Fine art as a wedding aesthetic can be interpreted in myriad ways: It is timeless, marked by thoughtful details, it is emotional and intentionally beautiful, it is a lovely story-telling. The words “fine art” connote the careful and inspired attention to detail characteristic of a sculptor or a painter. To create art in the celebration of the wedding and in the telling of the couple’s love story is the intent of the fine art stylist or photographer.
These may seem lofty goals when choosing the details for your wedding, but you can begin simply by approaching your styling with an artist’s eye and by incorporating a few key visual elements. In this piece, I’m featuring some of the fine art details I truly love to capture with my camera. They set the tone and theme of the day from the moment you announce your wedding.
Hand Lettered Paper Goods
Hand lettering and custom crafted paper goods are the first details of your wedding that your guests will see and this is your first opportunity to imbue your event with an art-inspired ambience.
Calligraphy artists create a fully personalized invitation suite, complete with hand-addressed envelopes. The script itself, made with a pointed nib pen and luxurious ink, is a work of art and invokes the aura of antique correspondence. The roughness of the paper edges, the vintage postage stamps, and the serifs and flourishes all create the impression of bespoke luxury. The pieces of the invitation suite look exquisite styled with the wedding bands, bridal jewelry, and other details that you will want to remember about your celebration.
A floral artist with a background in art and design and a solid understanding of the interplay of color, texture, and negative space will create the most stunning bouquets and arrangements.
A bouquet from an artisan florist will be surprising and beautiful from every angle. It will feature unique floral elements, each stem intentionally placed with care and thought. A floral designer can help you refine your color palette and will offer ideas for unique ways of incorporating your colors into your decor. As the bouquet will be placed prominently in many of the bridal portraits, a floral artist can insure that the design and style of the bouquet complement your gown and the overall style of your wedding.
Hand-Dyed Silk Ribbons
This soft and billowy style of silk ribbon photographs ever so beautifully. The colors can be soft and muted or bolder, depending on your palette.
Often with raw edges, these silks are crafted to have a more matte finish and softer drape than the traditionally-used shinier, often wired ribbons. When adorning the bridal bouquet, these ribbons mimic the luxe beauty of the wedding gown while at the same time adding movement and color that stand alone in their grace. Silk ribbon is also the perfect styling element for use in photographs of tablescapes, jewelry, invitation suites, and bridal details.
Couples can look to all manner of artistic expression for inspiration when designing their wedding day and creating their personal interpretation of the fine art aesthetic.
Some of my own favorite sources of creativity include paintings, literature, unique architecture, and my best-loved travel destinations. This intentional approach to styling will help your photographer capture detail images that will be the perfect accompaniment to the most cherished photos of the day, those of the bride and groom and loved ones.
Together, these photographs will make your wedding book a masterpiece. For those couples who love the fine art aesthetic but want to make planning an absolute breeze, a wedding stylist can make all your fine art dreams come true!
All Images ©2017 As Ever Photography
Silks: Honey Silks & Co.
Florals: The Potted Pansy
Calligraphy: Vita Popov Studios
Film Lab: The FIND Lab