As you know, I am a great fan of Mediterranean destination weddings, and one of the best parts about them is the food! An Italian wedding, especially, will always feature a table weighed down with delicious morsels. That’s why I’m such a big fan of the Italian style grazing tables of The Curated Kitchen. Owner Dani’s delectable spreads are much sought-after, not only for their abundant eats, but their beautiful styling and feeling of laid back luxury. So when I was asked to be part of this styled shoot celebrating The Curated Kitchen’s brand aesthetic and philosophy, I was delighted to participate! This relaxed, romantic styled shoot was recently featured in both You & Your Wedding and on B.LOVED, and is full of inspiration for Mediterranean-loving brides and grooms!
The overall look for this Italian wedding inspiration was created with a palette of plum, fig, and sage green, with lots of lush florals and natural textures to create a warm, inviting atmosphere that draws guests into the delicious feast. So to complement the tablescape and Mediterranean grazing options, I opted to use organic textures, with handmade cotton paper tags at each place setting. Each guest’s name was handwritten in my modern calligraphy style, using a stunning deep raspberry ink.
The same romantic calligraphy was also used for the printed fabric banner that I created, which was hung in the fireplace behind the grazing station. It also included my signature hand drawn botanical illustrations. I also created a gold acrylic grazing menu sign, listing all the scrumptious goodies on offer!
As well as the food, I absolutely loved the styling of this shoot, which would be perfect whether you’re planning a destination wedding or just want to bring an Italian wedding vibe to your homegrown celebration. To create the look, stylist Louise took inspiration from family-style dining to create a tablescape where the simple pleasures of eating with friends took on a wedding-worthy vibe. For the florals, Ruth from All for Love used mostly olive and eucalyptus foliage (my favourites!), and brought in some colour with deep plum chrysanthemums, astilbe, and astrantia, as well as black ivy berries. She also incorporated fresh blackberry branches, figs, plums, and pomegranates into the floral styling. It all came together so beautifully!