Italian Summer Styled Inspired Wedding Shoot


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We have been waiting forever to formally share images from our Italian Summer Styled Wedding Shoot with you, and that day has finally come! We were honored to have our Mediterranean designs from this project featured in the latest print issue of California Wedding Day (Fall/Winter issue – page 30) – and last week they showcased the shoot online, so we thought it high time to share some of our favorite shots with you as well. As an Italian lady in the wedding industry, this project was one that is very near and dear to my heart. I poured my soul into crafting this shoot, and was so pleased with how everything turned out. I wanted to design a wedding that brought all the goodness the Italian Mediterranean has to offer. We are so honored that people love this shoot as much as we do and now without further ado…View More:

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Welcome & Lounge Areas

Upon guest arrival, we thought it would be fun for our couple not only to welcome their guests, but share in the glamour of their day by displaying jewelry with which guests could adorn themselves throughout the celebration. We also wanted to shake up the standard lounge and games areas that are super popular at weddings. Our couple is encouraging their guests to let loose and relax with Italian soda in their lantern illuminated low lounge. And because every Italian grows up playing Bocce ball at family gatherings, we thought it, along with Chess, should be available for guests to enjoy post nuptials.

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All These Bars

If Italians love anything, it’s to mosey around, “mangia” (eat) and chitchat. To that end, we created three different areas where guests could engage in the whole Italian experience throughout the wedding. The first is our Olive Oil & Balsamic Vinegar Tasting Bar. Guests are actually invited to “gusto”, meaning “taste it.” This area was designed to feel like a mixture between a traditional antipasto display with lots of fresh nuts and fruits, but feel like a wine tasting, with a variety of items to taste and dip with! We also set up an after dinner drinks bar. Traditionally this drink course serves to “digestivo”, or help the guest to digest their food and cleanse their pallet prior to dessert.

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Everyone on the vendor team participated in setting up the table scape and, in my opinion, is the crowning jewel of this styled wedding. We used a vibrant medium blue and white linen that brought pattern, color and texture to our base. From there, we set down gold chargers, stacked mismatched white and blue vintage china at each place setting, and utilized gold toned flatware and mismatched vintage glassware to dress the table. Wedding guests found their assigned seats via namecards protruding from fresh herb-filled goblets (a great take-away!). To complete our vision, we used lush and loose white and blue florals with vibrant touches of green in antique vessels throughout our centerpiece to create a look that is modern & luxe while feeling easy and organic! Finally, it is an Italian tradition to gift wedding guests with 5 Jordan Almonds which represent five wishes for the couple: health, wealth, happiness, fertility and longevity.

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Florals & Printed Items

We wanted the flowers to reflect the essence of an Italian hillside garden while incorporating organic elements one might find growing wildly around such a place.  The floral palette included dahlias, garden roses, thistle, scabiosa, various pods and thistles, sage, rosemary, thyme, olive branch, peppercorn, and various lush vines.For all printed items, romantic curvy lines and relaxed versions of formal fonts were used to bring our look & feel to life.

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It was important that our bride’s look be one of easy elegance. We dressed her in a simple, delicate silhouette that featured a relaxed lace overlay. She was adorned in foxy blue and gold toned jewelry and a two rad floral headpieces. Her ladies wore airy blue and grey dresses to replicate the colors and movement of the Mediterranean. The fellas wore light, laid back outfits of diluted blues and whites.

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Sunrise/Breakfast Inspired Styled Wedding!


This morning I am happy to share with you all a sweet little shoot that we created with Becca Rillo Photography! It has been featured on several blogs over the past year (including Trendy BridePaper Moon WeddingsThe Frosted Petticoat, and Urban Style). At the first meeting I have with each of our couples, I always ask them what they like to do together. I can’t tell you how many times the couple says, “we love to go to brunch.” From reflecting on this single phenomenon, the idea emerged to put together a wedding for a couple that just loves the morning, getting up to exercise, and all that the sun rising and the most important meal of the day have to offer!





For this wedding, the guests were invited to partake in a short hike up to the fabulous Baldwin Hills Scenic Overlook, where the couple would tie the knot with gorgeous views of downtown Los Angeles in the distance. Upon arrival, the guests were provided with shots of espresso to help them wake up and get ready for the sunrise ceremony, along with sunglasses and blankets to get them comfortable and ready to watch the show!

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Breakfast Shoot Resized-3After the ceremony, festivities commenced with one of my most loved set-ups of the entire year – a cereal bar with everyone’s childhood faves to bring out their kid at heart! We also created a brunch spread with super cute signs from both Prim & Pixie and Painted Joy, styled to perfection by the dream combo of Becca, Judy (from Enchanted Gardens) and yours truly.

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BeccaRillo_20120412_0100Breakfast Shoot Resized-4One of my personal favorite details of this shoot was the waffle cake Becca created for the couple. Every time I look at these photos, I am overcome with the pressing desire to bust out the old waffle maker and indulge! There are so many fun and beautiful things you can do at a morning wedding, and today I hope you consider getting up early and making a day out of your celebration!

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Give Back Inspired Styled Wedding!

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Happy Thursday Friends!

I have been just itching to share these photos with you all for quite a while now! We were honored to have this lovely little project featured last month on Rustic Wedding Chic and seeing the images all over again made me squeal with delight! Not only is the mission of this shoot near and dear to my heart, the style and fashion of it gets me all kinds of excited! We brought the design dream team from the Route 66 Styled Wedding back together again as the creative genius behind our ethically conscious wedding!




Kelly, Whitney and I came together with the idea to create an ethically conscious wedding where all the details give back to the community or environment. We sought to find vendors and make design decisions that are completely ethical. Our hope is to inspire couples to spend a part of their budget on items or vendors that not only help make their wedding outstanding, but also give back to the community.


welcome table detailsWe’ve collaborated with a fantastic group of wedding professionals and not-for-profit companies to stage a wedding that showcases how you can create a fabulous celebration utilizing design elements and vendors that “give back”. We styled a welcome table, ceremony backdrop, sweetheart table, photo-booth and leaving table. We wanted the colors, shapes and textures to exude a celebration of life and love while feeling grounded. All the decor you see in our welcome table is real fruit, legitimately vintage, or fair-wage.

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We created our ceremony backdrop by slashing and tying together old curtains, supported by one of the world’s most renewable resources: bamboo! We reused ceremony decor and turned it into a photo-booth backdrop by simply displaying the same item differently! Our sweetheart table shows how you can have your guests dine like royalty on environmentally friendly products. Our farewell table allows our couple’s guests to give to their favorite charity in lieu of gifts.

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We also wanted to make our bride look just as beautiful on the outside as in by having her dress completely in clothing, shoes and jewelry from non-profits that give back to the community. Our signage, fashion and decor items created specifically for this shoot are eco-friendly as well! Our printed items are all hand printed from an antique letterpress onto recycled paper, tree-free paper and or plantable seed paper. Our accessories are all re-purposed, reused or up-cycled.


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Finally, the natural beauty of Rancho Las Lomas gave us the perfect backdrop for our “Give Back Wedding” with a hint of African style.




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Holiday in SoCal Inspired Wedding Styled Shoot

Happy Thursday lovelies!

Today I’m happy to share with you our ‘Holiday in SoCal’ inspired wedding shoot that we produced and designed with Becca of Becca Rillo Photography! When Becca told me the idea of a Christmas wedding with a twist, I was immediately on board! For almost every wedding I help plan around Christmas, the couple always feels as if they have to pay homage to the holiday season through their decor and end up with saturated red and greens, super shiny silvers and golds and twinkle lights everywhere. Although we love all the holiday season has to offer, we wanted to inspire couples who are getting married around the holiday season to think outside the Christmas box and hint at the holiday without making your wedding look like Santa’s workshop. Exchanging reds for coral, peaches and pinks and greens for Tiffany blue, we went to work on creating our modernized winter wonderland wedding!


Becca and I worked together to create a world of snowflakes and branches as the backdrop for our shoot. We had our couple tie the knot in front of a wall of handmade snow flakes falling from one of the fabulous trees at the Ahmanson Ranch. Becca and her mom worked their fingers to the bone creating this whimsical look! Don’t you just love it?!?

One of my favorite ideas for this wedding was to have the couple give individualized wrapped presents to their guests: a twist on the traditional wedding favor! We were looking to create a toned-down mad-hatter kind of effect with a pile of immaculately wrapped colorful presents for their guests to find their name and take home.



Every time I look at our head table, I am wooed all over again. I love how the whole set-up perfectly combines a modern look while keeping the whole party posh and formal! The beauty of our table is what happens when three amazing rental companies, a fabulous floral designer, and two sassy stylists come together with a fantastic photographer there to capture the whole thing! I simply can’t get enough of this table!

I’m in love with each and every detail of this styled shoot. Just the site of both the sweets table and designer cocktails makes my mouth begin to salivate.  And how cute are our models!?!







I hope you enjoy the photos from this shoot as much as we all enjoyed creating our holiday in so-cal inspired wedding. We’ve been lucky to have our look be featured on several blogs as an example of fabulous design and a fresh color pallet. Thanks to Fabulously Wed, Hostess with the Mostess, Smitten Soiree, Wed Savvy, and Something Old, Something New for spreading our style around!
Planning, Styling & Design: Marisa Nicole, Weddings & Events
Photography & Concept: Becca Rillo Photography
Venue: Ahmanson Ranch
Styling Support: Tasteful Tatters
Floral Design: Enchanted Gardens Floral Design
Graphic Design: LLY Designs
Vintage Rentals: The Vintage Table Co.
Wedding Dress: The Gown Swap
Hair & Makeup: Elegance by Alex
Sweets Table & Cake: The Butter End
Rentals: A-1 Rentals