Vermeer's Window: Styled Shoot with Made to be Mine, Splendor of Eden, The Warehouse on State, Cyd's and more!

I shared a photo from this shoot, couldn't remember one of the vendors, went to look it up & realized I had never blogged these photos!  Whaaat?!?   When a photo shoot is done for the purpose of publication, it can't be shared with the general public until after it has been published - I apparently waited so long I forgot!  Anyway, you can see the feature here on Artfully Wed, or check out the photos below!  

Spruce Rentals - Something Old Event Rentals - Made to be Mine - Splendor of Eden

Behind the Scenes: We did this when the Warehouse on State was still under construction.  The photos of the couple standing in front of the glass block window?  That is now part of Thyme (to the right of the restaurant entrance).  We had talked about creating something that was reminiscent of the Dutch Masters - Rembrant, Vermeer, Hieronymous Bosch.  We wanted to show the quiet, simple life especially portrayed in that art period - including the way the models stood, the way the food was styled and the color scheme.  Kristi did an amazing job pulling this together with her photos and discovered Vermeer was especially known for his paintings showing light filtering through a window.  His most famous painting is 'Girl Reading a Letter by an Open Window' and you can see how it influenced these photos!  The day we actually took the photos it was about 3 degrees outside, so these models deserve extra kudos!  

Spruce Rentals - Something Old Event Rentals - Made to be Mine - Splendor of Eden
Spruce Rentals - Something Old Event Rentals - Made to be Mine - Splendor of Eden

I think this is such a great example of how event design inspiration can come from anywhere - a painting, a song, an art period, a hobby.  I love it when couples want to put some of their personality or heritage into their wedding - I think it's a great way to share a bit of your lives with your guests and create an event that is completely unique to you!  It doesn't have to be as nuanced as a painting completed in 1659 - just the other week I had a couple create a photo lounge inspired by their favorite TV show 'How I met Your Mother'.  It was so fun and gave their guests something to do and talk about over the evening.   

Spruce Rentals - Something Old Event Rentals - Made to be Mine - Splendor of Eden
Spruce Rentals - Something Old Event Rentals - Made to be Mine - Cyd's - Warehouse on State
Spruce Rentals - Something Old Event Rentals - Made to be Mine - Cyd's - Warehouse on State
Spruce Rentals - Something Old Event Rentals - Made to be Mine - Cyd's - Warehouse on State
Spruce Rentals - Something Old Event Rentals - Made to be Mine - Cyd's - Warehouse on State
Spruce Rentals - Something Old Event Rentals - Made to be Mine - Cyd's - Warehouse on State
Spruce Rentals - Something Old Event Rentals - Made to be Mine - Cyd's - Warehouse on State
Spruce Rentals - Something Old Event Rentals - Made to be Mine - Cyd's - Warehouse on State
Spruce Rentals - Something Old Event Rentals - Made to be Mine - Cyd's - Warehouse on State
Spruce Rentals - Something Old Event Rentals - Made to be Mine - Splendor of Eden - Heirloom Chicago
Spruce Rentals - Something Old Event Rentals - Made to be Mine - Splendor of Eden - Heirloom Chicago
Spruce Rentals - Something Old Event Rentals - Made to be Mine - Splendor of Eden - Heirloom Chicago
Spruce Rentals - Something Old Event Rentals - Made to be Mine - Splendor of Eden - Heirloom Chicago
Spruce Rentals - Something Old Event Rentals - Made to be Mine - Splendor of Eden - Heirloom Chicago
Spruce Rentals - Something Old Event Rentals - Made to be Mine - Splendor of Eden - Heirloom Chicago
Spruce Rentals - Something Old Event Rentals - Made to be Mine - Splendor of Eden - Heirloom Chicago
Spruce Rentals - Something Old Event Rentals - Made to be Mine - Splendor of Eden - Heirloom Chicago