From the Stylist, Natalie:
“The essence of minimalism is simplicity, but simplicity without depth is merely cheap. It is not enough.” – Tadao Ando
Having always been captivated by architecture, the inspiration behind this shoot came from one of my favorite Japanese architects, Tadao Ando. His work is characterized by the use of minimalistic shapes with clean lines, and the simplicity of his buildings made primarily of concrete and glass. He is able to take a severe material like concrete, and smooth and soften it to create spaces of serenity. We wanted to similarly emphasize the beauty that can be found in simplicity, and included many elements of Japanese influence throughout our shoot. Table florals were created in the ikebana style, and were situated in Japanese ceramic bowls. Our Japanese model was accessorized with geometric gold pieces by Japanese jewelry designer Satomi Kawakita. Our beautiful invitation suite featured letterpress details and included the names of Tadao Ando and his wife, Yukiko.
Our bride has a refined and sophisticated style while being confident, strong, and a little flirty. We styled her in modern gowns that were simple in design with clean lines. Her look was finished with a sleek updo, bold brows, and statement making lips. Modern tableware and thin tapered candles composed our tablescape – both bold and delicate in design. The two-tiered “concrete” cake was influenced by Ando’s preferred building material. Through these elements, we created an inspiration that reflected a balance between strength and delicacy, simplicity and depth .