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An Italian Inspired Editorial Shoot Filled with Ancient Rome Details and a Swan Lake Gown | Milwaukee Wedding Photographer

The inspiration for this editorial shoot was to create elegant details to pair with the venue's Italian beauty. Villa Terrace has wonderful little details from ancient Rome all around their venue that tied into the final design. The color palette consisted of soft summer tones to flow with each corner of the venue! Muted pinks, greens, blues, and yellows filled the entire Villa.


Villa Terrace Decorative Arts Museum is a beautiful gem hidden in the city of Milwaukee, Wisconsin! The Italian Renaissance villa is designed by David Adler and is filled with stunning Mediterranean details, giving every corner a stunning backdrop for a wedding! The Courtyard surrounded by a vaulted loggia with Tuscan columns and grilled Italian windows, as well as terra cotta pots imported from Italy. In the center of the courtyard is one of Villa Terrace's most know details and that is a statue of Mercury! Its torso dates to the second century A.D!!


The model's wedding gown reminds me of Swan Lake! It is a Dimitra's Bridal Couture designed by Tony Ward, a Lebanese-Italian fashion designer. His 2023 collection is inspired by music with attention to detail resembling a musical symphony. I can hear the song Tchaikovsky Pas De Deux play as the bride twirls in her dress!


Florals filled the entire Villa for this shoot! Vines were wrapped around the columns as well as the most stunning floral display I had ever seen for Mili Wonka Treats cake display! The tablescape included florals arranged in pottery that paired well with the Abram Poole Oil Paintings (“Athena, Goddess of Wisdom” and “Diana, Goddess of the Hunt”) displayed in the Great Hall. But the florals don't stop there! Briar Loft did a gorgeous design with florals along the ceremony aisle in the garden with the guest chairs parallel to the aisle!


Every detail that went into this editorial was absolutely stunning! My favorite design element was the reception hall with the kings table! The ceiling beams in the room are Georgia Pecky Cypress with white, blue and yellow stenciling pairing perfectly with the florals and BBJ La Tavola's linens.


To achieve a wedding design like this, you must pick a wedding venue that provides elements that will flow with your inspiration! Any venue you choose will have an impact on your final design as well as your photos! Choosing an amazing planner is also a great choice!


wedding flatlay with white bella belle shoes and blue details

gold and pearl earrings with blue ribbon

wedding flatlay with light blue details

ring in green ring box with wedding invites

bride holding wedding bouquet

bride sitting with wedding florals

bride in full wedding gown holding wedding bouquet

rome statue

bride and groom in green bushes in front of greek statue

groom in white suit sitting on ledge

bride and groom in arched hallway

rome statue in green bushes

bride walking down aisle towards villa

bride surrounded by blooms walking down wedding aisle

groom holding brides hand

bride and groom holding hands in front of villa

bride and groom dip down wedding aisle

bride and groom kissing during wedding ceremony

orange, yellow and white florals

statue on brick ledge in front of green bushes

bride sitting on grooms lap in reception with painting behind them

beige candles with wedding florals on reception table

wedding table scape with florals

wedding menu and name tag on wedding tablescape

white linen tablescape with florals

light orange florals

wedding table florals

wedding tablescape with white linen and white chairs

wedding cake with florals and green vines on pillars

light orange and white florals with wedding cake

villa terrace courtyard with green bushes and greek statue

Host, Design & Planning // @eventstoat @mollyschmelling

Venue // @thevillamke

Florist // @briarloft

Linens // @bbjlatavola

Rentals // @tablescapeschgo

Cake/Desserts // @miliwonkatreats

Stationery // @theessletter

Hair & Make Up // @thebutterflycollectivewi

Bridal Attire // @dimitrasbridalcouture

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