Wabi-Sabi Wedding Inspiration at the Kester Homestead

This past May, I hosted my very first content day at the Kester Homestead for wedding and elopement photographers in Upstate New York. After seeing so many couples, photographers, and other vendors struggle as a result of the 2020 pandemic, I wanted to put together something that would inspire a different kind of wedding — something smaller, slower-paced, and close to home.

For this styled intimate wedding, I thought of all the couples who appreciate the beauty and imperfection found in nature, but who also value the company of their loved ones on their wedding day. Naturally, we chose the Kester Homestead (Skaneateles, NY) as their venue, a space that features both a large barn for bigger events and a farmhouse where couples can host a small group of family and friends for a weekend celebration.

From the stone wall ceremony backdrop to the cozy yardspace adorned with bistro lights, it was the perfect space to host our wabi-sabi-inspired intimate wedding.

Because our couple embraces minimal and intentional living, we imagined them spending the earlier part of their wedding day relaxing together by the pool before getting ready for their ceremony. Their reception space would be styled minimally with modern touches inspired by natural materials such as canvas, wood, and handmade concrete bowls.

To continue the monochromatic and minimal styling done by Pretty Little Vintage Co and Whitney Nichols Florals, our bride went with a timeless and simple look — a bias-cut silk gown by Alexandra Grecco.

Effortless, relaxed, modest — the best way to celebrate your wedding day.

Contributing Vendors:

Venue/AirBnb:  The Kester Homstead

Rentals and Styling:  Pretty Little Vintage Co

Florals: Whitney Nichols

Gown:  Gown:  Alexandra Grecco (Lovely Bride Rochester)

Hair: Charissa Thomas

Makeup: Eilish Havert

Relax poolside on your wedding day | A Wabi-Sabi Inspired Micro-Wedding at the Kester Homestead
Relax poolside on your wedding day | A Wabi-Sabi Inspired Micro-Wedding at the Kester Homestead
Relax poolside on your wedding day | A Wabi-Sabi Inspired Micro-Wedding at the Kester Homestead
Relax poolside on your wedding day | A Wabi-Sabi Inspired Micro-Wedding at the Kester Homestead
Relax poolside on your wedding day | A Wabi-Sabi Inspired Micro-Wedding at the Kester Homestead
Relax poolside on your wedding day | A Wabi-Sabi Inspired Micro-Wedding at the Kester Homestead
Relax poolside on your wedding day | A Wabi-Sabi Inspired Micro-Wedding at the Kester Homestead
Relax poolside on your wedding day | A Wabi-Sabi Inspired Micro-Wedding at the Kester Homestead
A Wabi-Sabi Inspired Micro-Wedding at the Kester Homestead | Alyssa Vanzo Photography
A Wabi-Sabi Inspired Micro-Wedding at the Kester Homestead | Alyssa Vanzo Photography
A Wabi-Sabi Inspired Micro-Wedding at the Kester Homestead | Alyssa Vanzo Photography
A Wabi-Sabi Inspired Micro-Wedding at the Kester Homestead | Alyssa Vanzo Photography
A Wabi-Sabi Inspired Micro-Wedding at the Kester Homestead | Alyssa Vanzo Photography
A Wabi-Sabi Inspired Micro-Wedding at the Kester Homestead | Alyssa Vanzo Photography
A Wabi-Sabi Inspired Micro-Wedding at the Kester Homestead | Alyssa Vanzo Photography
Alexandra Grecco Lotus Gown | A Wabi-Sabi Inspired Micro-Wedding at the Kester Homestead | Alyssa Vanzo Photography
Alexandra Grecco Lotus Gown | A Wabi-Sabi Inspired Micro-Wedding at the Kester Homestead | Alyssa Vanzo Photography
Alexandra Grecco Lotus Gown | A Wabi-Sabi Inspired Micro-Wedding at the Kester Homestead | Alyssa Vanzo Photography
Alexandra Grecco Lotus Gown | A Wabi-Sabi Inspired Micro-Wedding at the Kester Homestead | Alyssa Vanzo Photography
Alexandra Grecco Lotus Gown | A Wabi-Sabi Inspired Micro-Wedding at the Kester Homestead | Alyssa Vanzo Photography
A Wabi-Sabi Inspired Micro-Wedding at the Kester Homestead | Alyssa Vanzo Photography
Tall dried floral ceremony backdrop | A Wabi-Sabi Inspired Micro-Wedding at the Kester Homestead | Alyssa Vanzo Photography
Tall dried floral ceremony backdrop | A Wabi-Sabi Inspired Micro-Wedding at the Kester Homestead | Alyssa Vanzo Photography
Tall dried floral ceremony backdrop | A Wabi-Sabi Inspired Micro-Wedding at the Kester Homestead | Alyssa Vanzo Photography
Tall dried floral ceremony backdrop | A Wabi-Sabi Inspired Micro-Wedding at the Kester Homestead | Alyssa Vanzo Photography
Relaxed updo by Charissa Thomas | A Wabi-Sabi Inspired Micro-Wedding at the Kester Homestead | Alyssa Vanzo Photography
Stone wall and floral ceremony backdrop | A Wabi-Sabi Inspired Micro-Wedding at the Kester Homestead | Alyssa Vanzo Photography
Kester Homstead Forest Chapel Wedding Ceremony
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