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John and Sarah from USA - Elopment in Italy, Borgia Castle - September 2015

Elopement in Italy at the Borgia Castle, Trasimeno lake Firstly, let me start by saying the details of the ceremony were a surprise to me by design of my fiancé. We've been together almost 8 years and because the engagement and the idea to elope wasn't a surprise, John wanted to plan something special for me. Borgia Castle was beyond my wildest expectations. I knew John was corresponding with an italian planner named Julie and asked me about meal preferences and that was about it. I should also mention it was just John, myself, and our best friend, Megan. Julie helped us with the train and as soon as she picked us up, I instantly liked her. She was warm and inviting. She recommended several areas to visit the following day and even offered to drive us to them! This was her first time to have the bride be surprised by the location. I'm sure that put a bit more on her plate as far as planning. She definitely came through. She gave us a tour of the Borgia castle, showed us where the ceremony would take place (on the roof/veranda area overlooking the Trasimeno lake and next to a turret, at John's request) She got his approval for the script as she was the celebrant. The flowers she chose were simple and elegant and she was always there when we had a question, but otherwise gave us space. During the ceremony, as our celebrant, she made a sincere speech and I believe it was made all the more special by her presence. And she supplied the champagne! The private chef she'd hired for the event, Ingrid, was as lovely as her fantastic cooking. She served a four course meal with wine pairings and was very sweet yet professional. The next day, Julie did help us get to the ferry and the train station and ultimately went above and beyond in her sincere and infectiously kind spirited manner. I would certainly recommend Borgia Castle as a picturesque and reasonably affordable place to marry in Italy; and would definitely highly recommend Julie Palombaro as a wedding coordinator.


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