This past fall I finally had the chance to create a styled photoshoot with a Frida Kahlo Wedding theme. I had so much fun creating these images and I hope you will find them inspiring!
Facts about Frida Kahlo’s Wedding!
This was an all-woman production. I worked with vendors from around the country to make this shoot happen. The Couple is based on Frida Kahlo & Gertrude Blom. Frida needs no introduction. Gertrude, nicknamed Trudi, was a photographer, activist, journalist and a friend of Frida’s. I took some creative liberty here, re-envisioning them as lovers rather than friends. When I created these images I focused on emotion, smiles, laughter, and real moments. Models tend to be very regal and stiff in styled shoots, so I decided to consciously avoid that. I wanted to create something that felt more authentic and contemporary.
My interest in art history inspired the text I wrote for the invitations. Each aspect of the invitation pays homage to important historic milestones in civil rights, art, and feminist history. Artist Sarah Gotowka designed the stationary which features her unique pressed flower method. More flower inspiration comes from florist Dawn Valentine from the Local Flower Market. Dawn created two stunning bouquets as well as the gorgeous crown we see on ‘Trudi’. Also, I love the hot peppers that embellish the bouquets!
As for the impeccable styling, Bridal Marche shop owner Vanessa hand selected the dresses. Bridal Marche is a great shop, because the dresses are often up-cycled, vintage pieces. The jewelry is all found pieces sourced from markets and artists around the world.
I hope you enjoy looking at these beautiful love-filled images!
August 18 1920, marks the passing of the nineteenth amendment, so I chose August 18th as the date on the invitation. Schapiro Gardens is a fictional place, however its namesake is Miriam Schapiro, a leading figure in the feminist art movement. The address of the venue comes from Supreme Court case #14-556 Obergefell v Hodges, marking the legalization of same sex marriage. And lastly, Del Carmen, Mexico is the location of the Frida Kahlo museum.
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Awesome Vendors who contributed to the Frida Kahlo Wedding:
Photography: Ella Sophie
Dresses: Bridal Marche – www.bridalmarche.com
Hair Stylist: Katelynn Kipp – @hairbykatelynnkipp
Stationary: Sarah Gotowa – www.saagoto.com
Florist: The Local Flower Market – www.thelocalflowermarket.biz
Location: Roxbury Farm – www.roxburyfarm.com
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