Silver wedding dress: Tuscany Photoshoot Inspiration

bride at sunset in Italy wears wedding dress with sleeves

Neli and Neiko asked me for a dress for their rustic, Italian styled photoshoot. This silver wedding dress was designed with country weddings in mind. I used boho, elegant styling with a modern vintage vibe in mind when I designed in the dress.

Silver Wedding Dress Design

I made the dress from delicate antique silver, corded and beaded lace. It has a plunge neckline and sheer illusion back. The neckline and waistline are trimmed with stunning mix-metallic gold and silver lace. The fitted fishtail skirt skims your hips before flaring in silk chiffon waterfalls into a soft skirt and train.

I made the dress in two parts with a plain ivory satin under dress and sheer lace over layer. Because they can be worn together or separately this ensemble allows for different looks on your wedding day. See the dress again with pictures of the different combinations in my Frost on the Leaves Photoshoot blog post.

You can order this dress directly from me, made in your size and with design tweaks to suit, from £2600. The sample, as worn in these pictures, is also for sale at a discounted rate on my sale rail page. It is a size 10/12 but as the designer I can undertake alterations to make it fit you perfectly.

illusion back bespoke wedding dress with sleeves

Rustic Italian Wedding Inspiration

The style for the photoshoot was elegant, rustic, Italian charm. So Neli (photographer) and Reiko (wedding planner) chose vintage decorations, elegant tableware and fresh flowers to compliment the rustic charm of the vineyard setting.  

Borgo Casa Al Vento, is a dream destination wedding venue in Gaiole, Chianti, Italy. The Borgo has a unique history, it has been transformed into a sophisticated hotel from it’s former life as a tiny rural village. The secluded setting has rustic charm and modern comfort.

romantic rustic tuscany wedding styling
silk chiffon waterfall wedding dress in a tuscan vineyard

Details to compliment a silver wedding dress

Neiko expertly designed the bride’s hair and makeup with subtle colours and a soft, side swept, low bun. Neiko chose a delicate silver hair piece with scrolling leaves because it echoed the vineyard foliage. The Groom, Eli, wore a grey check suit from traditional Neapolitan tailors, Isaia with a muted pink tie. When it comes to selecting a ring, Marlow’s diamonds have a huge collection of perfect diamond engagement rings.

The colour palette was matte gold, dusty purple and bordeaux to echo the colours of the vineyard in autumn. So my silver wedding dress with mix-metallic lace was the perfect compliment to this setting. The bouquet and flowers from Europe Wedding Style included blackberries and lilac roses with eucalyptus leaves.

rustic wedding bouquet with roses, alium, eucalyptus and blackberries

Rustic Details and Inspiration

Hand written and letter press stationery was provided by luxury Florence based Pineider. You can compliment the vintage style invitations with traditional wax seals and fountain pen typography.

Neiko and Neli set up the tablescape in shades of muted gold. Vintage style candle lanterns, pretty crockery and cutlery tied with ribbons from Europe Wedding Style helped create the chic and vintage ambience. Clean, simple linen and wooden chairs finished the elegant, rustic setting.

I don’t know how the team managed to keep the delicious looking desserts long enough to photograph them. Pasticceria Guila in Florence made the tempting treats using fresh fruit and cream to traditional recipes. So these would be a wonderful addition to any rustic wedding feast.

Silver Wedding Dress Abroad

Neli, is the perfect photographer for this style of wedding because of her fine art style photography style. This style lends itself to the romantic portraits of bride and groom, and the capture of the exquisite details you see in this photoshoot. I worked with Neli before on another classically styled shoot “Country Fete Wedding“. Elegant and sophisticated are words I would use to describe her style, with relaxed and friendly for Neli herself.

groom holds bride wearing mermaid lace wedding dress
silk chiffon waterfall wedding dress in a tuscan vineyard

This amazing team pulled together elements that complimented each other perfectly. This one was of the first shoots I have worked on where I was not actually present on the day so the pictures were a wonderful surprise when they landed in my inbox. You can see more pictures over on bloved blog and on the other suppliers’ websites and instagram.

Photographer: @neliprahova

Destination Wedding Planner: @lemaestro_wedding

Venue: @borgocasaalvento

Wedding Dress: @felicitywestmacott

Groom’s Attire: @isaia

Hair and Makeup: @lemaestro_wedding

Stationery: @pineider

Vintage and Floral Arrangement: @europeweddingstyle

Wedding Cake: @pasticceriagiuliafirenze__

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Felicity Westmacott

I write about all aspects of weddings, dressmaking, fashion history, and the human relation to clothing. I welcome comments and debate.

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