Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Classic Art Inspiration

Sorry for the day - I tried to post this yesterday, and Blogger wouldn't let me upload any images!  Whoops...

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.

Sources  Center:, 1), 2), 3), 4), 5), 6), 7), 8), 9), 10), 11), 12)

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? 


  1. Beautiful inspiration board! I love blue, especially that super-saturated cerulean hue of that painting in the middle.

    By the way, thanks for the comment on my blog you left a few weeks back! We'd so double date with you if we lived in Virginia, haha!

  2. I love this inspiration board. It looks like what I wanted my engagement party to look like originally. And it looks like what I imagine my fiance would choose for our wedding. He's the artsy one between us two.
    I found the link to your blog on weddingbee and I'm glad I came to check out your blog. You have a new follower!

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