Mystical Wedding Inspiration From Griffin & Sabine

Griffin and Sabine book inspired shoot

Today’s stunning styled shoot pulls inspiration from the the Griffin & Sabine series of novels. For those who aren’t familiar with the stories (we weren’t!), Griffin is an artist who begins receiving postcards from an elusive Sabine, who lives far away – and it eventually turns into a super romantic long distance love story. The team behind the editorial, led by Sarah Maren Photography Kate Whelan Events, used the surreal oil paintings from within the book to create the shoot’s color palette and stayed true to the storyline with elegant, astronomy-centric details mixed with touches of Dutch still life floral design. There’s so much pretty to pin throughout + we’re loving all the mystical design elements that will surely inspire couples who are looking for a few unique + magical ideas to incorporate into their day!

Griffin and Sabine inspired invitation

hanging empty gold frames

giant flower hair crown

giant flower hair crown

From the team, Shannon of Flourish created lush, romantic florals and combined them in true Dutch still life fashion with unexpected elements like brass bugs and pewter skulls. We added brass candle sticks, fresh fruits and tea lights with a rustic patina reminiscent of layers of oil paint. Two bouquets were created – one a fresh, loose romantic stunner wrapped in navy silk ribbon; the second a unique take on the new bracelet bouquet with pops of lace and thistle.

hanging floral balls

Griffin and Sabine book inspired shoot

Griffin and Sabine book inspired shoot

Griffin and Sabine book inspired shoot

Griffin and Sabine book inspired shoot

double exposure

An astronomy-centric canvas guestbook sat on an easel where guests would connect their own constellation and sign nearby.

constellation indigo seating chart

tablescape with candles

blue velvet tablecloth

patterned china

vintage stamps

The team had the pleasure of speaking with Griffin & Sabine author Nick Bantock during the development of the session. He kindly gave them the rights to use unique art from the books for the table numbers, as well as signed custom stamp sets to play as guest favors. Such a fun touch that really helps authenticate the details of the shoot!

gold candlesticks

name cards

Griffin and Sabine book inspired shoot

gold rimmed goblets

watercolor table numbers

gold candlesticks

Griffin and Sabine book inspired shoot

dessert bar on piano

Loving the display of naked, berry-topped cakes + various other treats created by Sweet Cakes by Rebecca!

sequined dress

sequined dress

dessert bar


flower decor

layered naked cake

Griffin and Sabine book inspired shoot

And catch more of this super fun editorial in the beautiful film by Frontside Films!

Thanks so much to the talented creatives below for sharing this fun inspiration with us today!

photography: Sarah Maren Photography // planning + design: Kate Whelan Events (previously Kate Miller Events) // venue: Beatnik Studios Sacramento, California // florals: Flourish // videography: Frontside Films // cake + desserts: Sweet Cakes by Rebecca // lighting + projection: BP Productions // hair + makeup: Hello Glam // stationery: KME Paperie // dress + veil: Always Elegant Bridal and Tuxedo // shoes: Prada // tux: Always Elegant Bridal and Tuxedo // rentals: Hartmann Studios Rentals // linens: La Tavola Linens // table number art + stamps: Nick Bantock // bicycle lighting above tabletop: Straight Gauge Studios // artist behind dessert table: Kelly O’Connell 530-351-4777

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  1. !! I can’t believe such a gorgeous venue exists in my hometown! I love the exposed brick, and the shot of the frames + draping is just stunning. I’m beginning to regret not taking a tour of Beatnik Studios before booking our venue!

  2. i totally adore those books! the styling is perfect here.

  3. My eyes were fixated on those frames. But I love how the photography has captured this theme beautifully.

  4. Hi!

    I’m Joanne and I’m interning at Wedding Gifts Direct. I found your article very interesting. Thank you for sharing these beautiful moments with us.


  5. It is absolutely amazing!So pretty!

  6. This is gorgeous and so true to the Griffin and Sabine story.

  7. Oh this is beyond beautiful and so romantic!

  8. Everything is just perfect for me, the colours, table setting- it’s amazing! I love the atmophere of the place and sensuality between newlyweds:)


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