While planning for the Art Nouveau shoot, my collaborators and I had a specific vision: demonstrate classic Art Nouveau style, but in an approachable way that could apply to modern day weddings. We directly referenced Art Nouveau era art and design, inspired by Alphonse Mucha and William Morris. The mood was intended to be distinctly Pre-Raphaelite: romantic, pensive, and intimate with nature. This was my first experience styling on this scale. Every detail, from silverware to color palate, to wood stain were considered to bring as close to our vision as possible. Brides, I'm sure you are familiar with running through these details in your head as well!
After all of the planning, I think we hit the nail on the head, and had incredible fun doing so. Enjoy the selection of photos below! Along with overall styling and planning, I constructed the crepe paper flower installation and created the guestbook/keepsake box.
Some of my favorite details were the tray of gilded walnuts and macarons ready for coffee service. We tried to keep the guestbox table intimate, but obvious - our bride and groom would want each guest's heartfelt note for years to come.
My pride and joy - crepe paper flower installation. Although time consuming, this is a great way for a bride to add texture and interest to a ceremony space. I enjoyed creating roses the most.
While planning the shoot, Elle, Melissa, and I kept returning to the idea of incorporating an animal motif to our shoot. Animal designs were popular in the Art Nouveau era - but we couldn't decide on which animal to run with. After deciding that we would depict a crescent moon for our photobooth backdrop, we came across the beautiful Luna Moth specimen in our research. We thought it was a happy coincidence that a reference to the moon once again appeared, and decided to designate the dining table as "Luna Moth." We were so thrilled when, on the day of the shoot, Crimson Horticultural Rarities brought additional accessories and decor - one being a framed Luna Moth! It was more than coincidence, our motifs were meant to be!
I am incredibly grateful to our talented group of vendors who participated in the shoot. I couldn't have worked with a more eager and excited team. If you would like to see more photos from the shoot, please visit MelissaErgo.com. You can read more about our thought process over at Wedding Chicks!
Photography, styling: Melissa Ergo
Styling and Coordinating: Elle Design Co.
Floral Installation, guestbox, styling: Heaven Lee Burr
Venue: The Faculty Club at U.C. Berkeley
Invitation: Goodheart Design
Floral: Crimson Horticultural Rarities
Cake: Sugar Mill Cake Co.
Rentals: Dogwood Party Rentals
Hair/Makeup: Imagi by Fiona
Model: Callie Sands