Is there anything more romantic than a picnic with your sweetheart in a gorgeous setting? We think not!

The Pittsburgh Botanic Garden provided the dreamy setting for this Renoir-inspired shoot by photographer Dawn Derbyshire. Here’s what Dawn had to say about today’s lovely shoot:

Long before I was a wedding photographer, I was a college student majoring in art history. I eventually abandoned that path to follow my passion, but my love of fine art never faded. Inspired by impressionism and the work of Pierre-Auguste Renoir, I approached the incredibly talented Melissa Crawford of Devoted to You Events. She helped me refine the vision for the shoot, envisioning a laid back, intimate garden wedding with fun floral elements and an easygoing picnic vibe.

 The Pittsburgh Botanic Garden provided the perfect backdrop for the session, with a dogwood tree filled meadow surrounded by woods and beautifully landscaped gardens sprinkled through the property. Pairing with greenSinner for florals was one of the highlights of the shoot; they created a beautiful floral hat along with a huge, artfully arranged, statement bouquet that added subtle pops of color in the field surrounded by white dogwood blooms.

The couple, Jessa from the fashion and lifestyle blog Wavy Alabaster and her husband Ben, embraced the feel of the shoot and were the perfect pair for this project. They brought their own love of vintage, with Jessa providing some of the gorgeous accessories and teaming up with Melissa to style the perfect outfit.

greenSinner and Vintage Alley Rentals provided elements of decor and furniture for the shoot, helping add understated bursts of color and pattern, perfectly paired with the bright fruit tray from Matthias Bodnar at Matthias Bodnar of Bistro to Go. In lieu of a cake or dessert, we created a little cheese wheel cake, perfect for a intimate picnic. To go with the heaping, Victorian-inspired fruit tray and cheese wheels, the place cards were baguettes wrapped in custom monogrammed vellum bands from Fresh Cut Prints. Erin from Fresh Cut Prints also hand made paper filled with dried flower petals that she printed the invitation suite on, along with pulling the art inspiration to the envelope liners and Renoir quote that helped inspire our overall vision for the day.

renoir picnic styled shoot

Planner/Stylist: Devoted to You Events

Photographer: Dawn Derbyshire

Venue: Pittsburgh Botanic Garden

Rentals and Decor: Vintage Alley Rentals

Paper Goods: Fresh Cut Prints

Food: Matthias Bodnar of Bistro to Go

Make up: Briann Mattise

Hair: Samatha Colton

Floral: greenSinner

Wardrobe: ASOS

Models: Jessa and Ben