A Funky Wedding in Bright, Primary Colors Styled Shoot
I’m delighted to start off this week with an explosion of bright & bold primary colors in the form of this fun and whimsical styled wedding inspiration shoot! Believe me you want to see (and save) every little creative detail in this quirky shoot so better get those virtual pins ready. 🙂
We have Jocelyn Mathewes of Studio Mathewes to thank for not just the lovely photos but the shoot’s concept too! Here she is with an overview:
This styled shoot pulls from a wild assortment of daring local Asheville, North Carolina artists. We focused on primary colors, circles (buttons, polka dots, lanterns, and such) to create a spunky, happy, bright and cheerful tableau of a wedding theme. One of my favorite things is the colored tulle underneath the bride’s main white lace gown, and the combination of artists who worked on the cake decorations–the cake designer, button artist, and florist all together collaborating. Having an artist create a bouquet entirely out of buttons and felt, and collaborate with a “true” florist was something rather unexpected and wonderful that happened on the shoot too. I’m just personally obsessed with bright colors, and really wanted to put together something that would pop and scream excitement while also looking like a super special day!
Don’t you just love how well thought-out this shoot was — the elements are about as eclectic as they can get but seeing them all together makes perfect sense! I asked Jocelyn to share more of the thought process behind it:
I just recently moved to the East TN / Western NC area, and part of the inspiration for this shoot was that move. I was getting to know some of the local talent in my area, and happened upon these marvelous people in the course of my explorations. But most of all, the inspiration for this shoot came from my love of really bright colors. Honestly, I think that the seeds began when I saw Celia’s work (The Button Florist) and thought to myself how rare it was to see something like that at a wedding. I have always wanted to photograph a really bright, intensely carnival-like wedding someday, and her materials would work beautifully–circular, which could be mimicked across all kinds of mediums (lanterns, polka-dot-patterns, shiny disco balls, &tc). I told myself that I’d have to limit the number of bright colors and pick a palette, so I chose primaries, because, well, they’re the best color triad in the universe (not that I’m biased or anything). I also hadn’t seen very many weddings where folks were picking this simple, ubiquitous, and often-overlooked combination.
(I should say, I have a background in fine art & am infatuated with color theory.)
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After that, I created a Pinterest board with ideas for textures, fabrics, dress styles, and wardrobe that would be added to the shoot. I sent this around to the folks who had volunteered, with the only rule being this: it had to adhere to the primaries (mostly), and it had to be BRIGHT and play off of the circles. I used to work as a graphic designer, and I knew from that experience that having one or two really specific parameters and limitations, but leaving the rest open to individual creativity, can really help everyone to shine. I wanted each person to feel like they had the freedom to do what they liked within that framework, and I couldn’t be more thrilled with how it all came together. Everyone really ran with it and put their own personality into it in the best way.
Huge thanks to Jocelyn for sending this fun and funky wedding shoot my way! 😀
Photographer: Jocelyn Mathewes of Studio Mathewes
Wardrobe: Garage 34 Asheville
Cake: Short Street Cakes
Flowers & setup: Flora Events
Buttons & accessories: The Button Florist
Hair: Ananda Hair Studio (anandahair.com)
Models: Alexandra & Kale
Assistant: Anna Hedges
Location: The North Carolina Arboretum