Late last fall I approached Ebony of Ebony Peoples Events and Designs, and Shelley of Escada Weddings with the idea to do a styled shoot. I wanted to produce a styled wedding that would blend together Nigerian and American wedding culture. The goal was to incorporate rich bold colors and and hints of Nigerian traditional elements in a new and modern way. The shoot that resulted exceeded my expectations by leaps and bounds. It's been hard keeping this one quiet, but I'm so glad that I finally get to share it!
The gorgeous stationery set designed by Laura of Art by Ellie, is meant to emulate the design of many of the intricate native Nigerian fabrics, right down to the hand glued crystals, I think she hit the nail on the head!
Part of my vision was to have 2 different looks for a potential bride. She could go the white wedding gown route which is more traditional, or she could shake things up with a gold dress and red gele. And see that right there, is what we call FIERCE!
In keeping with the Nigerian American theme of our shoot, our real life couple was a Nigerian bride and an African American groom. I think they make a very striking couple. And does the groom remind anyone else of a certain celebrity?
I couldn't have dreamed up a more lush tablescape if I tried. The vibrant colors, and organic touches by Twigs literally took my breath away. Who would've thought that an artichoke, sunflower, plums and orchids could come together so beautifully!
I had a vision for 2 very specific colors coming together, and I was so glad that M & M The Special Events Company had the perfect shades bronze and purple my minds eye had conceived.
How about these yummy snack filled boxes as little favors for guests? You can't go wrong with plantain chips, chin-chin, & Ovaltine crackers!
We also had a mini bar set up with a variety of beverages.
Our lovely modern bride, did a little outfit change and is modeling a look that could be worn by the bridal party. Brides what do you think of having your ladies sport this look?
Our model bride and groom changed into a striking blue native, and we ended the shoot on this colorful note.
There is no way I could've pulled off this shoot on my own. Tremendous thanks to each of the following creative geniuses whose talents enriched this shoot:
Krystal Turner - Make-up Artist
Models: Tolu Biyi, Rita & Milton Roberts