Renaissance Wedding


Renaissance Wedding


We've been waiting since last year to feature all the gorgeous below ... yep, it's officially our first added article in 2012!!!  Vanessa of Alchemy Fine Events and Invitations brings our readers another installment of Art History for Brides ... and it's time for the Renaissance period!  We absolutely adore her write-up (scroll down to read it) and were so excited to learn about some of the wedding traditions and how they originated!  It's definitely worth a read :)  But, before you read - take in all the stunning details and photos from this styled shoot.  If we had to pick a favorite from this shoot it would be the wedding cake topped with pomegranate seeds ... srsly?!?!?  What a perfect idea!

Wedding vendors involved include: Photography: Luna Photo  Coordination and Design: Alchemy Fine Events and Invitations  Venue: Orfila Vineyards and Winery  Tableware Settings and Props: Casa De Perrin  Flowers: Isari Flower Studio and Event Design  Dresses and Jewelry: Allyson Simone  Cakes and Sweets: The Scootabaker  Invitation Suite: Alchemy Fine Events and Invitations   BeautyBrides by Brittany Furniture and Props: Archive Vintage Rentals


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Renaissance Wedding Write-up by Vanessa of Alchemy Fine Events and Invitations:

Nothing exudes romance to me more than the ethereal age of the Renaissance.  From it’s flowering of literature, science, art, religion and politics, this golden era flourished from every angle. Combining my passion for art, fashion, history and, of course, Italy, this age became proliferate with some of the greatest minds in our history. Starting in the 14th century in Florence, Italy, the Renaissance age boasted incredible works of art by Michelangelo, Donatello, Botticelli, da Vinci and great thinkers such as Dante. With inspirations from this indelible age, the 4th installment of our Art History for Brides series was born.

For my interpretation of the Renaissance, I wanted to create a softer and simpler pastel version of what we conceive to be the traditional Renaissance palette consisting of darker jewel tones. My vision was to create a pair of cherub-esque brides longingly lounging around a beautiful vineyard feast while waiting for their loves to return, as if a scene from a Botticelli masterpiece.

To create our lounge worthy dining area we started by layering vintage rugs then brought in a rustic sun bleached table, a soft vanilla hued velvet couch and a love seat from Archive Vintage Rentals to set the scene. Contrasting patterns of china and Florentine trays by Casa de Perrin were used to display the vintage
silverware, fresh loaves of bread and rich raspberry hued pomegranates. Soft pink hued glassware offered pomegranate sprinkled bubbles and a romantic balance to our cut crystal decanters.

To carry out our Tuscan worthy feast we created a rustic spread of fruits, nuts, breads, meats and cheeses offered upon a layered assortment of Florentine, copper and silver trays. Vintage glassware, still life paintings and tapered candlesticks added height and interest for a visually pleasing effect.

For a Renaissance style dessert bar we featured Scootabaker’s home-style cakes and fruit tarts displayed in front of Orfila’s majestic vineyard backdrop that boasts vine covered walkways and mountain views. Buttercream cakes were displayed on silver cake plates and layered upon mirrored trays atop a vintage
French table. Beautiful berries, pomegranates, pears and plums were scattered about to sweeten up this already scrumptious still life inspired presentation.



Inspired by a Renaissance still life, Isari Flower Studio created a trio of contrasting centerpieces featured in ethereal golden-footed glass. For the berry hued centerpiece, Isari intricately designed a masterpiece brimming with champagne kissed cafe au lait dahlias and stunning merlot hued garden roses boasting ruffled petals, exposing green centers.

For the softer sunset hued centerpieces, sheer pink lilies, Californian oak twigs, fall kissed green hydrangeas, and unexpected Dutch tulips were trailing with bejeweled china berries to make its meandering statement amidst sprawling desserts and other vintage dishes featured on this table scape.

For a dramatic statement, a taller amber vase boasted simple organic stems of tall camellia branches with their waxy foliage in hunter green.


I wanted to invoke the romance of the Renaissance through the artisanal style of handwork and details seen in the beautifully detailed Allison Simone gowns, jewelry and accessories which were featured on each of our brides. From the detailed beading on the neckline to the long sleeves with detailed hems, these gowns exude an air of romance from a time long gone.

During the Renaissance the most popular color of bridal gowns were actually blue, which was considered a symbol of purity. If the bride didn’t wear blue she would often still carry something blue, in which the tradition was born “something old, something blue.”

Patterns / Graphics–

Florentine patterns featuring intricate floral designs and illustrations were used throughout the shoot including the silverware trays on the table and on the invitations. The ‘Fleur de Lis’, which was a popular symbol of this time reflected the political and the royal. Born in France and then later adopted by Florentine as their city’s emblem, this symbol appeared on crowns, clothes and even currency as seen in the fiorini, an early Florentine currency.

Some of the most common wedding traditions derived from the Renaissance are still celebrated today. Here are a few of the most popular and interesting (Handfasting?!) traditions from that time:

Handfasting- One of the most common rituals is handfasting. Handfasting is a joining of hands between the bride and groom. Actually, their hands may be literally tied together with a piece of material or cord. In some
ceremonies, handfasting is symbolized by cutting a lock of each other's hair and placing the locks in a box, or by the bride and groom drinking out of the same cup. However this ritual is performed, the meaning is essentially the same. The couple's lives are joined together for eternity.

Throwing Rice- You may be surprised to discover that one of the most common wedding traditions, the tradition of throwing rice, dates back to Renaissance times. This is an essential part of the wedding, and symbolizes fertility and luck for the couple.

Tiered Cakes- The tiered or layered wedding cake also dates back to Renaissance times. The guests would bring small cakes to stack on top of each other. If the couple could kiss over the top of the stack without
knocking them down, they would have good luck.

Garter- The throwing of the garter dates back to the Renaissance era. It was said that if a male guest at the wedding gave the bride's garter to his love, he would receive faithfulness.

Traditions courtesy of site found here.

~Vanessa of Alchemy Fine Events and Invitations


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Reader Comments (6)

Oh my goodness, it is all so gorgeous!! Botticelli eat your heart out!! What a beautiful way to style a wedding, it looks so fresh, even if the inspiration is almost 600 years old!!

Thank you so much ladies for posting our work!! it was such a pleasure to collaborate with so many other talented vendors on this shoot.

Stay tuned for Rococo coming up next!


Vanessa Van Wieren
Alchemy FIne Events & Invitations

As I began looking through these images I became entranced, as I delved more into the styling I just knew they were down to Vanessa of Alchemy, she has a way of bringing a little piece of magic to every styled shoot. Bravo xxx

Simply stunning! So much gorgeousness and simply beauty, so glad you shared this!

February 2, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterAnn


May 11, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterLia

We tend to think of anything Renaissance as "cheesy," but this turned out so beautifully!

September 5, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterVanessa

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