WEDDINGS

it’s all in the details: tuscan dream

Morning gorgeous ones!

Now, for those of you planning your weddings in warmer climes I have a little treat for you today!  In keeping with our travel-inspired week on b.loved, I wanted to share some delicious destination wedding ideas with you.  If you are planning a destination wedding, and doing some or all of the planing yourself, there is absolutely no reason why it can’t be just as stylish as any wedding at home.  Remember any props and decor you want to take with you will have to fit within your baggage allowance (although many airlines allow you to book additional luggage for an extra £30 or so which is well worth it!) and anything breakable or valuable should be kept in your hand luggage.  You’d be surprised how much you can fit into a 20kg box (just as I did for my wedding last year!), but it is easier to source most things locally and ask them to be sent straight to your hotel or venue (you really don’t want to be running around collecting props in the final days before your wedding!).

One of the most popular destination for couples planning overseas weddings is Italy, and I can completely understand why!  The romance and elegance of the beautiful rustic villages and towns, the tranquillity of the rolling hills, and the relaxed and laid-back vibe is perfect for holidaying guests and honeymooning newly weds.  The relatively quick and affordable travel is also a big draw, and I’m sure the fantastic food and wine have something to do with it too!  So today, I’ll be looking at ways to style a rustic vineyard wedding!

colours

Be inspired by natures palette.  The Italians love their olive oil and their wine, so combine beautiful soft olive greens with dusty grape and plum colours and ivory or cream tones rather than a crisp white, in keeping with the natural stone.

stationery

{Tuscany by Hello Lucky}

The rustic, laid back vibe of a destination wedding doesn’t mean your stationery can’t still be elegant.  Opt for a simple but beautiful letterpressed design, like this single olive branch from Hello Lucky.

{The Grove by Minted}

Or if colour is more your style, how about some bold pops of olive green like this invite from Minted?

{Umbria by Louise Richardson Stationery}

This bespoke collection from Louise Richardson, is inspired by the rosemary and lavender found growing around the couple’s venue in Umbria.  The contrast of muted greens, lavenders and purple add a more feminine and dainty feel to this suite.

decor & flowers

{natural rustic tablescape ~ image credit Warm Pears via Just Wenderful}

Soft, natural materials are the perfect match for a vineyard wedding, burlap, twine and wooden elements in keeping with the features of a traditional wine cellar.

{elegant rustic lavender tablescape ~ photographed by Simply Bloom}

Tables set within the rows of vines, or high above the vineyard on a terrace or cobbled courtyard are shaded by the growing vines and branches around, with views over the surrounding landscape.

{Tuscan-inspired tablescape ~ styled by Wedding Jeannie photographed by Imagery Immaculate via Style Unveiled}

Tables laden with local produce creates the unique, family style of Italian dining.

{floral garland ~ image credit Simply Bloom, purple artichokes styled by Ariella Chezar photographed by Meg Smith via Snippet & Ink}

Wrap and hang more foliage for a natural, rustic feel, twisting it through railings and fencing, and draping it from chairs and tables.  Who says vegetables are just for eating? Deep purple-hued artichokes are bundled together here to create another dimension to the decor.  They also make a fabulous addition to a striking bouquet.

{top: urn flower arrangements ~ photographed by Simply Bloom, bottom: rustic bouquet ~ photographed by Imagery Immaculate via Style Unveiled}

Urns and ornate pots make the perfect containers for floral arrangements, keeping a sense of structure and a classic Italian style.

{champagne favours ~ styled by Ariella Chezar photographed by Meg Smith via Snippet & Ink}

Use mini bottles of olive oil, or prosecco as favours for your guests, adding to the theme and a tasty momento!

cake

{rustic cake topper  ~ photographed by Brandon Kidd via Green Wedding Shoes, succulent & green dessert table by Sweet & Saucy ~ photographed by Birds of a feather via Style Me Pretty}

An understated buttercream covered cake with natural decoration takes centre stage with ease

{lace iced cake by Sweet & Saucy ~ photographed by Micheal & Anna Costa, olive branch and lavender cake ~ photographed by Amy & Stuart Photography via Style Me Pretty}

The delicate lace of this Sweet & Saucy cake, adds an elegant touch of detail, whilst the simple olive and lavender strewn tiers of this beautiful cake is the perfect compliment to any Italian affair.

{vine leaf wedding cake by Erica O’Brien Cake Design ~ photographed by Imagery Immaculate via Style Unveiled}

Inspired by vine leaves on a Tuscan vineyard, this stunning cake by Erica O’Brien is the perfect balance of pretty lace and rustic nature.  I love the different size tiers, separated by a soft velvet ribbon, perfection!

Perhaps you are looking for some stylish ideas and creative inspiration for your own wedding?  b.loved can help, just get in touch and I will come up with something fabulous for you to be shared right here!

The delicate lace of this Sweet & Saucy cake, adds an elegant touch of detail, whilst the simple olive and lavender strewn tiers of this beautiful cake is the perfect compliment to any Italian affair.

Louise

After a decade-long career in corporate interior design, I took a giant leap of faith, left the security of an office job, and founded B.LOVED in 2011 as a platform for romantic and beautiful wedding inspiration. Thanks to a whole lot of creativity, hard work and passion, my gamble paid off and B.LOVED became one of the leading wedding blogs in the UK.

You’ll also find me working as an Editorial Stylist, where I design and curate beautiful photoshoots for wedding and lifestyle brands, as well as contributing as a founding member of bridal inspiration hub Aisle Society, and running wedding industry community the B.LOVED Hive from our super pretty base in London. Yep, I definitely have the best job in the world.

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