Let’s take a moment to appreciate the soft, elegant, and Renaissance-iest power of the “Tuscan wedding trend.” Because honestly, when it comes to collecting natural and artistic bridal inspiration, there’s nothing like a centuries-old UNESCO heritage region to appease your creative wanderlust. Need a little convincing? Dive into this Italian wedding styled shoot directed by Hannah Mac Photography (and featuring two of our gorgeous Maggie Sottero wedding dresses!).
This styled shoot is sweet yet sultry, rustic yet glamorous, and undeniably romantic—the perfect combo of Old World tradition and New World charm. Keep scrolling!
Tuscan Villa Venue for an Italian Wedding
Be transported to the rolling hills and vineyards of Tuscany with this countryside villa venue. Featuring Italian-inspired décor and Terra-Cotta touches, this venue adds the perfect amount of charm to an Italian celebration.
We’re totally in love with how this Tuscan-inspired villa creates an “Old-World” contrast to this couple’s modern ensemble. Gorgeous!
Italian-Inspired Wedding Invitations and Menus
OK, first things first: the invites. Set the tone for Tuscany-inspired elegance with pen-and-ink illustrations on vintage-inspired parchment. It’s a charming yet sophisticated way to deliver “Old World Europe” to your friends and family.
For example, if you’re eloping to actual Tuscany, use your invitations to forecast an unforgettable celebration to come. (Day trips to Montepulciano, group shots at the Tower of Pisa, perhaps a boat tour of Genoa… The possibilities are endlessly divine.)
On the other hand, if you’re celebrating at home rather than abroad, bring Italy to your guests by teasing a “full Tuscan experience” in your invites.
For example, include an entrée and wine menu card to get guests excited for top-notch merrymaking. Or, use a photograph of you and your S.O. on a past trip to Florence to tie them into your theme. As they say in Italy, “Matrimoni e vescovati sono destinati dal cielo!”
Tuscany-Inspired Wedding Florals
To incorporate a unique cultural tradition into your wedding, look to your bridal bouquet! In Italy, it’s customary for the groom to take charge of paying for and picking up his sweetheart’s florals, perhaps even keeping the bouquet safe up to the time the bride arrives at the ceremony.
We love this Italian tradition. It’s a sweet and personalized way for couples to collaborate for a little Tuscan-inspired magic.
For this Italian wedding styled shoot, Hannah chose a warm, rosy, and rustic floral scheme to play up her Tuscan vineyard backdrops.
Opt for similar jewel tones to create a romantic “Renaissance” bouquet. Then, add soft corals and dusty ochres to evoke golden sunsets and endless countryside. Your groom will love to be its courier!
Italian Wedding Cake Ideas
If you’ve had a so-called “Italian wedding cake,” you know you can’t go wrong with buttermilk and crushed pineapple. That being said, a more truly Italian wedding cake is the Millefoglie—a puff pastry layered with heavy cream and Chantilly topping, often accented with fresh fruit or dark chocolate.
This chic single-layer confection is the perfect size for an intimate elopement ceremony, adding to the rustic charm of your traditions and surroundings.
But whatever your flavor preferences, you can’t go wrong with a beautiful and artistic cake in Tuscan color schemes. For this Italian wedding styled shoot, Hannah’s vendors opted for a classic tiered wedding cake embellished with pressed flowers and a marble-smooth fondant.
You might incorporate similar details using a traditional Italian recipe, or simply infuse regional flavors (think rosemary, almond, and honey) into your favorite white or chocolate cake base. Buon appetito!
Floral Ball Gown Wedding Dress for a Rustic Tuscany Wedding Theme
Here comes our favorite part: choosing the dreamiest wedding gown for your Italian love story! Our instincts go immediately to off-the-shoulder sleeves for a Tuscany wedding. The trend is romantic, feminine, and perfect for fair-weather conditions.
And as showcased in this Italian wedding styled shoot, an off-the-shoulder neckline pairs beautifully with both minimalist and embellished silhouettes AND looks incredible under a bridal veil. What’s not to adore?
For a romantic and feminine off-the-shoulder look, consider lace bridal gown Orlanda by Maggie Sottero. This ball gown wedding dress features a lace bodice and long illusion sleeves—a sensual and dramatic take on the princess wedding dress trend. It’s regal, glamorous, and one-of-a-kind!
And the best part? This floral princess bridal gown can be personalized with different sleeve variations! Choose from strapless, off-the-shoulder sleeves, and off-the-shoulder long sleeves. Psst—you can also change the skirt in this gown from plain tulle to sparkle tulle to make even more of a statement for your Italian wedding. Find out more about our wedding dress personalization options in the link!
Minimalist Off-the-Shoulder Wedding Dress for a Modern Italian Wedding
Minimalism is pure elegance in Admina by Maggie Sottero. This striking and sophisticated fit-and-flare bridal dress is comprised of slinky crepe and Swarovski crystal embellishments.
There’s a little stretch to this luxe and lightweight fabrication, which makes Admina an ideal choice for outdoor venues and international jet-setting. You won’t be able to tear yourself from the dance floor in this chic and flattering design!
Bridal Veil for an Italian Wedding
Fancy an extraordinary bridal accessory for your romantic celebration? Say hello to this stunning illusion veil beaded with soft pearl. Our Pierce wedding veil pairs beautifully with a minimalist style like Admina, adding a touch of vintage glam to the wedding gown’s chic and formfitting silhouette.
(Like, seriously, this sophisticated bridal ensemble looks straight out of a Boticelli painting.) To try on this bridal veil, book an appointment with your local boutique!
This Italian wedding shoot is the perfect fusion of rustic, nature-inspired, and glamorous bridal trends! With so many centuries of art and cultural influences to draw upon, you too can gather beautiful, timeless, and captivating details for a Tuscan-inspired wedding aesthetic.
Another vintage vision we’re loving for classy themes and sunny weather? We present a mid-century modern wedding featuring clean lines and lush botanical accents. We also can’t get enough of these multicultural weddings featuring traditions unique to the couple’s heritages—from a vibrant Hindu ceremony to a late-night Latin “Hora Loca” reception.
And, of course, if you have your own gorgeous multicultural or international wedding to share, submit your gallery in the link! A huge thanks to our Italian wedding styled shoot vendors:
Planning and Design: @brittwarnickdesigns; Host Photographer: @hannahmacphotography; Venue: @weddingsatthevilla; Florals: @freshstemsfloral; Models: @aftonwilson and @taylorcsessions; Wedding Dresses: @maggiesotterodesigns; Tie: @trtl_ties; Veil and Headpiece: @edenluxebridal; HMUA: @lexiharkerbeauty; Cake: @heatheroliver_cakes; Paper: @carta_muriel; Ribbon: @fringeandrose; Rings and Jewelry: @jbrooksjewelers; Shoes: @bellabelleshoes.