The latest buzzword is wabi-sabi, the Japanese art of appreciating beauty in the ‘naturally imperfect world’. Today we have a fabulous wabi-sabi inspired styled wedding shoot that really shows that not everything in life, and in weddings, has to be perfect. Sometimes imperfections can be just as beautiful.
The incredibly talented Andri Benson from Always Andri has styled and created such a beautiful wedding inspiration shoot using natural elements and items that are ‘imperfect’. We love the wedding cake with its obvious cracks, the flowers that are wild and free, and the bride’s hairstyle with it’s loose, escaping strands.
Sometimes people can get caught up in wedding planning, trying to make sure that everything is perfect and neat. Maybe it doesn’t have to be. Maybe we should all take inspiration from this ancient Japanese art and see the world for what it really is, not what we ‘think’ it should look like.
Be free, be wild, be imperfect!
Huge thanks to the very talented team who helped Andri bring her vision of a wabi-sabi inspired wedding to life, and to Siobhan H Photography for these fabulous pictures.
“Nature and the Japanese aesthetic of wabi-sabi inspired this wedding shoot. Wabi-sabi is about appreciating the beauty in everything around us. It celebrates the imperfections and the transient nature of life, and I really wanted to bring those elements to the shoot.”
Untamed Characteristics of Nature
“A crack in the cake is highlighted rather than masked, making it more glorious than before, like the Kintsugi tradition in Japanese ceramics. The beautiful florals reflect the untamed characteristics of nature. They are not forced to hold a perfect arrangement, instead they’re wild and full of movement. The crockery is not a perfect circular shape, but is somehow perfect because of this. The stationery and invitations also carry a rustic elegance.”
“We chose the bridal wear for its fluidity of movement and laid-back style. It fitted so well with the natural and breathtaking surroundings of Pembroke Lodge.
“We live in a fast-paced world where it is all too easy to lose sight of what is important. By adopting the basic principles of wabi-sabi, we can all approach our wedding day, and married life, with the best possible mindset.”
Photographer and Creative Director: Siobhan H Photography
Styling: Always Andri
Venue: Pembroke Lodge, Richmond, Surrey
Tableware: Classic Crockery
Wedding Dresses: Otaduy
Groom’s Attire: Beggars Run
Make-Up: Susan Yates
Hair: Christine Hillhouse
Jewellery: Melanie Eddy
Stationery: Lizzy May
Cake: Andi Freeman
Hand-Dyed Silk Ribbon: Kate Cullen
Videography: McGill Sister Films