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“Nothing in this whole world is of interest to me but my painting and my flowers.” – Monet

With breezy fabrics, verdant gardens, and a pastel bouquet plucked from my dreams, this Parisian wedding inspiration shoot couldn’t be more lovely. This dreamy palette was inspired by Monet’s series of oil paintings entitled “Waterlilies.” Soft tones of lilac, lavender, blush, white, and green combine with romantic textures — ruffled lilac and hydrangea petals, a detailed lace bodice and gauzy skirt — and create a sweet, delicate scene for a couple waiting to devote their lives to one another.

Read on for more from photographer Therese of Artiese Studios:

“I was inspired by the works of Monet — specifically “Waterlilies” and “La Promenade;” the flowers became the muse of this shoot. Monet was a savant of light and color, and my goal for this shoot was to portray the soft transitions of light from a silken morning to a shaded afternoon.

The soft combination of pastel colors of the delicate florals was beautifully arranged by Akiko of Floraison Paris and inspired by Monet’s painting “Waterlilies.” The Ada dress from Musat Bridal with French lace details on the top and an overflowing skirt made of multiple layers of silk perfectly reflected the mood and flow in one of Monet’s painting “La Promenade.” And lastly, the calligraphy invitation suite and love letter designed by Corsivo Calligraphy added the old world charm to this shoot.”

Photography: ARTIESE | Florals: Floraison Paris | Gown: Musat Bridal | Stationery & Calligraphy: Corsivo Calligraphy | Film lab: Richard Photo Lab

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Today we’re thrilled to showcase this selection of beautiful images, floral designs, and moments from the Still Life Workshop in Utah. With design inspiration ranging from fruity pops to clean, crisp design, we hope that you will find incredible ideas for your own wedding!

More from Ashley of Tinge Floral, one of the co-hosts of Still Life:
“We were both born and raised in Utah, where the landscapes are so diverse and inspiring. You can travel a few hours in any direction and be in red rock deserts, lush mountain meadows, or big open salt flats. While I’ve been fortunate enough to teach in many places, Utah is my home and so much inspiration and beauty lies here. A modern, boutique hotel nestled in the mountains of Park City seemed like the perfect setting for a flower workshop and retreat. Washington School House Hotel was the obvious choice with its minimal interior design, luxury accommodations, and attentive staff.

We called the workshop Still Life: The Study of Flowers. The Dutch Masters have greatly inspired this technique of floral design that has a much more natural approach. It’s a style that makes the viewer feel as if the stems were growing from the vessel itself, just as they would in a garden. We loved that the name felt calming, that it implied a sense of being still and enjoying moments of beauty in all things.

With this workshop we wanted to focus on three main points: education, experience and community. In teaching previously and with this workshop, I focused very heavily on making sure each student left feeling reignited in their craft and with new knowledge to apply toward their future work. Having a beautiful experience and leaving with a new community of friends was equallyimportant to us. Washington School House Hotel was an absolute dream at accomplishing these goals. Not only is the hotel impeccably designed, but the staff is extraordinary. Additionally, the hotel has only 13 rooms, which created a very intimate feeling throughout. The students were able to all stay together, enjoy each other’s company and at the same time be waiting on hand and foot by the staff.

We were fortunate to have Nicole Land of Soil and Stem join us for a magnificent large scale urn arrangement demonstration has such a way with foraged elements that made her the perfect fit for Still Life.

The concept of the welcome dinner was a true collaboration between me and Emily. We wanted it to really exemplify our love for simplicity and intentional design, while at the same time present a modern interpretation of the Dutch still life paintings that inspired the overall workshop. It focused on the colors of the citrus and florals, how they connected their textures, their placement, and their relationships to the objects around them.

During the welcome dinner each student introduced themselves and explained something that truly inspires their creative process. We couldn’t have imagined a better response and in turn a feeling of community that lasted throughout the workshop.”

If you are interested in attending Still Life 2017, email ashley@tingefloral.com

Workshop Hosts: Tinge FloralGatherist | Photography: Jill Thomas assisted by Ciara Richardson | Venue: The Washington Schoolhouse | Paper Goods/Branding: Kaela Rawson | Rentals: Alpine Event RentalsDecoration Inc. | Dinnerware and white ceramic vases: The Ark | Ribbon sponsors: Frou Frou Chic and Silk and Willow | Cake: Pippa Cakery | Floral Sponsor: Mayesh Wholesale | Dress: Leanne Marshall | Guest Teacher: Soil and Stem 

Today we’re talking about a wedding detail that is easy to overdo or overlook – the way food is displayed. Whether you choose a three-course dinner or something more relaxed, there is always an elegant way to present the food you serve. Here are a few ideas we’re loving.

Tabletop boards:

Charcuterie, fromage, fruit, all of the above – it’s hard to go wrong. Start with a rustic wooden board; Make & Stow, an artisan company located in Oregon, handcrafts a beautiful charcuterie set that would be the perfect choice. Add cured meats, assorted cheeses, cornichons, dried fruits, fresh berries and artisan crackers. You can make it Mediterranean, Scandinavian or simply farm-to-table. When arranging various food items atop each board, keep in mind size, color and spacing.

An elegant food bar:

We take the cocktail bar and cake table for granted, but what about an oyster station? A large-scale spread featuring Tuscan fare? To execute an elegant food bar, find unique rentals instead of standard chafing dishes and linens. Don’t worry about added decoration too much; the food will speak for itself. If you go with a buffet for your main course, think of it as a large food bar. Choose a beautiful table and arrange dishes in an artful way.  

Family style:

We love family style dinners. They naturally suit small weddings but can also lend a sense of intimacy to large events. Use your favorite bowls and platters to tie the meal together. Also, remember those boards we talked about? They can be a great addition to family style gatherings. Place boards along the middle of each table for guests to sample and pass around throughout dinner.

The well-composed plate:

The phrase “plated dinner” usually implies elegance, but if a plate is haphazardly arranged or just too full, that won’t be the case. Think about it this way – with a food bar or buffet, you can control the initial presentation. Guests will appreciate the display before serving themselves as they please. But with a plated dinner, each plate is a display on it’s own. So talk to your planner, designer or chef about ways to beautifully compose food on a plate. They will have plenty of ideas!

Creative passed appetizers:

Hors d’oevres can be classic or creative. If you choose something entertaining, like sliders and whiskey shots, serve them on a nice tray. An elegant wedding can definitely include pub favorites like french fries or fish and chips – just use high quality paper cones to match the upscale atmosphere you’ve created elsewhere.

Click through the slideshow below to see our favorite food displays.

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