The 16th c still life vibes are REAL in this Renaissance art inspired wedding shoot designed by Baillie-David & Co. in a suite of rich jewel tones. An oatmeal velvet table linen sets the tone for a lavish feast with no creative stone left unturned – figs + berries are scattered across the scallop-edged place settings, while etched crystal wine glasses and handwoven napkins frame the details. In a word, it’s a masterpiece. The moody florals from Pollen Nation Floral Studio quite literally look like they were plucked from a Rembrandt themselves. Plum and chestnut hues tango with magentas and creams in the textural arrangements that make the eyes dance. Enter the dramatic ceremony backdrop: greenery climbing and spiraling in all directions from grounded statement pieces alive with flowering branches, baby artichokes and stock flowers to boot. Caileigh Langford transports us to the center of the canvas with her soft and poetic gallery that’s full of old world romance and intimate, knowing glances. So without further ado… shall we?
From the Planner, Baillie-David & Co.: My original source of inspiration for this shoot came from a photograph of fruit and pieces of paper with green paint on it. It reminded me of something you’d see in an Italian Renaissance painting and I knew right away I wanted to build the entire design around this concept. That’s why we chose the Ottawa Art Gallery as our setting.
I wanted to pay homage to nature and fine art of the period (e.g. the wild garden, figs on the plates, a paint brush in the flatlay, “vine” leaves going up the walls, twigs in the floral arrangements) while infusing modern elements (gold flatware and candles, dark chairs). My vision for the tablescape was to keep the table linen neutral while the other elements added some colour, similar to how you paint on a blank canvas.
The cake was meant to be a focal point and serve as the clearest representation of art in our shoot. That’s why our baker hand-painted the cake design, lovely strokes of “paint”.
A glimpse into our day designer this week might reveal more than a few blocks of time dedicated to revisiting this Renaissance art inspired wedding concept in all its ethereal autumn glory. We know you of all people will understand. After all, we share a deep passion for wild, unruly blooms and Old Masters, don’t we?
Photography: Caileigh Langford
Planning & Design: Baillie-David & Co.
Venue: Ottawa Art Gallery
Decor: Lavish Events Ottawa
Florals: Pollen Nation Floral Studio
Gown Boutique: Revelle Bridal
Accessories: Sugarcane & Co.
Stationery: The Invitation Studio
Hairstyling: Pinned Bridal Hair
Makeup: Klava Z Beauty
Cake: Batter Up Bakery
Candlesticks & Cake Stand: Makin’ It Lovely
Models: AMTI Ottawa
Ring: Stor by Margot