Quietudes of a Modern Bride


Minimalism is an aesthetic that you can spot in everything these days. If you’re into decorating your home at all, you would have noticed the craze around Marie Kondo and her “ruthless war on stuff”. We’re big fans of living simply, but minimalism is more than just tossing away all your worldly possessions and hoping for the best. It’s a lifestyle of choosing the simple things - and it’s one that can be applied to your wedding day.

I was lucky enough to be part of an editorial shoot recently styled by Olha of Sense of the Moment - a multi-talented event planning company. It’s dreamy, airy, and light, yet undeniably warm enough to pull you in for another look. Here’s a look at the shoot along with a few tips on how to achieve the same look for your own wedding.


The no-makeup look - The minimalist movement is inspired by all things nature and there is nothing more natural than the no-makeup look. To achieve this fresh faced appeal, start by focusing on the health of your skin. Stay hydrated and consider meeting with a dermatologist a few months before the wedding to get your skin looking its best. For the actual day, ask your makeup artist to stick to earth-toned eyeshadows, a barely there lip, and soft and full eyelashes.


The blank slate venue - While venue hunting can often be the most stressful part of the wedding planning process, it can be helpful to open your mind up to unusual spaces. Be creative when it comes to seeking the right space and don’t discount family backyards or even services like Peerspace or Splacer. Even if the space looks like a white box initially, keep in mind that the right rentals, florals, and your own warm glow will fill up the room.


The color family - The key to creating a cohesive minimal color scheme is to stick with a tightly edited set of colors. Here we have a bold blush, gold, white, and taupe. It may seem deceivingly simple to the eye, but the varying textures of the cotton runner, the distressed candlesticks, and the polished flatware provide more than enough visual interest. By no means do you have to stick to a light palette. The same minimal look can be pulled off with navy, black and forest green.


The minimal napkin fold - It’s so minimal that it’s more like a tuck than a fold. We love it because it looks modern and formal without being fussy. Simply fold the napkin in thirds, wrap around a dinner plate, and set the appetizer plate on top of the napkin to anchor it down. If you have a sprig of rosemary or a place card, you can add it right on top. The layered look of the table will have guests excited to mingle even before the food arrives.

Looking for more ways to create the ultimate minimalist wedding? We’re here to help. While we focus on all things tabletop, we’re more than happy to recommend other wedding vendors that can pull off quite the wedding. Don’t hesitate to reach out to us at info@thebayith.com.

Many thanks to Tayna Isaeva for capturing these beautiful moments in creative styling. Additional credits and images below. You can also view the full gallery or the feature on White Wren.


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