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To continue our concepts based on famous couples, our wedding scape today is inspired by a turn of the century love story. Two passionate people with a desire to experience the American geography in a visual and tangible expression of their art grew into a committed partnership and marriage. Georgia O’Keefe and Alfred Stieglitz. A little background on the influential duo….

America has produced many great painters in the past one hundred years and O’Keeffe is one of the most popular and easily recognized.  People can immediately identify her paintings of huge, colorful flowers or bones in dream-like deserts as her own. O’Keeffe had met the famous art critic and photographer Alfred Stieglitz at his New York City gallery in 1908.  Their friendship grew as they wrote letters to each other.  In 1915, O’Keeffe told a friend that she wanted her art to please Stieglitz more than anyone else. Nine years later he became her husband.  He was twenty-four years older than his new wife. Alfred was a major force behind shows of Georgia O’Keeffe’s work for the next twenty-five years.

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Georgia O’Keeffe also had a long love relationship with the southwestern part of the United States.  The desert environment was the subject of many of her paintings.  In one such painting, the canyon is shown as a huge deep hole of many colors — reds, oranges and yellows. It looks as if it is on fire. Our romantic geography today is exactly that. We took the Cuyama desert valley of California and used the gorgeous light and canyons to set our mood.

Photography by Charley Star

Event Design/Styling by Bash Eco Events

Flowers + Event Design/Styling by Yes Please Design

We have a full day of gorgeous posts coming up next!


Comments (9)

Angela | Reply

This is so fascinating because I am currently learning about Alfred Stieglitz in my History of Photography class and they met when she found out that her paintings were being shown at his gallery without her permission. She went there and asked him to take them down immediately. It’s so funny how it all actually worked out. Ahh, Love. :)

Jillian | Reply

this is a great way to concept your wedding or party by referencing famous couples

i always love seeing what Paige of Bash Eco Events & Kelly of Yes Please Design come up with.

forget.me.knot.weddings | Reply

loving all this great inspiration! My friend has that great ring too! The poppies and the O’Keeffe tied together such a great combo!

Rachel Dangerfield | Reply

Oh wow. Can you even believe those colors? So rich and vibrant! I’m smitten!

Kate Miller Events | Reply

Loving that runner! SO textural and modern – but it works so well with the rusticity of it all.

laurel | Reply

where is that ring from? I love it.

dana | Reply

The bouquet is absolutely stunning! I wish I had known about poppies before I already picked out my wedding colors.

kelly@yes, please design | Reply

Laurel – the ring is a new addition to my personal collection. :) I picked it up at Kelly Green in silverlake. It’s designed by Dara Ettinger.

joanna goddard | Reply

these are so beautiful! i love the rooster! xo