Wabi-sabi perfect imperfection bridal editorial


Back in spring, just after coming back from Japan all inspired, I pulled together this editorial shoot in collaboration with redwhitebluepink and did something completely different. It is such an important project for me personally- from selecting the props, styling, to implementing a vision in my head into something tangible... I felt like everything came to make sense after this. I've become more aware of my own aesthetic, the subjects that truly speaks to me, and the artistic direction I'd love to follow.


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A little introduction to the story:

"Wabi-sabi" is a Japanese term representing an aesthetics centered on the acceptance of transience and imperfection. A beauty that is imperfect, impermanent, and incomplete. 

From my travels and experiences in Japan, I was very much inspired by the understated and natural beauty in the Japanese design. Garden covered with moss, bamboo and cobblestones; walls faded with age; tea bowls in rustic and humble shapes. Things are all refined and thoughtfully arranged, but at the same time very organic and imperfect purposely. It is appreciation of natural forms and the organic, flawed beauty from the imperfection.
ith a color palette of black/white, dark gray, wooden and hint of pale pink, Susanne from
Redwhitebluepink reated 2 ikebana arrangements and table settings that celebrate motion and atural forms of the materials. Bridie from The Little North Sea Studi designed amazing stationery combing abstract painted marks, scripts that almost look like Japanese characters and some clean texts. 
e had two looks using a veil nd a headpiece rom SIBO Designs nd gowns from Unielle Couture. The fine lace and handmade crystal beads compliments other imperfect elements perfectly. 


The awesome team: 

Concept & Photographer: CHYMO & MORE Photography | Film lab: Carmencita Film Lab | Styling & Floral Design: Redwhitebluepink | Stationery & Calligraphy: The Little North Sea Studio | Gowns: Unielle Couture | Veil & headpiece: SIBO Designs | Venue: Landgoed Clingendael | Hair & Makeup: Zaheera Chitanie | Model: Suzannah Cunnington



Bohemian Chic Wedding in Mereveld Utrecht | Sarah & Ali

Sarah & Ali were first love of each other, been together ever since and celebrated their love on a beautiful day last May in Mereveld, Utrecht. With a passion for design and interior, Sarah was able to incorporate stylish and fun elements in her wedding. Ali is originally from Iraq, so the wedding also had some Arabic accents. From the super chic flower crown to the bohemian-style arm band and necklace; from hand-made garlands out of lace and paper to hand-decorated marmelade jars with flowers; from amazing little cute succulents as “thank you” gifts to the overall color scheme of the wedding. Everything was thoughtful and cohesive in a lovely setting.

Ali and his family picked Sarah up in her beautiful home garden. Then we went off to take bride & groom photo shoot on a cute little barn near Utrecht, with a lots of greens and rustic feeling. The ceremony and reception location were both on a spacious and stylish farm Mereveld in Utrecht. While the guests were seated, we heard the opening theme music from Star War, and there was Sarah walking down the aisle with her father. What an adorable & fun choice! It’s always nice when the couple chooses something more personal and incorporates their personality in the wedding. At the end of the ceremony the music choice was “Better Together” from Jack Johnson and “All You Need Is Love” from The Beatles.

The evening went on with reception in the garden and a cozy buffet dinner. They had arranged an Arabic band for the party, so naturally the evening couldn’t be completed without lots and lots of dances. 


*this wedding is also featured on ThePerfectWedding.nl!
Real Wedding: Trouwen in Mereveld in Utrecht - Deze bohemian chic bruiloft vond plaats in een prachtige boerderij

* scroll down for Nederlands and credits


- In Nederlands (thanks to Daisy from The Perfect Wedding for the translation):

De bruiloft | Sarah's passie voor interieurdesign zorgde ervoor dat ze een aantal leuke, stylish elementen op haar bruiloft had. Ali komt oorspronkelijk uit Irak, dus de bruiloft had ook een aantal Arabische accenten. Van de chique bloemenkrans tot de prachtige juwelen in de bohemian stijl en van hand-gemaakte guirlandes van kant tot zelf gedecoreerde jampotjes met bloemen. De hele bruiloft was uitgedacht en samen was alles één kloppend geheel. 

The first look & fotoshoot | Ali en zijn familie haalde Sarah op in hun prachtige tuin. De fotoshoot was op een schattige boerderij omgeven door veel groen en een rustieke sfeer. 

Boerderij Mereveld |  De ceremonie en de receptie vonden plaats op de Utrechtse boerderij in Mereveld. Vooral de ruimtelijke omgeving gaf de doorslag om voor deze plek te kiezen. Het diner werd gehouden in de tuin van de boerderij en er was een Arabische band voor de feestavond! Natuurlijk werd er veel gedanst op deze vrolijke beats! 


- Credits:
Photographer: CHYMO & MORE Photography / Wedding dress: Rembo Styling / Wedding shoes bride: Van Dalen / Wedding shoes groom: Van Lier / Necklace: Bijou Brigitte / Bracelet: Asos / Wedding suit: Suit Supply / Tie: Suit Supply / Venue & Catering: Mereveld Utrecht / Florist: Groen Flora / Wedding cake: Bakkerij Wammes / Decoration: weddingdeco.nl / Gifts: Tuincentrum Overvecht 




Rustic Dutch Wedding Inspiration | Featured on Style Me Pretty


This rustic Dutch windmill wedding editorial has finally hit the front page of Style Me Pretty! Be sure to check out the story over their site. Here are some of my favorites. Scroll down for the awesome team on this collaboration. Xx

The awesome team: 

Concept: CHYMO & MORE Photography & Naturae Design | Photographer: CHYMO & MORE Photography | Film lab: Carmencita Film Lab | Event, Floral Design & Styling: bloemenmeisjes | Headpieces and belt: Naturae Design | Hair & Makeup: Floor Bergshoeff | Cake Designer: Almie's Bakery | Stationery & Calligraphy: KIJKkalligrafie | Tableware: Wim Pollmann | Ribbons: pompomblossom | Venue: Molen-de-Ster | Model: Caroline De Booij