Mid Century Modern Inspired Wabi Sabi Wedding Ideas
Wabi Sabi represents an aesthetic that is both shamelessly beautiful yet authentically humble. An ideal fit for the couple who are hopelessly sentimental. Drawn to those who not only hold, but cherish their family heirlooms and hand-me-downs. Visually, the Wabi Sabi appeal comes from its intriguingly unassuming romance, beautifully represented inside this styled shoot shot by Fine Art Curation member and wedding photographer Lin Deng Photography...
From Lin Deng Photography: "Perched on the top of Tilden Park in the hills of Berkeley, we found inspiration at a Mid-century retreat. The home sits away from the city’s busy and hectic pace of life and gives us a window to where outside and inside living is bound by nature and its forms.
The compound leads us down the path of Japanese maple trees and manicured landscaping to the zen room that overlooks into the hills. The large windows in front of the room are key aesthetics to its architectural intentions, connecting us with nature. Geometry and the residence’s smooth lines allowed the natural light to lit through and bounced off the green hills at golden hour.
We incorporated Japanese ikebana and wabi-sabi art ideas into our shoot to appreciate the beauty of nature and structure in its most natural form. Then added a touch of femininity and chicness for our modern bride who isn’t mainstream, has immaculate taste, and wants an organic experience.
We used seasonal branches and flowers to sculpt natural and imperfect beautiful arrangements, while not competing with one another. Such as the spirea installation with the exposed mechanics. An organic table runner with locally foraged seasonal dogwood, mock orange, lily-of-the-valley, were sculpted by our floral stylist, Kim. The jewelry was bold but ultra-feminine, making them staple pieces to every modern bride’s wardrobe. Grace, the designer behind Grace de Bloom, sculpted and hand sewn together bridal headpieces out of Italian silk and hammered gold pieces with pearls. She also made a dramatic bow that tails to the floor. A statement piece swapped from a traditional veil and fitted for a sleek and artful look. The make-up was sexy and naturally glowing, and the hairstyles were beautifully sculpted by Hera. The first look was like a neat kimono bow tie updo, and the second was a clean ponytail with symmetrical waves. And Lin’s love for fashion shined in her photography, capturing timeless and ethereal stories in film. Our shoot is a tribute to all of our love for fashion and design, and a collection of thoughtfully curated pieces for our modern effortless brides and women who are not bound by rules.
Lastly, we could not have done it without our other vendors who helped us tie this creative lifestyle and bridal shoot altogether. The blush suite from The Vintage Inkwell was perfectly plated on our black ceramic tableware, an artfully sculpted bow cake from Cake Coquette that was too beautiful to eat and too delicious to resist, a Lena Medoyeff gown from our local green bridal shop Emerald City Gowns gave us wings and sexy silhouettes, and chic satin and jeweled heels that you can wear all day by Bella Belle Shoes."
Photography: Lin Deng Photography | Florist and stylist: Flora + Flour | Hair and Makeup: Hera Makeup Studio | Jewelry + Headpieces: Grace de Bloom | Model: Francesca Mistely | Bridal Shoes: Bella Belle Shoes | Bridal Gown: Lena Medoyeff | Cake: Cake Coquette | Stationery: The Vintage Inkwell | Bridal Store: Emerald City Gowns | Linens: Pleasanton Rentals | Ribbons: Native Ribbon Co. | Vessels: Oh Floral Studio | Film lab: Richard Photo Lab