Tuscany Is What Destination Wedding Dreams Are Made Of
March 19, 2018
This Italian shoot is a pairing of romance, breathtaking gowns and old world charm set aglow with candlelight. A.k.a. Tuscan Heaven. Masterminded by Honey and Cinnamon, with florals by Myrtle et Olive and the scenic grounds of Castello di Vicarello, this shoot is all the reason you need to hightail it to Italy. But lest you need more convincing, pore through every last gorgeous image captured by KT Merry.
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Castello di Vicarello is a magnificent medieval fortress located in the heart of the Maremma region of Tuscany, Italy. Its grandeur and charm are rivaled by few in Italy, with its ancient walls dominating the breathtaking landscapes of rolling hills and Tuscan vineyards. The castle is the perfect secluded venue for a private destination wedding in Italy which is precisely why Federica of Honey and Cinnamon chose the venue as the backdrop for her most elegant inspiration shoot yet.

When conceiving this editorial, Federica specifically wanted to create something unique which also represents the perfect inspiration for a couple seeking old world Italian charm in a fairytale setting. To bring her ideas to life she chose to collaborate with KT Merry whose refined, elegant and unique shooting style is representative of the look and feel Federica was aiming to achieve.

For most elegant brides one of the most important choices they face is that of the wedding gown. As such, Federica aimed to partner with a bridal designer who is known for fashion forward designs and found Dana Harel to be a perfect match for her vision. Dana is famous for producing gowns for elegant and refined bride who want to feel uniquely beautiful. The subtle backdrops of the castle’s expansive property played a key role in maintaining the feel of old world charm that Federica sought. Inspiration was easy to find via solemn walks along the ancient walls, lavender hedges, and olive groves.

Federica explains how the mood board took life: “Mixing textures was a must for this shoot. In all of my projects I like to layer textures to create depth and intriguing visuals. These touches can be found throughout the shoot in fabrics used for tablescapes, the tone on tone decoration of the wedding cake (created by Tuscan Wedding Cakes), the natural touch of the stone by which the buildings are made, or the worn surface of a long, natural wooden table placed on the main lawn. I found inspiration in all of these textures and sought to base my simplistic design around the natural elements around me.

Balanced contrasts are the second imperative for me. It may sound contradictory but actually it’s meaning is deeper than it may seem. The contrast may occur in using precious items (dresses fabrics combined with the luxury jewelry from Sofia Kaman, the earrings from Jennifer Behr and the elegant veils from Melinda Rose Design) and props on one side (the ancient looking chairs from Design Solutions) and keeping the native materials of the site like woods, stones, creating a marvelous combination.

The table setting was conceived by thinking of smooth but refined shapes for the dinnerware and adding a touch of color with organic centerpieces made of neutral shades of sage and golden yellow (beautifully set by Heather from Myrtle and Olive). Everything was set on a crinkle silk runner from Frou Frou Chic and countless taper candles which in the light of sunset made this set feel romantic. Daniel Tran (from Geraldine Magazine) created the most amazing and unique invitation suite for us. It was inspiring in its own right with marbled and contemporary textures creating a beautiful suite to accompany our old world elegance.

Simply put, this shoot was magical. One look at the couple gently and romantically walking down the path to the main lawn and you are immediately transported to Tuscany. The venue is truly a magical locale and we are thrilled to have brought this shoot to life. We can only hope that the inspiration we felt is transmitted through the imagery and that these photos will serve to inspire many couples who wish to be married amongst the charming backdrops of rural Tuscany, a beautiful and magical place.