Remember Naomi? A year ago she won a free e-session from this giveaway we hosted on the blog. After a couple of months, we shared the photos from her bright and cheery e-sesh. She’s now gracing the blog once again with her ginger curls and a stunning blush Ines di Santo gown in these romantic bridal portraits, photographed by The Nichols.
Once I had the dress, Chateau Bellevue seemed like the natural setting for my bridal portraits. I wanted the venue to match the drama and formality of the gown, and also offer many different romantic indoor and outdoor spots to coordinate with my style. I especially loved the blush damask wallpaper in the women’s changing room that perfectly complimented my gown, hair and skin tone.
A few words from Naomi:
I really wanted every aspect of my wedding style to be romantic. I wanted my dress to be elegant and timeless, but also unique and dramatic (in a classic, non-flashy way). I knew from day one that I wanted a blush colored gown, so that really narrowed my choices down considerably. After trying on over 60 dresses (many of which weren’t even offered in blush), I tried on the Cherise by Ines di Santo and fell in love right away! I don’t think any of it could have fallen together more seamlessly: in the end, I believe the dress and the venue combined with Jennifer Nichols’ artistic talent were all the perfect elements for achieving the romantic look I was hoping for!
Hair: Jessica Watkins / Makeup: Jessica Garza
Afternoon tea, Italian wine, dessert, and pearls are reason enough to celebrate with your soon-to-be bridal party, yes? Today, a couple of Italian vendors are sharing some party inspiration specifically for that reason. Should you decide to get married in Italy (lucky you), we don’t doubt these folks would help you throw a fab event. And if you’re not getting married in Italy, the details in this shoot would make for a fun and elegant tea party bridal shower with the ladies, vintage dresses and fancy hats required, of course.
Varese Wedding on the design + styling of the shoot:
For most of the items I went straight to my grandmother’s attic and pulled black & white photographs and doilies. I also visited flea markets and found a handful of lovely vintage objects: an old typewriter, an antique teapot, old books. I quickly realized that it’s one of the best ways for a bride to add a vintage touch to her wedding! Just take a stroll around antique markets with some friends and you’ll find unique pieces to decorate with.
Elena, the creator of those cute hats, is an old-fashioned jewels and hat designer. She was inspired by the Victorian and bohemian fashion, using soft colors and rich fabrics, combining flowers, feathers, lace and pearls to make elegant and unique pieces. Some hats reproduced in the shape of a cylinder, were typical of the Victorian fashion, others were inspired by cocktail hats used in the 30s.
Event design + styling: Laura from Varese Wedding / Photography: Studio Fotografando Milano / Venue: Locanda del Glicine Antico / Catering: Le Gourmet / Florist: Maschiocchi Boutique del Fiore / Hats: Elena, Cunene / Fashion stylist: Elisa Scagnetti / Dresses and jewels: La Camelia Collezioni / Calligraphy & paper products: Susanna, Daily Suze / Hair + makeup: Cristina Nosè, Stefania Cedroni and Carola Iapicca