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Influencer Christine Le’s Wedding on Lake Como – Brides

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Christine Le, an influencer and content creator, and Brandon Wong, a fashion entrepreneur and visual designer, were obsessed with each other from day one, they say. “And from the first date on, we were inseparable,” adds Christine. At the time, they were both freshmen at the University of Washington, but Christine was fresh off a breakup. “I had just broken up with my highschool sweetheart, so we were initially casually seeing each other,” she says. “We began officially dating in November 2014.”

Seven years later, in November 2021, the duo took their very first international trip together to Paris—and sealed the vacation with another milestone. “He rented out a rooftop and got on one knee right before sunset with a gorgeous panoramic view of the city,” reflects Christine. “We FaceTimed our families immediately after! There were so many happy tears. We had a cute little picnic in front of the sparkling Eiffel Tower right after that moment.”

After getting engaged abroad, they knew they wanted to get married overseas, too. Another requirement? An intimate celebration. “We always imagined a smaller, more intimate group of friends and family,” explains the bride. Those dreams of a private, romantic wedding felt a little more real after they found their venue on Lake Como. “After I first saw the photos for Villa Bonomi, I compared every single venue to it for months and we finally decided it was the perfect venue for us,” says Christine, who knew the 11-room space would allow their loved ones to stay together on-site. Another plus? The grounds and “Bridgerton-esque” gardens were manicured and quintessentially “Italy,” but didn’t feel too sprawling or grand for a smaller group. “We actually booked the venue before we finally got to see it in person in May 2023,” she adds.

The couple enlisted their planner, Cristina of Le Jour du Oui, to help execute a wedding that felt like them: “Sophisticated but effortless with a touch of vintage and old school elements that feel genuine to Brandon and me,” shares Christine. Brandon had one big-day requirement: a getaway car moment. “Brandon is a major car enthusiast and every venue we looked at had to have some sort of grand driveway for us to make our entrance in a vintage Porsche Speedster,” says the bride. He got his wish—and the duo found other ways to personalize their celebration, from their dog Brooklyn’s appearance (she was an honorary bridesmaid!) to the day’s many aperitivos (“All our friends know us as major food lovers,” says Christine). See every detail from their May 25, 2024, nuptials ahead in these stunning images taken by Konstantyn Zakhariy.

Photo by Konstantyn Zakhariy


Photo by Konstantyn Zakhariy


Christine and Brandon pored over hundreds of venues all across Italy before setting on Lake Como—and then, of course, Villa Bonomi. “The venue was the most important thing for us, but photography was second!” notes the bride, who fell in love with Konstantyn’s style, which she describes as “romantic and sweet but with a nostalgic, vintage touch.” He also took the couple’s engagement photos in Lake Como in 2022, which they utilized on their wedding invitations; they featured handwritten-inspired text, botanical illustrations, and a squiggle border.

Photo by Konstantyn Zakhariy


Photo by Konstantyn Zakhariy


Photo by Konstantyn Zakhariy


Christine wore an Ines Di Santo sheath wedding dress for the ceremony; she added spaghetti straps and removable sleeves, which she took off later in the day. “I tried on so many dresses with my sister Victoria and Brandon’s sister Taylor (both were my bridesmaids!) and this silky dress was the first one that made Taylor and me very emotional,” she shares (and adding the veil sealed the deal). “We compared every dress afterwards to this, and I knew it was the one.”

She kept her accessories simple and accessible, turning to the pieces she wears regularly. “I wanted to have my everyday jewelry look, but I toned it down a little for a more timeless and sophisticated [aesthetic],” she says. “I kept my necklace and bracelet stack on and wore a vintage Rolex that I got on my first trip to Italy with Brandon. I also wore earrings from Peter Marco, the same jeweler who did my engagement ring.”

Though Christine toyed with the idea of doing her own wedding makeup, she was ultimately glad that she could sit back and let The Studio Como handle it, along with her hair. She paired her signature winged liner with a chic chignon updo to “really pull the look together,” she says. “Brandon loves my hair up and it was the perfect complement to the neckline of my dress.”

Her big-day manicure was another major component of her beauty look. “I actually started a monthly TikTok series where I tried a different bridal nail every month leading up to the wedding,” she explains. “Part 19 was where I finally revealed my final bridal nails: pearly french tips! I was between that and chrome nude nails—I have major FOMO about the chrome, so I think I’ll do that for my next set!”

Photo by Konstantyn Zakhariy


Marta Sandri Florals created the bride’s Ikebana-style bouquet, complete with an array of pink and cream roses and a few anthurium sprigs for drama. “I love Ikebana-style bouquets and florals, so we wanted that type of look, but something still timeless and elegant,” notes the bride.

Photo by Konstantyn Zakhariy


Photo by Konstantyn Zakhariy


Brandon donned a J. Mueser custom tuxedo, Dior loafers, and a vintage silk bow tie for the wedding, and put some extra thought into his hair. “Leading up to the big day, I started getting different haircuts every month to figure out what would be best with my barber back in Los Angeles, Tim Cagle,” he says. And to prep his skin? “I just used whatever face wash and moisturizer Christine had,” he says. “I borrow whatever Christine packs!”

The couple opted out of a large wedding party, reserving for honor for their siblings and best friends, instead. “We wanted to have a smaller wedding party that would be seated for the ceremony,” explains Christine. “Both of my bridesmaids were actually my maid of honors and wore Jenny Yoo.” The groomsmen included Brandon’s best friend and Christine’s brother; the guys stepped out in Generation Tux ensembles.

Photo by Konstantyn Zakhariy


Photo by Konstantyn Zakhariy


The couple’s wedding was years in the making, which made their first look (during which they exchanged private vows) that much more meaningful, says the bride. “We had an extended engagement and we have been together for almost nine years, so this moment was a long time coming and highly anticipated,” notes Christine. A rainy forecast had also put some extra pressure on the pair. “The sun coming out and finally seeing each other dressed prior to the wedding was a huge sigh of relief for the both of us—and the beginning of the most perfect day I couldn’t even compare to any of my inspo boards.”

Christine and Brandon spent the remainder of the time before their ceremony snapping photos around the property—and made sure to pose with their pup, who they flew in for the occasion, alongside a vintage Porsche before getting ready for the service.

Photo by Konstantyn Zakhariy


A minimal broken arch, punctuated with punchy pastels for an Italian summer vibe, kept the focus on Lake Como. Rows of white wood oval-backed chairs provided contrast; along the back row, mono-floral arrangements framed the aisle.

Photo by Konstantyn Zakhariy


Photo by Konstantyn Zakhariy


Photo by Konstantyn Zakhariy


Photo by Konstantyn Zakhariy


After Brandon made his energetic aisle debut, Christine followed on the arm of her father. She made a last-minute change to her processional music to honor the groom’s dad, who passed away two years ago. “Minutes before my walk down the aisle, I pulled my planner aside and asked her if we could change it to ‘Somewhere Over the Rainbow,’ a song that Brandon, his sister, and his mom always associated with his dad,” she says. “We had live musicians that were able to play it—and walking down the aisle to that song made us all feel like his dad was there with us.”

The couple hired a local officiant, Lake Como Celebrant, to oversee the ceremony, which featured one hilarious highlight. “Brandon has this habit of accidentally repeating accents and he slipped into an Italian accent at the altar,” recalls the bride. “That had all of our guests giggling and still laughing days later.”

Photo by Konstantyn Zakhariy


The couple celebrated their union with gelato cones and a myriad of other bites and delights at their extended cocktail hour, which gave guests extra time to take photos and enjoy the villa. They offered a charcuterie table and passed apertivos and chose a few spritz variations as signature cocktails.

Photo by Konstantyn Zakhariy


Photo by Konstantyn Zakhariy


Photo by Konstantyn Zakhariy


The group moved to the villa’s garden, where walls of greenery created a sense of privacy, for dinner. Attendees sat at two tables, flanked with chandeliers suspended from curved stands. Black cane-backed chairs added modern flair to the romantic tablescapes, which were topped with black-rimmed clear chargers, gold flatware, sage taper candles, and Ikebana-style centerpieces in the day’s summer color palette.

Photo by Konstantyn Zakhariy


Photo by Konstantyn Zakhariy


Christine changed into her second wedding dress, an A-line number from Berta, for dinner, which the newlyweds rolled up to in style. “This was more of a party dress,” she explains. “It was made of this gorgeous sheer material with a subtle floral decal running down the bodice. I wanted to have a dress change into a more fun look, so that both of my gowns told a story! The first was very me—and the second was a fun moment that was still timeless, but unexpected and perfect for dancing.”

Photo by Konstantyn Zakhariy


Photo by Konstantyn Zakhariy


Photo by Konstantyn Zakhariy


To see so many beautiful people from different phases of our lives all interacting with each other in the same space was so special—and definitely a moment I’ll remember forever.

Photo by Konstantyn Zakhariy


Pasta, of course, was on the menu, along with other Italian staples. “We wanted lots of food! I wanted this to be the best food and wine anyone has ever had at any wedding and the Italians know how to do it!” says the bride. Dinner extended well into the night; live musicians on the cello and piano set the tone for the romantic meal.

The pair’s reception became the backdrop for one of their favorite wedding memories. “Brandon and I had a moment at dinner where we stepped out to admire the sunset and view. We turned back around to look at all of our friends and family who made the long journey to celebrate with us in Italy and it made me so emotional,” says Christine. “To see so many beautiful people from different phases of our lives all interacting with each other in the same space was so special—and definitely a moment I’ll remember forever.”

Photo by Konstantyn Zakhariy


The couple’s massive wedding cake was so cool, most of their guests thought it was fake. “We wanted a grand, three to four tier cake with a more minimal design,” shares the bride of the confection’s ruffled buttercream exterior. “Our cake was exactly like we imagined and it was even more delicious than it looked!”

Photo by Konstantyn Zakhariy


Photo by Konstantyn Zakhariy


Another big-day highlight? The pair’s first dance to “Hopelessly Devoted to You,” which was another surprise for their guests. “We aren’t especially great dancers, so we started taking private lessons six weeks prior to the wedding. Our instructor was incredible and came up with choreography that we practiced every week,” says Christine. “Everyone expected just a cute moment between me and Brandon, but we incorporated a few dips, a spinning lift, and a waltz that had the crowd cheering like crazy!”

The pair, who is honeymooning in Switzerland, the South of France, and Paris—the city where they got engaged—has this advice to couples currently in the planning phase. “Get a wedding planner! It made the process of planning so much easier with a team of people helping bring the big day to life,” says Christine. “I couldn’t have done this on my own.”

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