As I woke this morning to witness this, I was reminded how very much I adore the sunshine and that sense of escapism the sunshine brings every time. I was also reminded of a glorious weekend spent in Italy last year with my husband. I long to return to this beautiful country sometime soon. For now, I’ll settle with these beautiful images taken by David Whickham of Modern Vintage Weddings, who visited Florence last Summer with a creative team to produce this elegant, rustic images to inspire brides.
The stylists behind these beautiful images are Helen and Sarah of Carter Nendick Weddings & Events who have kindly provided a walk through these images, describing what inspired them and why they were created. Over to you ladies…
”We were delighted to work on this elegant rustic inspiration shoot, which took place in the summer at the stunning Villa La Vedetta in Florence, Italy. Renowned for the best view of the city, the backdrop was simply breath-taking!’
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‘The idea behind the shoot was to create a beautiful and elegant design, but that wasn’t overly formal and complemented the gorgeous hotel gardens and delicate afternoon sunlight. Hopefully we have shown how brides can achieve the perfect balance between natural earthy rustic and sophisticated glamour.’
‘Throughout the design we wanted to recognise and complement the beauty and tradition of our Italian location, and so included mini bottles of olive oil with wax-sealed tags as table favours, as well as welcome baskets containing classic Italian sweet treats, biscotti and local wines.’
Photography Copyright (c) 2014, Modern Vintage Weddings
‘Traditional Italian favours, or bonbonierre, were updated to include miniature versions of the wedding cake alongside the well-known sugared almonds, and were decorated with a Murano glass bead charm. We opted for a natural colour palette combining ivory, green and peach, punctuated with subtle hints of fig purple.’
‘The reception display was designed with an informal, yet stylish feel. Blowsy floral arrangements, a lace runner and wicker place settings helped create a natural rustic atmosphere, whilst beautiful hand-calligraphied stationery, luxurious linen and a stunning 6-tier wedding cake covered with intricate lace detail added a dimension of distinctive elegance.’
‘The ceremony on the terrace was set against a beautiful panoramic view of Florence, and the design was kept deliberately understated in order that the backdrop would remain the real focal piece and provide the “wow factor” for guests.’
I truly adore the stationery used in this photoshoot, created by stationery and calligrapher, Laura Lavender…
‘We felt it was important that the bridal looks were feminine, elegant and refined, but also practical in being able to withstand the intense Italian heat. A beautiful array of truly gorgeous gowns with flattering feminine shapes and delicate lace detailing from top designers Claire Pettibone, Otaduy, Rose & Delilah and Amanda Garrett, were accessorised with floral crowns, vintage headpieces and long flowing veils, whilst loose hairstyles and natural make-up added a slightly boho edge.’
What a gorgeous set of photographs – inspiring and beautiful. A selection of loveliness to pin to your Pinterest boards this weekend.
Huge thanks to photographer David of Modern Vintage Weddings, to Carter Nendick Weddings & Events and the full creative team listed below – please take a moment to visit their websites. Have a beautiful day everyone.
Photography – Modern Vintage Weddings
Style & Design – Carter Nendick Weddings & Events
Headpieces, Hair and Make-Up – Gemma Sutton
Videography – Innocenti Studio Wedding Films
Flowers – Francis Flowers Wedding Design
Stationery – Laura Lavender
Shoes – Rachel Simpson
Bridal Gowns – Luella’s Boudoir
Bridal Gowns – Blackburn Bridal
Cake, Desserts, Mini Cakes, Bomboniares + Gift Baskets – L’Arte Della Torta Di Melanie Secciani
Furniture and Tableware – Preludio Noleggi
Jewellery – Chez Bec
Tassels – Paperpoms UK
Venue – Villa La Vedetta
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