Thursday, October 21, 2010

Happy Champagne Friday! Budapest and Art Nouveau


There has been some big news here at Fanantique recently, Gabor and I have become engaged!
(I apologize in advance that the Fanantique blog may slowly start to morph into a wedding blog, but I will try and stay focused on not get too carried away with it all)
This means that I have already become distracted spending hours and hours flipping through bridal magazines, looking through books and searching everywhere for inspiration. Of course, I headed straight to my favorite website, Martha Stewart, and stayed there for hours. I have been through a heap of weddings recently with most of my friends all married off within the last few years but I had never given much thought to what kind of wedding I would have. 
I am very lucky that I have a lot of very creative people around me and through my experience at Fanantique I have become quite crafty at knowing where to source things. So, I am looking forward to enjoying the creative process of wedding planning and have decided not to set a date for quite some time. Obviously, the biggest question is the dress! I will be keeping my eye out for an amazing vintage piece, but this process may take some time and unfortunately for me, most vintage dresses that I come across are way too tiny...
It occurred to me that it was way too early and pointless looking for a dress before deciding on what kind of wedding we wanted. We also have family on both sides of the world so where is another issue.
Luckily for me, it's looking like we will get to have two events, this means TWO DRESSES!!!

As a starting point, I am thinking about all of my favorite things as a point of reference; favorite colors, artists, movies, books, music, designers etc.

One of my favorite books/stories/movies is Bram Stoker's Dracula and I always thought it would be terribly romantic to get married in Budapest just like the character Jonathan Harker. Budapest is of course Gabor's home town so it is most likely we will head over there for the big day (one of them anyway). I also loved the way that the brides of Dracula looked in the Francis Ford Coppola Version of the movie, just liked they stepped out of an Art Nouveau painting. It might not be a good idea to dress like this in Hungary, as this type of 'Gypsy' look is still not favored and looked down upon. (Gabor will use the word 'gypsy' as an insult, where as I always thought a gypsy was something romantic and whimsical) but I still like it anyway!

Budapest, is of course famous for having many examples of Art Nouveau architecture. There are many beautiful examples all of over the city, from small details that you can see along the streets to grand
buildings like the baths, it really is a treat to visit.

Philanthia- (meaning the love of flowers) A gorgeous flower shop along the main shopping strip in the city. Inside, it has all original fittings and Art Nouveau murals painted on the walls. If you go to Hungary, you must visit this store.

Although it is an image that is commonly seen, I do love the painting 'The Kiss' by Klimt and think that it certainly evokes the right mood of romantic love that would be appropriate for a wedding. Klimt is of course part of the Nouveau group of Artists so incorporating inspiration from this piece would fit well into the theme that is emerging.
 'The Kiss" by Klimt
Klimt cushion-This is a beautiful piece that we have in store at the moment

One of my favorite colors is old gold, and this must be partly while Klimt's work appeals to me so much. (I have to admit I always liked that he featured alot of red headed women in his paintings too)
While flipping through the latest  "Martha Stewart Weddings" magazine I gasped when I saw this amazing cake.

This cake was actually inspired by Klimt. I love it! I love that it still looks like a wedding cake without being too traditional (but traditional enough).
I think these images all give me a wonderful starting point. Of course this could all change , but so far I'm liking it!!

Champagne Friday Cocktail 

"Wedding Cake"
highball glass

3/4 oz Gin
3/4 oz Amaretto
1/4 oz Pineapple Juice
1/4 oz Cream

Blend all ingredients and serve. Enjoy!


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