This weekend, M and I snuck off to New York to surprise my dad for his birthday/Father's Day. While we were there, we couldn't resist getting a little touristy and visiting some of the attractions, like Rockefeller Center and the Museum of Modern Art. We don't visit museums too often (though, living near DC, I think I've almost reached black-out in Smithsonian bingo) so it's nice to take a few hours and wander around, viewing the works of the greats. Of course, being engaged, I couldn't help but wonder how some of those paintings could make their way into a wedding...
Reflections of Clouds on the Water-Lily Pond by Claude Monet
Monet has always been one of my favorite painters, thanks to the influence of my mom and her love of impressionist art. His most famous paintings are the water lily still lifes he spent the later years of his life working on, and I lingered in this room the longest to see his gorgeous triptych up close.
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For a Monet inspired wedding, I picture soft pastel blues and greens, with pops of sapphire blue. Water lilies might be hard to find for a bouquet, but white mums and light blue hydrangeas would work well with this palette too. Floating centerpeices are one of the easiest DIY projects and would really bring the outdoors into your reception hall.
And of course, if you choose a botanical garden or a Japanese koi pond for your venue, half of your work is done for you!
So what do you think? Have you been inspired by classic art at all?