For Chelsea and husband Mookie, celebrating their wedding in Italy with family and friends took place in September last year.
It all started from swiping right. The American couple met on the dating app Tinder and have been together ever since. The proposal was in early 2021 and the couple picked a venue in Tuscany, where they could marry the following summer.
Friends and family flew to Italy to enjoy the festivities in a gorgeous Tuscan village Quercia al Poggio, complete with idyllic vineyards and olive groves.
When they started planning their big day, Chelsea and Mookie knew that they wanted everything to be as authentic as possible. Blending two cultures together. They wanted real Italian food and wine, an eclectic music playlist, and even real Italian sunsets! Whilst also keeping to African American traditions like Jumping the broom. They looked at several different venues before choosing Quercia al Poggio, but once they saw Quercia al Poggio with its beautiful grounds, beautiful architecture, and great location—they knew this was where they wanted their wedding to take place. The charming courtyard was dressed with chandeliers, candles with touches of vibrant colour by planner Parade Wedding.
The Hair & Makeup
Chelsea flew my colleague Kelly and I to Italy the night before her wedding to do her hair and makeup.
Her long hair was styled into a braided crown and she wore minimal makeup to highlight her natural beauty. I made sure she looked as fresh at the end of the night as she did at the beginning! Kelly used Morroccan Oil hair products. We also did the hair and makeup for her maid of honour.
Makeup Application Tips
1.Great makeup starts with a great skin. Prep the skin with a good moisturiser that is light weight preferably oil free if you are getting married in a warmer climate. Use a primer before applying foundation.
2. For a flawless complexion I used Hourglass Vanish Seamless Finish Foundation Stick.
3. For her eyeshadow start by priming the eyes for crease free eyeshadow that lasts all day. I used the Mac paint pot in groundwork. I opted for earthy tones from the Pat McGrath palette and finished it off with a bit of sparkle to finish.
4. Trace and fill in the lips with a lip pencil. I customised a lipstick shade by using two colours to get the desired shade Chelsea wanted. I used NYX lipstick and Mac.
5. Finish by lightly dusting Mac blot powder in dark.
Hear Chelsea share the planning of her destination wedding on the Hue I do podcast.
Images curtesy of Meme Urbane