Flora and fauna — what better inspiration for a beautiful outdoor celebration? Today’s styled shoot from the talented team of Michelle Chiu Photography, Darling Event & Co., and Martha Claire Floral brings together a wedding day vignette inspired by antique botany and zoology illustrations, which you can see right away in the invitation suite. Add in some stunning copper elements, and you’ve got a positively enviable look!

flora and fauna wedding inspiration - photo by Michelle Chiu Photography http://ruffledblog.com/flora-and-fauna-wedding-inspiration

From the event designer, Tara of Darling Event & Co.: Our main inspiration stemmed from antique botany and zoology illustrations. These detailed, accurate, hand-crafted drawings and paintings are nods to all that weddings represent: a focus on deep realities and a quest for truth, all the while showcasing something incredibly gorgeous. These antique illustrations are often completed in jewel tones – vibrant and rich, without ever feeling too bold. Using this same palette, Martha Claire Floral brought in a variety of large blooms with lots of textures and greenery, creating that same mood. Her whimsical combination of oversized ferns with dahlias and garden roses almost demands a scientific examination. The bride’s simple hair bouquet is reminiscent of a day spent outside, just soaking up all of nature’s bounty.

botanical inspired wedding invitation - photo by Michelle Chiu Photography http://ruffledblog.com/flora-and-fauna-wedding-inspiration

wedding stationery - photo by Michelle Chiu Photography http://ruffledblog.com/flora-and-fauna-wedding-inspiration

Ruffled - photo by Michelle Chiu Photography http://ruffledblog.com/flora-and-fauna-wedding-inspiration

wedding hair with flowers - photo by Michelle Chiu Photography http://ruffledblog.com/flora-and-fauna-wedding-inspiration

Her color palette was mimicked and highlighted by BorrowedBlu with all the tabletop goods. Their team also brought in another element from the natural world: copper. All the metal accents featured are copper – from the modern terrariums from Anthropologie to the oversized version of these terrariums made to be the ceremony ‘arch’ installation (designed and built by Tara at Darling Event & Co). With details from calligrapher Leah Moss, an equally beautiful and delicious dessert spread from Sweet & Saucy Shop, a gown from Watters Wtoo, and beauty done by Nicol Artistry Makeup & Hair, this day truly represented all that’s wonderful about Flora & Fauna.

copper ceremony backdrop - photo by Michelle Chiu Photography http://ruffledblog.com/flora-and-fauna-wedding-inspiration

Ruffled - photo by Michelle Chiu Photography http://ruffledblog.com/flora-and-fauna-wedding-inspiration

garden wedding ideas - photo by Michelle Chiu Photography http://ruffledblog.com/flora-and-fauna-wedding-inspiration

wedding table decor - photo by Michelle Chiu Photography http://ruffledblog.com/flora-and-fauna-wedding-inspiration

Ruffled - photo by Michelle Chiu Photography http://ruffledblog.com/flora-and-fauna-wedding-inspiration

place setting - photo by Michelle Chiu Photography http://ruffledblog.com/flora-and-fauna-wedding-inspiration

woodsy tablescape - photo by Michelle Chiu Photography http://ruffledblog.com/flora-and-fauna-wedding-inspiration

Ruffled - photo by Michelle Chiu Photography http://ruffledblog.com/flora-and-fauna-wedding-inspiration

rustic inspired table - photo by Michelle Chiu Photography http://ruffledblog.com/flora-and-fauna-wedding-inspiration

Ruffled - photo by Michelle Chiu Photography http://ruffledblog.com/flora-and-fauna-wedding-inspiration

botanical inspired table setting - photo by Michelle Chiu Photography http://ruffledblog.com/flora-and-fauna-wedding-inspiration

wedding stationery - photo by Michelle Chiu Photography http://ruffledblog.com/flora-and-fauna-wedding-inspiration

The whole shoot was envisioned, curated, and brought together by me, Tara, of Darling Event & Co. It’s an honor to have worked with such a talented team, some of whom I met as fellow attendees at Angel Swanson’s inaugural Love & Splendor workshops, and others through the power of this incredible industry. The connections of a solid vendor team make all the difference, even for a stylized shoot, but especially for a bride preparing for her big day.

rustic cake table - photo by Michelle Chiu Photography http://ruffledblog.com/flora-and-fauna-wedding-inspiration

wedding cake table - photo by Michelle Chiu Photography http://ruffledblog.com/flora-and-fauna-wedding-inspiration

wedding cake with tag - photo by Michelle Chiu Photography http://ruffledblog.com/flora-and-fauna-wedding-inspiration

Ruffled - photo by Michelle Chiu Photography http://ruffledblog.com/flora-and-fauna-wedding-inspiration

View all images from this wedding in the gallery

Wedding Vendors

Photography

Michelle Chiu Photography

Event Design and Styling

Darling Event & Co.

Floral Design

Martha Claire Floral

Venue

The 1909

Wedding Dress

Watters Wtoo

Jewelry

Paige Cheyne Designs

Hair and Makeup

Nicol Artistry

Desserts

Sweet & Saucy Shop

Dessert Table

Party Pieces by Perry

Tableware

BorrowedBLU

Wedding Invitations

love~d

Calligraphy

Leah Moss Calligraphy

2 comments
  • Party Pieces by Perry

    We are honored to be a part of this beautiful shoot. Thank you for the feature, Ruffled!

  • sohbet

    Great post! Thanks for sharing!