How to Style a Fine Art Wedding

Image: Magnolia & Magpie Photography/Honey & Cinnamon/ISA Events on SouthBound Bride

As we come to the end of our month of Fine Art Wedding inspiration, I thought that it might be a fun idea to put everything together into one neat little guide. There are of course no hard and fast rules in wedding styling, but if this is a look you love, there are a few elements that, when put together, will recreate the look (or when added one by one, will add just a touch of that fine art style to any big day). There are also some important elements that I haven’t included here. Photography is the most obvious, since that’s where it all began – if this is a look you love, you’ll want to connect with a photographer who shoots film or digital with a film look (think light, airy, ethereal). After all, the point of these particular details is that they photograph beautifully! The next guiding principle is to choose a muted palette (and not to get matchy about colours) – taupes, greys, muted pastels, etc. When it comes to your venue, you’ll want to lean towards a romantic, old world style rather than something too modern (and no, I know we can’t all book a villa in Tuscany, but there are many local options that will work just as well, with a South African twist!) Finally, embrace texture and quality when it comes to the details. Beautiful linens, handmade stationery, dreamy gowns with unique colour or embellishment, lush blooms. And that’s where all of the ideas below come in. I’ve included some gorgeous inspiration from around the web, as well as shoppable items from Etsy, so you can easily recreate the look for yourself. Links in bold denote affiliate links. The cost to you remains the same, but SBB may receive a commission for any sales made.

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Empire lines and ball gowns

Happy Friday! Many of you planning summer weddings will be finalising your dress choices round about now, and just in time to help is our resident fashion guru, stylist Pippa J. Pippa is focusing on empire lines and ball gowns today, and has some great advice on how to wear them – and who shouldn’t!

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Following on from last month’s overview on how to choose a wedding dress to suit your figure, I’ve selected two opposing styles to talk about: the Empire line and the traditional ball gown style.

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Style Notes

Today I’m very excited to introduce you to another regular contributor, super stylist Pippa J. Pippa’s been styling up a storm in Johannesburg recently, helping clients of all shapes and sizes to transform their look, and offering wardrobe analysis, personal shopping and makeovers. She’s now also available for bridal styling, and will help you (and your wedding party) look – and feel – awesome on your special day. Lucky for us, she’ll be sharing her tips for dress shopping and other wedding style issues here too over the next couple of months. Go ahead and check out her website, or email me any questions you’d like her to answer for you!

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Image by Brad Peens
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