Rebellious, Art-Inspired, Punk Rock Wedding Inspiration at The Meadows at Firefly Farm Preserve in Raleigh, NC.
I like to approach styled shoots as an opportunity for artistic expression, a chance to do the art we aren’t always free to do with paid work. Sometimes the concepts I come up with are a little out there, and I just hope that my collaborators “get it.” For this project, we combined influences from the art and life of Frida Kahlo with the music and aesthetic of Joe Strummer, lead singer of The Clash. The result was a vibrant, modern, punk rock wedding look featuring nods to Mexican culture and surrealist artwork.
This idea developed so organically… it started at first because Ana Teresa Galizes and I wanted to create a photoshoot for our models, Chris and Chrissie, who were recently engaged. They are both musicians and love to travel. Some of the sweetest, most vibrant people I have met… it was a delight getting to know them working together on this photoshoot!
I looked to my own muses from the art and music worlds and very quickly landed on Frida Kahlo and Joe Strummer. I felt drawn to Strummer’s punk rock, anti-racism, anti-fascist message and Kahlo’s depiction of her struggle with western culture, disability, and self-worth through her surrealist folk art.
With all that is happening in the world, I feel it is important to find beauty, celebrate love, but not to forget the struggles we all face and that are still to come. We cannot forget that even decades after these two artists were sharing their messages we are still dealing with many of the same issues.
When I suggested this concept to the team, everyone was as excited and energized about it as I was. We worked together as a team to discuss the artistic direction and visuals we wanted to incorporate. Many of the details in the styling are references to elements in the art or lives of Frida and Joe.
Floral Design & Styling
Our florist, Lee Moore Crawford of Hana Lee contributed art and objects from her collection of Frida and The Clash memorabilia along with her collection of NC Pottery and hand-blown glass, natural hand-dyed ribbons and textiles, as well as some vintage wares to the styling of this shoot. Hana Lee is committed to bee friendly, seasonal and zero waste floral design and these principles were used to create designs for this event!
Sustainability & Eco-Friendly Flowers
Since the photoshoot took place in December, local flowers were less available so we decided to use local seasonal foraged plants with some available stock and dried elements from Wild Scallions Farm in Timberlake, NC to compliment the gorgeous American-grown, sustainable roses from Peterkort Roses in Portland, Oregon. Peterkort roses are “salmon safe” and they work to improve their impact on the environment all the way to the rivers and streams. We worked directly with Norman Peterkort to create a palette based on what was available for the winter season. The roses were all shipped in compostable paper wrapping and all materials were then composted after the event with nothing going to the landfill at the end of the day!
The blue vases and pots, dried flowers, greenery and succulents were homage to Frida’s house in Mexico City, Casa Azul. The roses and thistle were homage to the Britain and punk rock culture. The black Baccara roses mixed with the pink, magenta, golden yellow, and white were chosen to blend the visual elements of Frida’s art with the punk rock aesthetic. We wanted the event overflowing with roses as an expression of the passion both of these artists applied in all aspects of their life and messages that still remain strong today.
The hanging greenery installation at The Meadows was designed and created by Natya Regensburger, daughter of the venue’s owners.
The Stationery Suite
Kasey Kyprianou of Revelry + Heart created an unique invitation suite inspired by punk rock concert posters and incorporating hand-drawn illustrations of the roses varieties we selected. The invitation was printed on fabric which gave the piece a more textured, vintage feel. She used a cigar box that she found that read “Revolution Te Amo” and lined it with more of her rose pattern to display the invitation suite. The menu she created features some of Chris and Chrissie’s favorite dishes! Kasey believes in creating highly individualized suites for her clients and loves to utilize mixed media in her stationery design.
The attire we chose was intended to invoke our muses as well. The blue Badgley Mischka gown Chrissie wears is another homage to Casa Azul, Frida’s home and studio, and the white lace gown from Alexis calls back to the Mexican folk garb she wore. Our make up and hair stylists created two looks for us, one more relaxed for to be worn with the more modern blue gown, and a look inspired by Frida’s self-portraits for the lace gown. Both of Chris’ looks were inspired by punk rock fashion and Joe Strummer’s personal style and included pieces from his own closet and a vintage moto jacket from his family. Chrissie’s two gowns were from Rent the Runway.
The Dream Team
Design, styling and installation on this art inspired, punk rock wedding photoshoot was a group effort between myself, Lee, and Kasey, with assistance from River Takada and Lindsey Womack.
Photography by Ana Teresa
Concept & Coordination by Folie à Deux Events
Floral Design & Decor by Hana Lee
Stationery Suite by Revelry + Heart
Cake Design by Sugar Euphoria
Hand-dyed Ribbons by Hana Lee & RIVTAK
Tabletop Place Settings from American Party Rentals
Hair Styling by A Shear Perfection Salon
Makeup by Devon Drugan
Gowns sourced from Rent The Runway
Chrissie’s Blue Gown was designed by Badgley Mischka
Chrissie’s White Gown was designed by Alexis
Additional Greenery & Branch Installations by Natya at The Meadows
Many thanks to our venue, The Meadows at Firefly Farm Preserve in Raleigh, NC.