Thursday, August 2, 2012

Ashley & Heath: The Art Inspired Wedding

Hey everyone!

Today I'm going to give you a sneak peek into the inner workings of a wedding planner's brain. As I'm sure you've guessed by now, Ashley & Heath's wedding was entirely inspired by art. The art in Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, the architecture of the museum itself, and even the beautiful frames you see in museums throughout the world. Now here's how we incorporated this inspiration into their wedding design:

1. Color Scheme - We chose a base color scheme of all shades of gray from light silver {graphite pencil} to dark gray {charcoal sketches}. You can see this influence on the invitations, the chairs, and on the linens which were a variety of shades of silver & gray. Of course we added a little ivory and blush to keep it summery & fresh.

2. The Invitations - Ashley's uncle, an artist, sketched the museum based on a photograph that Dale Benfield snapped for us months before the wedding {see below}. We included the sketch with the invitation printed on heavy paper for guests to frame and hang as art in their home. The original sketch was also framed and displayed at the reception.

The original image by Benfield Photography

3. The Dessert Display - The wedding cake was inspired by both the large aluminum tree sculpture in front of the museum as well as the beautiful nature surrounding the building. Jennifer of Shelby Lynn's contributed and incredible idea to the design of the cake. During our brainstorming session, she mentioned that when she thinks of museums and artwork, she is drawn to the ornate, gorgeous frames as much as to the artwork itself, and that she wanted to do a chocolate frame around the cake! Ashley & I were thrilled at this idea and immediately told her to go for it. The white chocolate frame suspended from the arbor turned out beautifully...
The food itself was all individual works of art with beautiful mini servings perfectly displayed. We also included bowls of fruit as an homage to classic still life paintings seen throughout art history...

And last but certainly not least...

4. The Artist - This is something that has been on my "wedding bucket list" for years, and it was ABSOLUTELY perfect for Ashley & Heath's museum wedding. Ashley had years ago purchased artwork from Jane Garrison, a well known Fayetteville artist, so we took a chance and she called her to see if she'd be willing to paint her ceremony. Lucky for us, she said yes! Jane sat at the back of the ceremony aisle and painted throughout the ceremony. I'll be sharing the final product with you as soon as I have it, but here is the work in progress...

And that's how we fully developed the design of their wedding! It was absolutely filled with custom art inspired details and was so beautiful. It was so much fun to design and plan and it couldn't have come together more perfectly!

Thanks again to Benfield Photography for the beautiful images!

I've got one more post from Ashley & Heath's wedding to share with you tomorrow, you don't want to miss it!

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