A DUTCH RENAISSANCE
Since visiting at the age of 13, I have always felt like Holland was probably my spiritual home. I adored its elegance, its simplicity, and the fact that it is steeped in tradition. It’s a truly beautiful place. So it is unsurprising that it inspires such a stunning styled shoot.
Drawing inspiration from their home country, Daniella from Naturae Design and photographer Chymo from CHYMO & MORE Photography found a traditional Dutch windmill from the 18th century in the middle of the old city centre of Utrecht. This Dutch-inspired styled shoot is filled with traditional elements and soft pastel colors: a mix of serenity blue, soft grey, champagne and blush.
Packed full of classic Dutch wedding inspiration, with a modern fine-art twist, there’s lots of pretty get your wedding planning juices flowing here.
Floral designer & stylist Natalia from bloemenmeisjes.com was inspired by the meaning and the roots of Dutch traditions and habits and carefully chose the flowers and the tableware accordingly. The idea of using the wheat flour and cheese came up to her while she was looking at the paintings of the Dutch Renaissance masters, which pictured still life.
Tulips have been grown in the Netherlands since the Renaissance and are truly a beauty with many varieties. These flowers are an integrated part of this shoot in color and the meaning.
Delft Blue porcelain is a fine example of the handcraft of the 17th century. It goes very well with the elegant and playful patterned dishes. The simplicity of the cutlery is balanced with the rustic look of the table. The tiny silver tea-strainer gives the picture a touch of shine and more authentic look.
The Cake designer Alma from Almie’s Bakery worked together with Natalia to decorate the cake with the real flowers. She baked the cookies and meringues that would complement the styling and color palette. They choose a serenity blue base for the cake and added some blush-color flowers and eucalyptus leaves.
Daniella from Naturae Design created 5 headpieces for this shoot. A piece with fresh water pearls dipped in gold inspired by the painting “The girl with the pearl earring” by Vermeer. A comb with golden maple leaves together with a belt made with maple leaves. She choose the gold tones that would go well with the serenity blue color of the dress and the golden blond hair of the model Caroline and one headpiece made from little dusty blue Labradorite crystals attached to the hair with the bobby-pins.
Calligrapher Joyce from KIJKkalligrafie went along with the romantic color scheme by using a delicate ripped cotton paper, matt blue envelopes and matt copper addresses.
- Photography & Concept: Chymo & More Photography
- Concept: Naturae Design
- Design, Styling & Floral Design: bloemenmeisjes.com
- Make-up and hair: Floor Bergshoeff
- Bridal wear: Personal vintage items
- Bridal accessories: Naturae Design
- Cake: Almie's Bakery
- Stationery: KIJKkalligrafie
- Rentals and hire: Wim Pollmann
- Venue: Molen-de-Ster
- Model: Caroline De Booij
- Ribbons: Pompomblossom