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I'm so excited to share with you a few more photos of Golden Thistle's Art Nouveau styled shoot featured in the 2018 High Country Wedding Guide. I feel so honored to have participated and thankful for the opportunity to capture such beauty! 


I'd also like to welcome, Hannah Hunt, owner and stylist of Golden Thistle Design to give us a deeper look into her inspiration for this shoot and advice for new brides. 


What was your inspiration for this style?

Hannah: "While I love bringing each bride's vision to life, I felt the desire to plan a stylized shoot to explore some ideas and stretch my creativity. The painter, Mucha, from the turn of the century embodies the original Bohemian flavor of romanticism combined with naturalism in a very elegant manor. This period was called Art Nouveau which was much more naturalist and romantic in comparison to the Art Deco soon to follow. For brides who love the light airy romanticism of the current boho look but want a more elegant version, Art Nouveau is the way to go!"




What tips would you give potential brides who have interest in using fruits in floral arrangements?
Hannah:  "Grapes are a very classical element and were often seen in the art and jewelry of the Art Nouveau era. They are a wonderful way to add an interesting texture. I wanted to bring a romantic classical element to the design without feeling too dated or vintage. To use grapes in a floral design, get the freshest fruit available and keep it refrigerated until ready to use.
Wire the vine of each small cluster to a floral pick. It is ideal to use them in an arrangement that is in floral foam so that the pick is held in place by the support of the foam. This also keeps them from shifting during transport."












What went into designing the tablescape? 

Hannah: "The goldware was actually my grandmothers so I really enjoyed showcasing it with the ruscus. I used a 24 Karat gold paint to paint three leaves on each setting. Andi, from Miss Match Rentals, pulled the place settings based upon our mood board. She has a great eye! I love the richness of gold to pop against the neutrals and the green of the outdoors. To add some soft texture as well as a hint of the accent color, wedgewood blue, we used a pashmina as a table runner. Pashminas are an affordable way to add some extra texture to to neutral linens."



What was the inspiration for the detail on the cake?
Hannah: "The luxurious velvet ribbon was another way to pull in texture and a hint of the blue. Brandon's (Stickboy) wife actually picked it out. It was Brandon's design choice to add the keys as he felt it implied a romantic secret. He choose the wood base as he wanted to bring in the naturalist element which was an nice play against the gold."



How did you fashion the floral wreath and what advice would you give to brides trying to do the same? Are there particular flowers better for styling something of this nature? Does it represent anything?
Hannah: "Currently rings of all sorts are being seen in more and more weddings. The circle represents eternity and it is a fresh take on the arbor. This one was constructed of curling willow branches collected locally. Using fresh branches helps as they are more pliable. We used both Seeded and Silver Dollar Eucalyptus as greenery as both varieties last for a very long time
without water. The day of the shoot we added locally gathered Variegated Privet branches. Fresh flowers like Dahlias or roses could be added using eco wraps or water tubes to keep them fresh."




What was your floral color palette and what florals are being used?

Hannah: "The current trends in bridal floral are blush blooms and Protea.  In this shoot, I tried to use it in a fresh way by bring in the mocha of the local Gloryblower pods, deeper blush bordering on coral of the rice flower, and the gorgeous peach tones of the Cinnamon Rose. The feature flowers are White O'Hara Garden Roses and Pink Ice Protea. The bridal bouquet also has Blushing Bride Protea, which is a luxurious blossom and has a wonderful way of adding texture and romance to any arrangement. For a super naturalized feel, I blended in greens and vines from the local area. Always test these first to see how they last in a vase! And nothing brings a classic, naturalist feel like olive leaves and clusters of grapes!




Describe the overall setting and your favorite elements.

Hannah: "The bubbling of the river and the birds singing could not be captured in the photos but they certainly added to the ambiance. I loved the softness of the afternoon light filtering through the leaves. I would suggest that brides think of fresh, new ways to include a photo op or backdrop for guests. Adding an element like the draped wreath to the reception gives guests a beautiful backdrop for photos of themselves that could be uploaded for the couple to enjoy later. Also, look for interesting ways to highlight the cake. The reflective qualities of a vintage mirror showcase all sides of the cake and make it sparkle.




 Thanks to all of the amazing vendors who contributed to this shoot! A HUGE thanks to High Country Wedding Guide for featuring these photos in the 2018 magazine.



Planner & Stylist: Hannah Hunt of Golden Thistle Design | Floral: Golden Thistle Design | Photography: Megan Sheppard Photography | Beauty: Sierra Mueller of Canvas Beauty Bar | Furniture: A Bushel and A Peck Vintage Rentals |  China, Flatware, Place Settings: Miss Match Rentals | Cake: Brandon Kop of Stick Boy Bread Co. | Stationary: Paper Union Co. | Dress: Did Someone Say Party? 





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