“Painting is concerned with all the attributes of sight; which are: Darkness, Light, Solidity and Colour, Form and Position, Distance and Propinquity, Motion and Rest.”
-Leonardo da Vinci
We were moved by the serenity and peacefulness shown in al fresco and still life paintings of the past with the deepest insight into the experience of life and nature. We wanted to render beauty and celebration that artfully re-imagined these qualities of luminous light and regal splendor through vignettes that contribute to the fleeting experiential art of real life.
Inspired by the rejuvenating pigments and delicate layers of these old world paintings, we developed a palette of soft hues paired with bold/deep accents. The expansive display of marble, wood, bas relief sculpture, and stone of the turn-of-the-century estate provided a stunning backdrop both indoors and out and we were influenced by its inherent beauty. The procession of the bride through these spaces tells a story of sophistication and timeless beauty as she readies herself for a most sacred declaration.
The celebration was characterized by simple yet decadent details layered with chic textures. The notion of the still life was realized with statuesque florals, antique brass candlesticks foraged from a local church, and vessels of shapely fruit. We chose silver flatware, delicate crystal glassware, and Prussian blue striped napkins to set the table. Intricately patterned white gold chargers were layered with ivory velvet ribbon from France and metallic gold scripted placecards. Grand Versailles chairs flanked the hand hewn table overlooking the lush grounds. The cake was a stunning hue of peach embellished with gold ornamentation and quilted accents. The invitations were hand painted in rich shades of ombre blue on ivory and blush.
The bride was adorned with layers of airy texture that allowed for graceful movement. This look was feminine and romantic with soft luxurious waves, a braided crown, and handmade lace boudoir ensemble. She held a bouquet of alluring florals with organically shaped foliage that added a touch of whimsy.
Photography – Lisa Hessel Photography
Creative Direction & Styling – Lauren Field Design
Hair & Makeup/Styling -- Valerie Brown
Florals -- Les Bouquets
Invitations/Handlettering & Placecards—On Three Designs
Gown (Ivory) -- Fleur De Lis Bridal
Gown (Grey) -- BHLDN
Lace Romper -- Tessa Kim
Chargers -- Aries Company
Venue -- Private Estate of David Blakely & Mike Wetle in St. Louis
Model -- Sarah Holder