KT Merry recently took a little trip to the Amalfi Coast for her Moda E Arte workshop and this, my friends, is the gorgeous result; inspiration built around a dreamy Italian Destination wedding. Designed by Joy Proctor, this shoot beautifully blends the elegant, old world charm of the Italian coast with elegant, romantic details. See so much more in the full gallery and click here for details on the next Moda E Arte workshop coming this October 20-23 in Ravello, Italy!
From designer Joy Proctor... The Amalfi Coast of Italy is a true dream world, and the epitome of elegance and romance. The small town of Ravello sits atop the cliffs overlooking the coast, set amongst acres of lush terraced gardens, lemon orchards and historic architecture. When we began planning for the workshop I was overwhelmed with the sheer beauty that was the Amalfi coast, and in particular, the stunning Hotel Caruso, home of our workshop. Originally a palace built in the 11th century, the hotel is the definition of Italian Luxury and provided the most inspirational palate on which I was able to design. I chose to use the history of the hotel as my muse, and designed an elegant old world look, set against the historic architecture of Ravello and ruins of the palace. The entire design was inspired directly by the elegance of the Amalfi Coast. To highlight the delicate juxtaposition of natural beauty and the true artisan talent reflected in architecture and art, I chose a color palate of light blue, cream, gold and ochre. Our beautiful model Denisa wore two exquisite gowns, which were perfectly paired with the delicate estate like jewelry by Anna Bellagio. The incredible calligraphy stationary by Carolyn Jane done in gold ink on handmade cotton paper, was yet another nod to the intricate artisan details so common throughout Italy. I chose the ruins of the old Roman baths as the backdrop for our dinner table, which I set with antique monogrammed silverware, detailed stoneware china and delicate etched glass champagne coupes. Ornate gold candelabras and candle sticks from Classic Vintage Rentals lit the table just as the owners of the palace may have done centuries before. I placed taper candles into the frescos surrounding the dinner table, and chose a beautiful gold cake stand for the cake which was also placed into a fresco.