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Trip to Tuscany

Jan 7, 2020

Soft, pastel color palette and elegant decor for this Tuscan inspired shoot at Tennessee River Place in Chattanooga, Tennessee


This Tuscan inspired styled shoot was exquisite with its romantic decor and soft, pastel color palette. Set at a European designed mansion, the scene featured enchanting green hills, breathtaking views of the Tennessee River, and the Southern Appalachians in the backdrop.

“I took inspiration from my upcoming trip to Italy in May,” said the photographer. “I wanted soft touches of colors, lots of greenery and a unique venue with curved archways.”

For the invitation suite, they selected classic off-white stationery embossed with elegant black ink calligraphy, and each envelope was stamped with a gold wax seal. With the venue and invitation details in place, they were ready to get immersed in the fashion.

“Once I had our venue and color palette, I went to my bridal store and started pulling dresses that fit this flowy ethereal feel with a touch of old-world lace,” said the photographer.

This shoot featured two couples, as well as a solo bride and her bridesmaid. The first couple, Sara and Tyler, were recently married and radiated that newlywed glow. She looked like a princess in a champagne ball gown with an embellished sweetheart neckline, and he looked dapper in a blue and grey windowpane suit with a lilac patterned tie and violet anemone on his lapel.

“I love that Sara’s look is a little more natural. It really brought out her inner beauty,” said the photographer.

Mikah and Stephen are an engaged couple, and their love truly shined through in this shoot. They even shared a “first look” moment during the session, leaving them in a puddle of emotion. For their looks, Stephen wore a classic Pantone suit with a floral print tie and a white rose on his lapel, while Mikah looked gorgeous in a form-fitting, backless ivory gown with sheer lace overlay.

“Mikah looked stunning in our fitted gown with a high neckline,” said the photographer. “It was a perfect fit for her.”

Summer, the solo bride, and her bridesmaid Haley made an adorable pair. Haley wore a simple, sky blue sleeveless gown, while Summer went with a high-neck, Victorian style ivory gown with an illusion neckline and sheer sleeves covered in intricate lace detail.

“Summer thrifted her gown from an antique store,” said the photographer, “and to say we were all floored with how fantastic of condition and how it looked on her was not a short reaction.”

The florals in the decor, as well as the bridal bouquets, were varying arrangements of roses and peonies in soft shades of cream and blush, daisies in deep merlot, baby blue hydrangeas and sprigs of green myrtle and willow eucalyptus.

“I went with soft touches of color balanced with a heavier merlot color for the anchor and of course, a ton of greenery,” said the photographer. “I wanted florals that felt accessible to Tuscany, soft in texture but strong in size.”

At the venue, the European architecture featured gorgeous curved archways that were ideal for showing off the tablescape. Surrounded by stucco walls, it truly felt as if you were at a Tuscan villa. With twinkle lights strung overhead, the reception table was set with an ivory linen tablecloth, a white chiffon runner, corked glass bottles and multiple floral centerpieces in white vases.

“I loved working with the florist to use different levels of height on our installations,” said the photographer.

There were two plush velvet, rose-colored tufted armchairs at one end, and three wrought iron chairs on the side for seating. Each place setting showcased a tan woven charger, a floral patterned China plate, rose gold brushed flatware and a crystal goblet. On each plate, there was a rose-colored fringed linen napkin tied delicately around a small baguette and sprig of pine. At the end of the table, there was a tasteful charcuterie board with all the fixings. 

“I believe the charcuterie board helped a ton in bringing in that Italian / Tuscan vibe,” said the photographer.

For the wedding cake, they showed off a two-tiered ivory buttercream cake with dried orange slices and golf leaf detailing down the side. The base of each layer was trimmed with green pine, and the cake was displayed on a whitewashed woven charger - which really tied together the overall decor. 

“I work with a fantastic team that can constantly bring my internal vision to life and I’m blessed that this shoot came together the way it did,” said the photographer. “It really was a fantastic shoot to kick off our 2020 season!”

Congratulations to this creative team on pulling together such a breathtaking styled shoot!

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Creative Team

Paper Goods + Calligraphy
Miller Calligraphy Co.

Tennessee RiverPlace

Sarah Larae Photography

Giorgio's Men's Warehouse
Monica's Bridals

KCC Creations

Alluring Looks by Haley

P. Chevallry Artistry

Rentals & Decor
Red Roof Farm Rentals

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