A Baroque Inspired Wedding Editorial based on a French painting
We love light, blush infused festivities but sometimes moody, dark details are wildly gorgeous. Today's wedding editorial combines both. Take a cue from Fine Art Curation member Wonderstruck Weddings & Events who was inspired by Jean-Honoré Fragonard’s 18th-century oil painting, “The Swing” and how this inspiration could be infused into a modern day wedding. With a simple color palette, touches of gold and historic details, this inspiration is all at once elegant and modern but with a gorgeous old world feel photographed on film by Beige Weddings....
From Ariel at Wonderstruck Weddings & Events: "Inspired by Jean-Honoré Fragonard’s 18th-century oil painting, “The Swing,” we created an editorial that combines the style and artistry of the late Baroque period, effortlessly with modern and elegant details. Considered a Rococo masterpiece, Fragonard’s painting depicts an unruly forest with variations of emerald and teal, which served as the foundational colours of our design. Drawing inspiration from Baroque aesthetics, Château de Villette, was the perfect property to bring our concept to life. Built in the 17th-century, this château embodies the ornamental and theatrical style of architecture that is commonly found in Rococo technique. We chose the l’Orangerie as the backdrop for our table-scape because the stone walls added depth, and juxtaposed boldly against the soft, delicate texture of our hand-dyed silk linens. The florals echoed the colour palette seen in the painting, and although ornamental in design, the arrangements still emphasize a lightness, which imitates Fragonard’s usage of light and shade in his oil piece. We added additional texture and playfulness to the table design by incorporating fruit and nuts. Every piece of crystal glassware, and gold tableware was intentionally selected to complement the thematic depth seen in Fragonard’s work.
The calligraphy featured in our stationery design also mimics the scrolling curves typically found in Rococo technique; the gold ink reminiscent of gilding often seen in Baroque artwork. We deliberately chose jewellery that was less polished, therefore adding more character and dimension to our flat-lay details.
Our couple embodies the modern aristocrat; fashion-forward and cultured, with a love for the finer details, and a weakness for old-world charm. The Milla Nova “Grace” gown mirrors the subject’s pink dress in the painting; full of movement and drama, exuding style and elegance. For a more playful look, the “Tilda” gown by Alon Livné offers excitement and romance, featuring a high ruffle collar, and a stunning over-sized bow detail at the back. Lastly, Livné’s “Huntley” jacket paired with a slim two-piece ensemble by Fern & Moon, evokes a more flirtatious and modern look, reminiscent of the risqué composition in Fragonard’s piece.
Unlike the optical illusions that are characteristic of Baroque frescos, we wanted to create imagery that exhibits real-life motion and drama, balancing modern and traditional elements seamlessly, to create our contemporary interpretation of the Baroque movement."
Photographer: Beige Weddings | Film Lab: PhotoVision | Stylist / Planner: Wonderstruck Weddings & Events | Floral Designer: Peonies Studio | Dresses: La Mariée Capricieuse & Vivienne Paris & Fern and Moon | Rentals: Vaisselle Vintage & Options | Accessories: Guesclin | Venue: Chateau de Villette | Cake Designer: Sweet Creations Cake | Hair & Make-up Artist: Anna Jazelle Beauty | Cinematography: Rouge Wedding | Stationery: Jianery | Candles: Camilia Supply | Linens & Ribbons: Stella Wolfe | Jewellery: Elise Tsikis | Shoes: Bella Belle Shoes | Menswear: Rives | Ring Boxes: Filles Box