March 05, 2020

“French Impressionists paved the way for bolder use of color and unique ways of capturing light over time. They didn’t mix their colors, but rather left those vibrant, short brush strokes to help encapsulate the mood and feel of their subject. Their masterpieces are some of the most celebrated and well recognized paintings in the world. We wanted to honor their contributions to art (and the world) by creating an inspired wedding that celebrated the bold use of color, light, and whimsical nature of the way they saw the world. Cunningham Barn and Estate is located in an idyllic location in central Maine. The farm was originally built in 1877 and has maintained its charm over a century later surrounded by the most adorable pond, incredibly tall and sturdy trees, and rolling hills. The lush landscape and charming barns led to the perfect backdrop to capture a love story rooted within painterly details and color. We wanted to create an atmosphere that celebrated both art and nature, but also brought in a feel for the historic timeframe of the French Impressionists. With little accents of lavender as well as baguettes and pears, we wanted to bring in a sense of what Impressionists would have had in their workspace while they captured the beauty of outdoors – all with a touch of of whimsy and romance. The rowboat that was featured at sunset was one of the biggest projects the vendor team wanted to accomplish. As in many of Claude Monet’s paintings, the use of ponds and rivers was vital. After acquiring a small rowboat and restoring it, we were able to feature one of the most beautiful spots on the property by taking a sunset excursion.

Our editorial demonstrates how personal and unique a couple could make their own wedding. Incorporating lots of color and adding whimsical details can truly make their big day anything they wanted it to be. We wanted to inspire couples by taking a gorgeous barn setting and transforming it into a work of art. Each vendor created their own work of art by interpreting the French Impressionism time period and using their own medium to express it. Our goal was to let wedding professionals and couples think outside the box and get inspired and creative with color, light, and just a touch of whimsy!” –Kelly Payeur Photography

Event Credits

Photography: Kelly Payeur Photography // Venue: Cunningham Barn & Estate // Event Planner: Kristin Mills Events // Florist: Farmhouse Florals // Rentals: Heartwood Essentials // Calligraphy: The Vintage Inkwell // Calligraphy: Lilac Designs // Cake: Bear Brook Bakery // Bride's Attire: Andrea's Bridal // Dress Designer: Kelly Faetanini // Bride's Shoes: Bella Belle // Bride's Jewelry: D. Cole Jewelers // Hair: Katie Pottle Hair & Makeup Artist // Groom's Attire: The Groomsman Suit // DIY Styling Backdrops: Locust Collection // Live Artist: Ken Lund Live Painter


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