I am so thrilled to share this with you readers. Today we are joined by, in my opinion, a dream team of designers, stylists, and suppliers including; Kosibah, Cedar Events, FO Photography, Onyeka Beauty and of course Elizabeth’s Cake Emporium; flying the flag for the black UK bridal industry, who have come together and conjured up something truly magical.
I was thrilled when the delightful Elizabeth Solaru, (who was one of my first supporters and features on Nu Bride) of Elizabeth’s Cake Emporium contacted me to ask if I would be interested in featuring an African Vintage Bridal Shoot on Nu Bride! Of course! Those of you who have followed Nu Bride for a little while know how much I try to champion diversity in the mainstream bridal industry. So here is another tiny step towards that.
The idea of the shoot came from Elizabeth herself, so with Quendon Hall booked (stunning!) and with the dream team in tow – here are the results! Enjoy – I would love to hear your comments on this readers and hope you pick up some inspiration!
One bright summer’s day, the creative talents of Kosibah, Cedar Events, Elizabeth’s Cake Emporium, FO Photography and other wedding industry suppliers came together for a styled shoot based on African art and fashion.
Quendon Hall, one of the 25 manors granted by William the Conqueror to his trusty steward, Eudo Dapifer, with its grounds containing the only medieval deer park in the county to have survived, proved the perfect location and setting.
The idea and concept for the shoot came from Elizabeth’s Cake Emporium, who in seeking inspiration for a collection of unusual cake designs, noticed that in recent catwalk shows of major labels, a recurring theme was the use of tribal and ethnic inspired fabrics and accessories.
From Burberry (who changed the lining of their classic trench coat to an African print), Marc Jacobs, John Galliano to Michael Kors, colourful and black and white geometric prints, tubular chokers and pendants were featured in numerous pieces seen on the runway.
This shoot is a contemporary interpretation of Africa’s diverse and unique cultural heritage and an homage to the modern-day African princess.
Using colours ranging from dramatic black and white, metallic gold to shades of coral; traditional African fabrics, jewellery and distinctive styling techniques were used to create the most splendid images that are indeed ‘Out of Africa’.
Stylist, props & decor: Cedar Events – @Seyicedarevents and Cedar Events page on Facebook, www.cedar-events.co.uk .
Wedding dresses and evening dresses: Kosibah – @YemiKosibah and Yemi Kosibah – Couture Bridal & Evening wear on Facebook, www.kosibah.co.uk
Cake, Cupcakes and Sweet tables: Elizabeth’s Cake Emporium – @lizcakeemporium and Elizabeth’s Cake Emporium on Facebook, www.elizabethscakeemporium.com
Photography: FO Photography – @FO_Photography and Fophotography on Facebook, www.fophotography.com
Artist & Photographic Assistant: Shirley Gilks – @MapYourSoul and Shirley Gilks (Map Your Soul) – Photographer and Artist on Facebook.
Make up: animal print nails and Gele tying: Onyeka Beauty – @Onyekabeauty and Onyeka Beauty on Facebook, www.onyekabeauty.com
Hair styling: by AVOS Hair – @AVOSHAIR and Avos Hair on Facebook, www.avoshair.com
Venue: Parklands, Quendon Hall – @QuendonHall and Parklands, Quendon Hall on Facebook, www.quendonpark.co.uk
Stationery: Makeover Designs on Facebook, www.makeoverdesigns.co.uk
African Styling & Gele tying: Omobola Harte – Kuhmpleet by Omobola Harte.
African Jewellery: Mijola Daniel.
Chairs: I am Wedding Hire – @iamweddinghire and iAM Wedding Chair Hire on Facebook, www.iamweddinghire.com
Purple and Green Flower arrangement: William Clarke Flowers – @WClarkeFlowers and William Clarke flowers on Facebook, www.williamclarkeflowers.com
Linen: Over The Top rentals – @OttLibi , www.overthetoprentals.co.uk
Chair covers: Milena Nikolova – Milena Events, http://www.milenaevents.co.uk
African props & table runners: Ethnik Accents.
Model, Lauren Sweeney-Fenton – @MsLaurynn and Lauren Sweeney-Fenton on Facebook, http://www.LaurenSweeneyFenton.com/