May 28, 2019
Orange, peach, pink and a touch of blue colored shoot with modern Mediterranean style in Tuscan inspired setting at private residence in Midland, North Carolina
Although Greece and Italy are two totally different countries, this styled shoot combines inspiration from the two cultures perfectly. It doesn’t hurt that Greece and Italy are two of our favorite places ever!
The planner behind the shoot knew she wanted to do something with a Mediterranean theme, but when she found the venue, she couldn’t say no, even though it had more of a Tuscan feel.
“We decided that the venue needed to be unique, airy and welcoming to convey the overall theme of our shoot,” said the planner. “The private residence we shot at has a modern yet very Tuscan and classic look.”
The two looks came together thanks to the backdrop, color palette and more detailed touches like an olive oil bar and limoncello favors.
From the beginning, it was clear that even the smallest details mattered to this shoot, starting with the invitation suite. The suite featured white paper that had rough edges for a more old world European feel. The greenery illustration featured throughout, even on the envelope liner, added the perfect touch.
Greenery continued from the invitation into nearly all other parts of the shoot from the bridal bouquet to the table set up to the backdrop and even onto the cake. The natural feeling and free flowing characteristic of greenery is spot on for that airy and light mood that comes from the Tuscan and Mediterranean style.
The bride stepped out onto the grounds, surrounded by natural greenery. From the trees on the lawn to the completely ivy covered wall and landscaping in the courtyard. Her flowy A-line lace gown was stunning. It’s cap sleeves and low V-neckline were the feature highlights while the low scooping back was the statement maker. She had her hair loosely pulled back with a few strands of hair left framing her face. It made her look feel that much more romantic.
There was an oversized bridal bouquet filled with the most gorgeous spring and summer feeling flowers. The oranges and pinks complemented the natural greenery and neutral whites. The whole bouquet was loosely tied with orange and peach colored ribbon that was left dangling down.
Out in the courtyard was a rectangular wooden table in a grey color so it felt more modern than rustic. One side was set with matching wooden crossback chairs and the other side was set with a wooden bench with a modern design. Behind one side was some landscaping in front of an Italian villa looking house and behind the other side was a gorgeous pool and open field. There couldn’t have been a better spot.
Down the center of the table were different sized floral arrangements in the same colorful pinks and oranges as the bridal bouquet. Some arrangements were larger and in stone vases, others were smaller in clear bud vases. In between all the arrangements were different sized stone candlestick holders with dusty colored tapered candles.
At each place setting there was a marbled charger topped with a grey dinner plate, topped with a white salad plate. The plates were topped with a blue Mediterranean designed tile and an olive branch that were wrapped with a hand written place card. On the side were grey stemmed gold flatware and a blue crystal drinking glass. The final touch to the table were the mini bottles of limoncello at each seat.
“The limoncello bottles at each place setting had ‘saluti’ on one side of the tag and ‘cheers’ on the other,” explained the planner. “It's those smaller details that I think create a warm and intimate environment at weddings.”
Across the way, underneath the shade there was the gorgeous three tiered cake. It was iced with a watercolor feel that mixed oranges and yellows and even a tint of blue for that Mediterranean touch. It was accessorized with some olive branches and similar colored floral clusters.
In another corner of the courtyard there was the cutest olive oil and olive bar set up, because it’s not really a Mediterranean theme without some olives! The intricate wooden table was set up against the ivy covered stone wall. The loose greenery and floral arrangement on the table looked like it was flowing off the wall onto the table. The loose bowls of lemons and oranges added the perfect pop of color against the natural colored bread, olive and oil spread that was on the table.
“How often do you see an olive oil and olive bar?” asked the planner. “I tell all brides that I speak with to get creative and think about the overall experience, especially if you want to create a guest experience with small details they will remember.”
The bride roamed around the ground of the venue a little more, this time with a very fitting cocktail from the mini wooden cocktail table. “Her” cocktail was a spritz and our mouths are watering just thinking about one. The orange cocktail not only tasted good but matched the look of the shoot perfectly.
Before the day was over, the bride was joined by a very special furry friend. The two cozied up next to the pool with the water sparkling behind them and the drink sparkling in her glass.
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