I’m a wee bit obsessed with this sparkly little number from BHLDN.  Every time I see it I start planning my vow renewals immediately so obviously I was thrown into quite a tizzy by this phenomenal photo shoot from Mike Larson Photographers, Inc.  I’m thinking an Italian villa destination wedding do-over is in order.  I don’t know how they do it but Alchemy Fine Events and Invitations continues to create the most richly elegant and exquisite inspiration shoots I have ever seen.  This Tuscany delight might just take the cake!  See all the gorgeous and gilded details in the full gallery!

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From Alchemy Fine Events & InvitationsFor this romantic Tuscan inspiration shoot I wanted to combine the rustic elements of the surrounding vineyards and hillsides with the modern and fashionable side of Florence. Think Town and Country, Italian style. We started by incorporating rough woods, ceramics and raw elements such as horn  and layered on hand-painted Valentino silk fabric and 18th century china ware. While keeping in tune with the juxtaposition of styles, we incorporated modern lucite louis ghost chairs, mirrored cube risers and sleek lucite candleholders. Large and lush arrangements of white and soft peach peonies were presented in cut crystal vases while purple lisianthus and lilac garden roses were tucked into vintage gold goblets. To bring in authentic elements of Florence magenta and lilac scarves from the Florentine Markets were used to create napkins which were tucked inside of vintage silver monogrammed napkins rings.

 

I couldn’t possibly leave you without offering up some ideas on how to bring this marvelous Tuscany wedding on home.  There is no reason why this luxurious look needs to break the bank either!

1. Of course, my favorite dress needs to make it into this buying guide.  All you lucky, engaged ladies in the market for a gown can pick up this beauty from BHLDN for under $1500!  It doesn’t get much better than that!

2. Decorating with lucite candelabras might be breathtaking but not quite so budget worthy.  That’s where Z Gallerie comes to the rescue.  I love scouring their website for unique decor ideas for weddings and my house!  This white candelabra and matching chandelier would be perfect to create an elegantly modern ceremony site similar to the draped alter in the photo shoot.

3. OK, I know that ghost chairs may not be the must budget-friendly item in the world.  They are, however, available to rent from some rental companies now which is all kinds of awesome.  Plus I love the look of just two special ghost chairs for bride and groom combined with gold dining chairs for the guests.

4. Monogrammed napkin rings for all your guests?  A little excessive.  Monogrammed napkin rings for just the two of you?  A nice touch that you can bring home with you.  Jamali Gardens, a fantastic wedding resource, has a set of four silver napkins rings for under $10!

5. The gilded, opulent look of this shoot is easy to replicate with just a couple of simple touches like renting gold-rimmed china.  I would feel like royalty even eating a burger and fries off of these beauties!

6. Lisianthus is one of my absolute favorite flowers.  They are oh-so pretty in white or purple and a very wallet-loving alternative to roses or other expensive blossoms.

Photography: Mike Larson Photographers, Inc. / Design, Styling + Coordination: Alchemy Fine Events & Invitations / Invitation + Stationery Design: Alchemy Fine Events & Invitations / Calligraphy: Calligraphy by Durante / Floral Design + Furniture Rentals: Floralia / Table Settings: Small Masterpiece [ We Set The Table ] / Wedding Cake: Erica OBrien Cake Design / Venue: Villa La Selva / Bridal Gown (white): Angel Sanchez via M Bride Salon / Bridal Gown (cream ruffle): BHLDN / Jewelry: Rachel Leigh Jewelry

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