For the last 30 days, I’ve been posting an image to my Instagram @cavinelizabeth nightly with #WeddingMinimalismProject. When I first started this project, I visualised shooting one wedding-related item or set of items on white. Shooting on white allows the subject to shine, while the photography takes the backseat. It is true minimalism within the wedding world.

My inspiration for this project came from my desire to simplify the overall aesthetic of my Instagram feed and my wedding imagery, in general. I craved images that were less “busy,” and knew I needed an intriguing way to transition that wasn’t too sudden.

This daily project has created an easy and beautiful way of dramatically changing the look of my images, as well as the way I think as a photographer.

I reached out to dozens of my wedding vendor friends, or friendors, with some basic info on my vision. The response rate with interest was incredible. I never imagined so many friendors would have such interest in contributing to the project. Without them, there would be no #WeddingMinimalismProject.

Here are a few statistics about the project:

  • 29 vendors
  • 172 miles driven in pickups
  • 31 days of project posts
  • 3-4 different lights used for each image
  • 3 different lenses used for the entire project
  • 20 feet of white seamless paper were used
  • 5 cakes were in my garage at the same time for this project and other shoots
  • 20 to 60 minutes to edit each image to perfection
Pink gold green and dark purple bridal bouquet wrapped in a red ribbon by Adorations Botanical Artistry in San Diego, #WeddingMinimalismProject by Cavin Elizabeth Photography
Adorations Botanical Artistry
Wearable trays for your wedding vendors to carry fun items for your guests like flowers to throw after your grand entrance by Amorology Weddings and Backup Backdrops, #WeddingMinimalismProject by Cavin Elizabeth Photography
Amorology and Backup Backdrops
Blue orange navy turquoise and gray cake stands from Amorology Weddings in San Diego, #WeddingMinimalismProject by Cavin Elizabeth Photography
Amorology Weddings
Blue chiffon ribbon that's perfect for bridal bouquets by Bellamé Ribbon in San Diego, #WeddingMinimalismProject by Cavin Elizabeth Photography
Bellamé Ribbon
Wedding flower mini-installation with red peonies orange flowers and greenery by Blooms by Breesa Lee in San Diego, #WeddingMinimalismProject by Cavin Elizabeth Photography
Blooms by Breesa Lee
Red peony pink purple white and green organic floral centerpiece arangement by Blue Ladder Botany in San Diego, #WeddingMinimalismProject by Cavin Elizabeth Photography
Blue Ladder Botany
Paper doll wedding couple made by hand by Brittani Rose Paper in San Diego, #WeddingMinimalismProject by Cavin Elizabeth Photography
Brittani Rose Paper
Wedding vintage rental armchair with pink and green and red floral pattern on a light blue fabric by CC Vintage Rentals in San Diego, #WeddingMinimalismProject by Cavin Elizabeth Photography
CC Vintage Rentals
Beautiful wedding place setting with light blue charger and a white plate with silverware and navy napkin linen and light gray name card by Classically Lovely Events in San Diego, #WeddingMinimalismProject by Cavin Elizabeth Photography
Classically Lovely Events
Red peony and pink ruffled anemones with green blue and pink for a wedding centerpiece flower arrangement by Compass Floral in San Diego, #WeddingMinimalismProject by Cavin Elizabeth Photography
Compass Floral
Gold leaf and diamond bridal head piece by Erin Fader Jewelry, #WeddingMinimalismProject by Cavin Elizabeth Photography
Erin Fader Jewelry Design
Black and gold calligraphy wedding invitation suite by Four Things Paper, #WeddingMinimalismProject by Cavin Elizabeth Photography
Four Things Paper
Adorable rosemary napkin rings and placecards by HauteFetes Fine Weddings and Events in San Diego, #WeddingMinimalismProject by Cavin Elizabeth Photography
HauteFêtes
Pink and gold modern wedding cake by Hey There Cupcake! on a marble cake stand, #WeddingMinimalismProject by Cavin Elizabeth Photography
Hey There, Cupcake!
Christmas holiday wreath with cotton greenery and red by Isari Flower Studio in San Diego, #WeddingMinimalismProject by Cavin Elizabeth Photography
Isari Flower Studio
Winter wedding dessert peppermint macarons with snowflake designs and brownies with pink and white designs from Kuba Kreations in San Diego, #WeddingMinimalismProject by Cavin Elizabeth Photography
Kuba Kreations
Red ribbon on an all green bouquet with evergreen and leaves by Leaf it to Lexi in San Diego, #WeddingMinimalismProject by Cavin Elizabeth Photography
Leaf it to Lexi
Black classic chic pumps by Christian Louboutin, #WeddingMinimalismProject by Cavin Elizabeth Photography
Christian Louboutin
Blue azurite gold ring druzy jewelry by Love Tatum, #WeddingMinimalismProject by Cavin Elizabeth Photography
Love Tatum
Large white rose and dark purple and green bridal bouquet with black velvet ribbon, #WeddingMinimalismProject by Cavin Elizabeth Photography
Madmade Designs
Organic and wild bohemian purple green and red wedding flower arrangement centerpiece by Native Poppy in San Diego, #WeddingMinimalismProject by Cavin Elizabeth Photography
Native Poppy
Mix and match vintage china plates from Not My Dish, #WeddingMinimalismProject by Cavin Elizabeth Photography
Not My Dish
Whiskey signature cocktail with cinnamon and fruit by Please and Thank You Bar in San Diego in a vintage glass, #WeddingMinimalismProject by Cavin Elizabeth Photography
Please and Thank You Bar
Blush pink and black and white cake pops by SD Cake Pop Shop in San Diego, #WeddingMinimalismProject by Cavin Elizabeth Photography
SD Cake Pop Shop
Organic white brown and navy wedding invitation suite with calligraphy by Studio Vonberg, #WeddingMinimalismProject by Cavin Elizabeth Photography
Studio Vonberg
green marble three tier modern wedding cake with white sugar flower by Sweet Cheeks Baking Co in San Diego, #WeddingMinimalismProject by Cavin Elizabeth Photography
Sweet Cheeks Baking Co.
Beautiful gold and diamond bridal comb and drop earrings from The Dress Theory in San Diego, #WeddingMinimalismProject by Cavin Elizabeth Photography
The Dress Theory
Black diamond geometric laser cut acrylic cake topper by The Roc Shop on top of a white cake with gold glitter, #WeddingMinimalismProject by Cavin Elizabeth Photography
The Roc Shop; cake by Sweet Cheeks
Handmade hanging beaded chandelier by To La Lune Events in San Diego, #WeddingMinimalismProject by Cavin Elizabeth Photography
To La Lune
Twinkle and Toast blue purple and pink wedding invitation suite with tribal patterns and gold foil stamped calligraphy, #WeddingMinimalismProject by Cavin Elizabeth Photography
Twinkle and Toast

#WeddingMinimalismProject Vendors

Amorology
Backup Backdrops
Love Tatum
SD Cake Pop Shop
Not My Dish
Please and Thank You Bar
The Dress Theory
Four Things Paper
Bellame Ribbon
CC Vintage Rentals
Native Poppy
Blue Ladder Botany
Adorations Botanical Artistry
The Roc Shop
Sweet Cheeks Baking
Hey There, Cupcake!
Leaf it to Lexi
Madmade Designs
Isari Flower Studio
Blooms by Breesa Lee
HauteFetés Weddings and Events
Kuba Kreations
Compass Floral
Studio Vonberg
Twinkle and Toast
Erin Fader Jewelry Design
Brittani Rose Paper
Classically Lovely Events
To La Lune

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Susan Urquhart
January 1, 2016
So grateful to oserve this project. What an honor.
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