Brown Harlem Wedding Styled Shoot.

The Harlem Renaissance encompassed an explosion of culture, the sharing of ideas and the path to change. Musical styling of jazz compositions, inspiration from extraordinary literary invention, dramatic fashion and personal flair all took center stage for self-expression.

This Brown Harlem wedding shoot emulates all the incredible social constructions and antiquity from the 1920s-era movement. It was designed in two parts; the first focuses on the couple and the ceremony space. The second part brings attention to the reception and fun, celebratory details.

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The building that served as the backdrop for this Brown Harlem wedding shoot was erected in 1923. The vintage and time-worn walls seemingly fade as the eyes focus on the bride and groom. Surrounded by bold colors, the bride sits comfortably on a golden velvet lounge. In a lovely white cowl neck dress, the bride looks effortless wearing a birdcage veil and strands of statement pearls. Her groom, standing behind her, looks handsome in a sharp black tuxedo with black tie and yellow flower boutonniere. On a glass table behind the couch are bold and beautiful bouquets and gorgeous candelabras.

An interesting twist to the ordinary altar is the use of an antique vanity. With cherry-colored wood, it’s draped with a gorgeous array of brightly-colored flowers. The entire piece sits at the head of the aisle, lined with gold chivari chairs and fuchsia flower petals.

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The bride smiles as she clutches her bouquet with hearty red, yellow and purple roses. It’s a striking contrast to her white gown, which makes for a lovely shot as her groom waits in the background.

This is an excellent photo of the dramatic back of the bride’s gown, with a crossing of beaded straps. She walks down to greet the groom, who is sporting a mega-watt smile and all of this is reflected in the mirror on the vanity.

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A very thoughtful touch to a ceremony space is incorporating a personal message. Here, the aisle runner reads “My Sweet Brown Harlem Girl. The line is from a poem by Langston Hughes entitled Jukebox Love Song- and is framed with the fuchsia rose petals along the aisle.

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The bridesmaids look sassy and sophisticated in long, strapless golden sequined dresses. One bridesmaid’s dress features a black lace applique on the bust and the other accessorizes with a string of pearls. Their dresses are different and unique, and work perfectly with the look of the shoot. Bridesmaids dresses don’t have to match exactly to be beautiful and appropriate for the look of your day.

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The glittering gold of the dress looks stunning on this bridesmaid. Sitting atop the vintage lounge, she looks relaxed and picturesque, especially with the red and dark purple bouquet.

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The place settings at the couple’s table emulate grandiose color and glamorous metallic. The wine-colored linen looks wonderful underneath the gold chargers and flatware. Mirrored gold candle votives sit next to the bursting centerpiece filled with dark red roses, green hydrangea, and dusty miller. The gold menu cards with their structured art-deco font are flawless facets.

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The couple stand next to the gorgeous table and in the background one can see the ornate crystal chandelier. The stylist purposefully created juxtaposition between the worn, antiquated look of the building with the glamorous look of the couple.

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Even the invitation suites give guests a glimpse of the ambiance, mimicking the 1920s artistic creativity and bold, beautiful style.

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A great cake idea is to choose colors that ignite the imagination. This petite three-tier cake has pink and purple layers, but ties in the look of the day with the delicate touch of flowers and yellow fleur de lis.

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The second half of the shoot begins with a slightly different bridal look. A bride can also look quite perfect with a thin silver headband, pairing it with statement pearls and earrings. The lacey detail matches the lace neckline of the bride’s gown.

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Much like the head table, an additional reception table is covered with the same wine-colored linen but the focal point is truly the centerpiece. Housed in a unique tall glass vase, the bold-colored flowers are dressed with dangling strands of crystals.

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Place settings feature wine-colored napkins with interesting beaded napkin rings. The napkin and menu cards sit atop white china and gold chargers, with delicate, charming borders.

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In an archway of the building, the couple stands lovingly in the midst of a large gold chandelier. Even with the age of the building, the metallic light fixture looks lavish and striking.

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Another cake that is fitting for the theme of this shoot is a four-tier traditional white cake with a familiar art-deco design. The geometric etching, crystal details and the embellished feather topper make this a stunning sweet.

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Even the dessert table is glamorous and visually appealing. Chocolate pound cake, chocolate shooters and vanilla cupcakes all sit atop gold charger plates with dainty signs and touches of flower decoration.

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The Harlem Renaissance made its way into history many, many decades ago but clearly, its lasting effects can still inspire and awaken a certain sense of creativity. If there’s a place in time you love and embrace, you can incorporate it into your wedding day for a classic look that’s fitting for your own personal history.

Brown Harlem Wedding shoot.

Photographer: Casey Hendrickson Photography
Hair Stylist: Be Saucy
Caterer: Bistro Catering and Events
Cinema and Video: Bollinger Images
Invitation Designer: Bridal Flavors
Bridesmaid Dresses: Impressions Bridal and Prom
Linens and Coverings: Linen Loft
Makeup Artist: Lucy B Makeup Artistry
Reception Venue: Piedmont Renaissance Center
Floral Designer: pink petunia designs
Bakery: Queen’s Sweets
Event Designer: RoShel Events
Tuxedo and Mens Attire: Simply Elegant for You
Cake Designer: Sky’s The Limit Custom Cakes
Jewelry: The Bead Lady

Brown Harlem Wedding Styled Shoot

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    March 18, 2014

    I truly enjoyed this magazine. Keep up the good work!!