5 Tips for Styling Your Fine Art Wedding
from a wedding photographer’s perspective
Planning a wedding with a fine art style is all in the details. Today, from a photographers point of view, I’ll lay out the 5 different types of personal details that are commonly seen in fine art weddings that all of your friends and family will LOVE! You’ll be surprised how many personal details can go into each part of your wedding day. From getting ready, the ceremony, all the way to the exit. These hand made details are typically kept as heirlooms and passed on to future generations. All of the items I list today you can actually TAKE HOME after your wedding is over as keepsakes and pass down to future generations.
You’re probably here because you’re planning or thinking about your DREAM wedding. You’ve spent hours on Pinterest, different wedding blogs like Magnolia Rouge and trying to put all the pieces together on how you want it to look and feel.
You’re probably ALSO asking yourself – What makes a fine art wedding anyway?
Fine art weddings are been commonly linked to only film photography which are true to color and give a very nostalgic aesthetic. It’s truly gorgeous! However, you’ll also find that there are digital photographers out there, like myself, that so close to imitating the film tones and grain that you really could not tell a difference between a real film image and a digital one!
1. Add Silk Ribbon to your bouquet
One of the most common, beautiful and affordable pieces to add to your wedding. Silk Ribbon can completely transform the look and feel of your bouquet. Your ribbon can match any color palette you wish. I’ve even seen bridesmaids add them to their bouquets to give that extra flowy touch. You can find some amazing vendors out there on Etsy, a website targeted for purchasing items from small home grown businesses. A lot of the vendors you find will personally dye small batches of silk using plant based dyes in their own homes or small studio spaces.
My Preferred Silk Ribbon Vendors:
Silk & Willow // Nettle & Silk // Hey! Its Oh So Pretty
2. Have your Wedding Vows & Invitation Suite Hand Written by a Calligrapher
I gush over custom calligraphy wedding vows. They are so incredibly special for couples to have. The best part about them is that they can be frame after your wedding as a beautiful keepsake and reminder of the day you both said ‘I DO’. Many of my favorite vendors hand write these in beautiful typeface on a textured handmade paper with torn edges. They look beautiful in images. Having this investment pays off in your final gallery when your photographer also uses them as backdrops for ring shots.
My Preferred Custom Calligraphy Vendors:
Line Ave Calligraphy // Picture and Poesis // Sydney Beth Designs
3. Keep a copy of your Full Custom Invitation Suite
THIS ONE is by far my best tip. Keeping a copy of your invitation suite handy for your photographer on your wedding day reaps so many benefits for your final wedding gallery. A photographer can get at least a dozen variations of angles and combinations of it and add some fancy embellishments to customize it even more. In the images below you’ll see I added some french antiques I’ve found while shopping around in thrift stores abroad in Paris. Not to mention, if you get a f fully custom suite, stationers will add wax seals, crests with your soon to be initials and ribbon to really make it stand out in your images.
My Preferred Fully Stationery Suite Vendors:
Scribbles & Swirls // Shasta Bell Calligraphy // Every Little Something
4. Purchase an Antique Brass Hanger
It may be something small but the details that some vendors put into brass hangers amazes me! Some of them are hard to come by and prices ranger between $25-$75 if you’relooking on Etsy. Lucky for you I’ve linked some of my favorite brass hanger vendors below to make shopping a little bit easier. I have purchased from these vendors before so I trust that they’ll deliver great quality.
My Preferred Brass Hanger Vendors:
Stylish Hangers // Vintage Europe Design // Best Partner Vintage
All on Etsy
5. Splurge a little more on beautiful wedding day shoes
Around here, we take stepping into your next life seriously! I recommend a beautiful pair of wedding day shoes hand made with silk, lace, pearls or embellished with crystals. Typically wedding day shoes are made with upmost care, comfort and quality possible. Notice also, all the tips so far are tangible items that can be taken home after the cake is eaten and your flowers have dried. You never know, your daughter may be the exact same size shoe as you and walk in your shoes on her own wedding day.
My Preferred Wedding Shoe Vendors:
Belle Belle // Jimmy Choo // Badgley Mischka
These are not THE ONLY pieces you can add to your wedding, these are just my top 5. Other pieces such as the ones listed below will play such a huge part in what vibe your wedding gives:
- Velvet Vow Books (Elmo Paper Stories)
- Handmade Paper Goods (Etsy)
- Calligraphed Menus
- Calligraphed Place cards
- Handmade hair pieces from small vendors (Etsy)
- Antique Velvet, or even better, leather bound ring boxes (The Mrs Box)
- Custom Made Wax Seal with your soon to be initials (Etsy)
I hope this was helpful for you! I also hope you can start to think even more about what kind of wedding you want to curate with your vendors. Finally, communicate closely and often with your photographer, florist, planner and venue about what exactly your vision is.
Hey There! Welcome to my blog. I’m Stephanie, a bubbly and energetic wedding photographer serving the Dallas/Fort Worth area and beyond. I built this business in 2017 and never dreamed it would take me as far as it has. I’m truly blessed to call this my job and I’m so appreciative that you’ve taken the time to stop by. I hope you find the tips I provide beneficial for your upcoming wedding.