Wedding Inspiration

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 analagous 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 analogous 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 analogous 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 analogous 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: an analogous 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 lets the paper suite take center stage and leap from the photo. It's what you paid for and that is 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

 

Fine Art Wedding Inspiration + A Juicy Citrus Color Story

Hello dear ones! Who has a love for fine art photography for weddings but an equal love of color? While it's true that fine art generally skews neutral or very pastel, it doesn't have to. Fine art wedding photography can indeed be colorful and we're going to show you using juicy tones of grapefruit, tangerine, and lemon. Featured on Style Me Pretty

The simplest way to incorporate bright color into your day? Florals. Large blooms in bold colors easily carry the color story throughout your event. Not to mention your florist will adore you for choosing something different. And while beautiful silk ribbons are all the rage for bouquets (and let's be honest, hopefully here to stay), I chose to use a sash of chiffon on the bouquet instead for a twist. 

  An extra wide sash adds a lush element to an already lush bouquet.   Photo by  Julie Paisley Photography . Florals by  Petal and Pine .   Styling by Feather + Oak.   Hair and makeup by  Leslie Ellis .

An extra wide sash adds a lush element to an already lush bouquet. Photo by Julie Paisley Photography. Florals by Petal and PineStyling by Feather + Oak. Hair and makeup by Leslie Ellis.

Bright, citrus tones look gorgeous punctuated with white linens. Instead of the solid, banquet style linen I opted for vintage lace for it's textural beauty and feminine detail.

  A beautiful floral arrangement paired with a lace overlay creates a beautiful welcome vignette at a wedding. Photo by  Julie Paisley . Exquisite florals by  Petal and Pine . Styling by Feather + Oak.

A beautiful floral arrangement paired with a lace overlay creates a beautiful welcome vignette at a wedding. Photo by Julie Paisley. Exquisite florals by Petal and Pine. Styling by Feather + Oak.

A beautiful, bold paper suite sets the tone for this wedding. This is the calling card for event expectations. There's no doubt you're going to see lovely color at a wedding when you receive this in the post. 

  A colorful invitation is delightful to receive through the post while the table elements incorporate more white space to let the tablescape take center stage as a whole. Paper suite by  Designs In Paper . Styling by Feather + Oak. Photo by  Julie Paisley .

A colorful invitation is delightful to receive through the post while the table elements incorporate more white space to let the tablescape take center stage as a whole. Paper suite by Designs In Paper. Styling by Feather + Oak. Photo by Julie Paisley.

When you have bright florals on the table, I prefer to keep place settings fairly neutral to let those blooms take center stage. Here I incorporated a blush goblet, a linen napkin in a juicy tone pulled from the bouquet, and a menu card that ties the paper suite to the table setting. 

  Blush goblet and a linen napkin in a juicy color brings the floral color to the neutral place settings.   Paper goods by  Designs In Paper . Styling by Feather + Oak. Photo by  Julie Paisley .   Florals by  Petal and Pine .

Blush goblet and a linen napkin in a juicy color brings the floral color to the neutral place settings. Paper goods by Designs In Paper. Styling by Feather + Oak. Photo by Julie PaisleyFlorals by Petal and Pine.

And lastly, the most fun way to incorporate color into fine art wedding photography: be the color. As in wear it. I am such a fan of wedding gowns in color and their detail is captured so beautifully in photos. I mean...

  You can be a bride and wear color. Rosy gown by Hayley Paige. Photo by  Julie Paisley . Florals by  Petal and Pine . Styling by Feather + Oak. Hair and makeup by  Leslie Ellis .

You can be a bride and wear color. Rosy gown by Hayley Paige. Photo by Julie Paisley. Florals by Petal and Pine. Styling by Feather + Oak. Hair and makeup by Leslie Ellis.