The New Nordic: A New Mantra for Minimalist Parties

Think Scandinavian style­—with its blond woods, brushed stainless and sharp geometries—is sterile? Think again. Along with her team, Holly Addi­ artist­—stylist and co-owner of Salt Lake City gallery Arte Haus Collectif­—unveils five ways a Nordic-style, minimalist wedding scene can be clean yet cozy.

Minimalist design almost always starts with one element: white. “There’s a timeless sensibility to all white,” Addi explains. It’s no wonder that a small venue—like a bright, airy art gallery—makes an ideal backdrop for a Nordic-inspired soiree. “Plus, a less-is-more aesthetic reflects a Scandinavian philosophy to design.”

While certain big-box stores suggest Scandinavian style is about easy-to-assemble manufactured products, Addi and her gallery sidekick Heidi Jube beg to differ. They use organic elements like rustic woods, wool throws and raw linens to warm a white room. “This space feels lived in,” explains Jube. “It has a raw European feel and we love mixing old and new with a neutral palette and some pop-y colors here and there.”

“Scandinavian style is about understated luxury, timelessness and visual harmony,” Addi says. Instead of relying on abundance, Addi’s keenly edited recipe for the perfect affair includes a guest list, a tasteful tablescape, organic cuisine, meticulously paired wine and harmonious music. “This approach is not the standard step-by-step process for the wedding planning journey,” she says. “A wedding affair should have the same atmosphere poetry has with words. There should be depth and meaning behind it.”

“Scandinavian-inspired cuisine is not overly prepared,” says Colour Maisch of  The Blended Table. Partner Emery Lortsher agrees, “Foraging for food is a very important part of much of Scandinavian food.” Because Scandinavian laws allow access to private lands, foraging in-season eats is encouraged. Norwegian salmon, Norwegian goat cheese, root vegetables, winter greens and herb-infused water naturally satiate guests.

Honor the people that brought the two of you together. “There’s an authentic spirit in a comfortable gathering,” Addi says. Tempting as it may be to invite your entire social-media following, a minimalist wedding is about creating the most intimate experience. “With guests sitting picnic-style, a couple can surrounded itself with love, conversation, tasteful wine, impeccable food, and lovely music mixed with conversation. It’s about being grateful and hosting a beautiful affair.”

Photography: Kate Osborne, SLC
Creative direction: Holly Addi, Arte Haus Collectif, SLC
Assistant stylist: Heidi Jube, Arte Haus Collectif, SLC
Assorted throws, cake stand, glassware, candles and ring: Art Haus Collectif, SLC
Artwork: Holly Addi, Arte Haus Collectif, SLC
Paper: Refine Studio
Cake: Tulle Bakery, SLC
Flowers: Esprit Raw Flowers (to the trade), Murray
Bride’s gown: Harlow Brides, SLC
Men’s fashion: H&M at Fashion Place, Murray
Vases and Flatware: West Elm at City Creek, SLC
Pink dress: Urban Outfitters at City Creek, SLC
Dishes: CB2 at City Creek, SLC
Model: Aria Critchley, Niya Models, SLC

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