Weddings are full of emotion, beauty, ceremony, tradition and style but how do all of the pieces fit together and how does that initial inspiration strike? Many times a central theme is chosen early in the design process that helps tie the elements together and traditionally that theme can come from a color, specific flower, season or concept (the phrase “simple yet elegant” comes to mind). If you’re wanting to set your event apart, look for inspiration in the things you are passionate about.
A Photograph: The old saying is “a picture is worth a thousand words” and what better way to express the tone you want to set at your even than with an image that moves you? Don’t limit yourself to only searching through bridal magazines and blogs – branch out. Research styles and photographers that you like and choose an image that speaks to you. My favorite photographer right now is Saul Leiter and I was totally inspired by this You Tube video of some of his photographs set to the music of Miles Davis.
A song: We all have certain songs that really get our juices flowing and it doesn’t have to be a love song!! After attending a concert this past weekend I thought to myself how much that group’s music motivates and inspires my work – carry that over to your event! Share that song with your vendors and let them find ways to express how that song makes them feel through their work – you may be surprised with what they come up with!
Your Relationships: I have a friend, Mona. Here house is beautiful – it’s warm, cozy and sitting in her living room makes you feel like a warm cup of coffee on a cold day (throw in a little Baileys!!) After leaving her home I’m always inspired to go back to my home and make it feel just like hers – I want my guests to feel the way I do snuggled up on her couch. Evaluate your life and the people in it. Who inspires you? What do they do to make you feel that way?
A Time of Day: My absolute favorite time is dusk on a warm summer’s evening. The fireflies – the smells – the sounds of frogs croaking in the trees. Carry that inspiration over to your event. You could host an outdoor reception – or if that makes you nervous bring the outdoors in! Tiny tea lights on the table tops echo the flickering of lightning bugs across a field. Choose a venue surrounded by windows or with an indoor/outdoor patio are that allows an easy transition to the outdoors.
These are just a few examples-try thinking out of the box and see what you come up with! Don’t forget to share this inspiration with your vendors!!
Written by RPM Photography