Tuscan Themed Winery Wedding by Natalie Hilliard Photography

It’s not often you get to escape to Tuscany on a Tuesday, but these lovely winery nuptials from Natalie Hilliard Photography is allowing us to do just that. Filled with beautiful rich tones, stunning florals and rustic Italian details, this tuscan themed wedding, held in an elegant tent, has us beaming from ear to ear and humming Ti Amo over and over to ourselves!

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Lovely bride Natalie shares with us the details:

1. What was the vision for your Tuscan themed wedding?

I envisioned a Tuscan villa with many simple, natural elements. And eggplant purple, celadon green, wood & iron for our color palette.

2. What was the size & budget of your wedding?

We ended up spending approximately $14,000.00.

3. Your florals were stunning! What flowers and decorations did you choose for your theme?

  • Ceremony Island Arrangements ~ Salmon Gladiolas, Purple Stock, Green Hypericum, Yellow, Solidago, Green Bells of Ireland, Terra Cotta Rose, Hanging Eucalyptus, Italian Ruscus, Sword Fern.
  • Rusty Iron Spheres ceremony aisle arrangements ~ Mini sunflowers, Purple Stock, Purple Sage, Rosemary, Green Hypericum, Terra Cotta Roses.
  •  Wooden Bowl Reception Centerpieces: Herb Foliage, Purple Lisianthus, Mini Sunflowers, Terra Cotta Roses, Green Hypericum, Physicocarpus.
  • We used antique wooden wine crates from Vintage Ambiance  to use for the dessert buffet tiering. Rustic farm tables (from seattle Farm Tables) were used for the head table, and dinner buffet tables (from Vintage Ambiance) for the guest tables. We also had wine barrels with glass tops for occasional cocktail tables.

4. What do you think made your wedding unique?

The venue itself is very unique! The ceremony site is situated around a pond with an island in the middle of it. The guest sits on one side of the pond and the wedding party stands on the island. Its absolutely beautiful and unlikely anything I have seen before! We did multiple different mini desserts rather than having a wedding cake and we also made all of the beer. We loved it and so did everyone else! Also we decided to hire Chopstix Roadshow for our reception entertainment which is a dueling piano show. The entire show is a live request show so the guests are able to choose what they want to hear. The most fun thing of the night was the photo booth with props that our photographer integrated into our reception. We got some absolutely hilarious and memorable pictures!!

5. Rather than a traditional wedding cake you chose mini desserts. Tell us about those?

We chose a 4 inch mini White-Chocolate raspberry cheesecake as the cutting cake. For guests we had a selection of desserts including mini Quadruple Chocolate and mini Lemon White Chocolate cheesecakes, mini Key Lime blackberry pies and mini classic Apple Pies, mini classic Vanilla and mini Spumoni cupcakes, Hazelnut gelato or Rice gelato.

5. Tell us about your Tuscan themed wedding favors?

We used mini terracotta pots filled with herb starts (ie; basil, tarragon, parsley).

6. Describe your Bridal style?

My dress was from Laineemeg Bridal (formerly From the Gown Up) – an off-white Satin fit and flair, with some lace and rhinestone detailing. My shoes were M by Marinelli with Sparkle silver with rhinestone detailing. I wore a birdcage veil with floral and rhinestone embellishments and carried a bridal bouquet filled with Cream Roses, Orange Dahlias, Cream Hypericum, Orange Calla Lily and Green Hanging Amaranthus. 

7. The bridal party look very smart. Tell us about their style. 

The bridesmaid dresses were from David’s Bridal Satin Dresses in Lapis. The wore Jessica Simpson Black Patent Pumps and their bouquets were filled with Purple callas, Orange Callas, and ornamental grasses. Tyler’s (groom) boutonniere featured a Sword Fern & Mini Purple Calla Lily and his groomsmen wore herb foliage. They wore Banks Charcoal Grey striped suits with white dress shirts from Jos. Tyler wore a white tie, whilst his groomsmen had patterned Lapis ties to match the bridesmaids.

8. Did you include any DIY or personalized details?

I created the monogrammed stickers we used on the candy bags used for our candy buffet. The wooden bowls used for the reception centerpiece were bought from a thrift store, sanded down, and re-stained. I created all of the table name cards (different grape varietal names) and escort cards display. I also designed the save the dates which were laser cut into cork, as well as all of our boxed invitations.

9. What did you find most challenging?

The most challenging part of our wedding planning was working with a caterer who was too busy to deal with me or my questions in a timely manner. I struggled through it and was able to get everything wrapped up, but it was by far my biggest cause of stress. I’m very detailed oriented so I completely enjoyed the planning of everything else right down to picking the different Italian flavor themed cupcakes and other desserts.

10. What were your favourite moments?

Getting ready was very fun… it’s not every day you get to be so pampered! Also, walking down the aisle and looking into the face of my soon-to-be husband is an unforgettable moment. The fact that we were able to share it with so many of our close friends and family made it that much more special!

11. Your advice to Bride’s & Groom’s planning now?

Seek out multiple reviews on your vendors (particularly from outside their website or their given references). Also, I went into planning with the idea that if I hadn’t received some sort of response after a week of contacting a vendor for the first time, I would cross them off my potential list because communication obviously is not very important to them. I broke this rule with my caterer and ended up seriously regretting it!

 

Photographer: Natalie Hilliard Wedding & Portrait Photography / Event Venue: DeLillie Cellars / Floral Designer: Branching Inside Out /Cake Designers: The Confectional & The Yellow Leaf Cupcake Company / Bakery: Gelatiamo & Sweet & Savory Pie / Dress Store: LaineeMeg Bridal / Musicians: Chopstix Piano Bar / Decor Rentals: Rented Elegance / Linens: BBJ Linen, Inc / Equipment Rentals: aa party rentals,Vintage AmbianceSeattle Farm Tables / Caterer:  Twelve Baskets Catering / Transportation: Seattle Limo & Butler Seattle Transportation / Submitted via Two Bright Lights

  

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Napa Valley Red and White Wedding by Cathy Stancil Photography

A wedding in the Napa Valley can’t help but be breathtaking. When you have an amazing backdrop of gorgeous vineyards, rolling hills and sweeping views, you already have the key ingredients for a captivating event! But when you add pops of bright red and some some serious style (like this delectable wedding did), then you’re talking all out fabulous my friends! Get ready to enjoy a little Napa Valley loveliness at the beautiful Russian Hill Estate courtesy of Cathy Stancil Photography. And if you’re wondering why the oysters take center stage – it’s because newly weds Vince and Cheryl got engaged whilst enjoying their favorite meal of oysters. Naturally, they decided to include oysters on the wedding menu and also featured them in their wedding ring shot too. Bon appetite!

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Photographer: Cathy Stancil Photography / Wedding Venue: Russian Hill Estate / Submitted via Two Bright Lights

Beautiful Texas Bridal Session at Tara Winery

A beautiful bride and a beautiful location go together like milk and honey, and this breathtaking bridal session at the Tara Winery in Henderson County, Texas combines the two perfectly. When you immerse yourself in these brilliant images by Photography by Gema Blanton, you’ll be right there with me, because this darling session is boasting a gorgeous winery backdrop, an amazing gown and one seriously stunning bride. Happy Tuesday y’all!

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From the bride Charlene: My wedding day was perfect because I surrounded myself with those closest to me. The actual day flew by, but the little moments I shared with my husband and mom and dad stand out, and I will have those beautiful memories forever. Our wedding took place at The Belgium House in Longview, Texas on October 14, 2012.

 

Photographer: Photography by Gema Blanton / Location: Tara Winery, Athens, TX / Wedding Dress: Casablanca / Hair piece: Weddings A to Z in Tyler TX / Florist: Two Dandelions / Hair & Makeup: Leslie from Salon Pink in Longview / Submitted via Two Bright Lights

Glamorous Margaret River Bride

These bridal are pure magic. If you’ve ever dreamed of Margaret River in Western Australia as your wedding backdrop, then this glamorous bride and her more-than-spectacular portrait pics will have you stopping in your tracks and locking away those winery venue dates quick smart. These picture-perfect images were shot by the incredibly talented Natasja Kremers, and they pretty much have us swooning over backwards here at LWB. I think the rest of the afternoon is right-off for me what about you? Sigh…

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Shabby Chic Silver and White Wedding by Mathew James Photographers

This next wedding will give all you shabby chic brides out there more than your daily fix. Aside from being incredibly pretty and feminine, it also features a pair of silver Jimmy Choo’s – so I have no doubt it was one dead-set stylish affair. Photographed by Mathew James Photographers, this California wedding is jam packed with so many charming details. From the amazing floral ceremony arch, to the picturesque outdoor setting, to the gorgeous silver and white tablescapes that have us ready to hit the thrift stores for shabby chic finds. It’s everything we love so about these type of pretty soirees and more!

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Photography: Mathew James Photography / Hair Stylist:  Stained Hair & Nail Salon / Caterer:  Rayna’s Gourmet Catering / Floral Designer:  Lissy Lou Designs / Musicians:  Elegance Harp & Flute,The Partime Band / Ceremony & Reception Venue:  Sorelle Winery / Invitation Designer:  Inviting Ways / Cake Designer:  M & W Dutch American Bakery / Equipment Rentals:  Classic Party Rentals / Makeup Artist:  Ashley Covello / Jewelry:  Spitz Jewelers,Rankin Jewelers / Tuxedo and Mens Attire:  Jim’s Rentals / Bridesmaid Dresses: Dessy Bridesmaid Dress / Submitted via Two Bright Lights

Sonoma Destination Wedding by T.J. Salsman Photography

Winery weddings tend to make us wedding-addicts weak at the knees. The beauty of mother nature, the classic outdoor elegance, and incredible food and wine –  it’s what great wine country pretty much guarantees for a wedding. So we totally understand why this cute couple chose the beautiful Sonoma Valley in California for their wedding destination. With world famous wineries and breathtaking views every way you turn, it’s a sure-fire setting for a casually elegant affair such as this. And we couldn’t possibly leave without mentioning the bridesmaids in their pretty sage green dresses, the understated vintage details all beautifully captured by T.J. Salsman Photography, and of course the divine sunset…. on don’t get me started on THAT sunset!


Photography T.J. shares: Missy and KC met freshman year at Stanford six years ago. The New Jersey natives always loved California and the Sonoma wine country in particular and always knew they would plan a destination wedding for family and friends. “Most of them had never been to the west coast, so it was a chance to show them how beautiful it is out here,” said Missy. Missy and KC fell in love with BR Cohn Winery because of the unique setting and the many unique areas for ceremony, cocktail hour, and reception. All areas were unique and beautiful, providing beautiful experiences for their guests. According to Missy, ” I think the setting really inspired the look and feel of the wedding; we liked the idea of having a kind of vintage vineyard feel, which is why we chose the jars to hold the centerpieces, our caterer suggested using the wine barrels as tables for the cocktail hour, and I always knew I wanted a lace dress, which all worked together to create a vintage look.”

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Photography: T.J. Salsman Photography / Ceremony & Reception Venue:  BR Cohn Winery / Submitted via Two Bright Lights

Want more? Be inspired by these beautiful winery weddings:

Mornington Peninsula Vineyard Wedding

Naturally being Australian, we are always delighted to feature beautiful weddings right from our own beloved Australia – just like this beautiful Mornington Peninsula wedding captured by Sorrento Wedding Photography. The natural beauty of a lakeside vineyard in the Victorian countryside created the perfect setting for a romantic outdoor ceremony and the lush greenery perfectly complemented the pastel coloured details delicately woven throughout the day. From the bride’s gorgeous birdcage veil, to the simple understated white centrepieces to the gorgeous pastel wedding cake, we are head over heels for this Summer soiree. Why don’t you join us right now for a stroll through the vines . . . 

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Photographer Christine shares: It was so lovely to work with this couple, they were both so relaxed in front of the camera! Nikketta looked absolutely stunning and we used the vineyard for some portraits of the girls before the ceremony. After their ceremony in front of family and friends, we strolled over to the vines and around the lake for a few photos before heading back to the restaurant for the reception.

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Photography: Sorrento Wedding Photography / Hair Stylist:  Running with Scissors / Reception Venue:  Stillwater At Crittenden / Dress Store:  Brides of Melbourne / Makeup Artist:  Ebony Kay / Submitted via Two Bright Lights

New Jersey Winery Engagement Session by Vanessa Joy Photography

After soaking up this delectable engagement session I’m about ready to pack my overnight bag and take a quick trip up north to my nearest winery. Luckily, thanks to Vanessa Joy Photography it’s not necessary for us to venture outside to enjoy the beauty of the vineyards, because this lovely and refreshing e session from New Jersey with its pretty pics takes you right there. With a Scrabble game of ‘I love you’, a nice drop of Cabernet and some amazing natural lighting (which includes a rainbow!), Danielle and Collin had all the perfect elements for popping the question.Picnic Theme Engagement PicsFarm Produce SignsScrabble I Love YouA Glass of RedSilver Heart Blue DressEngagement PicnicEngagement Photography Silver HeartRomantic Winery Picnic ProposalEngagement Pics Wine For TwoNew Jersey Engagement PicnicNew Jersey Winery E SessionScrabble Engagement ThemeWinery E SessionRainbow Engagement

Photographer: Vanessa Joy / Location:  Laurita Winery / Submitted via Two Bright Lights

NSW South Coast Winery Wedding by Janine Kaye Photography

Here is a stunning winery wedding which is bound to leave a smile on your face. Beautifully captured by Janine Kaye Photographyon the stunning south coast of NSW it is fresh, modern and glows from start to finish. As well as the breathtaking winery location, there are so many pretty little details I adore about this pretty celebration including the bride’s stunning wedding gown and diamante bow shoes, the flowing bridesmaid dresses in a delicate pastel pink and the cute little seating cards and wedding favours each with it’s own pretty pink ribbon. Here are a few details from the day to enjoy – however, I highly recommend taking in the gorgeous images over at Janine’s blogPastel Pink Flowing Bridesmaid DressesPastel Pink Wedding DetailsSouth Coast Winery WeddingDiamente Bow Wedding ShoesNSW South Coast Wedding