A Modern, Minimalist Festive Styled Wedding Shoot
As we usher away a frankly exhausting and stressful 2020, we bid farewell, with one last month, thankfully, one of the loveliest times of the year, the festive/Christmas season. Today’s gorgeous shoot is an ode to minimalism and modern creativity, a perfect inspirational shoot for an intimate Christmas or new year wedding. Over to talented wedding photographer, Sarah Casmass to tell us more about the inspiration behind this classy setup.
A Note From The Wedding Photographer
After I moved to SoCal this past June, I was fresh out of grad school and itching for my first “real world” creative project. Trying to establish yourself in a new demographic after having moved across the country is super difficult. I had no leads, no inquiries, and no network. The gap where community had been for me was absent and therefore noticeably lonely. So, I decided to do what I knew best and organize an editorial shoot! I knew I had to get out there and meet people in order to move towards establishing myself in this new place. Bottom line: I knew I couldn’t pursue my photography rebrand alone.
It wasn’t long before I came across Jennifer Garcia from Spark Studios. A photographer gone boss-lady, she saw a gap in her community and created the solution. As a photographer herself, she realized that there were no natural light studios in her county, so- she did the darn thing and made one! Getting to be the first styled shoot hosted in Spark Studios was an absolute honor and working with Jennifer directly showed me the impact that reaching out and collaborating can have on your work as an artist.
Through Jennifer, I met her in-house florist Leelina Martin, who just blew me away with her lush green garlands and organic floral work. She immediately caught my vision and was the one who actually suggested a Christmas theme! Now, Leelina and her husband are sweet friends of mine. Through Leelina I met Shea, who is a custom DIYer and letterer, so she provided the adorable gift-wrapping stations and tags. Picking up on a pattern? Community begets community, begets community, begets community. This stunning shoot would not have been possible without having stepped out of my comfort zone to find those creatives who were likeminded with me!
My good friend Taryn modeled, and you would think the girl did it for a living am I right?! (Still the best smolder I have ever seen- phew!) We got her dress from a United States Marine Ball Gown Blitz (military base perks!) and viola! I used trusty old Amazon and designed my own tablescape and installation pieces for the shoot. Without much cost to myself or others, our modern minimal Christmas was just a dashing success!
My inspiration behind the shoot was a classic Hollywood glamour, mixed with a sleek modern style and minimalist execution. I wanted it to be a more refined version of the typical Christmas elements which was carried out nicely by the cool greens, blacks, grays and whites. Taryn’s bold red lip gave the perfect pop of contrast to compliment the lush greens. Just lovely! We made new friendships, danced to Christmas music in October, ate loads of chocolate, and of course- shot lots of film! I truly hope you enjoy this festive editorial as much as I do, and a very Merry Christmas from our country to yours!
The little Pink Book
Venue: Spark Studios (@sparkstudiosoc) / Photography & Styling: Sarah Casmass (@estoveststudio)/ Florals: Leelina Martin (@leelina.martin)/Gift Wrapping & Lettering: Shea (@notsoclishea)/ Rentals: Sarah Casmass (@estoveststudio)/ Model: Taryn Marmet (@taryn_marmet)
Thank you Sarah for providing this stunning wedding day setup inspiring our Bride Club ME readers to get married in sophisticated festive style! Get the lowdown on the latest COVID-19 wedding rules for Dubai brides and grooms, and find more aspirational bridal style with our stunning real wedding features.