A Fine Art Wedding: How to Curate Your Own Master piece

All weddings are stunning events, but the Fine Art style of weddings perfectly embodies an absolute elegance hard to beat. With inspiration drawn from a bygone era, planning a fine art wedding is a perfect way to bring in an air of utter romance.
As if taken straight out of a oil painting by a Renaissance master, or a mental image from a Jane Austen novel, there is something dreamy, ethereal and airy about this type of wedding design. Classic sophistication meets a romantic fairytale.
As a photography style, it is totally poetic and romantic, embracing the grace, love and philosophical spirit of the day.

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How to incorporate Fine Art elements into you wedding:

Start with a soft and muted color palette – great neutral colours to use could be dusty blue, ivory, dusty pink, dove gray,  and accents of tarnished metals.
Use flowy semi- sheer fabrics to create a subdued aesthetic. Pair loose arrangements of greenery with unstructured wildflower florals to create an organic and foraged feel. Roses, magnolias and thistle or can enhance the bouquet and center pieces.
For the invites and all written goods, hiring a calligrapher is your best option.
Scroll down for more Fine Art wedding inspiration.

The Stationary

Inspired by letters written long before the type writer, the Fine Art Wedding Invite may sport intricate calligraphy, deckled edges and a wax seal. Complete with your wedding logo stamped on a handmade envelope, tie a silk ribbon and you have mastered the art of Old World wedding invitations. Finely etched floral motifs are also welcomed.
For your signs, seating plan, name cards and gift tags, hand torn paper edges with give you  a stunning Old Romance look.

photography by kayla barker
Brumley & Wells Wedding Photography | Fine Art Film Wedding Photography | Colorado | California | Destination » Blog
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Fine Art Film Photography by Taylor & Porter. Stationery suite by LA Happy. Florals by Pyrus.
photography by taylor & porter
Floral wedding stationery  inspiration from a romantic fine art shoot. Photography by Gyan Gurung
photography by gyan gurung
Storytime | Clayton Austin. Fine Art Film Photographer. Available Worldwide.
clayton austin fine art film photographer 

 

The cake

Keep the cake fairly minimal – the classic white cake is a good base to start from. Let the cake be a work of art, without being over decorated. Adorn it with one or a couple of the following: florals, green sprigs, fruit, a metallic accent or slight marbling on the fondant  could also be a good idea to make it a bit more modern. Keep the overall look fresh, light, organic and not too “planned”. A ribbon is not a bad idea either.

Love this tall wedding cake | http://mysweetengagement.com/galleries
image courtesy of let’s get weddy
Semi Naked Cake with Fig Decor | Dreamy English Elegance Floral Inspiration Shoot Captured by Fine Art Photographer Kathryn Hopkins Photography | Fallen Flower Design | Heart & Soul Cakes | http://www.rockmywedding.co.uk/english-elegance/
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Fine Art Wedding Inspiration from Greece | Alexis Rose Photography | Bridal Musings Wedding Blog
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Pink and White Wedding Cake with Gilded Calligraphy Cake Topper | Oahu Hawaii Fine Art Wedding By Alp & Isle Photography
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The table styling

Organic and unstructured florals combined with elegant china and crockery. The candle holders, vases and glassware are ideally vintage. Use a water colour still life painting as your inspiration. Keep the tables uncluttered but scattered greenery such as ivy, pea runners or olive sprigs keeps the look organic and brings it all to life. The centerpieces are opulent, foraged and doesn’t necessarily have to follow a color scheme.

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Spring Table Setting Wedding Inspiration | Of Georgia Fine Art Photography
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Jose Villa Photography | Planning & Design: Duet Weddings | Floral Design: Flowerwild | Venue: Greystone Mansion | Rentals: Town & Country Event Rentals
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Taylor & Porter Fine Art Film Photography - England Wedding Photographer - European Wedding - Destination weddings - Fine Art Curation
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The venue

It all starts with a beautiful venue. An grand historic building of any kind is the natural choice, whether an Italian castle in the country side, a Spanish villa, Southern plantation, a French Chateau, wine farm in South Africa, a grand house by the sea or on a lake.

In the city, an old building, Art Deco, Victorian, Georgian, Tudor or medieval, a European-style manor house or similar, or head out to an elegant country club.

An art museum or library could work perfectly – choose a place with an architecture and atmosphere that speaks to you where you hear history whisper.

Look out for: a formal or English style garden. A beautiful staircase. Pillars and ornate interiors. Oil paintings. Large fireplaces. Wooden or travertine floors. Natural setting such as a pasture with horses or a meadow.

Remember: the Fine Art styling could be set up on any background – even an minimalist back drop can work as “the art is in the eye of the beholder”. Fine Art weddings can be modern too.

 

Palace of Fine Art European Wedding Inspiration.  Photo by Tenth and Grace
the palace of fine arts, san fransisco. photograhy by tenth and grace
Rebecca Schoneveld modern dress inspired by art deco in Los Angeles
 photo by stephanie williams // 7th place, los angeles
Parisian dream, the Chateau de Varennes. Located in the south of France, this historic Chateau is pure elegance.
chateau de varennes, france
Fine art bridal portraits at the Virginia House, an English Tudor with an exquisite outdoor English garden, by Alex C Tenser Photography and Maggie Richard Design
virginia house by alex c tenser photography
Venue: Kendall Plantation - http://www.stylemepretty.com/portfolio/kendall-plantation Photography: Kayla Barker Fine Art Photography - kaylabarker.com   Read More on SMP: http://www.stylemepretty.com/2017/01/09/classic-southern-texas-wedding/
kendall plantation, texas // kayla barker photography

The Ceremony

Choose a ceremony space that is beautiful, dreamy and fairytale like, whether a natural setting or in/ near a building.

International Fine Art Wedding Stylist Joy Proctor | Wedding Sparrow #fineartcuration
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Greenery Adorned Wedding Arch

the unique arching trees make it look like you are going through a tunnel of enchantment

hartley botanica // valentia glidden fine art photography
Photography : Adam Barnes Fine Art Photography | Wedding Venue : DAR-Constitution Hall | Floral Design : Da Vinci Florist Read More on SMP: http://www.stylemepretty.com/washington-dc-weddings/2015/05/16/gold-green-washington-dc-wedding/

adam barnes fine art photography // DAR-constitution hall
Yelena and Julien South of France Wedding

jose villa photography, france

erin mcvey photography

aisling, ireland

The Bouquet and flowers

The bouquets follow the same route as the tablescapes: unstructured, loosely arranged and romantic florals such as roses, magnolias, peonies mixed with wildflowers and greenery. The bridal bouquet could be on the larger side, avoiding being too tight and round but rather organically shaped with sprigs cascading down or to the sides.

Ideal colours are creams, burnt apricot, dusty rose, pale blues and pops of burgundy, infused with greenery. Color schemes are not necessary as the composition as a whole creates the delicate ambiance.

rose bouquet
this modern romance – stephanie williams 
Greenery Filled Bridal Bouquet
photography live view studios
Greenery Filled Bridal Bouquet
meghan mehan photography
Esther and Thaddaeus' Wildly Organic and Spiritual Wedding by Taylor and Porter | Wedding Sparrow fine art wedding blog
taylor & porter photography
Floral Design by IVY Flowers | Photographer Katie Grant | Hair by Kayla Marshall Wedding Hair & Style | Sarah Seven Gown | Fine Art Curation | Wedding Sparrow
katie grant photography
Photography : Kayla Barker Fine Art Photography Read More on SMP: http://www.stylemepretty.com/2016/04/18/french-chateau-wedding-inspiration-to-sweep-you-off-your-feet/
kayla barker photography
Ariel & Andrew's Fine Art Brooklyn Wedding by Lauren Balingit Photography | Wedding Sparrow | wedding blog
lauren balingit photography

 

The bride

Few things are as beautiful as a bride. In Fine art bridal portraits, brides are captured in the spirit of everything bridal: light, femininity, mystery, grace and effortless beauty.

Pre-Wedding Bridal Sessions: Why We Love Them | Wedding Sparrow | Chateau Cocomar | All Things Lovely Paper Co. | Morgan Gosch | Wedding Inspiration, Texas, Film, Fine Art, Wedding Invitation, Cherry Blossom, Spring Wedding
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Fine Art Film Photography Taylor & Porter Best At Dusk Beach Wedding Coastal Bride
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Carol Hannah Wedding Dress, Color Wedding Dress, by Perry Vaile Photography
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Fine Art bridal accessories by SIBO Designs - coastal bridal session ideas | Wedding Sparrow | thecablookfotolab
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Lace Wedding Gown in an Outdoor Bridal Session | Wedding Sparrow | Mint Photography
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This bridal tiara in gold is timeless and elegant with its simple design. Pull back your hair to let the tiara truly shine.
jose villa photography
D'Arcy Benincosa Wedding Photography l Wedding Sparrow Fine Art Curation
d’arcy benincosa wedding photography
Hairstyle Inspiration from Kurt Boomer Film Photography Workshop
kurt boomer film photography 

 

The dresses

I know that I must definitely do a post solely on these dresses sometime, as it was incredible hard to pick out just a selection!
The fairytale-esque elements of a Fine Art wedding day are summed up in the wedding dress. Floaty, airy, dreamy, relaxed and elegant, you can be sure to feel like a fairy queen on one of these. The choice of designs are numerous and infact any dress could be photographed as a fine art wedding dress, if put into the right light and context. But a dress with floral lace, delicate embellishments, floaty fabrics such as silk chiffon, georgette and tulle – a hint of pastel colour is also encouraged.

samuelle couture
chaviano couture
maria luisa rabell
Emily Riggs Bridal
emily riggs bridal
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paolo sebastian
Fine Art Film Wedding Photographer Erich McVey
emily riggs bridal
Featured Photographer: Lauren Kinsey Fine Art Wedding Photography
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Bridal gown Jennifer Gifford Designs I Bayleigh Vedelago Photography
jennifer gifford designs
darya kamalova thecablookfotolab russian destination wedding photographer in italy fine art film photo-268
Novshar 

 

The couple photography

As with all wedding couple photography, there are just 4 words: Pure Love And Joy. In Fine Art Wedding Photography, the love and joy is being portrayed bathing in a sea of philosophical atmosphere, making the photos intensiley romantic, poetic and sometimes even spiritual.

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via haley sheffield
Vicki Grafton Photography | Paris France Chateau Wedding | Fine Art Film Wedding Photographer | Blush Wedding | Amy Merrick Bouquet | Alexandra Grecco Gown | Styling by Ginny Au | The Artist Holiday | Chiali Meng Hair and Makeup | Chateau de Bouthonvilliers
vicki grafton photography
Jose Villa
jose villa photography
Movement of the wedding dress
nastia vesna 
Paris Elopement Wedding Photography Fine Art Film Photography Taylor & Porter Samuelle Couture Tinge Floral Bride Groom Autumn
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We're in fine art heaven today as we showcase the third part in a series of Elements Inspired wedding ideas here on Wedding Sparrow. All photographed at the recent Erich McVey Workshop alongside a ...
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OLD WORLD ELEGANCE--autumn wedding  Taylor & Porter Fine Art Film Photography St. Giles House Bride & Groom
taylor & porter photography
A Bride and Groom Embracing | Melanie Gabriel Photography on @bajanwed via @aislesociety
melanie gabriel photography 
Elegant and Natural Fine Art Weddings Inspiration | Love My Dress® UK Wedding Blog
photography by suzanne li naomi kenton
Romantic Desert Elopement by Jacquelyn Hayward Photography | Wedding Sparrow
jacquelyn hayward photography

 

 

 

 

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