Fine Art Inspired Micro Wedding Editorial in St. Louis

Do you prefer a large social gathering or more of an intimate setting for your wedding? Even before the world of event planning changed in the past two years by a global pandemic, I’ve always preferred smaller, more intentional events. Even when my (now) husband and I were planning our 2016 wedding, we wanted to keep our guest list small—we struggled to make it to the requested minimum of 100 from our venue and ultimately had about 80 people celebrating the day with us. 

Over the past couple of years, micro weddings have become increasingly popular. Whether it’s downsizing due to safety or just finally having an excuse to tell your family that—no, you’re not inviting your aunt’s nextdoor neighbor that you haven’t seen since grade school—there’s a definite desire  for these intimate events. 

A micro wedding is not an elopement. It’s an intentional and thoughtfully planned wedding—just with a miniature guest list. It has all the carefully curated style of a traditional wedding, but on a smaller scale. When you’re planning a wedding with a smaller guest list, you can allocate your budget in other places aside from catering and bar packages. Micro weddings give you the freedom to really run with your design inspiration and create a true experience for you and your guests.

Modern wedding attire for a micro wedding 

Today we’re sharing images from a fine art micro wedding editorial captured by Steph Masat and designed by Matchless Gem. In this shoot, with its shades of blue and warm nude tones, Lydia and Jen created a warm and inviting intimate modern dinner party environment. The tablescape was full of food perfect for sharing and styled to perfection. We added the finishing touch with our menu and place card design. To help add an element of interest, we also created a unique fabric panel sign with a beautiful quote from Walt Whitman:

“Day by day + night by night, we were together. All else has long been forgotten by me.”

Custom fabric quote banner for wedding decor from Leighwood Design Studio

Every detail of this editorial was curated and styled intentionally, as any micro wedding should be. The neutral florals, contributed by St. Charles florist Roses & Mint were a perfect contrast to the blues and the beautiful contemporary gowns from the Bridal Parlour really set the tone for the overall vibe. Equal parts European and modern.

Neutral wedding florals and modern attire | Fine Art Inspired Micro Wedding

The invitation suite that we created for this shoot is our Celeste suite from the semi-custom collection. We opted for pillowy, textured handmade paper for the suite itself, shades of pale blue, and finished it with custom name tags and a neutral ribbon. The liner features work from Edgar Degas, rounding out the European fine art feel.

So tell me, would you plan a micro wedding?

Celeste Semi-Custom Wedding Invitation from Leighwood Design Studio
Featuring our Celeste suite from the semi-custom invitation collection.
Intimate dinner party inspired tablescape | Fine Art Inspired Micro Wedding
Custom wedding signage from Leighwood Design Studio in St. Louis, Missouri
Wedding decor details | Fine Art Inspired Micro Wedding Editorial in St. Louis, Missouri | Leighwood Design Studio
Celeste semi-custom wedding invitation from Leighwood Design Studio
Neutral wedding bouquet | Fine Art Inspired Micro Wedding
Modern couple portraits | Fine Art Inspired Micro Wedding


Vendor Credits

Photography: Steph Masat

Styling + Design: Matchless Gem 

Venue: Fresh & Co. Studio

Paper + fabric panel quote: Leighwood Design

Florals: Bouquet- Roses & Mint / Dried- Afloral

Cake: De La Creme Creative Studio

Dress + earrings: Bridal Parlour 

HMU: Amy Rose- Styling & Design

Models: Katharine + Jean Paul

Rentals (linens, flatware, pillars): An Affair To Remember