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.
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.”
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.
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?
Photography: Steph Masat
Styling + Design: Matchless Gem
Venue: Fresh & Co. Studio
Paper + fabric panel quote: Leighwood Design
Dress + earrings: Bridal Parlour
Models: Katharine + Jean Paul
Rentals (linens, flatware, pillars): An Affair To Remember