Industrial Bacon Styled Shoot
The inspiration for this styled shoot came from the Francis Bacon painting “1946”. As an Art History major in college, art has always been a part of my life and is something that I incorporate in all of my events. I wanted to find inspiration in art that isn’t traditionally considered beautiful. In fact, many view his work as disturbing. It is easy to be inspired by beautiful things, I wanted to flex my creative muscle and find beauty in the darkness.
There were some elements of the shoot that were very literal translations from the artwork. The yellow boutonniere worn by one of the grooms, the oriental rug, the umbrella as a photo booth prop, and the shapes I used for the painted panels. The colors were also directly pulled from the painting. While at first glance you might not notice the peach and mauve, the painting does have some beautiful, interesting colors and tones. The overall color palette for the shoot was black, red, peach, pink, mauve and navy.
I also tried to mimic the painterly feel of the work – this can be seen in the hand painted panels as well as the invitation. Some elements of the painting were less literal. The animal carcasses in the painting were the trickiest element to incorporate. I did want to push the envelope so I used a roasted pig as part of the escort card display. It was draped beautifully with flowers. I also incorporated pig hides in various places (Bloody Mary bar, lounge, dessert table, photo booth backdrop) to allude to the animal carcasses. I looked more at the shapes and textures the animal parts were creating in the painting and then found design elements to represent that. The white chain used to hang items, the leather patterned linen, etc.
Finally, some elements were just fun inspiration. For example, I thought, what would be the signature drink at a Francis Bacon wedding? A Bloody Mary immediately came to mind. Our awesome dessert company, Cocoa & Fig, got creative with the desserts like a bacon cupcakes and blackberry macarons.
I also thought that a fine-art inspired styled shoot should incorporate some real paintings. I found local Minneapolis artist Steph Guidera who had these beautiful, moody paintings that were the perfect addition to the lounge vignette. The Francis Bacon painting inspired me to create a same sex styled shoot featuring two men. It just seemed like a natural fit for some reason. The models are a real life couple, they got married Labor Day weekend 2015 at Mill City Museum in Minneapolis, MN. I knew they would be just perfect for the shoot as they are both handsome and “tough” and so in love. You can really see it in the photos. They were game for anything during the shoot making for some great candid moments. When I asked them to participate they were all for it!
I included a flower girl in the shoot because I envisioned them looking like a modern family. Many same sex couples I know have children before they are legally married, because getting legally married just became an option! I see a future where long term partners with children get legally married and a wedding is a family affair. There were several vignettes in the shoot: Ceremony – I wanted to create a ceremony space that was truly nontraditional and incorporated no flowers. We used fabric, hand painted panels and a circular oriental rug. Some of the glass cylinders were dipped in plasti-dip to give them a modern feel and texture. The candles were deep red and burgundy and just anchored the space so well. Dinner Table – There are five different rental companies featured on the dining table. I wanted to show a look that was unlike anything I had seen before and that meant spending a lot of time sourcing “just the right” pieces. I used rentivist.com for sourcing the items that came from The Festive Frog (they are based in Chicago). All of the items seen can be rented, which was important to me so if couples were inspired to incorporate any of the elements they saw in the shoot they could do so easily and at a reasonable cost.
The black leather linen might be my favorite element, it is overlayed on a navy linen to give it just a bit more depth. The venue’s expansive space requires a showstopper centerpiece so I found this awesome metal stand that is almost four feet tall. With the flowers on top it was taller than me! The openness of the stand allows people to see across the table. Escort Card Display – This might be my favorite vignette from the shoot. I am always looking for ways to make an escort card display interesting and unique as it is an element of a wedding that all guests interact with at virtually every wedding. It sets the tone for dinner and the rest of the reception. Here I did hanging cards that we zip tied to the backdrop and had an industrial looking scissor for guests to cut their card down. Gretchen Berry Design Co. created a custom font we used on all the paper goods and invitation. Bloody Mary Bar – custom stir sticks and drink napkins were the perfect touch to this bar cart vignette. Portable beverage service - specifically bar carts - are a huge trend that continues to gain traction. Signature drinks are a great way to add a personal element to the guest experience. Dessert Table – The desserts were perfect on top of a gleaming black table. My favorite component was the faux saber tooth tiger skull with the flowers through the mouth. It was unexpected and perfectly Francis Bacon. Cake – Cocoa & Fig used black fondant accented with silver streaks and painterly hexagons that flowed down the tiers. The umbrella hanging above was an indirect nod to the painting. Lounge – So many great elements came together in the space to look effortless. As a designer I love mixing vintage with modern. I think it creates a timeless yet current look. Lounges like this one (aka soft seating areas) are becoming common in weddings. Guests love the opportunity to sit and talk in a space that feels comfortable and intimate. Photo Booth – The backdrop for the photo booth was made out of chicken wire with pig hides stretched across it. The umbrella was the photo booth prop. One of the grooms posed with the umbrella like the man in the painting.
- Photography By Cadence & Eli
- Design & Florals By Rocket Science Weddings & Events
- Venue By Machine Shop
- Pink Glass Plates, Silver-Rimmed Glassware By The Festive Frog
- Black Chairs, Purple Napkins, Clear Stemware, Dining Table By Apres Party & Tent Rental
- Black & White Monique Lhuillier Plates By Ultimate Events
- Draping & Chair Embellishments By Avant Decor
- Dessert Table, Stands & Cake By Cocoa & Fig
- Original Artwork By Steph Guidera
- Black Dessert Table & Sofa By BeThings
- Paper Goods By Gretchen Berry Design Co.
- Prop Rentals By Beverly & Co.
- Metal Stand For Centerpiece By Event Lab
- Linens By Nuage Designs
- Rugs By On Solid Ground
- Sourcing of Rentals By Rentivist