Styled Shoot: The Modern Minamalist

We here at Eastern Floral Weddings are thrilled to reveal the next in a series of styled shoots showcasing modern wedding style. This time, we’ve partnered with some of our favorite local vendors and designers to dream up a Minimalist fantasy that will delight modern brides-to-be (and anyone else seeking inspo!). This look is all about simplicity and restraint—two things that don’t necessarily spring to mind when we’re talking weddings, which often go over the top. But contemporary couples are changing all that. A Minimalist wedding is a bright, fresh counterpoint to the more opulent weddings of yore, relying on clean lines and only the essential elements to create an easy, unfettered atmosphere that looks just fetching on film.

Photographer: Sidney Baker-Green
Venue: Grand Rapids Art Museum
Dress: Spring Sweet
Suit: Dunhill Tuxedo
Charcuterie: The Cheese Lady
Invitations: The Paper Studio
Linens: Connie Duglin
Hair and Makeup: Cheeky Strut
Cakes: Nothing Bundt Cakes

Imagine receiving this striking invitation suite from stylish stationers The Paper Studio and not attending this wedding. Note how these invites nail down the color scheme right from the start and reflect the wedding’s cool, breezy style. Instead of a floral motif, there’s a green one, another hallmark of Minimalist style.


What the invitation promises, the Grand Rapids Art Museum-set ceremony delivers. Clean white seating, a modern exterior wall as focal point and an aisle lined in palm fronds. Tons of bright light filters through, creating an airy, otherworldly feel. Simple modern platforms hoist more leaves, orchids and even decorative busts around the vow site.

The bridal bouquet brings it all together. Buttery yellow cymbidium and oncidium orchid, white phalaenopsis orchid and  and three varieties of deep green leaves make for an arresting bundle, full of texture. Shape and pattern are everything when your color story is scaled back, and all of it pops against Spring Sweet’s sleek dress. Same goes for the sharp, minimal boutonniere popping against the groom’s suiting, courtesy of Dunhill Tuxedo.

We love the layer-cake effect created by Nothing Bundt Cakes, where a bunch of bites escalate into something much bigger via a clever platform. All that’s needed is a touch of orchid and fern to set off the luscious-looking cupcakes and the iced bundt. Same goes for the streamlined light wood platters and their delectable array of charcuterie nibbles provided by The Cheese Lady.

A Minimalist reception really puts the spotlight on the space, which is why you’ll see so many of these types of weddings carried out in museums, galleries, conservatories and more sites where design and architecture are a real feature. Here tables are topped with crisp white or buttery yellow linens from Connie Duglin. We love the ghost chairs and minimal plating, since the uncluttered tablescape keeps the focus on the guests and food, right where it should be.

At the heart of each table, cylinder vases with orchid and palm arch beautifully. A single orchid in an angular vase offers variety and interest.

The Minimalist couple is the grounded, open-minded type who keep the focus on what’s essential. Organic elements, shape and natural contrast are key in creating a ceremony and reception that come off as simply beautiful.

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