Classic Europe Wedding Inspiration

Wedding Design

Inspired by the ever-ending romance and classic style that the old continent reminisces, Sugar and Fluff dreamed up an equally gorgeous translation to wedding design, all captured by Jose Villa. The large flower arrangement was inspired by the painting “The Bouquet” by Jan Brueghel, and the idyllic setting in Santa Barbara was the perfect spot for a Tuscan-inspired backdrop. So without further ado, I will leave with you Aasim of Sugar and Fluff


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painterly wedding ideasJan Brueghel the bouquet wedding

painterly wedding ideas

painterly wedding ideasJan Brueghel the bouquet wedding

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From Sugar and Fluff:

The shoot was inspired by classic European elements; From trips to farmer markets to Rembrandt still life paintings that captured composition and transformed common items around the kitchen or house into art. We were able to make this vision come to life by experimenting with new ideas of rustic statement pieces and centerpieces of today’s dining contour. Our inspiration for the floral was heavily inspired by the painting “The Bouquet” by Jan Brueghel.


painterly wedding ideasJan Brueghel the bouquet wedding

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One of the most romantic colors of the season is a deep burgundy that adds the right depth to our centerpiece and focal point of the table, an asymmetrical arrangement of wildflowers cascading down our table assembled by Mai of Bunch Studio. The rhythm is kept throughout the table with organic ombré apples, misted with edible (yes, edible! look up gold spray paint for your food here) gold paint. The rich purple tones were brought back to the table through tarnished flatware, etched porcelain dinner plates and blackberries.

The invitations were designed as a preview of the event–inspired by the hygienic movement of the 1930’s. “Spatial dimensions were also determined in order to optimize the workflow” in which we framed our simple serif typeface with a floral wreath.


painterly wedding ideasJan Brueghel the bouquet wedding

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Taking the concept of the colorful bins of beans and lentils one would find at a farmer’s market, we used the legumes to represent each guest’s place card with a distinct array of colors. We were able to find a charming grid-iron Eiffel Tower, which we contrasted with bright cascading flowers that brought our soft pastel palette to the guest table. The shoot wouldn’t have been complete without our Hilly fields of Santa Barbara in lieu of a Tuscany setting.

Classic European fashion is all about basic colors, simplified accessories, and being sexy without showing much skin. When choosing wardrobe for this shoot, the first thing that came to the stylist’s mind was mixing black, white and pink. Those colors represent classic femininity.The wardrobe worn by the model needed to be modest but still show her body. The high waisted skirt showed her tiny waist and the cream lace top, drew attention to her neck and collar bones. The pink dress, again showed her tiny waist and the slits on the sleeves gave one a peak of her arms. The accessories needed to be elegant and bold, yet not steal the attention away from the beauty of the model; Pearls, gold, and little pops of color.

Photography: Jose Villa / Event Design: Sugar and Fluff / Flowers: Bunch Studio / Wardrobe and Styling: Ashley Taddei Styling / Makeup: TEAM Har and Makeup



21 comments
  1. half orange photography

    Absolutely incredible. Jose Villa leaves me speechless every time! Beautiful job by all!

  2. Dana@TheSundaySweet

    Breath-taking! Beautiful photos.

  3. Sam & Gertie Photography

    Wow. That shot of her holding the flowers is beautiful. And I love the back of her dress!

  4. Ciara

    Stunning styling! Such creativity, an absolutely beautiful job, well done everyone involved!

  5. Jillian Nicole

    So gorgeous! This is going to get pinned about a million times!:)

  6. DJ Maine

    Amazing photography, beautiful scenes. Everyone should have such a wedding!

  7. RW | Fine Art Wedding Photography

    Great photography, as always from Jose Villa

  8. lydia {ever ours}

    oh hello amazing team behind the scenes.

  9. sugar & fluff

    This shoot was so much fun to do! Thank you for the lovely feature Amanda :)

    If any of you are interested in purchasing dresses similar to this Ashley has an etsy with great vintage dress finds. http://www.etsy.com/shop/TaddeiTaddeiVintage

  10. Amanda {The Uncrafter}

    Stunning!! Those florals…I can’t even. *pinned* :)

  11. Lisa Owens

    Those pictures were just breathtaking. Really put a smile on my face and caused me to blush a bit. Just bookmarked your site.

  12. Calie Rose

    That centerpiece is just stunning! The lovely tones, asymmetrical feel, the lush varieties of flowers! BEAUTIFUL!

  13. Aneta

    oh, to die for, such such beautiful work!

  14. Maggie/La Fleur Vintage

    Oh wow, this is GORGEOUS.

  15. Neda Lahrodi-Blake

    Big fan of Jose Villa, beautiful scenery and stunning images x

  16. lane dittoe

    so good Joser!!

  17. Chloe

    Oh my goodness. I’m not sure Jose ever takes photos that don’t make me swoon. Delicious.

  18. Loranne

    They look so happy and in love I love it! I love the dress as well, simple and classic yet incredibly elegant all at once. Santa Barbara is the perfect back drops if you want to save a whole lot of money by not flying your entire party to Europe! I’ve done my fair share of traveling and Santa Barbara totally mirrors the South of Spain and or Tuscany in some parts! Beautiful truly, a true gem most to all should get a chance to visit. My brother and his beautiful bride got married in SB and it was a beautiful ceremony. We all had a great time at the Courthouse! We all ended up staying at the Sandman Inn (www.thesandmaninn.com). Inexpensive and a great place to go home to after long days celebrating!

  19. Cameo Bridal Kilkenny

    Looks Delicious can i list here http://www.cameobridal.ie

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