We are getting all luxe and moody today and I am really feeling the autumn/winter vibes right now, thanks to the dark and luxurious jewel tone colour palette not to mention the seriously stylish attire and accessories. Adding to the atmosphere of these Dutch art wedding ideas, were long candles, rich velvet, terrariums and fruit along the tablescape. The result is spectacular combined with a statement flower arrangement as the centrepiece and I just love the bold bouquet the bride holds too. So dreamy.
How exquisite is the black polka dot veil which adds real drama, along with the stunning hair and make up looks too? The styling and cake by Avant Garde Cake Studio was out of this world beautiful, with a real theatrical feel to the floral and fruit adorned cake creation. Do also look out for sublime stationery and the sweetest little flower girl. I really think you will be left feeling inspired by these emotive shots by Berni Palumbo Photography, wow!
Dutch Art Wedding Ideas
Sarah from Avant Garde Cake Studio
Berni and I are both obsessed with art and this shoot is a part of a series we are doing, dedicated to different movements and artists. I could not have found a better photographer and team mate for the job – her photography style plays with lights and colours as a painter would play too, and the images she creates are straight out of a museum. She also knows how to work with kids and makes everyone comfortable.
For this particular one, we drew inspiration from Dutch paintings – and more precisely 17th century Dutch paintings, their vanitas and their madonnas. The themes we wanted to explore from this genre were not necessarily compatible with weddings at first glance, like “memento mori” – “remember that you have to die”. Western weddings are not typically days during which people think about death so we wanted this to be subtle and used cut flowers, fruits – which will rot – and a skull-shaped vase to convey this idea.
We asked our beautiful model, Gemma, to bring her little girl, Issy. Her youthfulness counteracted the darkness of the shoot and enabled us to paint the bride as a madonna. The dress she was wearing was made by Monday’s Child, a London company that creates luxury occasion wear for children, and is made of thick velvet. Its dusky pink colour complemented perfectly the richer colours of the shoot.
As dark and moody as we wanted this shoot to turn out, we wanted it to look luxurious, full of symbols of wealth: that’s why we used thick crushed velvet fabric as our table runner, an extremely long table – similar to the ones the nobility would have owned and used, long candles and gold everywhere, as well as a huge and full floral centrepiece. The baroque rooms of the building where we were allowed to shoot made it a perfect backdrop – the decorated ceiling in the Roysse room only added to the luxurious feel of the shoot and the big fireplace, wooden walls and huge paintings in the Council chamber all added to this travel in time.
Lara from Wild Renata Flowers provided us with a beautiful and lush centrepiece. Like Dutch vanitas, she made a full arrangement with an intense attention to detail.
She worked closely with Lynsey from Two Little Birds and the stationery she designed so that both conversed and made sense together. Our palette was dark jewel tones and deep hues, always to convey this sense of luxury but mortality too.
The bridal bouquet was also big and full, with a lot of different textures.
The dresses were provided by Marie Chandler Bridal, and were actually separates. The top is made in fine silk and the skirts are made with thick satin and we loved how flowy they looked together – draping around our bride elegantly.
Lynsey provided us with props as well as stationery – the golden candleholders and pyramidal terrariums, as well as the black candles.
The hair and make up, both done by Joyce Connor, were subtle yet dark, all to compliment the natural beauty that is Gemma. Joyce kept Gemma’s hair down and gave it a natural wave, a deep lip and dark eyes – but not too heavy, so she still looked like a madonna, a young mother.
Sash and Veil sent us a beautiful black veil that we used to explore light and shadows as well as textures on Gemma’s face. Paired with Wild Renata Flowers’ dark hydrangea crown, it flowed around our bride’s face.
For the cake, I wanted to make it moody and dark, but plentiful. My goal was to give one the impression of a vase full to the brim – it was going to be elegant but extravagant, rich but never losing from sight the decay and its inevitability. To do that, I paired it with the skull vase and adorned it with a mountain of flowers and fruits – and it looked like it was straight out of a vanitas in this grand setting.
Credit Where Credit Is Due
Photography & Styling
Berni Palumbo Photography
Styling & Cake
Avant Garde Cake Studio
Wild Renata Flowers
Stationery & Props
Two Little Birds
Marie Chandler Bridal
Thanks ever so much to the whole creative team above for sharing with us these magnificent wedding ideas. Oh my! xo Lou