The inspiration came from the incredibly sunny, lush, and rustic feel of towns all around the gulf of Naples. From sheer cliffs facing hyper-blue coves to vines creeping up ancient stone walls and an abundance of citrus groves, there’s so much character in tiny Italian coastal villages; knowing that we had a fantastic resource in Summerour Studio clinched the idea of recreating some of that beautiful coastal simplicity. And when I thought of sunny and sultry, I immediately thought of Hollie Lytle of Lytlefoto. Without her fantastic style, this shoot wouldn’t have looked nearly as stunning as it does!
We knew citrus (especially lemons) would be on display big time, so a citrus slice chandelier seemed like the perfect way to top a table featuring a luscious arrangement by Juli Vaughn. (Juli was brilliant enough to incorporate rustic touches like rosemary, basil and even grapes into her pieces – the smell was intoxicating.) Her bridal bouquet was a masterpiece that incorporated those elements along with rosehips, meyer lemons, eucalyptus and Icelandic poppies. She even wired oranges onto branches to create an “orange tree” that perfectly overlapped Crush Event Rental‘s gorgeous pergola (sourced from vintage materials).
Yes Ma’am Paper Goods‘ entire paper suite completely elevated our shoot; the jewel-toned colors were an exceptional contrast to her signature calligraphy in black and white, and the citrus print-lined envelopes added whimsy while incorporating all elements of her design. Her handwritten seating tags in emerald ink were absolutely perfect for our tablescape. And along with ALL of that PLUS the topper and lasercuts, Erica took the time to hand letter “abbondanza” across our aisle runner.
Our lovely models were outfitted to a T by The Modern Gent and The Sentimentalist respectively. Our groom wore a classic navy suit along with a textured neutral tie that provided an echo of our rustic aesthetic; loved the citrus in his boutonniere – another genius Juli Vaughn touch. And our radiant bride wore an ethereal Sarah Seven dress with a delicate sheer neckline that featured floral embroidery that referenced all of the greenery surrounding her. Her 50s Sophia Loren-inspired bouffant and smudgy liner balanced the dress’s lines (and her curves!) perfectly and created a showcase for her beautiful hazel eyes.
Our couple looked beyond adorable playing bocce together in the courtyard and toasting underneath custom “sposa” (bride) and “sposo” (groom) papercuts by the incomparable Erica Loesing of Yes Ma’am Paper + Goods.
A rustic bar cart (also courtesy of Crush – along with many other beautiful pieces) was the perfect place to display our favorite Italian beverages: Pellegrino, limoncello, prosecco and a lovely chamomile grappa. Eileen Carter‘s lemon-cascade cake, styled by Juli and topped with a custom Yes Ma’am “salute” topper stole the show.
Our food focused on that simple rusticity with a twist; Sun in My Belly‘s colorful bruschetta was lively on the plate AND in your mouth, thanks to fresh local tomatoes and a zing of acidity. We loved Chef Alison’s green and yellow tomato caprese – it struck the perfect balance between simplicity and sophistication. And her pasta with mussels was a spot-on take on the myriad of pasta dishes that incorporate fresh shellfish all along the coast. Whitney’s stunning citrus sorbet was elevated even further by that fantastic presentation; the hollowed lemons made the perfect rustic dishes and the blood orange pieces provided a gorgeous pop of eye-catching color.
The spirit of abundance was definitely present throughout the entire shoot, and it’s all thanks to the time and effort that our truly remarkable vendors devoted to creating something so breathtaking. I’m honored to have worked with/among them.
See the inspiration that led to the shoot, all pinned here (so cool!).
Concept, Chandelier, Hair & Makeup: Andrea Carter of Andrea Carter Artistry, Camp Makery | Styling and floral design: Juli Vaughn of Juli Vaughn Designs, Camp Makery | Photography: Hollie Lytle of Lytlefoto, Camp Makery | Catering: Chef Alison Lueker Ritter and Max LeBlanc of Sun In My Belly | Sarah Seven gown: The Sentimentalist | Cake: Eileen Carter of Eileen Carter Creations | Venue: Summerour Studio | Menswear: Kate Donachy of The Modern Gent | Paper Goods & Calligraphy: Erica Loesing of Yes Ma’am Paper + Goods | Furniture and props: Tracy Jarvis of Crush Event Rentals | Groom: Walter Cangemi | Bride: Beth Holland