Destination Wedding Gauguin Forest by Tickled Pink

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Destination Wedding Gauguin Forest By Natalie at Tickled Pink Weddings and Events

The inspiration for this look.

The shoot was inspired by a deep forest setting and the tropical paintings of the artist Paul Gauguin. I  have always enjoyed the very naïve – half naked depictions of beautiful polynesian ladies posing in very simple clothing with beautiful fruits and shells. The simplicity of the images, the radiance of the colours and depiction of island life has always appealed to me and my senses.

For this shoot we wanted to capture raw fine art images of beautiful, natural ladies posing in “Gaugenesque” ways – capturing their natural beauty and the beauty of their surroundings.

The colours are vivid and striking and we used flowers, shells, canvas paintings and paintbrushes to tell the story.

As we decided to focus more on a fine art styled shoot we wanted to be able to play with different dresses and colours to bring out the theme and offer different looks and styles to our brides. We specially chose some well known South African designers and dress suppliers Ryan Keyes , Renata Kuzak and Gelique to give us a varied range. On the one hand the dresses we chose from Renata and Gelique needed to be simple and flowing and depict the simplicity of Gauguin’s paintings and subjects. On the other side we also wanted to combine some Wow- Showstopper dresses for the more adventurous bride. We wanted to show you can tie the two concepts together if done correctly.

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The kind of wedding couple, season and setting this theme would suit.

This would ideally suit a wedding couple who enjoy a relaxed summer, beach tropical vibe. A wedding couple who enjoy and appreciate art would also love this theme. This would be a wonderful theme for a chosen destination wedding to South Africa or the coast and beautiful tropical islands that surround it.

The colours of the fruit and flowers are bright and vivid and really depict Summer in its truest form. But having said this you could recreate this theme in spring or even autumn.

You just need to find the right venue to provide a perfect backdrop for this theme as well as make sure the flowers and fruit are in season.

 

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The key elements.

Flowers, Fruit and Shells are the essential elements of the look. We tried to keep them in their most natural state without any distraction of other textures or materials.

The models were barefoot and had very natural to no jewellary. Too much jewellary will “kill” the simplicity of this theme.

The hair was natural as it could be – soft, flowing and wild.

Canvas paintings were created using the colours of our chosen palette to reflect the artist.

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Our styling details:

The wedding stationery.

  • We used close-up texture shots from the canvas paintings as backgrounds for the invites, menus and seating chart.
  • Played with travel to exotic destination theme based on a destination wedding – designing a passport style logo, passport folder, map illustrations of islands, tropical floral patterns, earthy textured stock cardboard and twine.

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The table décor.

  • Raw wood banquet table with arch to mount statement tropical floral feature arrangement
  • Bamboo chairs with teal cushions | chair backs decorated with floral lays
  • Hand woven leaf placemats, rose gold ceramic shell layered plates, with pre-plated fruit salad starter
  • Wooden bread-board side plate with yellow linen napkins and individual menu cards
  • Centre-piece: Rose gold pineapple ceramic vases with orchids and tropical foliage
  • Palm tree bowl will with exotic flowers and tropical fruit
  • Palm seed pods

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Floral feature:

  • Framed canvas floral art-piece arrangement on artist easel

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Seating chart:

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Wedding Ceremony area:

  • Bamboo chairs with teal cushions | chair backs decorated with floral lays
  • Carpet of banana palm leaves, floral heads and shells
  • Altar feature arrangement : Wooden stick plinth urn packed with flowers and draped with floral lays. Shell and fern decorative touches

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Bouquets:

  • Mini block mounted canvas floral art-piece arrangement
  • Coconut bowls filled with exotic flowers and straw detail

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Chair Prop:

  • Authentic Polynesian handwoven grass peacock chair decorated with exotic flowers

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Art piece props and backdrops:

  • Customized paintings created and inspired from textured detailed of Gauguin’s paintings

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We based the colour scheme on one of Gauguin’s paintings.

The colour scheme included – mauve, golden yellow, violet, aqua, emerald green, forest green, kiwi green, papaya orange, dark coral, sky blue, periwinkle blue, butter yellow, pink, light coral, indigo blue

Props selected were painting easles and paints to reflect the artist element, shells and sand for the beach, unusual palette style bouquets, canvas paintings, tropical coconut drinks, peacock chairs, flower necklaces, shell and flower ceremony alter with green leaves and petals as the aisle.

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The wedding cake

Cake Inspiration was a watercolour paint technique using real tropical flower decorations.

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Wedding Dresses and Bridesmaid Dresses

We chose a combination of designers and styles:

Ryan Keyes for the more flamboyant and Wow factor dresses that the bride wore.

Renata Kuzak who offered a more flowing bridal dress as well as the green and purple flowing bridesmaid dresses

Gelique who offered the two white bridesmaid dresses and green/ purple dresses. Loose and simple with very little details. Complete contrast to Ryan.

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Advice to create a similar theme for your wedding day.

Choose your wedding venue well so that it will suit this theme. Make sure it has lots of green foliage, streams, rivers, large trees and big jungle style plants to set the scene or simply a tropical beach.

Choose a colour palette and stick to it. Choose tropical fruit rather than normal fruit. Choose tropical flowers that are exotic and full of texture, shape and bright in colour. Use large green foliage as the base to your décor and set up. Be adventurous with your makeup! Keep your hair shiny and natural . Be adventurous with your dress choice or keep it simple.

VERY IMPORTANT

Be sure to bring onboard a professional team like Tickled Pink Weddings and Events, who can assist you in bringing all the elements together beautifully. Tie every element together. Base your wedding stationery, food, menu, cake, bouquets, dress, makeup, jewellary, shoes, hair on your chosen theme for a unique and amazing look.

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NOTES FROM THE PHOTOGRAPHER

Gauguin was very experimental with his use of colour and by doing so pulled the viewer into the emotion and feeling of the scene as opposed to realistically mimicking it. By tapping into his creativity in terms of poses and colour we were hoping to emphasise the mood and feel of the island themed style and highlight the incredible details of the gowns, make up and decor. We had a full day of shooting and approached the theme in a very light hearted but ethereal manner. We wanted the models to interact with the environment and each other, very similar to the way Gauguin’s figures interacted with each other in an almost dreamy and affectionate way.

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The Tickled Pink Team

Concept, visual and co-ordination Tickled Pink Weddings and Events, Natalie Elliot

078 173 2094, www.tickledpinkevents.co.za

Photographer – Ilse Moore, Gingerale Photography

Décor, Styling, Flowers – Jeanine Richards, Ninirichi Style Studio

Stationery – Charlotte de Kock – The Design Lot

Hair & make-up – Nicole Amory Makeup Artist

Wedding Dresses – Ryan Keyes – Keys Fashion

Wedding Dress and Bridesmaid Dresses – Renata Kuzak

Bridesmaid Dress – Gelique – Angelique Du Toit

Cake – Cakes by Pat

Jewellery – Tickled Pink, stylists own

Venue – Private venue hand selected by Tickled Pink Weddings and Events

Wooden Furniture – Pick-Up-Stix

Bride Model – Charlotte de Kock – The Design Lot

Courtneigh Jacobs – Bridesmaid

Kirah Jackson – Bridesmaid

Concept, visual and co-ordinationTickled Pink Weddings and Events, Natalie Elliot

078 173 2094, www.tickledpinkevents.co.za

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