Minimalist Wabi-Sabi Shoot Melts Gender Stereotypes with Rule-Breaking Inspiration

Minimalist is anything but boring, as wedding planner Mery Lem set out to demonstrate along with photographer Vibrant Feelings in this monochrome shoot. Embracing inclusivity, they built the shoot around their model Math Max Queer, playing with gender boundaries and celebrating the LGBTQ+ communities alongside natural and architectural beauty.

Perched high in the medieval city of Carcassone, France, the shoot took place in the village of Roullens, where rough stone, faded woods and narrow, stony streets sit alongside turrets and towers that stretch into the sky. History was set against stunning contemporary Y.brown dresses, designed as unisex, gender-neutral and for all personalities and body types.

The spirit of the shoot contained Japanese elements of Wabi-Sabi; a view centred on the acceptance of transience and imperfection, and appreciating beauty that is “imperfect, impermanent and incomplete” in nature. With asymmetry, roughness and simplicity running through the concept, there is an appreciation of natural objects and forces of natures.

Celebrating beauty and the passing of time, this shoot sets bold historic architecture against soft fabrics and nature, melting gender boundaries and giving inspiration for a unique fusion of rule-breaking ideas, perfect for an alternative wedding. 

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