Drawing Inspiration from a Work of Art

Picture perfect looks

It is a place of beauty — not only are there magnificent artworks at the Currier, but grand architecture as well. That makes it the perfect venue to display gorgeous gowns and the accoutrements of a wedding feast. As inspiration for color and design, we used the well-known Impressionist painting, “Mercie Cutting Flowers,” by New Hampshire artist Edmund Tarbell.

Edmund Charles TarbellAmerican, 1862-1938 Mercie Cutting Flowers, 1912 Oil on canvas 33 1/2 in. x 27 1/2 in. Partial gift of Henry and Clara Mixter and purchased with funds provided by Henry Melville Fuller and many friends of the Currier, 1998.2

Artistically Inspired

Using the overall design and color scheme from the Tarbell painting, Marie St. Onge of Paisley Floral Design Studio created a dramatic garland to grace the Currier’s marble staircase. The flowers that anchor the garland and the bouquets are, says St. Onge, “balanced with a combination of warm and cool tones, textured accents and a variety of foliage with ethereal movement.”

Top right photo Top gown: This stunning fitted gown by Ian Stuart has a mermaid skirt covered in soft organza flowers lightly scattered with crystals. A matching cape adds the finishing touch. Left: Strapless taffeta ball gown by Anne Barge in a shade of light blue. This gown brings classic elegance in its shape with touches of modernity in its pin-tucking detail and coloring. Bottom: Soft gazar sweetheart necked and bodice that flows into a ripple effect asymmetric apron front with a romantic flower detail. By Ian Stuart. Bottom photo An imperial gown by Ian Stuart adorned by petal decoration with matching jacket and veil.This fitted sweetheart neckline dress is finely finished with a scalloped lace detail trim. Available at Uniquely Couture Bridal
Sitting gown: Strapless A-Line gown by Anne Barge adorned with Alençon lace. A beautifully fitted natural waist bodice and soft, feminine skirt finish off this ethereal look. Standing: Also from Anne Barge, a stunning blush-colored gown with delicate open back and illusion detail. A skirt of soft, flowing ivory and blush organza. Beaded and floral appliqués adorn the bodice for a beautifully feminine finish. Available at Uniquely Couture Bridal

Floral Palette

Marie St. Onge of Paisley Floral Design Studio created these beautiful bouquets using the color palette of the painting “Mercie Cutting Flowers."

Top: The monochromatic bouquet is comprised of mini green hydrangea, thrichilim and Mondial roses, collared with umbrella fern and bear grass chutes. Middle and above right: A colorful cascading bouquet below features both Carpe Diem and Quicksand roses, antique green hydrangea, Nemo ranunculus, blue muscari and forget-me-not flowers. Above left: The bouquet features blue and green hydrangea and green snowball viburnum, accented with Queen Anne’s lace, seeded eucalyptus foliage and satin ribbon tendrils.

Elegant Additions

What could be more elegant than a Celtic harp providing ceremony and reception music? Among the musical styles De Luna Harps offers are traditional, themed and Renaissance. De Luna will even create an original composition for your walk down the aisle. Top hairpiece: Gold filigree hair comb with pearls and crystals, great for an updo. Bottom left: Silver halo headband adorned with crystal embellishment, a trendy accessory for updos or long, flowy locks. Bottom right: Lace and peony hair clip with a hint of sparkle. Available at Uniquely Couture Bridal. The three hairstyles pictured as well — a low updo, loose curls and a soft braid. By The Wingate Salon & Spa.
Mix and match styles from Jasmine Bridal. Long chiffon gowns with hints of lace throughout in pastel shades of mint, coral and sea glass. These gowns complement bridal gowns in any shade.

Light and Luminous Tablescape

Set designer Lisa Pavlopoulos, who is the events manager at the Currier, created a tablescape with the ethereal look of an Impressionist painting. Using a luminous watercolor palette and mirage chairs, Pavlopoulos provides an inviting setting for a reception feast.

The tablecloth is a white satin underlay with Sonoma sheer organza overlay with color accents from the turquoise bengaline napkins. The 13-inch clear pebble glass charger is topped with an eight-inch green glass concentric plate. Seating is designated with Impressionist painting notecards from the Currier Gift Shop. Surrounding the table setting is a variety of crystal floral-etched glassware. The finishing touch — hammered stainless-steel silverware.

The apricot Northern Glory cymbidium orchid blooms were used at each table setting to provide warmth to a predominately cool color palette.

An artistically crafted wedding wouldn’t be complete without a beautifully designed meal. Chef Jay Curcio of The White Apron created these dishes especially for the Currier wedding. On the left is butter-poached lobster on a cucumber-melon stack with baby kale encircled by avocado-mango with lemon vinaigrette. To the right is roasted beef tenderloin, zucchini and butternut squash, elm mushrooms, cured yellow tomato and confit garlic sauce. The presentation — with careful consideration of color and placement — provides the finishing touch. The chocolate mendiants from Dancing Lion Chocolate make for beautiful – and delicious – wedding favors.

The Final Touch

The Tarbell painting here again provides inspiration for a work of art by Master Chocolatier Richard Tango-Lowy of Dancing Lion Chocolate. More than 50 pineapple persimmon bonbons were crafted and dipped by Tango-Lowy to create the canvas for artist-in-residence Katherine Donovan to reproduce “Mercie Cutting Flowers.” Donovan uses tinted cocoa butter for her paints. The vases are hand-blown and available in a variety of colors at the Currier Museum of Art Gift Shop. The flower arrangements pick up the colors and style of the painting.


The Credits

Photography: Philbrick Photography • Set Design/Events Manager: Lisa Pavlopoulos • Models: Megan Elizabeth Harp, Kelsea Campbell, NEMG, Kenzie Bennett, NEMG • Gowns and Accessories: Uniquely Couture Bridal • Hair: Casey Cordeiro of the Wingate Salon & Spa • Makeup: Natasha Towle of the Wingate Salon & Spa • Flowers: Paisley Floral Design Studio • Music: De Luna Harps • Catering: The White Apron • Chocolate Art: Dancing Lion Chocolate • Table Setting/Linens/Chairs: Rentals Unlimited • Hand-blown Glass Vases and Notecards: Currier Museum of Art Gift Shop. Special thanks to the Currier Museum of Art



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