Pre-Raphaelite wedding inspiration with fall flowers
We love looking to the art world for wedding inspiration and the Pre-Raphaelite era is particularly powerful for creating a romantic, ethereal aesthetic. Greatly influenced by nature and known for their great attention to detail, the works of Rossetti et el served as the inspiration of this Pre-Raphaelite wedding inspiration shoot created by Minnesota florist and Fine Art Curation member, Rose and Laurel.
"Rich plum in our antique place settings served as the jumping off point for our color palette," explains Sarah Bruxvoort, founder of Rose and Laurel. "The arrangements included real plums to show off the variation of shades. We paired plum with analogous colors of deep orange, russet, and blush, and added a touch of foraged greenery to further communicate the fresh-from-the-garden aesthetic. We completed the palette with rich plum candles imported from North Yorkshire, England.
"Nouvelle by Galia Lahav is a stunning tulle gown, which we captured in various iterations: with a silk tulle veil, removable sleeves and added tulle skirt for additional volume. The movement and romance of this gown is unparalleled. The soft ivory works well with a variety of skin tones, and the tulle softly reflects the light for an ethereal look.
"Interpreting a pre-Raphaelite look for a modern look meant the floral needed to be texture-forward, with a large bouquet to complement the oversized skirt of the gown. We included trailing jasmine vine, lisianthus, garden roses and sweet peas for a highly scented, luxurious bouquet.
"For the centerpieces, we filled garden-weathered terra cotta compotes with plums, pine, and forage viburnum , along with dahlias and sweet peas, for a true garden look. The stationery from Shasta Bell Calligraphy brought the entire concept together. Rich handmade paper name cards for our personal flowers make for a high-touch personal element for your loved ones."
How to achieve the Pre-Raphaelite wedding look
The historically-inspired look is one that is trending across the design world right now. If you love this look, there are a few key elements we highly recommend to bring it all together:
1. Choose a film photographer
Select a photographer who specializes in shooting film. This will result in a soft, buttery, and romantic look.
2. Select a florist who uses locally grown flowers
Select a florist who specializes in using elements from the garden. Lots of florists claim to be “garden style” florists, but we need to go a step further and actually use flowers that are grown in your local area. This adds personality and romance to your setting that can’t be achieved with imported blooms alone.
3. Pick one antique element
To keep things modern and fresh, don’t be tempted to go overboard on antiques. Here, we used our place settings for the vintage element. Too much can stray too far and feel thrown together. Instead, pick one key antique element, and select other design elements based off of your vintage element. Like we did with the plates in this table-scape: they are the color inspiration for the rest of the design decisions.
Photographer: Shasta Bell Photographie | Film Lab: Richard Photo Lab | Planning, design and floristry: Rose and Laurel | Dress designer: Galia Lahav | Rentals: Vintage | Accessories: Mejuri | Hair and make-up artist: Kevin Kohler | Dress shop | Annika Bridal | Model | Arquette Agency | Stationery: Shasta Bell Calligraphy | Ribbon: Silk and Willow | Candles: Smith and the Magpie |