The Japanese Philosophy of Wabi-Sabi Is a Minimalist Bride’s Dream

Wabi Sabi Wedding Inspiration

Wabi-sabi can be characterized by seven main principles: Kanso (simplicity), Fukinsei (asymmetry), Shibumi (beauty in the understated), Shizen (nature), Yugen (subtle grace), Datsuzoko (freedom from habit), and Seijaku (tranquility). These principles give way to a lifestyle that combats traditional luxury in favor of an imperfect, yet equally aspirational way of being. This stunning editorial showcases Wabi-sabi through the lens of a modern bride, and is the perfect fit for fans of a minimalist aesthetic.

Photographer Anni Graham teamed up with the team behind Mae & Co. to make minimalist brides’ dreams come true! Le Chacuel, a recently-opened Airbnb in Joshua Tree, was the perfect venue. The location made for a perfectly imperfect, and simply immaculate wedding backdrop. We’ll show you how this shoot came together!

Simplicity

Modern Wedding Invitation

Clean, minimal wedding invitations are the perfect start to the day. Let your guests know what to expect by keeping a consistent theme from invitation all the way to reception.

Wabi Sabi Wedding Inspiration
Wabi Sabi Wedding Inspiration

What better way to start off your wedding than by reading a book by a luxurious pool in the desert?

Wabi Sabi Wedding Inspiration

Nothing says ‘minimalist’ quite like white and summery beige tones.

Wabi Sabi Wedding Inspiration
Wabi Sabi Wedding Inspiration

A simple (but stunning) bridal look was in order for this Wabi-sabi wedding inspiration.

gold and pearl earrings

2022’s hottest wedding trend is…pearls! These gemstones are making the rounds in the bridal circuit. Whether you want to incorporate them in earrings or a veil, pearls are chic and timeless.

Wabi Sabi Wedding Inspiration

We didn’t want to include too many overwhelming details, so we kept the bridal look simple, yet sophisticated. A simple pair of black heels paired with a silk jumpsuit and gold earrings can go a long way.

Wabi Sabi Wedding Inspiration

Asymmetry

Wabi Sabi Wedding Inspiration
Wabi Sabi Wedding Inspiration

Can you spot the asymmetry? With execution this seamless, you may not catch it! The free-flowing nature of the linens and florals by Blue Pansy bring an organic, seamless feel to this reception table.

Wabi Sabi Wedding Inspiration

Blush pink linens and effortlessly-placed utensils offered feelings of calm and uniqueness.

Wabi Sabi Wedding Inspiration

We can’t get enough of these candles! The mix of ribbed taper, white pillar, and tea lights were a perfect blend.

Wabi Sabi Wedding Inspiration
Wabi Sabi Wedding Inspiration

The bride is such an effortless beauty!

Wabi Sabi Wedding Inspiration
Wabi Sabi Wedding Inspiration

Tranquility

puff sleeve off shoulder wedding dress

Off-the-shoulder sleeves are the perfect touch to give an otherwise classic bridal look an unexpected, but timeless edge.

Wabi Sabi Wedding Inspiration
boho pink rose bouquet

A wild and unpredictable bouquet is the perfect match for this Wabi-sabi bridal look.

dried floral ceremony decor
Wabi Sabi Wedding Inspiration

Did you catch the delicate lace details?!

Wabi Sabi Wedding Inspiration

We hope you’re feeling inspired by this Wabi-sabi editorial! You can also check out this Spring-themed Japanese wedding inspiration or wedding at Giraffe Manor in Nairobi!

photography: Anni Graham // venue name: LeChacuel, Joshua Tree, California, USA // event design: MaeandCo // planning: MaeandCo // florals: Blue Pansy Floral // hair stylist: Riri Roya // makeup artist: Delta IIglesias

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