Just when I think things can’t get any prettier, another slice of lovely comes along a steals my heart away, claiming it’s spot at the top of my faves list. This art-inspired shoot from Bamber Photography is owning it big time. With blooms from Humphreys Flowers that look like they came straight out of a painting, elegant paper pretties from Amanda Day Rose Paperie, the cutest flower girl around and style for days, I recommend you steal a lengthy moment today for this one m’dears, I promise, it’s so worth it.
From John And Lindsey Bamber …With a venue like the Hunter Museum of American Art, in a city like Chattanooga, how could you not be inspired? Planning for a shoot was such a good excuse to take some time to enjoy the local gem and really soak it in. Right away, I began to draw inspiration from the stunning, larger than life piece by Helen Frankenthaler titled Around the Clock with Red. I wanted to continue the range of pinks throughout the shoot and play on the idea of two artists getting married. This inspired the faint watercolor on the paper-goods and the raw canvas backdrop that translated to a ceremony piece. At the same time, in the back of my mind were the delicate paint strokes of all the beautiful realist paintings at the museum. I wanted the flowers to look like they came straight out of a still life painting by a pink obsessed artist. By focusing on these ideas, I worked with the challenge of mixing the old with the new and modern, the delicate with the strong.
But why stop there? Not only was I inspired by the beautiful artwork inside the museum, I drew much of my inspiration from the outside the museum, in it’s architecture overlooking the city and Tennessee River. With dark and light grays, as well as a deep zinc blue, I pictured soft pinks that stood out from these backgrounds. Often times, the florals and decor can get lost in the background of the event. I wanted the flowers to really pop but also provide an ethereal, romantic feel. My goal was to have soft and delicate offset the modern shapes of the building. Humphry’s Flowers of Chattanooga delivered on this vision 100% with billowy peonies and overflowing delicate tissue-like petals. Our models were really a family; the bride and groom were one of our past couples, the adorable girl was their daughter, and the bridesmaids were a friend and sister to the bride so there was a real family feel to the shoot. It all felt very natural and easy. A roaring thunderstorm blew its way through the middle of our shoot and our team kicked it into hyperdrive to bring the party inside. But when we returned outside, the rain had created a shimmery layer on everything and the sky created just the right amount of muted color tones, creating a filter that fit perfectly in the shoot.
Helen Frankenthaler, Around the Clock with Red, 1983, acrylic on canvas, 71 1/2 x 123 3/4 inches (181.6 x 314.3 cm), Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Joseph H. Davenport, Jr., 1986.23
Photography: John And Lindsey Bamber | Event Design: Sarah Ervin | Floral Design: Humphreys Flowers | Wedding Dress: Monica's | Invitations: Amanda Day Rose Paperie | Reception Venue: The Hunter Museum Of American Art | Bridesmaids Dresses: Jill Stuart | Catering: Events With Taste | Makeup Artist: Elea Blake | Calligraphy: Kate Smith Letters | Canvas Design: Kaitlyn Honnold | Custom Cocktail And Bar: Repeal And Serve | Flower Girl Dress: BHLDN | Furniture Rentals: Heirlooms Vintage Boutique And Rentals | Hair Styling: Hair A Go-Go | Men's Tuxedo: Boutique Couture | Sweets: Sweet Eats By Jennifer Hooper | Table Decor: Nell's | Vintage Rentals: Heirloom Vintage Boutique