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.
Karina and Mike met during their social work studies at a ‘bahnhofsmission’ – a refuge for people experiencing homelessness. After three days they attended a rock concert together and fell in love. They booked their photographer, Axel Link, only two weeks before the big day, just wanting a memory of their celebration, rather than formal pictures of the ceremony. Axel told us, “They thought this would be boring and just wanted pictures of the party!”
With a minimalist, natural theme in mind for their wedding, Karina and Mike kept things simple. They knew they wanted to incorporate all the things they loved, and just have a great time celebrating with their friends and family. Love and nature were their inspirations.
Who says a woodland wedding needs to be rustic or boho? Both lovers of clean lines and modern minimalistic décor, Aaron and Katie wanted that reflected in their September day. The bride also always wanted to get married in a forest location so finding Pinewood Weddings & Events, located an hour north of Minneapolis, in was the perfect combination for their vision.
“Honestly, we just chose the things we love the most to feature (darts, great music, hot sauce etc)”, the bride explained. “We DIY’d a seating chart installation with darts and cork boards. Aaron and I spray painted each dart ourselves to match the colours of our wedding. Our colours were sage green, emerald green, chartreuse green, burnt orange, marigold yellow and blush pink. We also used hand drawn trees and plants for the table names and numbers.” Another unique touch was their ‘guest book’ where they asked guests to sign some of their favourite records. They then hung them up in their house afterwards.
Gracie and Craig are both very into thrifting and buying secondhand, and their love of nature meant that their wedding could only have an eco consideration running through it’s core. They were married in Becketts Chapel at The Halls in Norwich, a hidden away crumbling church protected by a greenhouse-like structure. They had a £3,000 budget to spend on their day.
They served an all-vegan menu and thrifted decorations from charity shops. As Gracie is the founder of a sustainable clothing brand, fashion was very much a priority for their day; wherever possible, their outfits and accessories came from sustainable brands. “I’m very into Japanese ikebana and flower arrangements so that was a key focus when it came to inspiration, too. We wanted it to be as natural as possible,” Gracie said.
There is so much to love about Roxanne and Andrew’s wedding and although they got married in June, the witchy theme, which included tarot and crystal elements to the decorations, makes it perfect to share at this time of year! One of the things I love the absolute most about this wedding is how paired back and minimal everything is – less is more and all that! This gorgeous celebration proves that you don’t have to go completely overboard with the decor and theme to still have a fantastic looking event.
“We were inspired by our personal aesthetic and interests”, began the bride. They also wanted the day – well, weekend – to be laid back and enjoyable for their guests so they invited their closest friends and relatives stayed at the cabin, where the wedding was held, all weekend.
Underground rapper and producer, Eli (Eligh) married Jessica at the Aloha Aku Inn & Suites in Maui, a place they have loved and visited together for a long time. They wanted a simple and beautiful ceremony followed by a low key celebration with their nearest and dearest.
“The inspiration for our wedding was just to get married in our favourite place and have everyone there with us”, said Jessica. “We decided to rent out Aloha Aku for both of our immediate families and stay there with them prior to and a couple days after the wedding. It was really fun to walk out onto the lawn where we stayed and basically get married in the backyard. It felt more like our home for the week than a venue. Spending the first couple of days with our family as a married couple, prior to honeymooning, was such a unique experience and I’m so glad we did it that way.”
The bride wore a stunning, yet simple, dress which wasn’t a wedding dress at all. “My dress was from Camille La Vie and I found it for $200 dress in the evening gown section. I knew I wanted something simple and beach appropriate – it even had a train. Wedding dresses at Camille la vie started at $800 so this was a total bargain.” Eli kept his outfit simple too with trousers from Topman, a shirt from Urban Outfitters and Reef sandals.
Leila and Dan’s Philadelphia wedding was simple, minimal and took place in an urban loft space, Power Plant Productions.
“We wanted to make our wedding have more of a party feel instead of a stuffy affair”, said the bride. “I didn’t really have any inspiration as such, I don’t use Pinterest, so I just found things I liked! We had our reception cocktail style with a mix of high tops and low tables and three food stations (a mac and cheese bar, a build your own taco satiation and an Thai food station). There was no assigned seating either so people could move around however they saw fit.”
They were married in front of a homemade backdrop and the venue was decorated throughout with simple mason jar and baby’s breath centrepieces. They also had a slight cat theme with their cake topper and some of the decor.