I’ve got another installment of the board game wedding series for you today and this time the inspiration is chess! It’s a game that I have absolutely no idea how to play, but I do know that it has a rich history and that’s the catalyst for this wedding inspiration board.
Chess originated in India sometime during the 6th century, but it was in southern Europe during the Renaissance that chess morphed into the game that we know today. The original chess didn’t have a queen, but the Europeans changed that (along with some of the rules) and now the queen is considered the most powerful piece.
Instead of going with a black and white themed wedding for this inspiration board I wanted to bring in the classy, glossy browns that handcrafted wooden chess sets have and give the whole thing a Renaissance feeling. During the Renaissance it was fashionable for women to wear off the shoulder gowns with low necklines so the picture of the bride in this inspiration board couldn’t be more perfect!
The crown cake topper pays homage to the queen piece (and the bishop because of the cross) and the placement of the rose stems is reminiscent of the squares on a chess board. The opulent rings, calligraphy, and stone pedestal add some extra old world Renaissance vibes.
Details to adore:
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photo credits: bride shot by Jose Villa for Once Wed Magazine // calligraphy by Neither Snow via Style Me Pretty, photographed by Rylee Hitchner // rings via Ruffled, photographed by Teneil Kable // roses via Moco Loco // Valentino pumps from 100 Layer Cake, photographed by KT Merry // crown cake topper from Elizabeth Messina on Kiss The Groom.