Tuscany in California with Monique Lhuillier Gowns
This wedding inspiration has us on overload, in the best kind of way. The Bride's elegant loose updo hairstyle, the artful blooms by Awaiting the Name Floral, the blush color palette so pretty you want to eat it, the venue... you name it, this editorial has it. With styling by Fine Art Curation member K. Saw Weddings, every step of the way is carefully designed. The best part? Stella Yang captured every moment so that each and every image stands stunningly on it's own, yet tells the complete story when strung together...
From K. Saw Weddings: "A charming hidden gem in the grounds of Villa Montalvo located in the hills of Saratoga inspired me to design this beautiful editorial shoot I call, The Blush Tuscan Affair. I envisioned this Tuscan Micro wedding Editoria in a chic and feminine vibe by utilizing a neutral color palette with shades of blush and creams with hints of greens as a pop of color coming from the palm trees that surround our serene venue. From it’s tranquil fountain to its brick lined floors, our venue is a reminiscent of a true Tuscan villa full of classic architectural elements that brought us back to Tuscany. We decided to keep our decor minimal to emphasize these exquisite elements and stay cohesive with our Tuscan vision. We incorporated our custom invitation suite with the venue’s illustration to provide our guests a more personal approach. Designing with a talented calligrapher and artist from Hong Kong, Jas from Daylight letters, we selected soft textures of handmade paper with blush tones infused with black wax seals for our escort cards for a chic and modern vibe at the same time adding contrast to soft hues.
Stella Yang captured every little detail so perfectly and it truly made me miss Tuscany after seeing the whole gallery. Di from Awaiting the name floral made my floral vision come to life by designing a breathtaking arch for our ceremony scene. We kept our florals minimal by using light and airy blooms to complement its classic surroundings. We made our arch as a focal point by placing it alongside two staircases framed with bricks as a contrast from our blush floral palette. Di placed floral buds on our fountain which kept our atmosphere romantic and serene.
We are gifted with the best lighting at a recessed location of the villa which complemented the whole scenery especially our reception table. Our tablescape features light wooded chairs and shades of blush on our stoneware paired with gold flatware from Bright event rentals for a modern yet elegant approach. We added chic stemware in blush and neutral toned linens to complete the look topped of with an organic overflowing floral centerpiece which is cohesive to our floral arch and bridal bouquet.
Our bride wore three stunning gowns from San Francisco Bridal Galleria which is one of my favorite part when designing an editorial shoot. For our first look, our bride wore a stunning lace gown by Ines di Santo perfect for our ceremony scene. It’s intricate details combined with our bride’s delicate look equals perfection as she stood in between an exquisite arch reminiscent
of a Tuscan painting. Our talented Hair and Makeup artist, Kelly Chu of Soyi Makeup completed our beautiful bridal look by accentuating her natural beauty with a blush eyeshadow paired with a romantic updo adorned by El Taller’s exquisite floral hairpiece. A pair of delicate lace Bella Belle shoes absolutely completed our Tuscan bridal look. For our reception look, our bride changed into a romantic A-line dress by Berta. This Berta dress embroidered with white 3D florals and hints of embellishments on the bodice matched our reception cake created by our talented cake designers, Trizia and Michelle from whaT’s More cake. Adding these simple details is a favorite of mine as this creates a personal and memorable touch to my brides.
Our editorial did not quite end there. We created another scene for this editorial which really served as a cherry on top: A luxury picnic where our bride wore a charming floral dress by Monique Lhuillier. We designed this luxury picnic table of Cali picnics where Di placed anemone florals paired with delicate linens and silk runners by Amore Society to create a softer look. Once again, Trizia and Michelle of whatT’s More cake designed a scrumptious cake inspired by Monique Lhuillier Floral gown to conclude our Blush Tuscan Affair Inspired shoot with a sweet note!"
Photographer: Stella Yang | Film Lab: Richard Photo Lab | Stylist / Planner: K. Saw Weddings | Floral Designer: Awaiting the Name Floral | Dress Designer: Ines di Santo | Rentals: Bright Event Rentals | Accessories: El Taller | Venue: Montalvo Arts Center | Cake Designer: What's More Cake | Hair & Make-up Artist: Soyi Makeup | Dress #2: Berta | Dress #3: Monique Lhuillier | Bridal Salon: SF Bridal Galleria | Shoes: Bella Belle Shoes | Stationery: Daylight Letters | Luxury Picnic: Cali Picnics | Model: Sarah Noel | Modeling Agency: Stars Management | Runners/Silk linens: Party Crush Studio