This wedding inspiration was inspired by French artist’s Jean-Marc Nattier’s Portrait of a Lady. The earthy tones with pops of orange and hues of blue, blush and gold inspired our color palette and were a huge part as to why Hotel Le Marois made for the perfect venue. The hotel is full of character with its painted ceilings, ornate decor, golden touches, and distinctive details. The venue works for almost all luxury receptions as its rooms and spaces can fit a larger amount of people than other luxury venues in Paris.
Our hope was to convey the mood the art piece evokes, which is a darker, emotive, romantic, yet still soft and understated feeling. Florals were a big part of this inspiration as they make up a big part of the Portrait of the Lady. We worked with the amazing, Kim Tyler, from Sojourn Weddings who brought our inspiration to life. She incorporated bold pops of blue, orange, and married it with golden blush tones. The bouquet and the centerpieces are a work of art in and of themselves. She draped the walls with florals to surround the bride and groom in a sort of mock altar and to give the same sense of the painting, one in which the subject feels embraced and surrounded by florals.
For the bridal dress, we worked with Sharon OSP, a couture dress designer who makes the most gorgeous custom dresses by hand. We wanted the bridal dress to feel over the top with the use of fabric yet still soft with touches of florals throughout. Sharon delivered that beyond expectation. We were also lucky enough to work with Christian Lacroix to capture the bride’s reception dress. The bride styled one of his vintage pieces that perfectly encapsulated our color palette. We wanted the groom to wear a black tie suit, but with an added flare so we had him wear a suede suit with velvet lapels from My Grooms Room.
With the historical feel of the venue and our inspiration, we knew we wanted to work with Vaisselle Vintage for specialty rentals, everything from furniture, to flatware, glassware, and vintage plates, they have it all. We used plates with ivory, blue, and golden elements to tie it all together. The best part of working with a dream team is watching all the elements of a wedding inspiration come together. We worked with the incredibly sweet and talented calligrapher, Claudia Strenger. She maximized the blue and gold from the inspiration and put together a dream Parisian invitation suite complete with the Eiffel Tower. She created an amazing runner and wrote their vows on custom glass by Henao Designs. We also worked with Marion Jewelry who has the most beautiful selection of wedding rings. This could not have been possible without the talented Anna Jazelle who ensured the bride and groom looked their absolute best. She created a soft, romantic look for the bride with a low up-do and a soft smokey eye. We created this inspiration shoot to inspire brides to get married in amazing venues like Hotel Le Marois in Paris and to encourage them to think more creatively when trying to find inspiration for their wedding day. You can find inspiration everywhere and anywhere, but especially in French art and in Paris.
Paris is a dream. The culture, the colors, the bread. Being able to do what we love, in a city that commemorates our love story, is such a dream. The painting below is what inspired the mood and overall feel of this dreamy shoot at Hotel Le Marois.