An Intimate Elopement in Lake Como, Italy

The bride and groom gazing at each other on a boat in Lake Como, Italy.
Photo: Ksenia Dolzhenko

The pandemic brought this couple together in an unconventional way. Mitchell, a baseball player for the Colorado Rockies organization, was sent home to Houston after the pandemic first began. Soon after, the pair met on a popular dating app which led to an unforgettable first date via Face time. The bride says, “We hit it off right away, and it was love at first date in an odd pandemic-state-of-world kind of way.”

Mitchell proposed to Madelyn early in the morning to catch her off guard, considering she isn’t a morning person. He covered a piano he had bought her from one of their vintage store shopping days in white rose petals and got down on one knee.  

The couple booked a trip to Italy and eloped on Lake Como on October 28, 2022, fulfilling one of Madelyn’s life-long dreams. For their intimate wedding, Madelyn and Mitchell focused on romantic details, like writing their vows in leather-bound journals, and continued journaling in them throughout their two-week honeymoon and ultimately gifted them to each other at the end of their trip. The bride says, “We found a floral shop in town and bought flowers the morning of the ceremony, exchanged vows on our hotel terrace, and took photos on the lake and at Villa Olmo before enjoying a romantic candlelit dinner.”

The couple celebrated with their loved ones upon returning home to Houston. They brought Lake Como home by hosting a candlelit dinner celebration, where guests received bottles of Italian olive oil.

Join us in congratulating Madelyn and Mitchell on their lakeside elopement, featured in the 2023 issue of Weddings in Houston Magazine.

Congratulations, Madelyn + Mitchell! We wish you all the love and happiness!

The bride putting on her earrings facing a mirror.

The bride and groom holding hands as they walk in front of Villa Olmo.

The bride and groom facing each other with greenery and mountains behind them.

The groom wiping a tear as the bride reads her vows at their intimate elopement in Lake Como.

A journal with a letter the groom wrote to the bride.

The bride and groom laughing while holding their vow journals.

The bride and groom kissing on a dock next to a boat for their elopement in Lake Como, Italy.

The bride looking at the groom with her hand on his shoulder while sitting in a boat.

The bride standing at the front of a boat looking to the side.

The bride and groom about to kiss as they sit in the back of a boat on their waterfront elopement.

The groom pouring a glass of champagne for the bride on the boat.

The bride and groom clinking glasses and looking at each other for their waterfront elopement in Lake Como, Italy.

The bride and groom sitting on the back of the boat about to kiss.

If you’re dreaming of a destination wedding, get inspired by Aisha and Fede’s beautiful celebration in the Italian countryside and Tara and Bryce’s alfresco soiree in Cabo San Lucas, MX.

“An Intimate Elopement in Lake Como, Italy”

Contributing Vendors- Photography: Ksenia Dolzhenko / Hotel Villa Flori / Warehouse 72 / AC Boat Rentals / Toni&Guy Como / Lewis Jewelers / Villa Olmo  

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