Mid-Century Whimsy for a Wedding

 

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Want that mid-century look for you wedding but don’t take yourself too seriously? I love a bit of Mad Men, mid-century whimsy for a wedding.

Color is so important in capturing a period feel. The sumptuous yellow and red evoke the feel of that period as does the pattern in blue. The angles and lines hark back to mid-century. The pattern is our playfulness. It includes a stylized couple dancing, rendered in simple line strokes.  This couple could come from a cave drawing or be derived from African sculpture.

At the turn of the Twentieth Century French post-impressionist artists lead the way in interpreting the aesthetics of African sculpture into their own art. The bold colors and stylized, flat figures helped define Cubism and Modernism. Picasso in particular showed the influence of Africa in his work. One of his most famous works Les Demoiselles d’Avignon is a stunning example of this. Sometimes the African influence was less pronounced but still palpable – like this Modigliani painting.

Reclining Nude Amedeo Modigliani (Italian, Livorno 1884–1920 Paris) Metropolitan Museum of Art The Mr. and Mrs. Klaus G. Perls Collection, 1997

Reclining Nude Amedeo Modigliani (Italian, Livorno 1884–1920 Paris) Metropolitan Museum of Art The Mr. and Mrs. Klaus G. Perls Collection, 1997

Imagine the heady excitement of discovering these different styles and how that opened a new way of looking at things. The lines of African art can still be seen today – the influence of Africa and Picasso and the Cubists lives on.

We wanted the wedding stationery to be beautiful but not take itself too seriously – this is the general vibe for the wedding. There was some fun conversation over mid-century table names and many laughs over the silly idea of naming them for I Love Lucy. Who would want to sit at the Fred Mertz table? In the end, famous movies held the day – and of course we had to have a cheeky Vertigo table. The fun tone extended to the response card with the regrets phrasing.

Whatever the tone you set for your wedding, we can work together so your stationery embodies who you are.

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