I Love Love Mood Boards // Tuscan Wedding Inspiration

Something about me, my love for Italy has no bounds.  I've been twice, to study and for my honeymoon.  I took Italian lessons for five years.  I drive a Vespa.  Basically, I dream of being Italian.  This weekend I started watching Master of None on Netflix.  The first two episodes of season two are set in Italy and they attend an Italian wedding.  Just watching it made me so happy, and of course inspired this week's mood board.  You don't have to have a destination wedding in Italy to get that Tuscan feel, though if you do, I'd love to plan it!!  Here are five ways to incorporate that Italian feel into your big day. 

1. opt for long tables instead of traditional round

2. leafy garlands down the center of the table 

3. be sure to serve bread and olive oil

4. candles and cafe lights add the romantic ambiance 

5. keep the wine, pasta and formaggio coming and mangia! 

Tuscan Wedding Inspiration

I Love Love an Italian Wedding

Like many of you brides, and wedding enthusiasts, I look a lot of weddings.  Like, a lot.  There are so many beautiful ceremonies, receptions, details and ideas out there.  But every once in a while a wedding is so stunningly photographed that I am truly moved.  I found this gorgeous Italian Wedding on Once Wed a while back, and it stopped me in my tracks.  Admittedly, it's in part because I am obsessed with all things Italy, and this wedding seems so classically Italian, but mostly because Luca Vieri captured this day in such a unique and beautiful way.  I love the way that it's about the couple, but in the context of the people they love.  You can see the joy not only on the faces of the bride and groom, but also on the family and children too.  I just love them, Luca, all of them!  Brava!

Italian Wedding by Luca Vieri
Italian Wedding by Luca Vieri
Italian Wedding by Luca Vieri
Italian Wedding by Luca Vieri
Italian Wedding by Luca Vieri
Italian Wedding by Luca Vieri
Italian Wedding by Luca Vieri
Italian Wedding by Luca Vieri

I Love Love Mood Boards // Italian Riviera

I literally cannot dream of anything more perfetto than a wedding on the Italian Riviera.  The charming cities, the cobblestone streets, the water, the romance and the food make for the combination that dreams are made of.  If a destination wedding was an option for me, this mood board would have been what inspired my wedding.  It's the perfect shot of dreamy travel lust for a Monday morning. 

Red Carpet to Wedding // Met Gala 2015

Welcome to another edition of one of my favorite features here on the blog, Red Carpet to Wedding, where I imagine gorgeous red carpet gowns as alternative wedding dresses.  Today's post is, of course, about Monday's Met Gala, one of the coolest red carpet events of the year.  Fashion's biggest stars get dolled up, often on-theme, this year's was "China Through the Looking Glass," have fun with clothes and take risks.  The gowns I choose for this post don't necessarily reflect the theme, nor are they my picks for best dressed, (actually, you can see those here), but I think they would make stunning off-beat bridal gowns. 

Anne Hathaway in a sleek gold Ralph Lauren gown would look amazing as a bride in an ornate, art deco-inspired wedding, like this Pittsburg art museum. 

This one is kind of cheating, because Amal and George Clooney did get married in an Italian castle, but this crimson, layered, heavy dress by John Galliano is the perfect mix of old world and modern.  

Keri Russell in a dark and moody feathered Altuzarra gown would look stunning as a bride in the dramatic McKittrick Hotel, home of the popular interactive play, Sleep No More.