
They were all great on the day (though we started the make-up an hour later than planned) and we're looking forward to seeing the results!
We were really grateful to be in such good hands with you all through the planning process, through to making decorations the day before the wedding, and all through the day itself. You made sure everything ran smoothly and we and our guests simply couldn't have asked for a more beautiful, more fun weekend. We really are still buzzing from the whole thing and I think my Dad is still in shock from all the love and beauty! Thanks for tending to our every task and allowing us to fuss over small details! You helped us smile and laugh all weekend and we genuinely have no regrets at all.
I hope that helps - let us know if we can clarify anything at all.
My best friend just got engaged so I'm trying to convince her to go back to Italy! I'll let you know if I can persuade her ;)
We had the most amazing weekend, our wedding was simply magical!! It's hard to explain the nerves and the constant wonder of how the day will come together when you hand the most important day of our lives to someone else. All we can say is that we had no reason to stress you were fantastic and we could not have been in better hands.
Everything turned out better than we could of have hoped for and it was like being in a fairytale. Throughout the weekend we were asked how we found this hidden gem and heard people saying it was like something from a magazine. They were blown away by the beauty of the venue.
The food was delicious, the cake was incredible and the saxophonist was truly wonderful!!
We often told you how much the music meant to us and worried about the dj - there was no need as the party was great and our friends and family danced all night. The next day we all sat together laughing about each other's dance moves. My father said that he didn't want the night to end - which is a rare thing!! I do not think there are words to express how truly grateful we are for having you as our wedding planner, choosing distinctive italy weddings was the first step towards our incredible day!! A massive thank you to your team and all who helped on the day including your assistant, who was also complimented by many.
We would not hesitate to recommend you all.
A great big hug and lots of love from Gabriella and Paolo xx =
Dear Sarah and Rosanna,
Firstly and foremost we would like to thank you for the wonderful and spotless service throughout all of these months. Our wedding was way better than we could have ever dreamed and none of it would have been possible without your expert advice and endless efforts (and patience 😊).
Yes, do list our emails as references. We will be happy to help.
In sum, everything was absolutely perfect. We can't thank you enough!
Oh and you have my mother's total approval as a wedding planner and mother of the bride. She loved everything and said she wouldn't have done a better job herself!
Once again, grazie mille!
Marcella and Thiago
Thank you so much for the sweet wishes and of course, thanks a million for being our wedding planner and planning our wedding to perfection. I really like working with you because you are efficient, you pay attention to details and you have a real gift of knowing what I wanted before even I did. Raffaela and Rosanna, it was an amazing wedding... it has been over a week and we wish we could go back and repeat it all over again so it was in one word: fantastic!
I wanted to give a speech but I was a little too emotional at the reception so I let Marco do it, but I really wanted to thank you from the bottom of my heart for taking the time and care to plan this very extensive 3 day wedding for us.
I know it wasn't easy, it required a lot of time, a lot of attention to detail, and you and your team managed to pull it off seamlessly!
We were very happy to work with Distinctive Italy and we would definitely recommend it to future couples in a heartbeat so you can definitely use our e-mails as reference!
I have family and friends who tell me that this is the best wedding they have been to and this makes us so happy and it is something you should be proud of, because all the hard work, the long e-mails, the phone calls, chasing the florists... :) It all paid off and it was magnificent and we really hope that you got to enjoy it alongside us!
Regarding the vendors (Florist, DJ and Dhol player)
We were very happy with the way Alessandro worked. As a bride, I noticed the extra's he added and it was very much appreciated. He did a great job!
As for the DJ and Dhol player, I have family and friends telling me they have never enjoyed a wedding this much in their entire lives. The dhol player was excellent.. and DJ Lorenzo is a great guy who worked very well with me. People didn't want to stop dancing so mission accomplished!
La Delizia impressed us in a very special way and we would definitely recommend them to future couples!
…..we are so happy we found DIW, so happy we found YOU and we couldn't be happier to be married and to have you be a part of this special moment....
I must admit a big part of me still misses e-mailing you late at night about the wedding, so I think I really like planning weddings....! Maybe I'll join your team one day who knows! hahah
With that said, we thank you from the bottom of our hearts for the amazing experience and memories you have given us.
Lots of love,
Bhavna & Marco
Thank you so much. I would rate the service as a 5+ in all regards. I was truly impressed by the responsiveness, and we could not have done it without the help of you, Rosanna, and Angela. You can absolutely include us as a reference any time. I even told the Italian consulate in Atlanta how great the service had been. We're back in Como now, and it has been a wonderful trip. Sad to head back to the US on Monday, but we are having an incredible time.
Hi Stefania and Rosanna,
Sorry for the delay in getting back with you.
I can’t thank you enough for making our day so perfect. From your dedication and efforts to the heart you put into our day to make it special..we truly appreciate all you did for us. I will search back in my emails to where I can leave you feedback. Thank you!!!
Morgan and Kevin
First off thank you for your patience with us on getting back to you with feedback. It’s funny how quickly life can get in the way. We want to say thank you from the bottom of our hearts for being such wonderful planners throughout this entire process.
Raffaela, you were truly wonderful to work with on a daily basis for the 14-15 months. We planned 3 wonderful events for us and our guests and we were wow'd each day. The wedding day was absolutely spectacular and with the weather on our side you couldn't have found a happier bride and groom!
Alessandro and his team really make fairytales come alive and I was totally blown away with his floral transformation of each space. It was beyond what I imagine and created with your help and guidance. One of my clearest memories was when Raffaela took me alone into our marquis before we let guests come in. I was filled with so much emotion I couldn't hold the tears back. The entire room was filled with the smell of fresh roses, hydrangeas and orchids. It was truly a dream come true!
This was absolutely the right choice to host our welcome event. I am so glad we cancelled with Loft and moved it here. The food was phenomenal. Everyone loved the risotto and pasta. Open bar service was excellent as well. It was a perfect layout for our families to meet, catch up and get to know one another. The space was also perfect for 80-100 people. They laid out the seating and tables very well. Being able to see outside was also lovely on a rainy evening.
We are very happy with our venue choice and the decor and over all service was very good! Everyone catered to our guests and were very friendly and polite. Please extend our thanks for Alice, Giorgio, and Yuri (I think that was the Manager's name that night). We did not get a chance to thank our officiant in person after the wedding ceremony, if you speak to him again please pass along our gratitude!
• Aperitivo & buffet: I only saw photos of the buffet a month later, but let me say they were fantastic! Every single guest told me over and over how amazing the set up was and abundant the food was. They had 3rds if not 4ths! I love the bar set up and seating area! The high bistro tables were a perfect addition too. We did need them, I saw they were all used! In the beginning there was no white wine being served but Matthias and Raffaela sorted it out so quickly it was great!
Alessandro and his team created stunning settings and were on point with our vision. I was so pleased and didn't imagine the floral design would be so lush and spectacular. Alessandro and his team were so lovely to work with and meet. It's a huge part of the wedding budget but I do see this value and he blew us away.
How was the day after at Lido di Bellagio?
Lido di Bellagio was a great spot to host the welcome brunch. We just wish we could have picked it up and moved it to Como. lol. It is quite a distance to get to (especially hung over by car!) But it was a great venue. The GM and the staff were very kind and assisted us with whatever we needed.
We feel that Rosanna & Raffaela definitely provided the best suggestions, feedback and knowledge to assist us with making any decisions we weren't 100% decided on. Our wedding day was above and beyond expectation and we were so grateful for everyone's help on the day of. Rita was also perfect for me to have before the ceremony. She was perfect to ensure all the girls were ready to go and kept me calm!
Yes, would absolutely be happy to be a reference! Please use my contact and not Matthias'
I've already had ladies in the USA reach out to me asking me how the service was. I gave great info and feedback!
I hope this feedback is useful!! Thank you again soo much for making one of the most memorable days in our lives the happiest! ❤
Jamie and Matthias
We're back in California and finally settling in after our lovely trip. Thank you again for everything you did for our wedding. As I said to Rosanna, I'm happy to be a reference for DIW and I'll also write a great review on Wedding Wire.
Regarding the questions you sent me for DIW:
Quality of Service - 5 all around
Casa Degli Spiriti - of course, outstanding! We were absolutely in love with the restaurant. The view was magnificent. Everyone was so impressed with the food. The duck in particular had people swooning. Many of our guests said that the wedding cake was the best cake they've ever had! I for one loved the dessert buffet. Sara was fantastic and I could tell she was happy to accommodate all of our requests. I would recommend the venue to anybody without any hesitation - it was truly fantastic. I'm SO happy that we chose Casa Degli Spiriti.
Yasmin was wonderful! She was so patient and sweet and carefully listened to exactly how I wanted my hair and makeup done. She even bought me the lipstick and lip pencil she used so I could refresh it during the reception. I love how she did my makeup and my mother and sister looked gorgeous as well.
Flowers were amazing! Everyone complimented the flower arch and the bouquets and button holes were exactly as I had pictured.
Harpist - the music was lovely and everyone was gushing about how nice the harp music was in the setting.
Piano, sax and violin -all were very lovely.
Thank you for making the wedding of my dreams a reality!
I have to say it's been one of the best days of my life, I would love to be a reference for you.
Thank you so so much for everything that you have done for us!
Thank you, Victoria and Brett
Thank you for the congratulations, and a huge thank you for all your hard work as our wedding planner. You were excellent throughout!
Our wedding day was so special and beautiful - we enjoyed every minute of it, as did all the guests, who were very complementary about many aspects. Many said it was the best wedding that they had been to (and some have been to some very high-profile weddings).
Here are some thoughts and impressions:
This went really well – everyone really enjoyed the food and the wines. It was a great way to break the ice and get different groups mingling.
Joost and his team were excellent. He even laid on some mini deserts which were also delicious, especially the crème brulee!
We would definitely come back here for other parties or even as a smaller group, or just the two of us.
Such a beautiful place – such spectacular views and idyllic setting, with beautiful architecture and gardens. It has a lovely, relaxing feel to it.
Small enough to allow lots of impromptu meet-ups in the many cafes and bars on the waterfront – it was great fun being there for an extended stay with our wedding guests.
Great range of accommodation for guests – a lot of our guests rented apartments/houses which worked out well for them as they were staying in family/friendship groups.
The Hotel du Lac is fantastic – we loved staying there. It’s so quiet and relaxing with great views. The staff are so friendly as well. We had a great suite/room with a large terrace. My parents and my brother and his family also stayed here, they also throught it was fabulous.
Excellent – from the staff to the food to the back-drop – we cannot fault this venue.
David the manager was very friendly and easy to work with, also very calm and collected.
The food – everyone loved the food, it was delicious – an excellent and plentiful aperitivo buffet, and then the multi-course dinner which was fantastic.
The wine – this was also very high quality, and everyone enjoyed it a lot. We did have some reservations at the menu tasting in April, but I think it was because we had the tasting at midday, and had not eaten anything before-hand. It might be better to start the wine tasting after some of the food?
We loved the ceremony location, in a very nice shaded area right by the lake.
All the staff were lovely – very professional yet friendly – they got the balance just right.
Beautiful - The mayor was very good, he struck the right level of seriousness. We really appreciated the book and the scroll that he presented to us as a memento of the ceremony.
On-Site Co-ordinator - Angela was super – very calm and collected, as well as being friendly. Angela did a great job at translating during the ceremony and injected a sense of light-heartedness to the proceedings which we really appreciated. Everything ran very smoothly. She even popped into a shop on the way to the boat to buy some water for the kids who were getting really thirsty as it was such a warm day.
Hair – Pamela was great, very patient and excellent at up-dos. She was very accommodating when I changed my mind (this was completely my fault as she gave me plenty of opportunity to say so at the time!). On the day she was very calm, professional and friendly – I was very pleased with my hair.
Makeup – Again, Veronica was great – I loved my wedding makeup, it was exactly what I had asked for, classic and natural yet still polished. She was also really friendly and even put a bit of lip gloss on my little bridesmaids.
Flowers – Beautiful flowers – I loved my bouquet, which also had a wonderful scent from the freesias. It was a bit of a shame that none of the agapanthus had opened before the wedding, but it didn’t detract from the overall look. The table flowers and other arrangements were also beautiful. However, the flowers were delivered pretty late, as we understand they missed their boat, so this a bit rushed.
Musicians – Wow – excellent – they really enhanced the overall feel and emotion of the wedding.
Photographer – Dani and Stefano were both first-class – very good at knowing where the best spots to take photos were, also very calm and friendly. We have seen a few of the photos which Dani has posted on Facebook, which we love. We are looking very much forward to seeing the rest! Do you know when we can expect to receive these? Dani offered download or memory-stick, and I chose memory stick, so she will need our address - I think she was going to get this from you.
Boat Ride – This was great fun, everyone really enjoyed the boat ride.
Favours – Looked great and were delicious, although the ribbons weren’t silver as requested, but were gold/champagne.
Lavandaria Silver – Thank you for recommending them – they did a great job with my dress, and were very flexible, which I greatly appreciated.
We would rate DIW very highly:
Very best wishes, Helen and Darren.
We had the most wonderful wedding anyone could ever ask for. It was a dream come true. Thanks so much for making it possible - we were very happy with everything, in particular the attention to detail in planning by DIW. We would of course be happy to recommend you to other prospective clients. You may use our email address and happy to be a reference.
On a scale of 1 to 5:
Thanks again to Sarah for especially being attentive and quick to respond. It was a real pleasure to work with you.
Best regards, Rebecca.
It was amazing and I will respond to this in detail when I'm home.
Bonnie and Rita were AMAZING! Every time I needed something they just knew and were magically there! You guys rock seriously! Rita was brilliant during the ceremony she even handed me a tissue at one point!
You are wonderful and I can't thank you enough.
Giorgio the photographer was absolutely hilarious I loved him so much!
All of this was amazing. The music was perfect, the string arrangements of our rather obscure choices was perfect. The music was not the usual thing and it worked better than I could have ever imagined. The circus blew my mind they were fantastic. The fireworks as well were brilliant so spectacular! The cake moment was brilliant so not what I was expecting it was so dramatic and brilliant and for the lights to go down and the music start before the fireworks literally brought me to tears it was stunning. I am stage manager and cue shows for a living and that was perfectly timed.
I would really like it if you could let the florist know that the flowers were the most stunning I have ever seen. They were so beautiful the aisle and the arch let alone the bouquets and buttons they were gorgeous please tell her thank you thank you thank you.
The food was amazing! The cake blew me away I did not expect it to be that big it looked fantastic better than I could ever have imagined! One of my favourite moments it also tasted amazing!
Thank you again you were amazing and the wedding was amazing!
Much love and thanks.
Thank you Rosanna and Stefania and Simona,
We could not have done it without all of you. Everything was so perfect and nothing went wrong.
I appreciate all the professionalism and care you put into our wedding.
We are so happy to have had you organize it.
Lesly and John.
Wow wow wow. What an incredible wedding. Thank you so much for all of your help and patience the past year to pull of a magical event. It was truly spectacular.
Everything was perfect and we couldn't have done it without you.
We will complete that survey email this weekend but I wanted to personally reach out to say what a night!!! What a great couple of nights even the welcome drinks were superb.
The staff at Cimbrone were amazing. We will be back for sure.
Home in london and it's really a struggle to get back into the groove after such a massive high with family and friends for 2 weeks. I think I have post wedding and holiday blues ha.
Thank you again for all of your support. You're incredible.
Love Janelle xx
Sorry for the slow response, we turned emails off the second we got to Tuscany. We’ve just got home though and heading back to reality on Monday… L
Thank you for your kind words, we loved working with you too! It really was such a seamless and stress-free process and we couldn’t have done it without you. You have been an absolute star!
The wedding was beyond our wildest expectations. It’s hard to properly articulate our thoughts but what we will say is that it was genuinely a perfect day (the skies even cleared for photos!)
Food and flowers were impeccable and the photography / videography were fantastic too. We were thrilled and can’t wait to see the results.
We would absolutely endorse DIW and would be very happy to act as future referees.
All the best,
Louisa & Steven
And from the Mother of the Bride:
Dear Rosanna and your wonderful team,
I just want to thank you all for helping to make the wedding the most memorable day. Everything went according to plan and could not have wished for a better day.
Thank you for making the planning stages, along with Louisa and Steven, as stress free as was possible, I know they enjoyed working closely with you.
I wish you all well and every success in your future events.
With all best wishes
Dearest Raffaela, Stefania and Rosanna,
Thank you “Team DIW” for helping us arrange our dream wedding in Tuscany! You made our special day sooo perfect, even better than we could have imagined! Thank you for making the task go as smooth as possible, we couldn’t have done it without you!
Best wises from Mr and Mrs. Sud
Thank you Rosanna & Raffaela,
Sorry it took a while for my reply - we stayed in Sardegna for a couple days after the wedding and I am only now starting to get back into the regular schedule (replying to emails etc..)!
We had such an amazing time - the many months of planning and organizing showed for our result! Steve and I couldn't have asked for a better outcome, especially given the weather, which none of us could control! I know we made the right choice with DIW, as well as the venue of Gargonza. I never thought we would be stuck with everything as the "Plan B" but it still turned out so well. It's funny, because people always tell you through the planning process that "no matter how well you plan something will go wrong, so try your best not to worry about all the little details." This is great advice and I definitely worked to be carefree (as much as possible!), but other than the weather, absolutely nothing went wrong. Which is incredible in itself - I even got the most beautiful rainbow I've ever seen
> the flowers were beyond what I'd imagined - Nadia did such beautiful arrangements, they were absolutely perfect. Comments on my bouquet included "the most beautiful bouquet I've ever seen" and many compliments from ladies with experience in floral arranging (my advice to others in the future [and my past self] would be to select your colours, maybe your preferred flower types - but the florist is the professional, they'll make it great without needing to be micro-managed!)
> the cake and cake cutting - the cake was exceptionally beautiful. I had not worried about this too much, though was interested in something that was at least consistent with the atmosphere and our style, but overall was blown away by the end result. The last-minute decisions for the cake cutting also turned out so well, the lighting was beautiful and even the moon shone through - perfection!
> the food and service at the restaurant was fantastic.
Everyone at Gargonza was amazing, the service was excellent, everyone liked their rooms (cleanliness), the food was great, and the venue in good order.
I have to thank Raffaela so much for all her work [and patience through mini freak-outs] with me; and Antonella and Giada for everything they assisted with onsite; the last minute advice and suggestions were all exactly what needed to be done and they made sure it all happened without a hitch. Despite absolutely terrible weather, it was perfect!
I would be happy to provide a reference for DIW in the future; you made the whole process seamless (which was the point after all!) and took a huge complicated thing and turned it into many small decisions, made over time that were manageable and simplified - thank you!
Thank you so much again! I can't express how grateful we are for everything that the entire DIW crew did for us.
Carmen & Steve
Thank you so much!!! Sara and I couldn't be happier with the way the wedding turned out - EVERYTHING was exactly as we had hoped/wished for it to be, and you guys are the reason why, so from the bottom of our hearts, thank you :)
There really wasn't a single thing we would have done differently. Here's our feedback on each of the points you mentioned:
HATS OFF TO EVERYONE! We're gona miss planning our wedding with you guys and every other person involved in the planning process.
Manaf and Sara
Not sure if my review would do any justice to DIW…but I will try...
It all started 8 months prior to the wedding day where we contacted DIW and fell in like with Bonnie and Luca while meeting them in magical Ravello during a windy day in March.
I confess that I was not the easiest to deal with during the months that preceded the wedding. Those who know me well know my keen eye to details and my desire for perfectionism. Thankfully Bonnie was very patient with me and proved to be the most amazing planner a bride can have.
During our three-day wedding – the DIW team went above and beyond with their attentiveness, with their excellent service and most importantly with their genuine love.
Everything turned out exactly like how we brainstormed it with DIW during the 8 months period preceding the wedding. Starting with our well-organized civil ceremony in the Belvedere Principessa di Piemonte to the charming welcoming aperitivo in Ravello’s square, to the pious church ceremony in St. Francis, to our stunning wedding celebrations in Villa Cimbrone and lastly to our farewell brunch in Cimbrone.
Everything in our opinion was flawless and magical. It surely would not have been the case if Bonnie and Lucca were not accompanying us every minute of the day during the wedding weekend.
I remember walking down the isle and looking at all the flower arrangements around the benches while listening to the violinist in the background and thinking how amazing are our planners turned out to be.
Ziad and I are thankful that we decided to go with DIW. The team is amazingly professional, prompt, assuring, friendly and most importantly loving. We highly recommend DIW to work with.
Lots of love,
Genane & Ziad
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