We love to see unique, culturally-inspired weddings, and this beautiful editorial is no different. Ikebana is the Japanese art of floral arranging, and much more so than just placing flowers in a vase, it is a disciplined art form with the goal of bringing together nature and humanity.
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We looked to the raw, uncomplicated, and whimsical natural world for inspiration. The ikebana-inspired florals suggest the whole of nature, with a smoke bush kokedama string garden creating a link between indoor and outdoor.
Traditionally, a kimono is worn for introspection—the stiffness of the cloth makes way for a gentle, graceful stillness. A linen jumpsuit and robe from First Rite echo the silhouette of a traditional kimono, but allow for more movement and exploration.
Mimi + Taylor highlighted the cheeks but kept the rest of the face natural, as a wearable and modern take on geisha beauty. When the kimono gets traded in for softer garments, the hair and make-up soften as well. Our model wears a smoky plum lip as she explores the kokedama string garden.
In the flowers, fashion, and beauty, there’s a reverence for Japanese heritage and a desire to bridge tradition and modernism.
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Weddings and wedding inspiration doesn’t have to be overly complicated. Sometimes you just need one extraordinary detail to curate a breathtaking event, and these magnolias are definitely show-stoppers. Keep reading on what inspired Kelly Lenard to create this lovely, spring-inspired shoot with Lauren Balingit.
Ode to the Magnolia from Kelly Lenard:
Every year it’s the same, as I wait with heavy anticipation for the velvety grayish green buds to bring life to our yard. It’s the first sign of spring. Within a day, the leafless tree is heavy with blooms and within a week they fade. Magnolias are fleeting. While I feel romantic about most flowers, the transient beauty and fragility of our pink saucer magnolia tree draws me in and makes me see spring for what it is… a miracle. I make a point to lie beneath its branches each April and soak in the view. I wanted to capture a little of my adoration in an uncomplicated way. The flowers themselves are poetic. This shoot was about the brief moments of perfection in the life of these blossoms and the swift passing of time. We kept the colors minimal so that the gentle pinks would be the focus. Long exposures held on to whole seconds of the day. Lauren and I watched as these delicate beauties unfolded in the sunlight and browned at the lightest touch. I wanted to save a little of the magic until it begins again next year. Known to symbolize a love for nature, beauty, strength, and dignity; these blooms, with proper care, can be the perfect addition to a wedding. I hope this post will inspire some lucky spring brides to incorporate magnolias into their day and their floral arrangements.