Two years ago when I first began my journey in to photography as a business and not just a hobby I set out to execute a Styled Shoot. My good friend Elena from Belle Imagery Portraits was in the midst of hosting her very first one and invited me to tag along. I was amazed! Watching her behind the scenes inspired me to begin planning my own. I thought long and hard about what I wanted to do and after months and months of thinking I finally knew decided on the concept.
As a bride to be myself, I know that featuring a woman of color was the highest priority for this styled shoot. Diversity and inclusion in the wedding industry is ever growing and I wanted to highlight more of the couples that are underrepresented in various forms (size, race, ethnicity, gender, and sexual orientation to name a few). From there I decided that I wanted to play off the richness of the color Emerald as green is my favorite color and BOOM! there was my plan.
As the brilliant Issa Rae stated, we need to work with our colleagues who are in lateral positions to us; not the ones above- so I called on some vendors who are slightly seasoned in the industry to be bring the full vision to life.
I am so in love with this first shoot and I am so thankful for those who believed and supported this dream of mine. We were so fortunate to even have a mini feature on Souther Noir Weddings Blog.
Huge thank you to all the vendors
Bridal gown: K & B Bridals http://www.kandbbridals.com
Cake: Cakes by Kakes https://www.instagram.com/cakesbykakes/
Venue location : The Liriodendron Mansion http://www.liriodendron.com
Flowers: Roni’s Roses http://www.ronisroses.com
Make Up: Lashing Out Glam by Shayla Reeves https://www.instagram.com/lashingoutglam/
Stationery : Cygnus Studio Designs/AshleyRae Swann https://www.instagram.com/calligraphydame/
Veil/Accessories/Jewelry: Faye Daniel Design http://www.fayedanieldesigns.com
Rentals: Party Plus Tents and Rentals https://tenting.com
Linen: Nuage http://nuagedesigns.com
Model: Charlyn Nater https://www.instagram.com/iamcharlynnater/
Here are some of my favorite images below!