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Sun-drenched Italian hills, warm blue waters, rustic Mediterranean villas... Is this the honeymoon of your dreams? Nope! Just your newest wedding color palette inspiration! This season, we're taking you to the stunning landscape of Northern Italy to get inspired by the dolce vita lifestyle. Lake Como, a luxurious resort destination in Italy's Lombardy region (and famously the home of one of your favorite celebrity newlyweds George Clooney!), is full of Mediterranean villas, dramatic scenery, and endless big day de&eacor ideas. Take inspiration from this easy, breezy coastal town for effortlessly chic, nautical nuptials.
Cultivate the beautiful blues of the once-glacial lake, the gorgeous greens of the Italian alps, and the crisp white hues of the blooms in the surrounding Mediterranean gardens in your wedding color palette. Wedding invitations printed on luxe cardstock with sweeping, romantic calligraphy is the first to set the mood. Next, dress your 'maids in pretty periwinkle bridesmaid frocks, in a cut that's breezy enough to beat the Italian summer heat and chic enough to impress your aristocratic guests. An overflowing bridal bouquet made up of creamy florals with a freshly-picked essence, is practically a given for your romantic, lakeside soirée.
Look to villa-inspired venues to host your wedding reception and embrace the Italian love of food and entertaining with embroidered napkins that tote an olive branch print. Even your wedding cake can get in on the magical Mediterranean festivities. Gussy up a classic buttercream-frosted confection with rustic olive branches. Wrap your gorgeous garland around each of the tiers for a fresh, boho-chic vibe. After a delicious dinner that's sure to please, send your guests off with a tasty keepsake — a just-bottled vessel of olive oil to satisfy their new taste for Italian fare, stateside. Bellissimo!
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1. Bouquet, $180, Amy Merrick; 2. Oval-cut diamond ring in 18K white gold, price upon request, Claire Pettibone x Trumpet & Horn; 3. Bridesmaid dress, $236, Lela Rose available at Dessy; 4. Embroidered napkins, $79 for four, John Robshaw Textiles; 5. Save the dates, $500, Oh My Deer by Chelsea Petaja; 6. Salad dressing bottle, $5.99, Tablecraft available at Amazon