Monet's Water Lily Bridal Inspiration
October 22, 2014
Classic WeddingsIndustrialSummer Weddings
Inspired by some of Monet's loveliest work, this beautiful collection of images from Katie Kett are a work of art themselves. With beautiful blooms from Life In Bloom Chicago, stunning stationery from Made Divine, and delicious sweets from A Baker's Tale - every perfectly curated detail styled by La Belle Fleur Events defines lovely, and you can see just what I mean right here.
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From Ashley La Fleur of La Belle Fleur Events... On my tenth Christmas, my mom gifted me a book called Linnea in Monet's Gardens. It was about a little girl who traveled to Giverny, France to visit Monet's home and his gardens. I was completely enthralled with the book, and would look at it most days of the week hoping one day to visit there. Then, for my twentieth birthday, my mom gifted me a trip to France with a day tour of Monet's home and gardens, and it's to this day, one of my favorite places I've ever been. His gardens are even more beautiful in person, and his living room is filled with his paintings, a lot of which have never been seen. Throughout the years, Monet's work has played a huge part in my design aesthetic, and I knew I wanted to design a shoot around one of his paintings.

I decided to use one of his water lily paintings that mostly incorporated blues, greens and a touch of pink. This painting in particular, has weeping willow branches on the sides, and I was interested in incorporating something hanging into the design.

For florals, I decided to work with Rachel of Life in Bloom because her romantic work was perfect for the overall feel. We discussed a hanging floral piece to give you the feeling that you're actually in the gardens, and walking through the weeping willows. Small touches such as roses in the bowls were to give a nod to the water lilies that are in the Japanese Gardens, and the amaranthus that hung from the bouquet tied into the weeping willow trees.

For linens, I decided to work with Jessica from Bramble Workshop. I actually found her from Style Me Pretty! When I saw her work, I knew I had to have her on this shoot. I love that she custom made all her work, and that she was actually going to hand dye all the linens. It really made me feel like she was creating a work of art.

For stationary, I worked with Crystal at Made Divine. She always creates the most beautiful work, and I know her love of art would be the perfect addition to this shoot. One of my absolute favorite touches of this shoot is that the invitation holder is actually made out of canvas.

Lastly, Kpoene from Mignonette Bridal provided the beautiful dresses for the shoot. I loved the soft colors and the ethereal feel of them. I wanted the ladies to feel feminine, and I think every girl dreams of embracing her inner child and dancing around in a a lovely dress with lots of tulle!

Every vendor came together to really bring life and love to this shoot. I am so grateful to them for providing their talents and their love, and, of course, a very special thanks to my dear friend Katie for capturing it beyond compare.
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