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[field title=”The Inspiration”]From event planner and designer, Michlle Layman of Events by Elle:
This editorial shoot was inspired by the Impressionist master himself, Claude Monet, the signature shades of blue in Water Lilies, and the pristine white interiors of the Musée de l’Orangerie. Lovers of Monet’s work since childhood, our team was excited about designing a world where weddings and art intertwined.The vision resonated with Ashely Hotka of Good Earth Floral Design: “The blue hues of the Water Lilies series, the whimsical pastel parasols, the painterly meadows- let’s bring Monet’s works to life!” Reminiscing, photographer Claire Ryser recalls, “My late grandfather was a fine art painter, I remember playing hide and seek among his canvases and drop cloths, surrounded by oil paintings of prairies, lush river scenes, and meadows, all in the Impressionist style. It means the world to me that this team and I had a chance to bring the gardens of Monet’s village to life inside the The Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts.”
Sareh Nouri’s stunning Something Blue Collection was the cornerstone piece and all elements were centered around this fiercely feminine, avant-garde gown design! The Hydrangea gown truly cast a spell on us and completed our Impressionist and Avant-Garde vision.
A custom hand-painted backdrop was made specifically for this editorial by the incredible Jeremy Ellsworth to incorporate an additional fine art element. From photographer Claire Ryser: “Using a painted backdrop is another way to create a fine-art-inspired feel to your wedding day portraits. It’s also another fantastic way to incorporate your color palette consistently throughout the day’s photography.” Impressionism is having such a moment and couples will be inspired by these enchanting styles, romantic color palettes, and depictions of overflowing garden floral designs. As Monet once said, “I must have flowers, always, and always.” It’s a testament to the enduring influence of art on love and celebration. [/field]
[field title=”Wedding Colors”]Shades of blue and a luscious garden-inspired palette of yellow, cream, violet, rose, blush, and mauve.
[field title=”The Venue”]After having lingered for hours through the panoramic gleaming white rooms of Musée de l’Orangerie in Paris, our photographer, Claire Ryser, knew the venue for this art-inspired editorial had to be white, bright and open. The grand foyer of the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts was the perfect choice. It provided a pristine and luxurious canvas with sky-lit, soaring ceilings and an expansive glass tent-like awning, allowing the outdoors and sunlight into our imagery. The clean lines and sleek design of the all-white ballroom allowed the color and texture in the design to stand out in contrast.
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[field title=”Wedding Gown”]Featuring and centered around the breathtaking Hydrangea gown from Sareh Nouri’s Something Blue Collection was an obsession for our photographer, Claire Ryser. “I couldn’t catch my breath after seeing the collection debut, and quite honestly, I became obsessed. It’s feminine, dramatic, and so avant-garde, flying in the face of the traditional all-white wedding gown. It’s perfect for a couple who wants to add a fashion-forward element to their day and wear a non-traditional yet gorgeous formal gown.” Another gown from this collection we featured is Last First Kiss, with perfectly placed blue bows dotting the back of the gown and on the sleeve. The Something Blue Collection is stunning against the gleaming venue and cascading florals. Couples wanting to add classic and timeless pops of color can also take note of the gorgeous Italian-made silk and floral heels from Something Bleu. The shoes complete the look and are an extension of the theme. Delicate heirloom pearl jewelry was our “something borrowed” here. From Claire Ryser: “I absolutely love Incorporating family heirlooms into the fashion for the day. The timelessness of vintage pieces in addition to the nostalgia is what great fashion moments are made of!”.
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[field title=”Florals & Decor”]Shades of blue steal the show for this color palette, gleaning inspiration from Sareh Nouri’s “Something Blue” Collection and the breathtaking Hydrangea gown. Additionally, Good Earth Floral and Events by Elle curated everything based on a luscious garden-inspired palette by adding romantic tones of yellow, violet, rose, blush, and mauve. Much of the floral was sourced from our floral designer’s personal flower garden, making this an even more sentimental moment for our team. Our photographer, Clare Ryser says, “When I think of the famous Impressionist works, I picture sunlit meadows, serene gown-adorned women, and colorful gardens. Seeing this meadow-inspired look come to life indoors in the heart of the city brought me so much joy.”
Texture was a key consideration for floral, the dress, and especially the invitation suite.
From Good Earth Floral: “We didn’t want the florals to be tightly structured – the goal was to have the floral flow and grow upwards along the staircase at varying heights with creeping greenery and vines to really pull off an overflowing garden look. Inspired by the lighting gradients and the depth created by his brush strokes, we made intentional choices in our floral installations to play with gradient shades of blues, yellows, lavenders, and mauves. Visually heavy florals like hydrangea were nestled towards the base of the arrangement while soft dancing textures like queen Anne’s length floated up and up towards blue cloudy skies.”
Yellow Brick Graphics incorporated floral-inspired colors into the stationery for such a cohesive yet old-world feel, with monogrammed and embossed velvet invitations, delicate painted brush strokes within the textured envelope liners, silk tassels, and custom wax seals.
We added airy pops of yellow baby’s breath and hand tied satin bows to the sleek blue champagne coups as well, mixing the modern and meadow together. The essence of Impressionism, with its play of light, color, and texture really did influence every decision.
[field title=”Favorite Design Element”]Would a Monet-inspired work be complete without a parasol? Good Earth Floral added a surprising and whimsical touch of to a traditional white parasol by adorning it with bouncy, airy, and romantic floral. From our photographer, Claire Ryser: “The flowers she selected for this reminded me of the dashed and dotted brush strokes of a painting! I’m loving non-traditional personal flowers and this parasol was probably my favorite piece!”. A basket bouquet was an absolutely darling touch to complete a fresh take on personal flowers.
[field title=”Tips To Pull Off The Look”]The Impressionism-inspired meadowy, garden style floral isn’t solely for the countryside. Don’t be afraid to incorporate elements of cascading, climbing, and airy florals in romantic color palettes – this will soften any venue! From photographer Claire Ryser: “Impressionism is all about light and color play, seasonal floral, and giving off an air of avant-garde, non-traditional whimsy. Your stationery, shoes, gown, and personal flowers are all areas that can be used as your canvas and avenue to incorporate artful stylistic elements. [/field]
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Photography: Claire Ryser | Event Planning: Events By Elle | Floral Design: Good Earth Floral Design Studio | Wedding Dress: Sareh Nouri | Cake: Shannon Bond Cakes | Invitations: Yellow Brick Graphics | Shoes: Something Bleu | Wedding Venue: Kauffman Center For The Performing Arts | Beauty: Bronzed and Blushed | Bridal Shop and Accessories: Mimi’s Couture Bridal | Custom Backdrop: Backdrops by Jeremy Ellsworth | Model Agency: Voices And Models | Rentals: A Little Bit Vintage