Reception inspiration from Frida Kahlo
Last year marked the 111th anniversary of the birth of Magdalena Carmen Frida Kahlo y Calderon – most famously known as Frida Kahlo.
Frida’s bold fashion has long been a key source of inspiration for modern day designers such as Dolce and Gabbana, Jean-Paul Gaultier, Riccardo Tisci, and modern style icons such as Beyoncé’.
Whilst scrolling down her own Instagram feed Elizabeth, Elizabeth’s Cake Emporium, was captured by the stunning and colourful dress posted by Joanne Fleming, Joanne Fleming Design, and an idea formed.
Initially inspired to create a Frida Kahlo wedding shoot, Elizabeth’s concept quickly developed into a completely new and different wedding look motivated by the famous painting of The Two Fridas.
This self-portrait shows two equally important and interconnected yet differing sides of Frida, holding hands and linked at the heart.
Elizabeth began putting together an amazing team of suppliers, who could deliver a reinterpretation of The Two Fridas.
A stunning, colourful and passionate side and elegant, creative yet more bridal version.
Design, styling and coordination were key for this project so Anna, Anna Fern Weddings, was thrilled to be brought on board having already read about the amazing life of Frida Kahlo and being utterly fascinated and inspired by her story, her inner strength and boundless passion. Paying homage to The Two Fridas painting we have to acknowledge the image of the two brides sitting side by side.
Joanne, Joanne Fleming Design, hand crafted two stunning dresses for The Two Fridas. An elaborate hand embroidered black and red floral gown; and a stunning high-necked sheer blouse with handmade lace and pearls buttons paired with a sumptuous silk damask organza under bodice and skirt.
Leanne, Wild About, designed a duo of dramatic floral canopies and arrangements for the tables. Linked by shape yet with opposite colour palettes, a softer one of blush peaches and white to echo the demure bride and a bolder, very colourful one for the passionate bride.
With furniture and tableware by Couvert, the theme continued with two equally stunning table settings to show how the choice of colours can really be a unique way to personalize a reception table. They added real cactuses for the more colourful table and reinterpreted this detail with ceramic cactuses for the softer look. The stationery was specially designed by Plume Design.
The team continued the parallel between the colours, style and personality of the two brides (Frida) throughout all other elements of this shoot. From the amazing make up of Sylwia Kunysz to the creative hairstyling of Kasia Fortuna. Model Nicole Andrea Da Ros united and portrayed the essence of The Two Fridas, and the stunning emerald engagement ring shown is courtesy of The Exquisite Collection.
Elizabeth, the original visionary of this shoot and owner of Elizabeth’s Cake Emporium, created two stunning sets of cakes. Our favourite features of her designs are the hearts on her cakes and cupcakes - elements you will repeatedly find in Frida Kahlo’s work.
Central to this shoot was the amazing setting of the Conservatory at the Horniman Museum and Gardens.
And all of this passion and flair was beautifully captured by the very talented, luxury fine art wedding photographer Roberta Facchini, Roberta Facchini Photography.
We hope you love this shoot as much as we do!
Original concept, concept development and cakes: Elizabeth’s Cake Emporium, www.elizabethscakeemporium.com
Venue: Horniman Museum and Gardens, www.horniman.ac.uk
Design, styling and coordination: Anna Fern Weddings, www.annafernweddings.co.uk
Photography: Roberta Facchini Photography, www.robertafacchini.com
Ring and ring box: The Exquisite Collection, www.theexquisitecollection.co.uk
Dresses: Joanne Fleming Design, www.joanneflemingdesign.com
Hair: Kasia Fortuna, www.kasiafortuna.co.uk
Bridal Make Up: Sylwia Kunysz, www.bridal.sylwiamakeup.co.uk
Flowers: Wild About, www.wildabout.co.uk
Furniture and table ware: Couvert, www.couvert.co.uk
Bespoke stationery: Plume Design, www.plumedesign.co.uk
Model: Nicole Andrea Da Ros, www.facebook.com/NicoleAndreaModel
Necklaces: Stella & Dot by Emma Riddell - Independent Stylist, www.stelladot.co.uk