My Wedding Reimagined: M Loves M

This week on My Wedding Reimagined we are chatting with the lovely Mara from M Loves M! Mara is a stylist, buyer for an online boutique and runs her lovely blog where she shares fashion, recipes and fun trips she takes with her hubby Matthew! Mara + Matthew have been married for 2 years (you can see their wedding photos on her blog) and I’m excited that she is sharing how she would do her dream wedding today if she had the chance to do it again! Thanks so much Mara!!


Did you learn anything from your wedding that you’d change or plan around if you could do it again?
I learned to not be afraid to ask for help. So many family members and friends were more than willing to donate their time to my various crafts and DIYs and give me suggestions for vendors. I appreciated their help so much and know that I couldn’t have done it without them, at least not while keeping my sanity!

If I had my (dream) wedding to do all over again…

your wedding fashion style: My wedding fashion style was much like my personal style- girly, romantic and classic. I’d think I’d like that style to be incorporated again in my Dream Wedding!


vibe for your wedding + reception: Matthew and I had a small wedding the first time around and I think I’d do that again. I’d want it to be personal and unforgettable for everyone there.

where would you draw inspiration? I’d draw inspiration from our honeymoon in Italy, from the colors to the foods and to the music playing. I’d also look at GWS since that was such a major resource for me. I loved pulling images and ideas and figuring out ways to incorporate them and make them my own.

color palette: I’d love a muted color palate {beiges, creams} with pops of colors like lavenders and greens.

location: Matthew and I got married in California, which was really easy for our families, but if I could do it again I would plan a destination wedding to Italy! We honeymooned there but I think it would be so fun to have all our family fly out for a romantic ceremony and reception under the Tuscan stars. I’d love a villa on the top of a hill overlooking the vineyards, and maybe a view of the distant coast.


the dress: I loved my full style dress but in Italy I think I’d want a slim-fitting lace dress. I love Monique Lhuillier’s Scarlet dress. It’s stunning and so romantic!

the shoes: I love these Valentino crystal covered heels! So girly and fun! I’d probably wear them for only a little bit and then I’d dance barefoot!

the flowers: I’d want white flowers with soft lilac and the fragrance of star of jasmine.

would you DIY anything? what would you DIY? I DIY’d so much for our wedding (seating chart, menu board, favors, programs, centerpieces), so I think I’d want an extremely simple wedding. I’d just want beautiful flowers, delicious food and candles everywhere!

dream photographer: Jose Villa! I loved working with him the summer before Matthew and I were engaged and we have one of his photos blown up in our apartment.

on the menu: Cheese, crusty bread, fresh fruit and lots of wine to start. For the main I’d love grilled fish and homemade raviolis. A tiramisu cake for dessert would be perfect!

soundtrack for the day: I’d love traditional Italian music to be playing. I’d want everyone to escape into a magical Italian paradise for the night!

any fun activities at the reception? Dancing {of course!}, a photo booth to capture silly memories and a sparkler send off.


dream honeymoon? After a wedding in Italy I’d love a honeymoon in Paris!

photo credits:  inspiration slide // reception photo // shoes // dress // hairpiece // candles // food // Paris