Nature and artistry are beautifully woven together in this watercolor wedding editorial from Pittsburgh wedding planner Exhale Events. Inspired by a Monet painting, designer Nicole used a soft color palette reminiscent of a summer sunset, which included peach, blush, and lavender. The pastels looked feminine and luxurious against the refined backdrop of The Frick Pittsburgh, where this shoot took place. Wooden tables were dressed with the airiest of runners, which were then topped with arrangements of sweet pea, anemones, and lisianthus from Rooted in Flora. Gold rimmed glassware and pearlized flatware from All Occasions Party Rental and Lendable Linens napkins tied with a dainty purple ribbon completed the tablescape. The real show-stoppers were the individual, hand-painted, miniature cakes from Alex Robba Cake that sat at each place setting. What guest wouldn’t love to be greeted with such a gorgeously decadent treat? The beauty didn’t stop there though. Blanc de Blanc Bridal styled a divine bridal look using a Tara Keely ballgown with embellished illusion lace sleeves and a golden Twigs & Honey headpiece. Her seemingly effortless beauty was further enhanced by vintage waves from Simply Captivating Salon and a glowing, fresh face from B. Mattise Makeup. This shoot is elegance in its purest form and there was no better eye for capturing it than Palermo Photo. Let the swooning commence!
About the Shoot
We have all been a witness to a perfect summer sunset – one that paints the sky beautiful shades of pink, peach, and subtle hints of purple before fading to a cobalt blue night sky. Sunsets like this are nature’s masterpiece, reminiscent of a well-crafted painting where colors and brush strokes blend to compose a setting elegantly refined yet truly majestic. In the words of the great artist Claude Monet, “My wish is to stay like this, living quietly in this corner of nature.”
This feeling of majesty and reverence for nature’s beauty served as the inspiration for a painterly photoshoot to inspire and delight lovers of fine art and nature. The Frick Art Museum of Pittsburgh was the perfect backdrop for our photoshoot, a picturesque setting on 5.5 beautiful acres at the edge of the rolling hills of Frick Park. This iconic and historical landmark museum was recently home to a collection of Impressionist masterpieces by Monet, who famously depicted the characteristics and colors of light at various times of day in natural settings like his beautiful gardens.
Taking cues from nature and using Monet’s depiction of sunset as our color palette, our vision for this photoshoot was simple: create a blank canvas using classic and refined pieces to let the beauty of the florals be the focal point. We paired French china in crisp white against the rustic farm tables to provide a simple backdrop, allowing the florals to take on the feeling of a Monet painting with strokes of pink and peach dotted with purples and greens for an almost watercolor-like quality.
The color palette and artistic inspiration are woven throughout the shoot, with hand-painted mini cakes at each place setting and a stunning three tier cake with the same hand-painted watercolor base and hand-crafted sugar flower topper being highlights.
The bride wore a delicate gown in a classic silhouette with subtle floral embellishments, accented with a simple full length tulle veil and a hand-crafted gold crown with floral accents, echoing the warmth and beauty of the sunset’s fleeting golden rays.
Our ceremony takes place on the front steps of the museum, pairing classic architecture with an asymmetrical floral arch mixing modern floral trends with a classic backdrop at sunset, bringing the inspiration full circle.