Fine Art Wedding Inspiration + A Red-Violet Color Story

Dear ones! A few months back I did a post on fine art wedding photography featuring color and I thought it was time for a second. While our last post focused on juicy, citrus colors perfect for warmer months, this monochromatic color story is beautifully suited to cooler weather. Burgundy, violet, cranberry, and plum create a beautifully rich and deep color palette that is elegant + moody without being heavy. Did I mention there's velvet? And fruit? And wine? And cake? And shouldn't we just get to the pics already, Jennifer, hurry the heck up already!

Lush, decadent color against a light backdrop. Styling by jennifer of {feather + oak}, photography by Sarah Sidwell Photography, florals by Emily Kennedy of Kennedy Occasions.

Lush, decadent color against a light backdrop. Styling by jennifer of {feather + oak}, photography by Sarah Sidwell Photography, florals by Emily Kennedy of Kennedy Occasions.

If you want rich and elegant burgundy minus the heaviness, go for a space with a light interior. This space had the added bonus of windows and you just can't beat natural light for lovely photos but a space intentionally designed with pale ceilings, walls, and floors will allow a photographer to bounce a flash for a truer color capture. 

Texture is a must in a monochromatic color story. Styling by jennifer of {feather + oak}, photography by Sarah Sidwell Photography, florals by Emily Kennedy of Kennedy Occasions.

Texture is a must in a monochromatic color story. Styling by jennifer of {feather + oak}, photography by Sarah Sidwell Photography, florals by Emily Kennedy of Kennedy Occasions.

There are two ways to achieve depth in a monochromatic color story: 1) vary the texture 2) very the hue. I adore texture and I used it in abundance. Silver for it's metallic and reflective qualities, glass for transparency and reflection, stone + paper for their matte surfaces, a glorious swoop of silk velvet for softness and florals. So many florals and fruits. The color scheme incorporates dark red, from cherry to burgundy, and violet, from almost black to blue, as well as accent colors like pale pink and cream to contrast with the richness of the red-violet tones. (Technical side note: a monochromatic color story is one that incorporates colors adjacent to one another on the color wheel. In this case red-violet; the colors that fall between red and violet on the spectrum. Google Munsell hue circle for a good, visual reference.) 

Texture close up: velvet, paper, fruit, floral, stone, metal. Styling by jennifer of {feather + oak}, photography by Sarah Sidwell Photography, florals by Emily Kennedy of Kennedy Occasions.

Texture close up: velvet, paper, fruit, floral, stone, metal. Styling by jennifer of {feather + oak}, photography by Sarah Sidwell Photography, florals by Emily Kennedy of Kennedy Occasions.

Let's talk dresses shall we?! How about a white gown with the most epic train I've ever seen and a dress in a delicious cafe au lait so perfect for winter. 

The most amazing train on a gown. Styling by jennifer of {feather + oak}, photography by Sarah Sidwell Photography, florals by Emily Kennedy of Kennedy Occasions.

The most amazing train on a gown. Styling by jennifer of {feather + oak}, photography by Sarah Sidwell Photography, florals by Emily Kennedy of Kennedy Occasions.

Can you believe this train? It's heavenly. This dress feels princess, modern, and boudoir all at the same time. Let's add Emily's bouquet to the scene...

Amazing bouquet by Emily Kennedy of Kennedy Occasions, photography by Sarah Sidwell Photography, styling by jennifer of {feather + oak}

Amazing bouquet by Emily Kennedy of Kennedy Occasions, photography by Sarah Sidwell Photographystyling by jennifer of {feather + oak}

And a close up of the top... (can you believe our gorgeous model's freckles?! Glorious I tell you, GLORIOUS.)

Dress from LVD Bridal, photography by Sarah Sidwell Photography, styling by jennifer of {feather + oak}.

Dress from LVD Bridal, photography by Sarah Sidwell Photographystyling by jennifer of {feather + oak}.

Let's talk dress two. The color of cafe au lait. Layers of silk chiffon. Delicate draping. It's a gorgeous alternative to white and a more subtle contrast to the rich tones of the details.

Creamy, yummy cafe au lait color. Dress from LVD Bridal, photography by Sarah Sidwell Photography, florals by Emily Kennedy of Kennedy Occasions, styling by jennifer of {feather + oak}.

Creamy, yummy cafe au lait color. Dress from LVD Bridal, photography by Sarah Sidwell Photography, florals by Emily Kennedy of Kennedy Occasionsstyling by jennifer of {feather + oak}.

That draping. I mean...

Beautiful draping + layers of silk. Dress from LVD Bridal, photography by Sarah Sidwell Photography, florals by Emily Kennedy of Kennedy Occasions, styling by jennifer of {feather + oak}.

Beautiful draping + layers of silk. Dress from LVD Bridal, photography by Sarah Sidwell Photography, florals by Emily Kennedy of Kennedy Occasionsstyling by jennifer of {feather + oak}.

Paired with violet ribbons and vintage burgundy shoes, I'd never take it off. Sorry hon, you're going to have to get used to seeing me like this every day. DARN.

Princess perfection. Styling by jennifer of {feather + oak}, photography by Sarah Sidwell Photography, florals by Emily Kennedy of Kennedy Occasions, dress from LVD Bridal.

Princess perfection. Styling by jennifer of {feather + oak}, photography by Sarah Sidwell Photography, florals by Emily Kennedy of Kennedy Occasionsdress from LVD Bridal.

We've talked space, color, texture, dresses and the last piece: paper. While it's true that the paper suite is your guests first look at the style of event you're having, it isn't necessary to introduce your color scheme. Feel free to save it if you like. The style is far more important. 

Styling by jennifer of {feather + oak}, photography by Sarah Sidwell Photography, paper suite + calligraphy by Plume.

Styling by jennifer of {feather + oak}, photography by Sarah Sidwell Photography, paper suite + calligraphy by Plume.

You'll notice the paper suite is completely neutral: cream paper, grey ink + ribbon detailing, gold seals. All of the color has been saved for the stylist to incorporate on the invitation suite layout for the photographer. Saving the color for the background let's the paper suite take center stage and leap from the photo. It's what you paid for and that's where you want the focus. A good event stylist knows this and will communicate it to you. If you want a neutral suite with a hint of color, an envelope liner would be the perfect sneak peek to your guests of what's to come.

Styling by jennifer of {feather + oak}, photography by Sarah Sidwell Photography, paper suite + calligraphy by Plume.

Styling by jennifer of {feather + oak}, photography by Sarah Sidwell Photography, paper suite + calligraphy by Plume.

Timeless and classic. Always.

Our vendors: prop, food, dress styling -> jennifer of {feather + oak}photography -> Sarah Sidwell Photography | florals -> Emily Kennedy of Kennedy Occasions | paper suite + calligraphy -> Plume Calligraphy | gowns -> LVD Bridal