- The Venue:
Finding the perfect setting for her big day is very important to the fine art bride and she will more than likely be very attracted to stylish barns, DIY tipee’s, country manor houses, or outdoor wedding venues. The fine art bride wants to have beautiful portraits and will usually have this in the forefront of her mind whilst she is looking for her venue.
When organising a fine art wedding, the setting is probably one of the most important aspects of planning and generally, hotel style weddings are not on the cards. Think beautiful buildings surrounded by enough grounds to be able to entertain your guests if the weather is nice, rather than hotel function rooms with no windows, boldly patterned carpets and no outdoor space to escape to.
- The Dress:
A simple chic dress is usually the number one choice for the fine art bride. White isn’t always the preferred colour and lots of brides opt for muted shades of blues & lavenders. Generally the brides I photograph choose sleek, elegant gowns, long flowing hair and floral crowns rather than big puffy dresses, hair piled high and tiaras. This isn’t about slating brides who opt for the latter– I’ve witnessed some amazing fairytale-style weddings in the past, I’m just pointing out the difference in style choices.
- Guest Entertainment & Games:
I’ve yet to attend a fine art wedding where the bride has decided to entertain her guests with a photo-booth, unless however, it looks similar to this:
Photo booths can be really great fun and you can easily use an idea like the one above to keep with the aesthetic of your day.
Other options are outdoor games, especially if your venue has a lot of grounds. Your guests will happily keep themselves entertained whilst you sneak off and have your couple portraits done.
A fine art wedding has a very cohesive look and feel to it. Couples choose soft florals to decorate chairs with as opposed to using white chair covers that you will often see at hotel weddings. Tables are adorned with cute bottles with flowers in and minimal colour is used. Brides often choose soft tones and hues to keep the feeling of romance throughout.
- 5. Photography
I couldn’t really miss this one off the list now could I?
The fine art bride LOVES beautiful, light-filled imagery and is keen to find a photographer who can capture the story of her day perfectly. She wants every single detail of her wedding day documented– in an artistic way. This particular bride is a lover of art pieces and loves how a fine art photographer produces a set of images that capture love and real emotion.
My definition of fine art photography:
Fine art photography to me is capturing even the simplest of detail and turning it into something beautiful; something you would expect to see on the pages of a magazine. Whilst shooting, I always look for the most beautiful light which can transform an ordinary image into something magical. I love to style every last detail, making sure nothing is missed and this helps me produce a coherent set of images with a very artistic feel to them- telling the story of your day perfectly. I concentrate on capturing real emotion. I do a few ‘posed’ shots throughout the day and even then, I only gently direct my couples. This is typically how a fine art photographer works- shooting with more of an editorial style.